Adobe is rolling out some new features for Lightroom CC and Lightroom for iOS; here’s a quick rundown of what to look for.

PSA: There have been some assertions from some* photographers we know that the update to LR is making LR slower to load images, so ensure all your speed optimization settings like using GPU and so forth are set.

Lightroom CC

Reference View


This is the big one in this update. A feature some Lightroom users have been hoping for is now a reality: Reference View is a new feature that works similarly to the Compare feature that’s been around for years. However, Reference View works in the develop module so you can look at a photograph on the left while processing the photo on the right. This is helpful for matching styles or white balance between photos.

Performance Improvements

Adobe has made some under-the-hood improvements in file handling that should reduce hindrance to your computer while using Lightroom.

Smart Collections and Collection Sets

A filter has been added to create Smart Collections based on snapshots created and Collection Sets can now be exported to a new Lightroom catalog.

Lens and Camera Support

Both Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw have received support for numerous cameras and lenses. A few newly supported cameras of interest: Hasselblad X1D, Leica TL, Pentax K-70, Canon EOS M5, Nikon D5600, Sony Alpha a99 II, and Olympus PEN E-PL8. Lenses now supported include a host of Moment iPhone add-on lenses and Zeiss, Tamron, and Sigma lenses for both Canon and Nikon – including the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art. Notably, Lightroom can now tether to the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. You can see the full list of newly supported gear for Lightroom here and for Adobe Camera Raw here.

Lightroom for iOS

New Capture Interface


Now users can access “Professional Mode” that gives access to manual settings so you can fully control your iPhone camera.

New Editing Interface


Changes have been implemented in an effort to make the mobile Lightroom editing experience more streamlined and intuitive.

New Info Section


This allows for on-the-go additions of title, caption, and copyright data.

You can check out the full list of updates and camera and lens support for Lightroom here.

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Have you tried out the new features yet? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!