Lightroom Classic and Lightroom Ecosystem | Feature Comparison

Compare feature differences between Lightroom Classic and the Lightroom Ecosystem

Lightroom interface
Lightroom interface

Lightroom Classic Interface
Lightroom Classic interface

Many thanks to Victoria Bampton, the Lightroom Queen, for her assistance in creating this feature comparison.

Storing photos

Feature

Lightroom Classic

Lightroom Ecosystem

Original files (photos and videos) stored locally

Yes

Optional

Store original files across multiple different hard drives

Yes

No

Original files uploaded to cloud

No

Yes

Original files downloadable on-demand

N/A

Yes

Automatically manage local storage

No

Yes

Work with multiple catalogs

Yes

No

Import

Feature Lightroom Classic Lightroom Ecosystem
Import raw, JPEG, PSD, PSB, TIF, DNG, HEIF, PNG, and some video formats
Yes Yes
Add to collection/album Yes Yes
Change sort order/filter photos in Import dialog Yes No
Add metadata during import Yes Copyright only
Apply camera defaults during import Yes Yes
Apply develop presets during import Yes Yes (Raw only)
Rename photos during import Yes No
Import from iPhoto/Photos iPhoto/Aperture only Photos only
Import from Photoshop Elements Yes Yes
Tethered Shooting & Watched Folders Yes No

Viewing photos

Feature

Lightroom Classic

Lightroom Ecosystem

View photos in Grid view

Yes

Yes

View photos in Loupe/Detail view 

Yes

Yes

Zoom in on photos

Yes

Yes

View photos in Survey view

Yes

No

View photos in Compare view

Yes

No

Secondary screen

Yes

No

Organizing photos

Feature

Lightroom Classic

Lightroom Ecosystem

Organize using folders on the hard drive

Yes

No

Organize using Collections/Albums

Yes

Yes

Quick Collection/Target Collection

Yes

No

Stack photos

Yes

Yes (desktop only)

Rename photos

Yes

No

Delete photos

Yes

Yes

Restore deleted photos

No

Yes, within 60 days

Viewing and adding metadata

Feature Lightroom Classic Lightroom Ecosystem
View EXIF/IPTC metadata Yes Yes
Star ratings Yes Yes
Flags Yes Yes
Color labels Yes No
Title, Caption Yes Yes
Copyright Yes Yes
Edit capture time Yes Yes
Add other IPTC metadata Yes No
Keywords Yes Yes
View GPS Yes Yes (desktop only)
Add GPS Yes No
Face recognition Yes Yes
Write metadata to files Yes Yes, only when saving a copy

Finding and filtering photos

Feature

Lightroom Classic

Lightroom Ecosystem

Change sort order

Yes

Yes

Set custom sort order

Yes

Yes

AI-based text search without tagging

No

Yes

Filter based on metadata (keywords, camera, etc)

Yes

Yes

Save filter criteria as a Filter Preset

Yes

No

Smart Collections

Yes

No

Editing photos

Feature Lightroom Classic Lightroom Ecosystem
Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks Yes Yes
Tone Curves Yes Yes
Clarity, Dehaze, and Texture Yes Yes
Color Adjustments Yes Yes
Color Grading Yes Yes
Sharpening, Noise Reduction, Grain Yes Yes
Lens Corrections Yes Yes
Chromatic Aberration/Defringe Yes Yes
Geometric Corrections Yes Yes
Camera Calibration Sliders Yes No
Cropping and Straightening Yes Yes
Spot Removal - Clone and Heal tools Yes Yes
Red Eye and Pet Eye Correction tools Yes No
Local Adjustments - Gradients and Brushes Yes Yes
Local Adjustments - Range Mask Yes No
Local Adjustment Brush presets Yes No
Post-crop Vignette Yes Yes

Photo Merge

Feature

Lightroom Classic

Lightroom Ecosystem

Stich a panorama

Yes

Yes (desktop only)

Create an HDR file

Yes

Yes (desktop only)

Editing tools

Feature Lightroom Classic Lightroom Ecosystem
Copy/paste settings to multiple photos Yes Yes
Apply Profiles Yes Yes
Apply Presets Yes Yes
Create Presets Yes Yes
Sync Profiles and Presets to the cloud No Yes
History Yes Versions
Before/After preview Yes Yes
Reference view Yes No
Snapshots Yes Versions
Create copies Virtual Duplicate
Soft Proofing Yes No

Viewing and editing videos

Feature

Lightroom Classic

Lightroom Ecosystem

Play video clips

Yes

Yes

Clip beginning/end

Yes

No

Make color/tonal adjustments

Yes

No

External editors and plug-ins

Feature

Lightroom Classic

Lightroom Ecosystem

Send to Photoshop

Yes

Yes

Send to Photoshop Elements

Yes

No

Send to other external editors

Yes

Yes (mobile only)

Third-party plug-ins

Yes

No

Export

Feature Lightroom Classic Lightroom Ecosystem
Export as new file name Yes Yes
Export file formats Original/DNG, TIF/PSD,  JPEG, PNG Original/DNG, TIF,  JPEG
Export color space ProPhoto, Adobe RGB, sRGB, Display P3 ProPhoto, Adobe RGB, sRGB, Display P3
Export with resize Yes Yes
Export with output sharpening Yes Yes
Export with watermark Yes Yes
Export with specific metadata Yes Yes (mobile only)
Publish Services Yes Connections
Send to Facebook No Yes (mobile only)
Send to Flickr Yes No

Books, Slideshows and Prints

Feature

Lightroom Classic

Lightroom Ecosystem

Create books

Yes

Sync photos to Blurb BookWright

Create slideshows

Yes

Desktop, no. Mobile & Apple TV, simple slideshow

Print to a local printer

Yes

No

Order prints

No

Web

Multiple Computers/Devices

Feature Lightroom Classic* Lightroom Ecosystem
Use on secondary desktop Yes Yes
Access photos on mobile device Yes, with synced Collections Yes
Access photos in a web browser Yes, with synced Collections
Yes
Share Lightroom Web galleries Yes, with Web module or synced Collections with Lightroom Web

Yes
*Lightroom Classic syncs Smart Previews when uploading images to the Lightroom Ecosystem.
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