A robust RAW editor by Phase One.
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Pro Well thought out tethered capture implementation
Once you hook up your camera to Capture One, the program offers a bunch of useful tools and workflows based on your needs.
For example, it has Composition Mode that allows setting up the shot without taking up hard-drive space by replacing the last image taken with the a one as soon as you take it. It has Hot Folder functionality that will keep an eye on changes in a set folder and as soon as any new images appear in that folder they will be added to Capture One; great for cameras that are not supported by Capture One natively and unlike other Hot Folder functionality in other programs C1 captures everything coming in quickly and imports all images as active. Many cameras can be controlled via the program and if the camera has live view, similar functionality can be enabled in Capture One. Plus, live view allows superimposing an overlay; great for cover shooting. There's also a overlay mask that shows wether a shot is in focus or not. And many other functions and design decision that help with ease of use.
Pro Capture Pilot enables using Capture One collaboratively during a shoot
Capture pilot is a feature that allows any web-enabled device to remotely connect to Capture One and use a subset of its functionality like view a selected catalogue, rate images and even make minor edits to photos. An iOS app for Capture Pilot is available as well that in addition to default functionality also allows controlling a tethered camera though that functionality has to be purchased separately.
Pro Clean and sharp default processing
Straight imports seem a bit sharper and more dynamic than many other RAW editors.
Pro Extremely robust color editing
A huge amount of color editing options, with the ability to modify overall, to extremely targeted ranges. Especially robust support for editing skin tones.
Con Doesn't support color checkers
Unfortunately, there's no way to create color profiles using the Color Checker Passport.
Con Asset management could be better
While it does have asset managment, it isn't as robust or intuitive as some of the competition, like Lightroom in particular.