Capture One 21 Announced: Leica Collab, Speed Improvements, Dehaze, and More

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Capture One has announced Capture One 21, the latest version of the editing software that brings a host of new features as well as a collaboration with Leica to bring camera tethering support to its cameras, starting with the SL2 and S3.

Capture One adds several new features in addition to the built-in support for Leica cameras:

Speed Edit: Speed Edit is a new feature that lets you work without touching a slider on the interface – simply hold down selected hotkeys and scroll, drag, or use the arrow keys to make rapid edits. You can also adjust multiple photos at once to maximize your efficiency.

Speed Edit

Dehaze: Capture One has integrated one of Adobe’s most popular sliders which removes unwanted atmospheric weather conditions. The company says it uses analytic algorithms to assess and automatically adjust contrast, saturation, and a matrix of other parameters to remove haze from images.


Faster Asset Management: Back to speed, the application is advertised as faster, specifically with import, search, and browse functions.

Improved Importer: Capture One says it has integrated higher-resolution thumbnails to go along with the faster import speeds to make it easier and quicker to cull images. The company has also added support for importing multiple folders at once.

Enhanced Tooltips: To make it easier to see what specific tools do, Capture One has added tooltips. Hovering over a tool will pop open a quick explanation pane that tells you the name of the tool and how it works. This feature can be toggled on and off from the application’s Preferences.

HEIC Support: Capture One finally supports 8-bit HEIC files.

ProStandard Profiles: Described as using a new color science and technology, Capture One has added ProStandard color profiles to select camera models. These profiles apparently undo unwanted color shifts when making adjustments which protects the hues from changes caused by contrast.

ProStandard Profiles

Easy Brush Adjusting: Brush size, hardness, opacity, and flow can be changed by using modifier keys and a mouse, which removes the need to right-click.

Updated Camera and Lens Profiles: Capture One has also added new camera and lens support, bringing the software’s RAW support up to more than 500 cameras and more than 500 lenses.

Notably absent from mention is support for Apple Silicon. For now, and likely for some time, Capture One will have to run via Rosetta 2 emulation on any new M1-equipped Mac.

Capture One is available now in a perpetual license for $299 or a subscription that starts at $20 a month. Current owners of Capture One previous generations can upgrade starting at $159.

If you only need support for one camera brand, Capture One for Nikon, Sony, or Fujifilm is available for a $129 perpetual license or a subscription starting at $10 per month. Current owners of previous Capture One generations can upgrade starting at $109.

You can try a 30-day free trial of Capture One 21 by clicking here.

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