I downloaded the trial for Capture One Pro 7 and Lightroom 5 to see which one I liked best. Each definitely have their pros and cons. This is based on using the X-T1. Lightroom Pros: Seems to be more intuitive to me definitely easier to use for a beginner. Better integration with other programs such as the Nik Products, Topaz, OnOne and Photoshop. I personally like how LR does the gradient tool and the radial one is a bonus as well. It's about half the price of Capture One Cons: Doesn't quite resolve the same amount of detail as what Capture one is able to do. More work to get the colors right IMO. Capture One Pros: Resolves much better detail than LR. Colors are much more realistic just loading up and doing a few minor tweaks to the exposure. Not doing any color tweaking. Also the color seems richer without having to tweak it. I noticed on a couple of pictures that there were colors in the trees and different areas where it didn't really show up in LR. I could really see myself using the Auto Adjustment feature of Capture One a lot because it seems to do a pretty good job and cut down on a lot of processing time. Cons: The $300 price tag. I would go for Express which is a little cheaper than LR but with Express you lose: Sessions which could be a neat feature especially if you are going to try and make money off of photography, you don't get the Local Adjustments which are the brush and gradient which is a huge loss IMO, Skin Tone Enhancer, and can't customize how the tools are set up like exposure, levels, curve etc. Doesn't seem as easy to get used to as LR was but then again I have only been using it for a few days. Lack of integration. If they added being able to use plug-ins I think the $300 price would be more justifiable.