The Perfect Storage for Content Creators

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.

Synchronization

Synchronization

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

Features

  • View photos in various display modes: Photo Wall, Timeline View, Map View, and Detail View
  • Organize albums and set privacy controls to manage photos with other DSM accounts
  • Share photos via social networking sites or show root folders to the pubic directly
  • Display photos with Apple TV and Android TV

Application Component

  • Synology Photo Station Uploader

Specifications

  • Supported file formats
    • 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
    • Video playback formats: 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, DAT, DivX, FLV, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, MTS, M2TS, M2T, QT, WMV, XviD, f4v
    • Video formats for download only: RM, RMVB, VOB
  • Flexible managing functions
    • Personal Photo Station sites for each DSM user
    • Drag-and-drop to move and copy files
    • Pin albums to user-defined categories to create different portfolios
    • Specify which file extensions (e.g. RAW, NEF) to hide/stop the thumbnail generation
  • Share and show photos your way
    • Directly access albums through shared links with privacy settings
    • Connect and share photos to Facebook, Flickr, Plurk, Twitter, Qzone, or Sina Weibo
    • Utilize collaborative functions in shared albums, including color labels, area highlight tools, and comments
    • Create your personal blog: integrate with WordPress, Joomla, Drupal
    • Adjust the speed and add transition effects during slideshows
  • Search and find your photos
    • Search for photos using keywords, time slots, or tags
    • Create smart albums to filter photos and videos by specific search criteria
  • Tags and personalized editing
    • IPTC tag support
    • Tag photos by facial recognition (Optional)
    • Add watermarks to protect your copyright
    • Edit the Geolocation of photos
  • Mobile accessibility
    • Browse your photos on iOS and Android devices
    • TV apps available via Apple TV and Android TV

Limitations

  • Privacy controls can only be set for top and second level albums

Synology Drive

Synology Drive Server

Features

  • Synchronization server for clients on various platforms
  • Cross-office file collaboration among Synology NAS servers
  • File management on web portal
  • Integrated with Synology Office for online file editing
  • Generates safe and secure file sharing links

Application components

  • Synology Drive Admin Console
  • Synology Drive ShareSync
  • Synology Drive

Specifications

  • Compatible with DSM 6.2.2 or above
  • The following packages from Package Center must be installed first:
    • Synology Universal Search
    • Synology Application Service

Synology Drive Admin Console

Features
  • Service management center for administrators to monitor and control business data assets and resources on Synology Drive
  • File synchronization server for corresponding client applications on computers, mobile phones, and other Synology NAS servers
  • Option to select specific shared folders on Synology NAS for access in Synology Drive with history version policies
  • Flexible settings for users' access and sharing permissions to suit any deployment scenarios
  • Point-in-time history version restoration of files and folders
Specifications
  • Shared folder service management with versioning policies
    • Up to 32 historical file versions with cross-version deduplication
    • Historical version rotation with duration of 7, 30, 60, or 120 days
    • Retention policy of first-in-first-out method or Intelliversioning algorithm, preserving the most significant file versions
  • Recommended number of concurrent computer client connections per Synology NAS: Up to 2,000 (See Note 1)
  • Monitors and logs detailed system health status, user actions, and events, including service disruption, modification of shared folder configurations, and file manipulations
  • Non-admin users' sharing permission settings, including the ability to share files publicly as well as directly with assigned DSM users and group accounts
  • Blacklisting file types (e.g., documents, music, videos, images, etc.), file name, file extensions, and maximum file size for specific users' syncing files
  • Connection list of client applications with detailed information (e.g., device name, username, application type, online/offline status, IP address, location) as well as an option to unlink the connection
  • Customizable content indexing rules for each shared folders for robust search in Synology Drive
  • Calculation of application's storage usage and option to manually clean up deleted files in recycle bins to free up space
  • Version Explorer allows administrators to switch view roles, browse file/folder version history, and download/restore them with minute-level version granularity
Limitations
  • Mounted shared folders cannot be enabled as team folders
Note
  1. The number of concurrent computer client connections may vary for different Synology NAS models (Refer to each Synology NAS model's product spec for the recommended number)

