Capture One Pro 23 review

Capture One 23 is a professional Lightroom rival with powerful image organizing and editing tools

Capture One Pro 23 review
(Image: © Rod Lawton)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Capture One Pro 23 is expensive compared to Lightroom, and there’s no getting around that, but the quality of its raw processing and the power of its editing tools are key advantages. It also offers powerful studio tethering tools, a choice of session-based or catalog-based photo management, and a new Capture One Live service for real-time remote collaboration with clients and colleagues. It does everything that Lightroom Classic does and more, though you will still need an external editor like Photoshop or Affinity Photo for advanced compositing and retouching.


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    Excellent processing

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    Comprehensive layer-based adjustments

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    Session or catalog-based organization

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    Capture One Live collaboration


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    Around twice the price of Lightroom

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    You may still need external apps for some jobs

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    No Lightroom-style cloud sync

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Capture One Pro is a high-end image organizing and editing tool that works on the same principle as Lightroom Classic, offering seamless non-destructive editing of raw files, TIFFs, and JPEGs with the ability to create multiple ‘virtual’ copies of images (‘Variants’) to experiment with different looks.

Its particular strengths are tethered camera operation and professional photographic workflows, but the steady addition of organizing and editing features has made it a direct Lightroom rival.

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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