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Capture One Express 7 
Join the Image Quality Revolution

Think of Capture One Express 7 as the essential tool for professional image quality. You get flexible photo management, advanced adjustment tools and fast performance in one integrated package. Go with the raw advantage to help you and your photography excel.
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    The RAW Advantage

    Experience the flexibility and advantage of shooting raw, release your creativity and shape your images without contraints.

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    Image Quality

    Capture One Express 7 offers a revolution in image quality with the world’s most advanced image processing engine.

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    Import and Organize

    You are always in control and easy-to-use tools help you to organize, find, compare and select your images.

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    Enhance and Adjust

    Capture One Express 7's host of advanced precision adjustment tools lets you enhance your images like a pro.

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    Export and Present

    Capture One Express 7 supports your photography and lets you showcase your creativity and images in their best light.

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    Speed and Workspace

    Reduce the time and effort required to create stunning, out of the box, image quality from leading high-end cameras.

The RAW Advantage

Benefits for a Lifetime

Experience the flexibility and advantage of shooting raw, release your creativity and shape your images without contraints.

Capture One Express 7’s revolutionary processing engine uses advanced mathematics and interpolation to create the ultimate image quality with excellent colors and fine detail from you camera’s raw files.

How are image sensors designed?
Digital image sensors are a light sensitive electronic device which record the image viewed by the camera. They are divided into a grid of ‘pixels’ normally at a microscopic size. This explains the term megapixels when used to describe digital cameras as this refers to the millions of pixels placed on a sensor. Normally each pixel can only detect light levels in an image (darkness to light). Therefore to record colour information, each pixel has a colour filter placed on top in either Red, Green or Blue.

Color Filter

Bayer Mosaic

Why shoot images in raw format?
Digital cameras often have the ability to shoot images as a raw file, as well as the more commonly used JPEG setting. A raw file contains very little processed ‘data’ from the camera’s sensor. Therefore they are not yet ready to be printed or viewed on screen.

A simple analogy would be the film negative. The negative is not directly useable as an image but has all the information needed to create an image. This is why we often hear the terminology to ‘develop’ or ‘process’ a raw file much like we do with a film negative.

By reading the individual Red, Green and Blue values of the pixels, mathematical algorithms are used to create the full colour image. This is known as interpolation and it can either be done in-camera, like deriving the jpeg from the raw file, or it can be done in imaging software like Capture One 7.

What is the raw advantage and how do I benefit?

1) Better image quality
While basic interpolation can be very simple, to fully optimise an image, the mathematics can be extremely complex. By optimising an image we hope to:

  • Achieve the best colour rendition
  • Get the best detail
  • Reduce noise as much as possible
  • Correct for any lens issues, like distortion

Complex mathematics demands more processing power
Therefore a computer has the potential to deliver a better result compared to a much lower in-camera processor which is optimised for speed as opposed to quality.

2) Flexibility now and in the future
Images captured as raw are far more flexible. Meaning that adjustments to colour, exposure, noise reduction and sharpness can be made after the image has been taken. This also means that any possible mistakes at time of capture, like under or over exposure, can be corrected in the software.

Creativity can also be expanded with the use of selective tools, like changing individual colours or even specific areas of the image. This is because the raw data contains much more image data than we can effectively ‘see’ in a final processed image.

Also as the raw file is infinitely changeable , you can make decisions in the future if you decide to edit the image differently. Or as raw converters improve, so will your image!

Image Quality

Join the Image Quality Revolution

Capture One Express 7 offers a revolution in image quality with the world’s most advanced image processing engine.

With better color rendition, more detail and improved noise reduction, HDR as well as clarity, Capture One Express 7 gives you the power and control to fine-tune your images the way you desire.

Raw Conversion

Renowned processing engine & world-class raw conversion
Built on the world’s most advanced image processing engine known from Capture One Pro 7, Capture One Express 7 will allow you to achieve vastly superior image quality with excellent color and fine detail from your camera’s raw files.

Capture One Express 7 brings you an image quality revolution with the power to take your photography to an entirely new level.

Tailor-made camera profiles
Each camera supported in Capture One Express 7 is tested and fine-tuned extensively by our image quality team to create a tailor-made profile that brings out the very best in your camera. The profiles are renowned for creating great out-of-the-box results thereby reducing the time and effort needed to adjust individual images.

Impressive high-ISO noise reduction
Each camera supported by Capture One Express 7 is tested extensively to minimize the effect of noise without reducing details. You can also adjust the noise reduction manually to ensure that you get your desired result. Shoot confidentially at higher ISO values, knowing that Capture One Express 7 will produce an excellent file.

