Danish software company Capture One this week made a big change to the way it distributes its eponymous imaging utility. Effective immediately, co-branded variants of Capture One Pro for owners of Fujifilm, Nikon and Sony cameras have all been withdrawn from sale. Note that Capture One Express versions are not affected.
If you use one of these apps, you have several choices as to how to proceed.
Subscribed customers can upgrade for free in April
If you are a subscribed customer, your current price is locked and you will be offered a free upgrade to Capture One Pro 22 in early April 2022. At this point, you can choose to install the Pro version, by accessing its support. for a wide range of camera brands rather than just the brand supported by your current version.
Alternatively, you can decline the upgrade and stick with your current software, which the company says will continue to receive feature updates throughout the life of Capture One 22.
The same goes for perpetual license customers who are up-to-date.
If you have a perpetual license rather than paying for a continuous subscription, the situation depends on the current version of your software. If you have a license for Capture One 22 for Fujifilm, Nikon or Sony, you will get a free upgrade to Capture One Pro 22 (or the option to keep your existing software).
If you decide to defer the upgrade, you’ll still be able to get it without paying, as long as you make that move before Capture One 23 launches in the latter part of this year. Again, feature updates will continue throughout the life of Capture One 22.
Owners of older perpetual licenses get discounted upgrades
But if you own a co-branded version of Capture One 21 or earlier, there’s no clear path. Instead, you’ll have to pay to upgrade to the latest version, if you need its extended camera support and/or features added from your existing version.
To give you a little nudge in that direction, Capture One is offering a 25% discount on the Pro license valid until April 18, 2022, making the upgrade the same price as what you would have paid for a Co-branded Capture One. 22 previously updated.
A win for customers and Capture One
Obviously, the news is something of a win for photographers currently shooting with a co-branded version of Capture One 22, as they will have access to much wider camera support at no additional cost. But unless you’re using a version earlier than v22, you won’t get any new features. The co-branded versions were on par with the full version, except for their more limited selection of file formats.
As for the reason for the change, the company says that by streamlining its product offerings, it can better focus on improving its software and services to meet the needs of photographers. More information can be found in an FAQ document detailing the changes.