Synology Drive ShareSync

Features
  • Real-time collaboration via two-way synchronization with multiple Synology NAS servers in multiple locations
  • One-way synchronization to distribute or collect data and files to remote Synology NAS servers
  • Flexible options to sync folders and selectively sync sub-folders to prevent redundant file syncing
Specifications
  • Sync files on shared folder basis or selectively sync sub-folders with multiple Synology NAS servers
  • Flexible sync mode settings with either syncing all privileges, only domain user privileges or files excluding permissions and metadata
  • Two-way sync or one-way upload/download to meet different remote offices and collaboration needs
  • Blacklisting file types (e.g., documents, music, videos, images, etc.), file name, file extensions, and maximum file size for syncing files and folders for each syncing task
  • Options to tackle file version conflict by either keeping the latest modified version, or keeping the version on the server and renaming to keep the discarded version
  • Monitors syncing status with information connected servers' information and connection status for error handling
  • Monitors and logs detailed file syncing events which can be filtered by shared folders, keywords, or date range
Limitations
  • Under the following circumstances, files will not be synced by Synology Drive ShareSync:
    • Certain file types or file paths containing certain characters (Learn more)
    • The file path is longer than 2,048 characters
    • The file name is longer than 255 characters
  • Each Synology NAS can connect with multiple host Synology NAS servers, but a Synology NAS can only be paired with the host Synology NAS once
  • A local shared folder cannot be set as the sync folder for multiple host Synology NAS servers simultaneously
  • User home folders (homes), mounted shared folders, and folders without write permission cannot be used as sync folders
  • Files and folders under the mounted folder on the client Synology NAS will not be synced

Synology Drive

Features
  • File access on web portal and collaboration through team folders with labels and stars to categorize or mark important files
  • Granular and flexible file/folder permission settings for secure sharing scenarios
  • Integration with the online editing tool Synology Office and instant messaging service Synology Chat for seamless team collaboration
Specifications
  • Supported browsers including Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer 10 or later
  • File management with labels, stars, or hotkey, and sorting by title, modified time, type, owner, and size
  • Content searching via DSM built-in package Synology Universal Search with a variety of search criteria (e.g., keyword, location, type, owner, labels, size, and date) to quickly gather the most relevant data
  • Customizable permission settings to share folders and files only with other DSM users, or share publicly with the protection of password and validity period
  • Monitors and logs detailed user actions and events, including file manipulations, permission modifications, and version rotations
  • Provides the ability for team collaboration on documents, spreadsheets, and slides through the integration with Synology Office
  • Sends important update notifications via the Synology instant message application Synology Chat
  • Backs up Synology Drive to local or remote destinations and restores the settings and data of the package to a previous point in time with the Synology package Hyper Backup
Limitations
  • Deleted files from Team Folder will be placed in the Recycle Bin, which is only accessible by system administrators

Synology Drive Client

Features

  • Desktop application to synchronize files and folders between the computer and the Synology Drive server to access, browse, and share files via file browser
  • Real-time or scheduled computer backup from the local computer to Synology Drive Server with the capability to restore files and folders on the client side

Specifications

  • Create up to 64 sync tasks with Synology Drive Client for Windows environment
  • On-demand Sync option to reduce computer capacity consumption and overhead on the server (Available on Windows 10 version 1809 and above)
  • File access from file browser on local computer with synchronization with My Drive, Team Folder, and Shared with me folders on Synology Drive Server
  • Two-way sync or one-way upload/download to meet different collaboration needs
  • Blacklisting file name, file extensions, and maximum file size for each sync task
  • Flexible backup settings with continuous, manual, or schedule mode to meet different backup needs
  • Monitors and logs file manipulations, including downloads, delete, rename, etc.

Limitations

  • Certain file and drive types are not supported on Synology Drive sync task (Learn more)
  • .pst files are not supported because .pst files are not guaranteed to be portable
  • Only one backup task can be established for one account
  • Folders already synced or folders that are ancestor or child folders to a synced folder cannot be selected for sync task
  • If the local folder contains a folder mounted via other file protocols, files inside this mount point might not be synced because Synology Drive cannot detect file changes inside a mount point
  • On-demand Sync
    • Local folders which are already synced with Synology Drive's On-demand Sync, OneDrive's File On-Demand, or iCloud Drive and their child folders cannot be selected for a task with On-demand Sync
    • Root drive directories (e.g., C:\ and D:\) and home directories (e.g., C:\Users<username>) cannot be selected as On-demand Sync folder