Creative power tools for image editing
Capture One Express 7 as the essential software for professional image quality – providing dedicated photographers with amazing tools to enhance and adjust their images. You get a comprehensive range of improved and new image editing tools that enable you to adjust your images efficiently and effectively.

With its easy-to-use precision adjustment tools, Capture One Express 7 will assist you in achieving the perfect look for every image.

Creative Tools

It's all in the detail
Get the composition right in camera, and the Capture One Express 7 will help secure the details. Building upon advanced mathematics and years of expertise, the software will bring out incredible detail and precise colors in your images.

Import and Organize

Your Powerful Digital Assistant

You are always in control and easy-to-use tools help you to organize, find, compare and select your images.

Capture One Express 7 helps you import and organize your images quickly and easily. You are always in control of your images and easy-to-use tools help you to organize, find, compare and select your images. Use rating, color labels and Smart Albums to organize your best shots and use the Loupe tool to examine detail and focus.

Camera support
Capture One Express 7’s tailor-made camera profiles are renowned for providing ultimate image quality for leading digital cameras. Each camera is tested and fine-tuned extensively by our image quality team to create a bespoke profile that brings out the very best in your camera.

Capture One Express 7 supports image files from the most popular digital cameras - Nikon, Canon, Sony, Leica, Panasonic, Fuji and Olympus - as well as Phase One digital backs and selected Leaf and Mamiya digital backs.

The Import window allows you to immediately import images and videos from a CF card or directly from the camera. This task is made even easier as you can apply multiple styles to image files during import.

Smart Albums
Smart Albums are virtual collections that offer an easy way to organize images from different albums and groups, without having to create duplicate images in the same folder. Smart Albums are populated automatically by images that match the album’s criteria limited by the project.

Loupe tool
Capture One Express 7’s Loupe tool is a powerful magnifier that allows you to zoom into an image from 25% to 400%. It can be used to quickly check focus or view close-up details of a selected image or any thumbnail in the image browser.


Hi-speed caching
This enables the user to compare two images in full resolution with no load time. It is useful for rapid editing of images and it makes it very fast to compare and choose the final edits.

Catalog Organization

Catalog organization
With Capture one Express 7, you easily organize your images in the default Catalog. The Catalog will aid you in the selection and filtering of images to locate the ones you need, quickly and easily.

The Catalog contains all the information needed for Capture One Express 7 to find and display your images. That information includes how the images are organized, metadata and even what visual adjustments have been made to the images. You can choose if you want to store your images within the Catalog or anywhere else on your computer, network drive or external hard drives.

With the images files places inside the Catalog, you can easily share it between different computers. With the images placed outside the Catalog, you get a smaller catalog size and you can disconnect the network drive or external hard drive where the images are places and still work with your images in Capture One Express 7 while they are offline.

Virtual organization
Organize your images in a flexible structure using Albums, Projects and Groups effortlessly by dragging and dropping. Put an image into several albums without creating copies or using more hard disk space to create your specific selections and collections. Organize your shoots into projects and use groups to create collections of projects in a nice way.

Shared Catalog
With a Catalog shared on a network drive, several people can now work with it at the same time increasing productivity in teams. Choose between the two set-ups: either one person can both view and write, or several persons can view at the same time.

Offline browsing
If your images are no longer online with the Catalog, they can still be browsed and some image adjustments made. Keep your cataloged files on external hard drives or network drives but work with them while the drives are offline. Adjust the size of the image previews to fit your needs when working offline.

Import session
If you have upgraded to Capture One Express 7 from previous generations of Capture One Pro you need to integrate your old Sessions in your new Catalog. Each Session can be imported as a Project in your Capture One Express 7 Catalog.

If you are upgrading from an older version of Capture One Express, your default Session will be migrated automatically to a Catalog when you install Capture One Express 7.

Rating and tagging
It is quick and easy to rate and color tag images to help assist your selection and editing process. Ratings can be applied instantly (on screen or via keyboard shortcuts) from 1 to 5 stars. Color tags can add another dimension and can be used together with a Rating, or as an alternative on its own. You can also tag or rate by selecting one or more thumbnails and dragging them on to the desired star rating or color tag.

Search and filtering
Capture One Express 7 has introduced a new advanced search and filtering option to ensure that you can always find your images quickly and easily with specific criteria. Find, sort and organize images from a selected collection in a folder, album, or smart album.

Keep your cataloged files on external drives or servers to free up space on your computer and you can still browse, search and even adjust your images because of our new offline browsing feature. Capture One Express 7 supports you with infinite possibilities to organize, compare and select your images.

Search & Filtering

Advanced file naming
Capture One Express 7 enables you to create customized, token-based naming systems with ease. Choose your own combination of text and tokens to create your own naming system and apply it to an individual image or a group of images. Save your naming selection as a preset for future use to ensure image-naming consistency.

