Capture One Pro 20 was officially released on December 4, 2019. So, what’s all the hype about the new version compared to Capture One Pro 12 (yes, 12 was the previous version number)?
New Features in Capture One Pro 20
Basic Color Editor Simplified
The basic color editor has been updated to look more beginner friendly. It no longer consists of a color wheel but rather individual color boxes. However, the color wheel is still accessible by clicking on the more tools icon (ellipsis).
In addition, the mouse and color picker can be used to adjust the hue, saturation, and lightness by dragging on the image.
Improved High-Dynamic-Range Tool
The HDR tool now allows you to darken the shadows and brighten the highlights. This option is good for images that don’t have a large degree of dynamic range. In addition, black and white slider tools have also been added.
Improved Noise Reduction
Capture the photos you want with high ISO without worrying about noise.
Improved DNG Rendering
Get accurate colors and sharp details from cameras, drone, or smartphones that capture DNG files.
You can now scroll through the adjustment tools.
New Default Shortcuts
Edit faster with updated keyboard shortcuts.
Should You Upgrade to Capture One Pro 20?
Capture One Pro 20 doesn’t have any major new features that I believe is worth upgrading from Capture One Pro 12. There are interface and some performance updates for a smoother workflow. In addition, there are some technical improvements as mentioned above and in the release notes. But I still don’t think this is worth upgrading.