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Phase One Releases Capture One Pro 10 | Our Hands On First Look Review

By Marlon Richardson on December 1st 2016

We’ve long been fans of Capture One Pro’s fine image color rendering and detail. In Capture One Pro 10, Phase One has finally listened to its professional users and beta testers and delivered software improvements and a much needed enhanced user experience.



What’s New In Capture One Pro 10

  • Three-step sharpening tools
  • Output proofing
  • New default and intuitive workspace
  • Camera focus tool module for tethered cameras
  • Tangent panel system support
  • New filter option: search by orientation of images
  • Optimization of Jpeg output for size/quality
  • Move folders in catalogs
  • Auto masking extended to any editable file type
  • Improved compressed RAW and Fuji support
  • Hardware acceleration
  • OpenCL is now enabled by default
  • Stripe reduction LCC for 100MP
  • Optimized LCC creation
  • Computer ID in license for activation management
  • Apple script – new properties (Mac only)



Phase One claims “Capture One Pro 10 puts superior user experience center stage – with interface improvements, under-the-hood tuning, and exciting new features that furnish the fastest, most reliable and most powerful performance yet.”

After beta testing Capture One Pro 10 for several weeks, Capture One Pro 10 doesn’t have to worry about overselling its capabilities. As good as version 9 is, the newest upgrade for Capture One feels like an across-the-board improvement in rendering speed and performance. Phase One even managed to make the software a bit more intuitive, a longtime complaint from potential buyers, with a less intimidating default workspace. As advertised, Capture One 10 browses, zooms, pans, and switches between images even at 100% at a noticeably faster speed than the previous version.

On-screen Proofing


From the viewer panel, users can simulate the final size, resolution, color, compression, and applied sharpening, prior to exporting. In use, this feature quickly goes from “I didn’t know I needed this…” to “Where have you been all my life?” very quickly. When optimizing an image for print or for the web–it doesn’t matter–Capture One 10 can help you proof it giving you one less reason to open up another image editing application. With a feature this good our only gripe is why Phase One still hasn’t incorporated social and book publishing tools similar to Adobe Lightroom CC. Who knows, since they are listening more, maybe we will see that in a future update sooner rather than later.

3-Step Sharpening

Already one of the best sharpening processes for software in its class, Capture One Pro 10 has taken sharpening to the next level of control.

  • Step #1: Capture Sharpening: In Lens Correction/Lens panel users can correct for lost sharpness due to diffraction. Just choose the profile of the lens used and check the “Diffraction Correction” checkbox.
  • Step #2: Creative Sharpening: In the Sharpening panel users have a new Halo Suppression slider, and via *local adjustments users have the option to sharpen only particular elements of an image without modifying it in its entirety.
  • Step #3: Output Sharpening: Capture One’s output was already quite good but they’ve improved it again with even more targeted sharpening for the final image output.

*Local adjustment auto masking now works with Xtrans, Jpeg, Tiff, mRAW and sRAW formats.

Tethered Focus Control


No need to get up, you can now autofocus all Phase One supported cameras from Capture One while tethered, and if you use Sony or Phase One cameras manual focus can now be performed in and outside of Live View; an unexpected but welcome upgrade for software that already smokes everyone (including anything made by Adobe) in tethering and tethering support.

Tangent Panel Support


Tangent panel support for Capture One is fully integrated into the software. Much more so than any sort of panel support we’ve seen from Adobe Lightroom CC. At the recent PhotoPlus show we got a chance to test Phase One’s Tangent Panel with pre-production software and we left impressed.

Clearly inspired by video color grading processes, image editors can, with some practice, quickly make color and image adjustments while performing multiple input commands simultaneously. It’s definitely a glimpse into the future. The best part (in our minds) is that the Tangent panel system is modular, and at least one panel would be a great addition to any Capture One image editors workflow.

Availability and Pricing


Capture One Pro 10 for Mac and Windows is available now online here and from Phase One authorized partners worldwide. A free 30-day free trial is available as always at Phase One, here.

Owners of Capture One Pro 8 and 9 may upgrade for 99 USD or 99 EUR, and for customers who have purchased Capture One Pro 9 since November 1, 2016, Phase One is offering a grace period, exempting them from the upgrade fee. Eligible customers can download their upgrade today and reuse their license key.

