In the run-up to some big upcoming changes, Capture One has announced that they will be dropping their single brand versions of Capture One. Current users of these variants of Capture One 22 will be offered a free upgrade to Capture One Pro 22 or will be offered the standard upgrade pricing for those still using the previous version of Capture One.
The Fujifilm, Sony, and Nikon variants are no longer available to new users as of January 18 and instead will be replaced with Capture One Pro 22 in the online store. Capture One Pro offers support for multiple camera brands. Capture One states: "All existing versions of Capture One will continue to work as is. We will also continue to provide feature updates during the life of Capture One 22."
Capture One is doing this as they begin to streamline their numerous offerings and add new tools to their basket. They state that they are expecting to launch a "powerful new way to collaborate with Capture One Live," which is scheduled for February, and their first iOS app, Capture One for iPad, launches sometime in spring 2022. The company also wants to ensure wider compatibility with raw files, regardless of their source.
What Does This Mean for Existing Users of Capture One’s Perpetual License and Subscription Versions?
Capture One 22 (for Sony, Fujifilm, and Nikon) Perpetual License and subscription users will be offered a free upgrade to the Capture One flagship product, Capture One Pro 22, in early April. The current product will continue to work and will receive feature updates through the lifespan of Capture One 22. Subscription plans will continue at the same monthly or annual pricing.
Capture One 21 or older (for Sony, Fujifilm, and Nikon) Perpetual License users will only be able to upgrade to Capture One Pro 22 (with the upgrade pricing that Capture One offers). However, there is a 25% discount, which is being offered to these users until April 18, 2022.
There is no change to the Capture One Express lineup for Fujifilm or Sony cameras.
Capture One Pro 22
Capture One Pro 22 was released in December last year and brings Capture One's latest set of features, such as panoramic image stitching, HDR image stitching, and wireless tethered capture for Canon cameras (with more brands to be added).
Capture One Pro is able to process raw files from a vast range of cameras as well as mobile devices. This makes it ideal for photographers who like to use their mobile phones as serious image capture tools.
Capture One has also re-engineered their raw file processing engine to be optimized for Apple's M1 processor, bringing significant performance improvements over previous versions.
You can read the details of this transition on this support page created by Capture One.