Logitech Circle 2 Indoor/Outdoor Weatherproof Wired Home Security Camera (Person Detection, 24-Hr Free Time-Lapse), Works with Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa
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Whole home security made simple. Keep home in your hands with Circle 2— the whole home security camera designed to help watch over home when you're away, indoors or outdoors. Whether you're at work or just next door, always know about unexpected household activity in real time with instant smart alerts on your mobile device. Circle 2's unlimited live streaming, 2-way audio and smart recorded video are accessible anytime and anywhere at no additional costs, unless you choose to add a subscription plan to see up to 14 to 31-days of video storage, and more. With Circle 2, you'll never miss a thing at home.
- Brand: Logitech
- Model: 961-000415
- Released on: 2017-07-23
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 6.10" h x 6.10" w x 3.82" l, 1.15 pounds
- Full HD Video and Night Vision with 180-Degree Lens - See more of what's happening at home in full 1080p HD, day or night, with an ultra-wide 180-degree glass lens
- Smart Alerts - Get instant, customized motion alerts; and with Circle Safe Premium, be notified when a person is detected or when activity happens within a specific Motion Zone you've created
- Advanced Motion Filtering - Identifies and records relevant motion activity so you can keep an eye on unwanted visitors without spending hours sorting through video footage
- Smart Time-lapse Day Brief - Recap important moments in the last 24 hours of home in a free 30-second Day Brief
- Talk and Listen - Built-in speaker and microphone let's you talk to your pet when the camera is placed indoors or to the delivery man when it's outdoors
- Unlimited Streaming, Cameras and Users - Access your video footage any time. One account, unlimited cameras connected and multiple users
- Secure Cloud Storage - Free access to 24-hours of video footage stored securely in your private cloud or choose from one of the Circle Safe subscription plans for additional storage and more
- Easy Setup in Minutes - Get started with quick and easy setup. Just download the mobile app and plug and play. Works with Logitech POP, Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa
Most helpful customer reviews
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
Decent indoor/outdoor system. Some improvements could be made, but I support the product.
The wireless connections (for video feed, not power) are spotty. I wish there was a hardwire ethernet connection... especially since power can go over ethernet and there already is a power cord. I also have spotty connections at times... frustrating.
Plus, the full feature storage is $100/year/camera. At 5 cameras... wow. I only have it on 3.
Check out the Ubiquiti system. If I found it before the return window expired on the Logi Circle 2, I would have gotten that instead. No fees and local video storage.
Ubiquity Cam: Ubiquiti UVC-G3 UniFi Video Camera
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful.
Lots of Promise
I purchased the Logitech Circle 2 wired camera. Due to several reported issues by community users with the wireless version such as battery life, video quality, and motion detection I went with the wired version. Please note, most if not all issues, may be resolved by future firmware updates. However, to be on the safe side I purchased a wired version since a battery can be added in the future.
The setup process for the camera was easy. Unfortunately, once setup is complete, if you need to make modifications to wifi ssid or timezone settings you need to reset the entire camera and start all over. A bit strange in this day and age. In any case, you're not changing the settings all the time. The quality of the camera is very good with 1080p resolution enabled. Please note, you do need a strong wireless connection and enough bandwidth to reduce lag in live view. Some users complain there's a lag or recordings take a while to show up in the app. Before you mount the camera into your desired location, grab your cellphone, install a Speedtest app and run a test. If you have a poor upload connection then you're most likely going to have issues. You may need to invest into an Access Point or change the location of your router. Minimum 2 Mbps upload and download speeds strongly recommended
Ring recently introduced a competing product called the Ring Spotlight Cam. I will test that one soon but based on specs and pricing there are a few important differences listed below. I think Logitech can definitely strengthen its offering with the Circle 2.
Price (Wired Version) - Winner: Circle 2
- At the moment Circle 2 wired is priced at $179.99. Ring Spotlight Cam is $199
Resolution - Winner: Tie
- Both support 1080p resolution
Speaker & Microphone - Winner: Tie
- Both have two-way audio
Field of View - Winner: Circle 2
- Circle 2 has 180-degree field of view while Ring Spotlight Cam supports 140-degree field of view.
Siren - Winner: Ring
- Ring has a built in siren that can be triggered to scare off an intruder. It also includes LED lights that can be motion triggered.
Cable Length - Winner: Ring
- Ring comes with a 20ft power cable that's rated for outdoors out of the box. Circle 2 needs a weatherproof extension to be safe for outdoor use.
