The Perfect Storage for Content Creators

For photographers or users with lots of photos and videos, it can be difficult to find a device that stores your entire photo collection. Synology NAS simplifies the way you manage your digital content with centralized photo storage and on-the-go file access and sharing.

Ready-made photography portfolio

Review photos with Photo Station

Keep your clients in the loop while protecting your digital assets.

  • Communicate with your clients or collect reviews from peers with labels and comments in the highlighted areas.
  • Set up custom watermarks for your albums to protect your photos and ensure copyright protection.
Review photos with Photo Station

10GbE high-speed transfer

Enjoy smooth, cost-effective file transmission with high-speed 10Gbps Ethernet using the ordinary RJ-45 cable.

10GbE high-speed transfer

Collaborate on content

It has never been so easy to manage your content.



After importing photos from your camera, just toss them into a designated folder on your computer, and they’ll automatically be uploaded to your Synology NAS. Learn more

Version history

Version history

With Synology Drive, you can get rid of dozens of files from different versions because a file can contain up to 32 versions.

Privilege control for albums

Privilege control for albums

Better manage your albums by assigning different privileges to your clients.

Stream your photos for better presentation

Stream photos from Synology NAS to smart TVs or other devices like Apple TV and Chromecast when presenting photos to clients.

Consolidate IT infrastructure for your studio

Have an offsite copy of your work files or simply keep them in sync among multiple sites.

Consolidate IT infrastructure for your studio

Video case studies

See how photographers achieved more with Synology.

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Photo Station


  • Supported image formats: BMP, JPEG, GIF, RAW (arw, srf, sr2, dcr, k25, kdc, cr2, crw, nef, mrw, ptx, pef, raf, raw, 3fr, erf, mef, mos, orf, rw2, dng, x3f), TIFF, PNG
  • Supported video formats for playback: 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, DAT, DivX, FLV, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, MTS, M2TS, M2T, QT, WMV, XviD, f4v
  • Supported video formats for download only: RM, RMVB, VOB
  • Supports people tags from Windows Live Photo Gallery
  • Supports IPTC tags of photos
  • Search photos using keywords, time slots, or tags
  • Create smart albums to filter photos and videos by specific search criteria
  • Pin albums to user-defined categories in order to create different portfolios
  • Tag photos by using facial recognition (this is an experimental function, you can enable it in Settings)
  • Added support for watermark to help protect the copyright of your photos
  • Album tree view on left panel allows you to move and copy files by dragging and dropping
  • Specify which file extensions (e.g. RAW, NEF) to not be displayed nor generate thumbnails
  • Disable or enable thumbnail generation or video conversion for albums anytime
  • Personal Photo Station sites for each DSM user

Show & Share

  • Personalized theme
  • Display modes: Photo Wall, Timeline View, Map View, and Detail View
  • Photos and videos stored in the root folder of Photo Station can be set as public (the default setting is private)
  • Photo album privacy controls: Public, Password, or Private (available only on first and second levels of albums)
  • Browse photos via DS photo on iPhone, Android devices, Win 10, Apple TV, and Android TV
  • Various slideshow transition effects
  • Play music in the background during a slideshow
  • “About Me” page displays self-introduction, contact information, and other details
  • Personal blog
  • Online photo editors: Aviary, Pixlr Editor, Pixlr Express
  • Share an album or a collection of photos via a public sharing link
  • Advanced settings on publicly shared albums: color labels, area highlight tools, comments
  • Share photos to Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Google Photos, Plurk, Twitter, Qzone, or Sina Weibo
  • Share photos in a virtual collection optimized for display on computer and mobile browsers.
  • Share videos to YouTube



  • Recommended number of users: up to 1,800*
  • Recommended number of emails processed per day: up to 4,773,000*


  • Provides mail services with SMTP, IMAP, POP3 protocols
  • SMTP authorization
  • SSL secured connection
  • SMTP relay with optional TLS secured connection
  • Multiple additional domains
  • Supports LDAP/AD account
  • Daily quota to limit each user's outbound mail
  • Create aliases for local users, groups, existing aliases and external mailboxes
  • Customization of auto BCC rules, SMTP/SMTPS port number, and the maximum size of a single email
  • Migrates emails from external mail servers:
    • Microsoft Exchange
    • Gmail
    • Yahoo Mail
    • General IMAP servers


  • Spam filter: Rspamd filter engine and DNS-based blackhole list
  • Spam engine supports Chinese segmenter to effectively detect Chinese spam mail
  • Use antivirus engine ClamAV to detect virus in mail attachments
  • Google SafeBrowsing database for detecting malicious URLs in the mail threads
  • Leverage third-party databases to enhance detection for malware, phishing contents and spam
  • Post-auditing and action policies for virus-infected mails
  • Threat Monitor provides security-related information:
    • General threat statistics in clear and interactive graphs
    • Real-time status of anti-spam and antivirus engines
    • DNSBL self-check result
    • Threat sources displayed in a world map
    • Statistics of blocked Inbound and outbound mail
  • Sender validation mechanism with SPF/DKIM and DMARC
  • Content Scan filters messages containing potentially dangerous content
  • Attachment filter to block specific file types
  • Message Content Protection (MCP) to prevent sensitive data leakage
  • Mail black and white list


