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

I’m going to let you know about the important changes to Capture One 20. You can read the release notes for all the changes.

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.

 Capture One Pro 20 basic color editor screenshot 

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.

Capture One Pro 20 HDR tool screenshot

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.

Scrollable Tools

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.

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