Synology Moments – Better than Google Photos?

Synology Moments, An Alternative to Google Photos

Gather all your photos and videos in one private place and organize them in an entirely new way. Synology Moments opens a new era for photo storage, allowing random photos to be automatically sorted by an image-recognizing technique that can identify the people, subjects, and places in the photos. Retain your extraordinary moments from the past or in future, you can take photos to capture all the meaningful moments in life. Synology Moments saves all of your photos in one secure place on your NAS, without needing to worry about any potential leak of personal data. Just take photos and all your extraordinary moments will be perfectly organized for you. Group your moments according to topics with the deep learning algorithm on Synology NAS, random photos are automatically grouped together according to similar faces, subjects, and places.

What can Google Photos and Synology Moments both do?

Search and share memories effortlessly with friends and other users. There’s no need to scroll through all your photos just to find the one you want. Simply type the keywords into the search bar and all relevant results will appear instantly. Your precious moments can also be effortlessly shared with friends and family anytime, anywhere. With an optimized browsing experience with super-resolution, it can automatically detects network conditions. When network conditions are unstable, deep learning techniques and hardware acceleration on mobile devices reconstruct thumbnail details, providing an uninterrupted browsing experience. Additionally, you can back up photos and free up storage space. Back up your photos captured in daily life by uploading them from iOS or Android mobile devices to Synology Moments.

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5 thoughts on “Synology Moments – Better than Google Photos?

  1. Moments sorts pictures on Date Modified not Date Taken. Date Modified changes when facial recognition and tags are applied to the pictures causing the collection to resort and be presented incorrectly.

    Comment from Synology Support:


    Thank you for your request, but unfortunately not at this time. I will make sure to add request to add the Date Taken sorting option in the future, however, I do not have an ETA when it will be added.

    Best regards,

      1. I was reviewing features on “Moments” and feel the same regarding the previous “Moments sorts pictures on Date Modified not Date Taken” comment. “Date Taken” sorting would seem to be an important feature and I would also like to see this if possible!

    1. This is not true. 1. Moments does use the date taken EXIF tag. 2. Facial Recognition does NOT update the file (tagging does, but it does not change the sort date, which is date taken).

  2. Cheers for posting helpful details to Synology NAS community!

    In future blogs could you augment your commentary to include the following 2 features – please:

    De-duplication : always handy to have a tool that identifies repeat photos. Synology’s Storage Analyzer can be enabled to evaluate any file type for “Duplicate File Candidates”. What are the capabilities of Synology Moments + Photo Station?

    Folder Organisation: Another handy feature of some photo management software is to automatically place photos into storage folders during upload (i.e. by date that photo was taken, or location). How does Synology fair with regards to such skills?


    Keen to evaluate the unification of Synology’s photo tools — which seems to be envisaged with DSM7 (due for public release at some point in 2020) ;o)