Lightroom vs Capture One

Lightroom vs Capture One
(Image credit: Rod Lawton)

Adobe Lightroom is the go-to image organizing and editing application for many enthusiast and professional photographers, and it comes as standard with Adobe’s good-value Photography Plan. 

But Lightroom has has a rival. Capture One Pro does almost exactly the same job and, while it is more expensive, it is also more powerful in many respects and more precisely tailored to the needs of professional photographers. It also offers very high quality raw processing which Lightroom cannot quite match, at least for noise control and fine detail rendering. Both are among the best photo editing software applications to use today.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at