Lightroom rival Capture One 20 gets a new look, new tools and half-price Nikon version

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

Capture One 20 is a high-end alternative to Lightroom, and it's just been updated with a new look, some new tools and features and – most exciting of all – a new, cheaper edition specifically for Nikon owners. 

Capture One offers the same blend of cataloguing, editing and retouching tools as Lightroom, with ultra-high quality RAW processing and advanced layers-based adjustments. It's on our list of the best photo editing software you can get. It is more expensive than Lightroom for the full version, but you can still buy a licence outright OR take out a subscription, and there brand-specific versions for Fujifilm, Sony and now Nikon users which are a lot cheaper. In fact, these will sell for about the same price as Lightroom was before it went subscription only.

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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