All three packages have the option to choose and embed an ICC profile in the processed files, and are fully color-managed systems. With a well color-managed display and settings, you can assume that what you see in the software is going to be the same as what you see in Photoshop. Both Phase One and Leaf, however, also support a camera “Input” ICC profile as well as camera “looks”- presets that work with various camera models to give you predictable results. Here’s what that looks like in Phase One and Leaf.
Phase One Capture One Pro
Hasselblad now supports an input ICC option in the “Reproduction” mode, but no camera “looks” other than the default Hasselblad RGB setting.
This tool has to be added to the workspace by the user; it’s not there by default, and we can only guess it is because of the general trend away from using camera profiles as these systems are less bound by the studio.
Interestingly, X-Rite’s new product, the ColorChecker Passport, has a Lightroom plugin feature that allows on-the-fly camera profiling and tagging very simply and easily - which is exactly what camera profiling in capture software needs to be, yet Hasselblad makes the option feel like an add-on. Even more interesting, back in the early days of big-chip photography, Kodak’s DCS Photo Pro software for the ill-fated Pro Back had an incorporated profile builder - a legacy of the Kodak prepress and color management software that set an early bar. Leaf has an option to use X-Rite profiling software as a plugin in its output tab - certainly a legacy of the Creo-Scitex-Kodak prepress history.