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Why I Recommend Capture One for Fuji Shooters

A Screenshot of Capture One

This is an edited excerpt from my new Capture One Fuji Guide

For photographers shooting with Fuji cameras, getting the best from your camera’s RAW files can sometimes seem like a challenge, especially if you’ve been mostly using Lightroom. Because of the way Lightroom converts Fuji RAW files, there can often be smearing of fine detail, leading to a water colour effect, as well as issues with strange “worm” like artifacting in areas of solid colour. While not everyone is bothered by these issues, for many, it is a reason to consider other methods of converting RAW files. 

False detail and smearing of fine detail in Lightroom, compared to clean detail in Capture One

This is where Capture One comes in. Capture One is a very powerful image editor in its own right. In earlier versions it was primarily considered a tool for high end medium format cameras, but over the years it has become more mainstream and is one of the primary challengers to Lightroom in the photo workflow space. For Fuji shooters, Capture One uses a different engine that doesn’t suffer the same artefacts that Lightroom does when converting Fuji X-Trans files. While there are workarounds for Lightroom that help improve or solve the rendering of X-Trans files in Lightroom, such as using X-Transformer or the recently released “Enhanced Details” functionality, both of these options require the creation of an additional DNG file. With Capture One, you get the full quality without having to go to this extra step.

But this isn’t the only reason one might consider using Capture One. If you’re using one of the GFX series of cameras, or if you’re using one of the non X-Trans fuji cameras, it works perfectly with those also. The software has many other advantages too with a pretty sophisticated toolset, including some advanced colour tools, layers and many more features that make it a powerful photography application.

Capture One has supported Fuji cameras for a while, but with version 12, that support is taken to a new level. Version 12 of the application increases compatibility with Fuji RAW files, in part thanks to a collaboration with Fujifilm. This has also brought support for Fuji’s medium format cameras, as well as official Fuji film simulation modes for selected models. This, coupled with an extensive toolset, gives Fuji shooters a powerful alternative for processing Fuji RAW files. 

Capture One Versions

There are a number of different version of Capture One available, some of the features vary slightly depending on the version. Most of the information in this guide is written for the Pro versions of Capture One, whether that is the Fuji specific version or the full version. 

Capture One Pro

This is the standard “Pro”version of Capture One. It offers all the available tools, and it will work with all supported cameras. It is available as both a perpetual licence and as a subscription.

Capture One Pro Fuji Version

This is a version of Capture One Pro specifically for Fuji shooters. This has the full feature set of Capture One, but is limited to working with supported Fujifilm cameras. 

Capture One Express Fuji Version

This is the free cut-down version of Capture One. It still offers the same RAW processing engine, and Fujifilm support but its features are significantly limited compared to the full version of the software. 


If you’re a Fuji Shooter considering Capture One, it’s now my go-to editor for working with Fuji files. If you want to learn how to get the best from processing Fuji RAW files in Capture One then check out my new guide. If you’re thinking of switching to Capture One, I have a good blog post on what to expect