New customers can purchase Capture One Pro 10 for 299 USD or 279 EUR. Capture One Pro is also available by subscription. Capture One Pro (8 and 9) subscribers can simply download the new Capture One Pro 10 release. A single-user subscription is 15 USD / 12 EUR per month for a 12-month plan. Please see all subscription options at

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Marlon is a South Florida-based wedding and portrait photographer, writer, and interactive designer. Involved in photography since the 90’s, his background began with repairing film cameras from a master Vietnam veteran, followed by years of assisting professional photographers then before starting his own business in 2006. Marlon at his heart is a tinkerer that has love for and adept in every medium of photography.

When not working Marlon is all about spending time with his wife, Naomi and two boys, Taze and Brassaï.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Edward Tanase

    What’s with COP 10 not responding and using 101 % CPU power during session population from external 400+ MB/s HDD? Brand new top £3K MacBook Pro. HUH?

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  2. Craig Beckta

    sorry none of us can promote our ambassador codes here…

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  3. Kent Burkhardsmeier

    Do custom workspaces and shortcuts created in v9 transfer over to v10?

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  4. Martijn van Eeten

    Do you have an idea which point the autofocus function focuses on with regular dslrs?

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  5. Jean-Francois Perreault

    I gave C1 v9 version a try. I couldn’t feel comfortable with it.
    I’ll give version 10 a try too. I’d really like to use it but I don’t want to spend more time editing images than it takes using Lr. I’m sure if I had more experience, it would be just as fast.

    I tried On1 Photo Raw (pre-release). My advice is to wait at least another 6 months before trying it. It fails in almost every way imaginable. Good job in the videos though, they sure made it look good!

    Back to C1, how better is it really than Lightroom for Fuji files?

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    • Marlon Richardson

      Most Fuji users find that Capture One is much better with Fuji files. I think it even accepts the compressed Raw format for Fuji in this new update.

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    • Jean-Francois Perreault

      Thanks Marlon!
      I’m still with the X-T1 so compressed RAW format isn’t an issue.
      I’m getting a new PC next week. I’ll download the trial version and give it another go.

      Thanks again!

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    • Lenzy Ruffin

      Thanks for the On1 report. When/if the software performs as well as they present it in the videos, I’m done with LR. I’ve been using On1 for things that LR can’t do since version 8 or 9. If they can ever handle the start-to-finish of image processing as well as they advertise, I will happily stop using LR. I’m just not a fan of the we’ll-only-update-if-you-subscribe model.

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    • Jean-Francois Perreault

      On1 is supposed to roll out an update to the pre-release by the end of the week or early next week.
      I’ll check it out.

      But there are important features that are not included in the final release. Those will be rolled out throughout next year. Hence why I suggest waiting a few months at least.

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    • Marlon Richardson

      I think it’s worth the upgrade just for the features they released IMO. It’s only a $99 upgrade. That’s a small price.

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    • Nick Buchholz

      I agree with Jean-Francois. I also trialled C1 v9 for 30 days. I really wanted to like it, but the learning curve was too great coming from LR.

      Secondly, it felt that the DAM Digital Asset Management wasn’t as intuitive. Can I move single images between folders and edit smart previews offline as easily as in LR?
      I’ve also invested in presets and software like LRTimelapse. These would all be lost, as would my edits to RAW files when switching.

      They’ve been releasing yearly updates, which makes both buying the software, or choosing the subscription more expensive than Adobe, that throw in PS “for free”.

      As much as I would love to switch to C1, it’s just too expensive. Thoughts?

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    • Marlon Richardson

      CO10 has a “Migration” workflow setup that is as close to LR as you can get in Capture One. It’s true, Capture One is a DAM program, but LR is just barely cutting it.

      For DAM look at Media Pro SE in conjunction with CO10. They work seamlessly together.

      Q. Can I move single images between folders?
      A. You can move entire folders in program in C10.

      Q. Edit smart previews offline as easily as in LR?
      A. Even easier in CO9/10. Smart Previews are enabled the moment you import images into a gallery. You can disconnect and work offline right away.

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    • Lenzy Ruffin

      It was only a $79 upgrade through yesterday, but if it doesn’t do everything they say it does (or as well as they say), that’s eighty bucks wasted. I’d previously seen their release schedule for next year and some of that stuff needs to be in the product and stable before I consider changing my workflow. I don’t want to pay now for functionality that won’t be stable until next fall.

      It really does look like they’re building the car while driving it. I hope they pull it off because I’d love to be able to just use On1 for everything. I’ll wait for some reviews of the final release to make that decision.

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