Synology Offers ‘Google Photos’ Features With New DSM 7.0 Update

Synology has just released their DiskStation Manager (DSM) 7.0 update on 29 June and its new photo syncing feature might just be the Google Photos alternative existing and future NAS users can jump on and utilise right away. This makes for a very timely addition, seeing how Google Photos no longer offers unlimited storage space for high-quality photo and video uploads since 1 June 2021, and will start counting towards the 15GB free storage quota.

The new DSM 7.0 update brings several improvements such as a more streamlined and modern-looking user experience, enhanced login security, flexible cloud storage, faster storage technologies, system monitoring, and most notably – Synology Photos.

Synology Photos is essentially identical to Google Photos, where you can save and manage your photos easily. The new feature boasts an intuitive image search, and automated tools to help users sort and find their data more efficiently. There will be detailed filters to help improve your browsing experience, besides searching by album or date, users can also filter by the type of lens or even its focal length.

While Synology Photos can group your album, automatically similarly to Google Photos, it can also allow you to set conditions to let it match accordingly.

Additionally, you can share restricted access links to others, backup shots to your mobile, browse them on the go, and cast those images to TV via AirPlay or Chromecast. Best of all, all your photos and videos will be synced to your own network storage for that added security and privacy.

Since we have been running the Synology DiskStation DS1621+, we’ve already jumped on the DMS 7.0 upgrade promptly and already enjoying the spiffy new feature with our content creation endeavours.

DSM 7.0 is available now but you’ll have to update it manually for now as the auto-update is expected to only roll out globally in late July 2021.

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