Capture One 20 is out: Phase One's Lightroom rival is better than ever

Phase One Capture One Pro 20
(Image credit: Phase One)

Capture One is Phase One's answer to Adobe Lightroom, an all-in-one image organising tool, non-destructive raw processor, photo editor and effects program. It can also work in 'Sessions' mode as a purpose-made studio tethered shooting tool, where it's held in high regard by many professional portrait, fashion and commercial photographers. It's also on our list of the best photo editing software today.

This latest version skips a few version numbers, leaping from Capture One 12 (the 'old' version) to Capture One 20, swapping to what we assume is year-based numbering.

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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