Capture One Pro Vs Adobe Lightroom Classic CC - Conclusion
I found it a useful exercise spending some time editing the images in both applications. The renders are very similar in most cases but quite different in others.
Capture One Pro produces sharper results out of the box. Sharpening does not result in the artefacts that are present in Lightroom and as such can be pushed further as required.
Lightroom is well known for being slow and Capture One was far quicker at importing and managing files. I understand that a number of these performance improvements have come with the recent version 11 release
Ease of Use
I was surprised how easy it was to achieve good results once I had picked up the basics of the application. I think it might be a case of 2 days to learn and a lifetime to master.
Capture One Pro has features easily on par with Lightroom, in fact it spans the features of both Lightroom and Photoshop. The Layers feature has been well implemented and works extremely well (although I didn’t use it in the processing of the images in this article)
I found common standard editing such as cropping and straightening to be more cumbersome to use in Capture One and while exporting files was less intuitive initially it is full featured.
There are a few options available when considering switching from Lightroom to Capture One. I plan to incorporate Capture One into my existing workflow and will likely move processing of my Fuji photographs over entirely in the coming weeks.
NOTE: Phase One have made an express version of Capture One available for free which has reduced features but the fundamentals of the RAW processing of the Fuji files are included.
I would recommend anyone who shoots Fuji to at least give this solution a try. It is worth the time to learn the basics of the application to see the results on your photographs. It is likely that the collaboration between Fuji and Phase One will bring further Fuji tailored features and enhancement such as Fuji Film Simulation profiles.
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