  • High availability architecture maximizes service uptime
  • High-speed full-text search for English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean characters
  • Personal auto-forwarding and auto-reply rules for each user
  • Customize auto-reply message


  • Records historical email activity chart (past 1 hour, 1 day, 7 days, and 30 days) with detailed information about the quantity of inbound/outbound emails
  • Mail queue monitoring
  • Activity log and security log
  • Usage analysis to calculate email quantity of the selected users, and to monitor the mail traffic by account
  • Archive logs periodically
  • Transfer logs to the Secondary Server for backup, or syslog server for central management
  • Daily report includes summaries of
    • Hourly traffic
    • Delivered/received messages
    • Deferred/rejected messages
    • SMTP delivery failure
    • Warnings
    • Quantity of senders and recipients


  • MailPlus Server comes with 5 email accounts by default
  • License page allows for license addition
  • Licenses are all centralized in Primary Server

System Requirements

  • Synology NAS memory: 1GB RAM

Drive PC client

  • Drive PC Client is supported on Windows, Mac, and Ubuntu
  • Supports creating connections and syncing with multiple Drive servers
  • Supports syncing files and folders shared by other users
  • Supports double clicking on the tray menu to open files of any event in web browsers
  • Supports single clicking on the tray menu to open containing folders
  • Supports creating sharing links for synchronized files
  • Provides minimalist tray icons
  • Open Drive in web browsers from the system tray 
  • Supports instant pausing or deleting of established connections
  • Supports filtering event and notification logs by server
  • Notified files can be opened in containing folders or synced from the corresponding notification logs
  • Icon overlays can be enabled or disabled according to user settings
  • Customizable notification settings
  • Context menu in local file browsers for adjusting sync settings or creating sharing links
  • Customizable permission settings for sharing links to be set as public/internal and edit/view-only
  • Supports proxy connections



  • Supported image formats: BMP, GIF, HEIC, JPEG, PNG, RAW (3fr, arw, cr2, crw, dcr, dng, erf, k25, kdc, mef, mos, mrw, nef, orf, ptx, pef, raf, raw, rw2, sr2, srf ), TIFF
  • Supported video playback formats: 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, DAT, DivX, FLV, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, MTS, M2TS, M2T, QT, WMV, XviD
  • Upload photos using drag-and-drop (allows a maximum of 2,000 photos per upload)
  • Upload folders through drag-and-drop when using the Chrome browser
  • View and edit the face recognition results in the People album (only available on selected models)
  • View the photos categorized by objects and scenes in the Subject album (only available on selected models)
  • View the photos selected by AI aesthetics in the Moments Select section (only available on selected models)
  • View the grouped similar or duplicate photos in the Similar Photos section
  • Edit photo by applying Auto Color & Rotate (only available on selected models)
  • Search photos and albums by keywords, tags, and dates
  • View photos in folder hierarchy and in the Folder View mode
  • Supports the option to display photos and videos in My Drive

Auto-created Albums

  • View the photos in the following auto-created albums: Shared, People, Subjects, Places, Tags, Videos, and Recently Added.
  • Name people’s faces in photos and merge or hide specific people in the People album.
  • Enable or disable the People, Subjects, and Places albums in Settings.

Photos & Albums Operation

  • Edit the date, time, description, and keywords of photos.
  • Rotate photos
  • Play slideshow in photo albums
  • Share photos and albums
  • Download albums


  • Supports DSM, Photo Station, Audio Station, Surveillance Station, Download Station, Cloud Station, Video Station, File Station, Note Station, and all Synology mobile apps
  • Ensures server connection efficiency by LAN/WAN detection
  • Ensures server reachability by QuickConnect hole punching and optional QuickConnect relay service
  • Offers a web portal to DSM management interface and Photo Station
  • Automatically adds required port forwarding rules on compatible UPnP routers

Synology DDNS

  • Register Synology hosted domain names
  • Heartbeat service for connection status monitor and notification via Synology Account

USB Copy 2.0

  • Automatically copy files and folders between your Synology NAS and an attached USB/SD storage device.
  • Trigger a transfer by hot-plugging a USB/SD device, pushing the hardware copy button, or running the application in DSM.
  • Flexible configurations:
    • Task type: Photo/Video Import, Data Import, Data Export
    • Copy mode: Multi-versioned, Mirroring, Incremental
    • File type filter: filename, file extension
    • File conflict policy: rename, overwrite


  1. Please note that the figures marked in asterisks are derived from the Synology lab by using high-performance client computers with optimized network settings, and could vary in different environments.