DSM Version

Synology Photos

Features

  • A smart and flexible photo management system
  • Rich photo-sharing options including password protection and expiration dates
  • Automatic photo grouping using facial recognition and other categorizations
  • iOS and Android platform support to allow management from mobile devices

Specifications

Compatibility
  • Node.js v12, Synology Application Service, and Advanced Media Extensions are required to run Synology Photos
  • The original DSM 6.2 packages must be running the following versions for their data and configurations to be migratable:
    • Synology Moments: 1.3.0-0691 and above (minimum DSM version: 6.2.1-23824)
    • Photo Station: 6.8.0-3456 and above
All-around Browsing and Managing
  • Supports photo and video display in chronological order or by folder structure
  • Supports changing the thumbnail size in Folder view
  • Provides intuitive move, copy, and download features
  • Allows the editing of dates, times, descriptions, and tags of photos and videos
  • Supports adding photos to multiple albums without creating duplicates
  • Supports conditional albums that automatically add matching photos
  • Supports the exclusion of uploading and displaying specified file extensions  
Dynamic Sharing and Collaboration
  • Supports sharing albums with customizable permissions
  • Allows users to view and manage albums shared with/by others
  • Shared Space can be opened to selected users for collaboration
  • Supports Public folder links that allow users to share portfolios with others  
Quick Searching
  • Provides the following Quick Filters: File type, Time taken, People, Geolocation, Tag, Camera, Lens, Focal length, Exposure time, Aperture, and ISO
  • Supports search by keywords using: file names, dates, and special formats such as 360° photos/videos or Live Photos  
Auto-created Albums
  • Automatically groups photos into five albums: People, Places, Tags, Videos, and Recently Added
  • Facial recognition enables users to name, hide, or merge detected faces in People albums
Easy File Upload
  • Supports drag-and-drop upload of photos, videos, and folders
  • Supports thumbnail generation via browsers to reduce server load and boost display speed
  • Supported File Formats:
    • Image formats: BMP, GIF, HEIC, JPEG, PNG, RAW (3fr, arw, cr2, cr3, crw, dcr, dng, erf, k25, kdc, mef, mos, mrw, nef, orf, ptx, pef, raf, raw, rw2, sr2, srf), TIFF
    • Video formats: 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, DivX, FLV, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, MTS, M2TS, M2T, QT, WMV, XviD
    • Live Photo
    • 360° photos and videos

Limitations

  • Folders can only be uploaded via drag-and-drop on Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge
  • Drag-and-drop only supports 5,000 files per upload
  • Folders will not remain in their original tree structure when uploaded via drag-and-drop
  • Live Photos consist of a still photo and a video and require both components to be played. The following models do not support Live Photo video conversion and will show all Live Photos as still photos:
    • 20 series: DS120j
    • 19 series: DS119j
    • 16 series: DS216se
    • 15 series: DS215j, DS115, DS115j
    • 14 series: RS814, RS214, DS414, DS414slim, DS414j, DS214+, DS214, DS214se, DS114
    • 13 series: DS213j
  • To ensure system performance, facial recognition is only supported on certain models. Please refer to this article for the full list.

Affiliated Utility

Synology Photos (Mobile)

Features

  • A smart and flexible photo management system
  • Rich photo-sharing options including password protection and expiration dates
  • Automatic photo grouping using facial recognition and other categorizations
  • iOS and Android platform support to allow management from mobile devices

Specifications

  • System requirements
    • iOS: 12.0 or above
    • Android: 7.0 or above
  • Supports customizing backup destinations
  • Supports moving and copying photos in folders
  • Supports browsing and managing photos in a timeline mode
  • Supports tagging and adding descriptions to photos
  • Supports adding photos to multiple albums without creating duplicates
  • Supports quickly selecting and sharing mobile photos through a link with password protection and expiration date options
  • Supports viewing photos in slideshow mode
  • Supports casting photos to TVs via Chromecast or AirPlay
  • Supports naming, hiding, and merging detected faces in the People album
  • Supports browsing previously viewed photos offline
  • Supports file conversion by mobile devices to speed up thumbnail generation and enhance video compatibility
  • Supports switching the video playback quality between speed first and quality first

Limitations

  • iOS devices must be charging during photo backups to ensure the background backup efficiency
  • When multiple iOS devices share an iCloud storage but the synchronization of photos between devices delay, Synology Photos might not be able to back up all the photos taken during the delayed time