Synology Drive Mobile

Features

  • Easy access and file management on the go with file searching, sharing, moving, and applying labels in iOS and Android environments
  • Granular and flexible file or folder permission settings for secure sharing scenarios 
  • Offline access to view the files downloaded to the local device

Specifications

  • Compatible with DSM 6.2.2 or above
  • File management with labels, stars, sorting by title, modified time, type, owner, and size
  • Content searching with a variety of criteria (e.g., keyword, location, type, owner, labels, size, and date) to quickly gather the most relevant data
  • Customizable permission settings to share folders and files only with other DSM users, or share publicly with the protection of password and validity period
  • Secure application lock with passcode and 2-step verification if the option has been enabled in DSM
  • Offline access and auto-update for multiple files on a local device
  • Option to view files in My Drive by file types (e.g., document, photo, video, music)
  • Integration with iOS Files and Android document provider as a universal entry to easily browse, open, edit, or move files among different storage apps
  • Seamlessly edit files online with Microsoft applications
  • Smooth previews and generation of thumbnails of raw images, and support for viewing general file formats (Supported formats may vary by OS and device)
    • Synology Office files: Synology Document, Synology Spreadsheet, Synology Slides
    • Documents: htm, html
    • Images: jpg, jpeg, png, gif, bmp
    • Audio files: mp3, m4a (except for alac), m4b, flac, ogg, wav
  • Accelerates file loading speed with cache management

Limitations

  • Synology Slides cannot be viewed if the files are opened with links that do not allow downloads or copies in iOS device

Synology Moments

Features

  • Photo and video display in chronological order in timeline mode
  • Automatic face/special subject recognition in photos with auto-created albums
  • Flexible and reliable mobile backup settings
  • Synchronization with Synology Drive Server to display photos and videos in My Drive

Specifications

  • Compatible with DSM 6.2.1-23824 and above
  • Home service must be enabled first
  • The following packages from Package Center must be installed first:
    • Synology Universal Search
    • Synology Application Service
    • Synology Drive Server
  • Supported file formats
    • 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
    • Video playback formats: 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, DAT, DivX, FLV, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, MTS, M2TS, M2T, QT, WMV, XviD
    • Apple's Live Photos playback
    • 360-degree photo and video playback
  • AI-calculated features
    • View and edit face recognition results in the People albums
    • View photos categorized by objects and scenes in the Subject album
    • View photos selected by AI aesthetics in the Moments Select section
    • View and decide to keep or delete similar or duplicate photos in the Similar Photos section
    • Choose to apply color and angle adjustments while browsing photos in lightbox mode
  • Auto-created albums
    • View the automatically categorized albums: Shared, People, Subjects, Places, Tags, Videos, and Recently Added
    • Enable or disable the People, Subject, and Places albums in Settings
  • Photo operations
    • Search photos and albums by keywords, tags, and dates
    • Advanced search by file types, time ranges, tags, or keywords
    • Edit the date, time, and descriptions of photos
    • Add general tags to photos or videos
    • Rotate photos
    • Play slideshows in photo albums
    • Share photos and albums
    • Download albums
  • Mobile backup and browsing
    • Back up photos with Wi-Fi/photos only options and duplicated-file handling settings
    • Enhance thumbnail resolution with super-resolution under unstable Internet connections
  • Display photos and videos in My Drive
  • Shared Photo Library: select specific users to access the shared folder "/photo"

Limitations

  • Drag-and-drop photo upload only allows a maximum of 2,000 photos per upload
  • Drag-and-drop folder upload is only supported via Chrome browser
  • AI-calculated features are only supported on selected models (Supported models)

External Access

QuickConnect

Features

  • 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

DDNS

Features

  • Translate the domain name of your Synology NAS to an IP address
  • Multiple DDNS providers
  • Synology Heartbeat service DDNS server
  • Supports custom DDNS provider profiles

EZ-Internet

Features

  • Express Setup: Supports UPnP & NAT-PMP routers
  • Advanced Setup: Supports signing in to a router with an admin account
  • Supports custom ports for router port-forwarding rules
  • Provides router port accessibility test to ensure forwarded ports can be accessed from the Internet

USB Copy

Features

  • 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: File name, file extension
    • File conflict policy: Rename, overwrite

Notes:

  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.