Advanced File Naming

Manual sorting
Drag and drop images into just the order you want, and keep that order for the given collection. You can control the flow of a slide show or control the layout of images for printing.

Fixed menus and albums
Capture One Express 7 introduces a 'fixed' pull down menu and 'fixed albums'. The last ten imports are always available to view here as a fixed album. Also all images in the Catalog can be viewed as well.

Metadata editing
Capture One Express 7 offers powerful support for metadata that enables you to read, update, and modify valuable information at any point. There is no need to type in the same text twice – Capture One Express 7 knows what you have typed before and will help you auto fill the metadata field. Capture One 7 provides wide support for exchange of metadata between applications with XMP sync and Auto Load as well as a GPS link to Google Maps.

Integrated movie import, viewing and handling
Import, browse and play back video clips, including HD video, from DSLR cameras.

Import from Media Pro / Expression Media 2
Import a Media Pro catalog into Capture One Express 7. Stepping up from Media Pro to Capture One Express 7 is easy. You get many of the same benefits as with Media Pro but now with powerful image adjustment and raw conversion. (Capture One Express 7 will only recognize image files and not PDFs and Word/Excel documents etc).

Enhance and Adjust

Create Your Masterpieces

Capture One Express 7's host of advanced precision adjustment tools lets you enhance your images like a pro.

Noise reduction
Capture One Express 7 comes with a highly improved noise reduction. By default color noise and luminance noise will be reduced from any image no matter what ISO it has been shot at. Removing noise is always a compromise between removing noise and retaining as much valuable information in the image as possible and you have full control of how to set this compromise to fit your preferred taste.

Noise Reduction

The noise reduction has been especially improved for higher ISO images. Each supported camera is tested extensively by Phase One’s experts to ensure the optimal noise reduction. Shoot with higher ISO more confidently before, knowing that Capture One Express 7 will give an even better result compared to Capture One Express 6.

Lens correction
In Capture One Express 7, your images are automatically adjusted for lens failings, such as distortion and chromatic aberration using tailor-made profiles for popular DSLR and medium format lenses. Fix classic optical issues like distortion, light falloff, chromatic aberration and purple fringing quickly and easily.

Lens Corrections

Capture One Express 7 comes with a wide selection of default lens profiles that can be chosen to automatically correct any unwanted optical issues. The new auto adjustment gives greater accuracy and improved image quality.

Levels and curves
Levels and curves allow you complete control of your highlights, midtones and shadows. Use levels to brighten your highlights, adjust your midtones or darken your shadows to create a full tonal range in your images. Use curves to remap the image tonality, control brightness and contrast in the highlights, midtones and shadows.

Vignetting is perfect for those times when you deliberately wish to lighten or darken the edges of an image in order to put more attention the main motive. The vignette slider makes it easy to apply a vignette relative to any cropped image area.

Black & white conversion
With Capture One Express 7 you can now convert your images to black-and-white with powerful sliders that let you precisely adjust the color channels when you convert to grayscale.


No need to use expensive plugins or other applications, you get stunning black & white images with Capture One Express 7.

Color Editor
Apply subtle color adjustments to a chosen color spectrum with complete control of hue, saturation and lightness. An inbuilt Smart Saturation works intuitively behind the scenes to ensure that image tones appears natural and that transitions are smooth.

The Clarity tool can improve hazy images by adjusting local contrast. The tool now allows negative clarity values, which helps smooth out local contrast in portrait images.


The new improved Clarity tool gives users a choice of controls: 'Punch', 'Neutral' or ‘Classic’. In principle, using a positive value with the Neutral clarity slider preserves color, increases contrast and reduces haze. A positive value from the Punch clarity slider increases contrast reduces haze and boosts color saturation, which gives an image more ‘Punch’.

Global auto adjustments
Global auto adjustments corrects for the following aspects: Exposure, Saturation, Contrast, White Balance, High Dynamic Range, Levels and Rotation.

Global auto adjustments can be applied by pressing the large A icon found in the toolbar. Click and hold the A icon to reveal a drop down menu and checkmark the options that you want to automatically adjust. (These options can also be accessed and selected in the Adjustments > Auto Adjustments menu item).

Capture One Express 7 offers a range of sharpening presets, formulated to provide a good starting point to sharpening images for numerous purposes. By default, the sharpening settings have been configured to produce a pleasing onscreen image and will provide an excellent basis for your own further sharpening adjustments.

High dynamic range
With the new and improved HDR tool, you can bring out even more detail in the shadows and highlights than with Capture One 6. It provides superior contrast in the detail of shadows when recovered. This tool helps you to perfect high-contrast scenes by recovering blown out highlights and opening up dark shadows, in images taken under challenging light conditions.


