Phase One Release Capture One Pro 8, New Subscription Option

September 16, 2014

By Greg Scoblete

Phase One has rolled out an extensive update to its Capture One Pro software utility at Photokina. 

Now on version 8, Capture One features a new film grain tool developed, the company claims, by studying the interaction between light and silver halide. Leveraging OpenCL, the software is able to offer a performance boost during editing. 

Among the other new or enhanced features include:

  • a focus meter on capture/import
  • a hot folder for transferring images from other applications
  • an “instant tethered capture” feature to quickly import and view images as you shoot
  • folder synchronization
  • metadata editing
  • hierarchical keywords for improved image organizing
  • improved black-and-white conversions, noise reduction and lens correction
  • a skin tone enhancer

While you can buy a license to Capture One outright for $299, Phase One is also now offering a subscription for $10/month that will give users access to updates on a rolling basis.

Phase One also announced that a free version of Capture One Express will be available for “select” Sony cameras.

On the camera front, Phase One and ALPA have teamed up to produce a medium format camera geared toward fine art photographers. No specific details were released on the proposed system other than that it would combine technologies from both firms and that the partnership would be long-term.