Compare feature differences between Lightroom Classic and the Lightroom Ecosystem
Lightroom Classic Interface
Lightroom Classic interface
Lightroom interface
Lightroom 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 WHCC
Web Web module Lightroom 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.