Lightroom CC December 2018 Release - What's NewAdobe today released version 2.1 of the Lightroom CC cloud-based desktop application, along with Lightroom CC iOS 4.1 and Android 4.1. These received minor new features, support for new cameras, new lens profiles, and a myriad of bug fixes.

An update to Lightroom Classic was also released – see my Lightroom Classic article for details on this.

Lightroom CC Desktop 2.1 requires Windows 10 v1703 or later, or macOS 10.12 Sierra or later. If you previously were prompted to agree to auto updates and if you agreed, then go to Help>System Info to verify that you are now using version 2.1. Otherwise to update to 2.1, go to Help>Updates, and on the Apps tab click on Update next to Lightroom CC (not Lightroom Classic or Lightroom CC 2015!).

To update iOS, find the Lightroom CC app in the App Store and tap on Update; find the Android app in the Google Play store.

In This Article:

New Cameras Now Supported

Raw files from the following new cameras can now be imported into Lightroom CC Desktop, iOS and Android and into Lightroom Classic:

  • Apple iPad Pro 11-inch (2018 model)
  • Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2018 model)
  • Apple iPhone XS
  • Apple iPhone XS Max
  • Apple iPhone XR
  • Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
  • Google Pixel 3
  • Google Pixel 3 XL
  • GoPro HERO7 Black
  • Huawei P9 Lite
  • Leica D-Lux 7
  • LEICA M10-D
  • LEICA M10-P
  • LG G7 ThinQ
  • Nikon COOLPIX P1000
  • Nikon D3500
  • Nikon Z 6
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Sony DSC-HX95
  • Sony DSC-HX9

Click here to see a list of all cameras supported in each version of Lightroom (and Camera Raw).

New Lens Profiles

Click here for a list of lens profiles added to Lightroom CC Desktop, iOS and Android, as well as to Lightroom Classic. (This won’t open if you have popups disabled in your browser.)

New in Lightroom CC Desktop

People View:

  • Face regions are now visible in Detail view (shortcut D). Select a photo with a tagged person. Open the Keyword tab and hover over a person in the People section to see the square face region in the photo:

Lightroom CC: View Face Region

  • Sorting people by last name is now available. In People view (P), click on the three dots in the upper right and choose Last Name:

Lightroom CC: Sort People by Last Name

  • Faces now load faster in People (P) view.

Shared Albums:

  • Filter shared albums for picks only and/or number of stars directly from within Lightroom CC Desktop, rather than having to go to Lightroom Web to filter. To access Share Settings, right-click on a shared album and choose Share Settings…, or if the album isn’t shared yet, Share to Web. (Learn all about Lightroom’s shared albums here.)

Filter shared albums in Lightroom CC Desktop

  • Rejected photos no longer show in shared albums.

Add Photos / Import:

  • File type now shows on thumbnails in the Add Photos dialog:

Lightroom CC File Type Badge in Add Photos

  • In the Add to Album section, your album hierarchy (albums in folders) is now displayed:

Lightroom CC: Add Photos Add to Album Hierarchy Display

  • Import from cameras, memory cards, phones and tablets should be much faster.
  • Uncompressed TIFF files with the same file names but different content are no longer identified as duplicates during import. (This was common with scanned files.)


  • When you have an album selected in Grid view (G), Set as Target Album is now available in the 3-dot menu in the header:

Lightroom CC: Set as Target Option


  • Presets with one or more settings not applicable to the selected image can now be displayed and applied. (The non-applicable settings won’t be applied.) A common scenario is a preset that includes a raw profile (e.g. Adobe Vivid). Ordinarily the preset would not appear in the Presets list when a JPEG or other non-raw file is selected. To display these, click on the three-dot (…) menu within Presets, and uncheck Hide Partially Compatible Presets:

Lightroom CC: Hide Partially Compatible Presets

New in  Lightroom CC iOS (iPad and iPhone)

People View:

  • Sort people by first or last name or photo count: