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Deep dive into Capture One 8.3

Capture One 8.3 was released last week in conjunction with our new XF camera system.

Our new camera inspired us to expand the communication between Capture One and the tethered camera. Therefore the new Camera Settings tool enables you to configure many of the settings of not only the new Phase One XF but other models from Canon, Nikon and Sony.

So, as opposed to digging through the menus of your camera, simply search for the term in the Camera Settings tool and adjust from there!

It makes life much easier (and faster!) to adjust the settings directly from Capture One.

We have also redesigned the Camera tool to mirror the XF display and be able to change settings directly from here. Don’t forget – this is not just for Phase One cameras, this also works for Canon, Nikon and Sony too.

When you start up Capture One 8.3 you will find the new Camera tool and the new Camera Settings tool in the Capture tool tab.



The new Camera tool, not only gives you a display of the current settings, but also allows you to change them, without the need to necessarily enter the Camera Settings tool. Simply click on a parameter and use the pop menu to adjust with the Plus / Minus buttons.


Clicking another option, for example, could bring up a list…



So, for your given camera, just have a click around and see what you can change! The available options are based on your camera model and what is made available for access. So it will vary model to model.

Note that there is also a camera battery status icon. Very useful for keeping an eye on during tethered capture!

The next new tool, Camera Settings, goes further than the simple Camera tool, by accessing as many options in your camera as possible. Again, we access what is made available by the specific camera model so you may see some variations.

Here is a view from the new Phase One XF camera…


And that’s just a small part! Therefore, to make this easier there is also a search bar at the top of the tool, so you can get straight away to the desired setting.

Type any search term in there and go straight to the adjustment. So, for example, if I connect a Sony A7 camera and type ‘Drive’ in the search menu and get straight to the following.


Therefore you could also consider Capture One as a camera configurator, even if you don’t shoot tethered.

Grids and Guides

To bring Capture One in alignment with options available on IQ digital backs, we added a couple more compositional grids. The preferred grid can be selected in the Capture One preferences under ‘type’…


To view the grid in the Capture One viewer, click the show guides icon on, in the top toolbar. (Indicated by the orange circle)…


Also in Capture One 8.3, we have approved tethered functionality on the Mac platform with an overhaul of the engine to increase performance and stability!

Download today and enjoy the new features.

Best regards,


David Grover
David Grover

David Grover is part of the Capture One team, bringing you help, advice and education on a variety of subjects and platforms. David can be found on most weeks delivering live Capture One Webinars or anytime on our YouTube Channel.

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Comments (16)

Graham Smith

Nice to see the Fibonnaci spiral, as it’s fun to compare your composition against it, but it isn’t obvious to me how you rotate it.

Am I missing the obvious?



When you select the Fibonacci Spiral in Preferences, you get two options just below it in the screen: Clockwise and Mirrored. These will give you the rotate-kind of options you need.

Kind regards,
Paul Steunebrink / Image Alchemist

Graham Smith

Thanks Paul,

It would be nice if this was controlled by a drop down from the icon that switches the grid off and on.

Not a problem with a standard grid, but an easy way to rotate it without going in and out of the preferences would be a nice addition for a future release.

But nice that its there.



Thanks for the overview of new features. I really find the new grids useful. I second the above opinion – it would be great if the grid selection could be put under the grid tool as it is a bit clunky to have to dig into preferences each time to change selection and rotation.

John White

Pardon me for putting in a none directly related request in …
… having just had some issues with CO8.2 & CO8.3 on Win 7 & an NVIDIA driver update (which your support chaps kindly sorted very nicely indeed) I ask if you would be kind enough to let us PhaseOne followers your view on us taking up Microsoft’s offer of a “free” upgrade to their new Win 10. MS make promises of compatibility, but!!!

I would like to take advantage of MS’s offer but I’m worried about doing so just because of possible issues with CO8 as well as my other sophisticated audio, image and video software.

Keep up with the “weekly” information email – they are just the right length & content to speed read and mark for later more thorough attention which mostly I always do.

All the best,


David Grover

Hi John,

I would avoid Windows 10 until we officially support it. We have been looking at it of course, and aim to get support as soon as we can. That hinges somewhat on when Microsoft deliver the final release version.

So, the safest advice it to wait until we release a version that specifically supports Windows 10.

Thanks for the kind words!


Capture One 8.3 will stop your workflow dead in it’s tracks. How do I undo the upgrade?????

Dear Miles,

Sorry for the late reply. If you log a support case, we will be able to give you the best assistance:

All the best,

Will 8.2 work with Windows 10?

Nice. Just bought this the other day after being so long with the Lightroom / Photoshop way of doing things. Seems to be faster by an order of magnitude too. Now if only wifi tethering was a bit more streamlined…

Is it possible to use the Sony A7 series camera wi if function to shoot teethered in Capture one?

David Grover

Hi David,

No. It has to be via USB cable.


Yes, it would be nice not to have to go digging for Fibonacci and Golden Ratio in Preferences.


I can’t seem to find the progress bar of the files coming in from tethered shooting like the older version of Capture. It used to be in the camera/camera setting tool.

Is that feature gone now?

I am not sure if this is the place to ask a questions, but I’ve been trying to figure out where (if available inside of Capture One) is there a place to reduce/blur shine/oil/sweat in Capture One. I had a photo shoot and it was outside….Florida. My subject sweats very easily and it didn’t help it was in the middle of that afternoon. My shots came out great but how can I reduce the sweat beads on the forehead and nose? I was thinking of purchasing a portraiture software for this very thing but I like to have an all-inclusive eco system. I am familiar with local adjustments and spot removal (reducing clarity). Are those the only places to go or am I missing something else or a hidden gem?
Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

David Grover

Hey Robert,

For more retouching based tasked I would recommend Photoshop or equivalent.

By all means invest in some quick fix solutions but also invest in Photoshop training so you can master the techniques yourself with control.