Batch apply adjustments
The Adjustments Clipboard can copy settings from one image and apply them to a selected group of images or only to apply a subset of the changes. The local copy and apply function makes it easy to copy and apply individual image tool adjustments to other images to save time. This function is completely integrated into the Adjustments Clipboard for a seamless experience.

Styles and presets
Apply creative styles and presets to your images and experience an easy way to be consistently creative with your images. Styles can be used to apply a set of unique colors or monotone or even imitate the effects and look of classical chemical film and processing methods. A preset or saved style will give you a reliable and predictable effect that can be applied to future images. Styles can be further adjusted after they have been applied and they can be combined and stacked.

Styles and Presets

White Balance
Capture One Express 7 makes it simple to achieve your desired white balance setting. An image can be quickly corrected with a built-in auto white balance feature. Alternatively, use the white balance picker to select a neutral area of an image (or a grey or dark white area if possible) that will be used as a reference point to map all other colors.

The tools in the Composition tab enable users to control the layout of a photo. You can crop, rotate, flip an image horizontally or vertically.

Variants permit you to create virtual copies of your original image without taking up more than a few kilobytes of hard-drive space. Experiment with different settings or modify the work you have done on an image without risk.

Export and Present

Showcase Your Creativity

Capture One Express 7 supports your photography and lets you showcase your creativity and images in their best light.

Capture Pilot – wireless photo viewing
With Capture One Express 7, you can now display your images on an iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone using the Capture Pilot app or use the new web function that lets you present your images from a web browser on a computer, or a mobile device running Android or Windows Phone. Use Capture Pilot to wirelessly view, tag and rate your images remotely or showcase your work to colleagues, friends and family.

Capture Pilot
The new exporter tool makes it easier to export your image files to a variety of image formats, such as JPEG2000, JPEG XR, PNG and single-layer PSD files. You get instant access to an export dialog to make exporting images in a single format convenient and easy.

Web Contact Sheet

Web Gallery & Web Contact Sheet
Creating a web gallery with Capture One Express 7 is quick and easy. The web contact sheet feature in Capture One Express 7 enables you to quickly display your selected images in an elegant design, ready to upload to your website.

Create a slideshow and showcase your images in a single keystroke. This feature can integrate both still images and video files and it incorporates a selection of slick fades and transitions.

Showcase your work in creative formats using customized print layouts. Modify the margins, crop to match the aspect ratio of your paper, and add borders in custom widths and sizes. Take advantage of the color-managed print engine for reliable color rendition. Include watermarks and add metadata to prints. Capture One provides you with a wealth of printing options. This will enable better control of image layout and new features and custom print templates can be created.


Speed and Workspace

More Time for Your Photography

Reduce the time and effort required to create stunning, out of the box, image quality from leading high-end cameras.

Accelerated editing & processing
Tap into the vast gigaflops of computing power in your graphics processor and use it to accelerate editing tasks. The new OpenCL support will let you utilize the power of your graphics card in your computer. Get your work done fast with high performance raw, JPEG and TIFF image file editing and processing through cross-platform 64-bit support, which takes full advantage of the advanced memory handling capabilities of the latest Mac and Windows operating systems - faster performance, which does not compromise image quality.

OpenCL and 64-bit

Stunning Images without delay

Get stunning ready-to-use images without delay
Capture One Express can be used straight out of the box to deliver astounding images with no fuss. Its state-of-the-art image processing engine will help you to achieve vastly superior image quality with excellent color and fine detail. Capture One Express ensures that you get the very best results from your camera’s raw files.

High speed browsing
Capture One Express 7 performance improvements include high speed browsing where thumbnails are now rendered faster than in older generations. Users will also notice that switching back and forth between two images is noticeably quicker than it used to be.

Optimized interface
Building on years of experience working with professional photographers, Capture One Express 7 features an optimized and simplified interface that helps you to easily and quickly adjust your images.

Take advantage of your display to get a big, unobstructed full-screen view of your work. Make adjustments and compare them side-by-side.

Optimized for new Mac retina displays
Capture One Express 7 is optimized for the latest technological development and supports the high resolution retina displays found on new Macbooks.

Browser filmstrip
Capture One Express 7 allows you to work with images in filmstrip view. You can use filmstrip view in combination with the viewer to quickly scroll from image to image, making changes and comparing images.

Faster copy, rename & move
File system operations are now even faster in comparison to Capture One Express 6. Capture One Express 7 performs common tasks such as copying, renaming and moving files without delay.


Capture One Express 7 gives you
the RAW advantage

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