Capture One is generally touted as the only real Lightroom alternative. Overall, many say that it produces better results, or at least better starting points, but does it really? An interesting article by Martin Evening in the current issue of Photoshop User Magazine suggests that the differences between the two are less than you might think.
The article attributes the better initial look of Capture One to more aggressive default sharpening and enhancement of the images. A pretty stark contrast to Lightroom’s more subtle default settings. Lightroom tends to be quite conservative on sharpening and noise reduction in comparison in order to preserve actual detail.