Mobile App - Winner: Ring
- Ring's mobile app is more polished and feature rich. It also supports the ability to add additional users to access the camera. If you want to share the camera access with your husband and wife it's easy to do so with Ring. Logitech currently support only one account. Ring also allows you to share a video recording by generating a unique URL to video hosted on their servers. With Circle 2, you have to download the recording and then figure out how you're going to send it to someone. Overall, security features and ecosystem in Ring's app is more sophisticated.
Web App - Winner: Tie
- Both cameras have a web interface with their own pros/cons.
Smart Home Integration - Winner: Tie
- Circle 2 will support HomeKit in the future. It will also support the Amazon Echo Show.
- Ring has not announced HomeKit support for its camera but they will most likely have SmartThing integration soon. Which means you can probably automate activities based on motion detection (i.e. turn on lights at night when motion detected).
Subscription Plans (Free) - Winner: Circle 2
- Circle 2 offers access to your recording for free for 24-hours. Person detection, motion zones, advanced alerts, and filters require a paid plan. Ring does not offer recordings for free. You only get access to live streams.
Subscription Plans (Paid) - Winner: Ring
- This is where Ring shines. There are two options for Ring Video Recording: Basic and Protect. Basic costs $3 per month or $30 for the year per device; Protect costs $10 per month or $100 for year, and it covers an unlimited amount of Ring cameras, offers a lifetime product warranty and gives you an additional 10% off future purchases. Logitech is currently charging $10 per month per device or $100 for the year per device. If you own several cameras then this is a pricey solution.
I think Circle 2 is a great innovative device supporting various accessories. However, Logitech needs to invest into better software to be on par with Nest and Ring. For example, it does not make any sense to me why Circle 2 (wired) would not have a motion sensitivity settings. Logitech also need to make their pricing more competitive. I cannot imagine anyone owning several Circle 2 cameras and paying $100/year for each device.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful.
Logitech Circle 2 (wired) versus NEST Outdoor (wired)!
By Work of Life
I preordered a couple of the Logi Circle 2 (directly from Logitech) after returning a set of the latest Nest outdoor security cameras (to Amazon). I have previously owned a set of 6 Logitech Alert cameras (which I loved, but they are no longer available).
I am happy to say that the Circle 2 cameras are improvements over the current model Nest cameras as well as the old Logitech Alert cameras. I ordered my two cameras along with the window mount adapters and installed them inside, looking out.
Installation is super fast and super easy (as compared to both of the other camera systems mentioned above). My experience was a very simple plug and play. Unbox, plug in the cameras, download the app, connect to your network, customize your camera settings, then pop the camera into the stick-on window mount and you're done! Installation of each camera was less than 10 minutes (including unboxing, download the app and mouting to the windows). This was SO MUCH EASIER than Nest cameras which only offer magnetic and screw mount options (no window mount). The Nest cameras are also nearly twice as big and much heavier as these new Circle 2 cameras, yet both offer same video quality and 180 view, same remote monitoring, same two way voice communication, etc. The Circle 2 cameras are smaller, lighter, more discreet and offer better mounting options.
The Circle app is also a bit more robust than the Nest app. For example, the Logi Circle app allows you to adjust the monitoring areas to odd shaped areas. This allows you to set a smaller section of the viewable area to trigger movement alerts. This is great if you have pets and want to set movement alerts to only trigger for a doorway or window. The Circle app also offers a cool "day brief" feature that allows you to quickly scroll through all the movement events and alerts of the day. If you have the premium subscription (free for one month after initial set up), you can customize some settings of alerts and the Day Brief (if you only want to include "person" alerts, etc). The Nest app lacks these features.
One thing I did like about the Nest app is that it sends snapshots along with the alerts, whereas Circle only sends a text message telling what type of alert and which camera.
Lastly, one year of Premium 31-day unlimited storage for the Circle 2 is only $99 per year/per camera versus Nest Aware which charges $300 per year per camera (at the time of this review). Again, it is the same quality video, but Logitech offers a much more reasonable cloud storage fee.
Improvements I would like to see on the Circle 2 Cameras:
1) A feature on the app that allows us to adjust the recorded area of view. This feature was included in the Logitech Alert Commander software and I used it to edit out areas that didn't need to be recorded. I would like to see this in the Circle App as well.
2) With the window mounts, there are visible reflection "rings" from the window mount housing that show up on the video. Turning off the LED and the infrared greatly reduces these "reflection" rings, but doesn't eliminate them. I would like to see this improved. Even with this visual ring anomaly on the video stream, it is clear enough for my purposes (security) I am still a fan of the window mount. There is nothing else like it on the market so kudos to the Logitech engineers for creating this brilliant window mount. I hope they continue to improve it.
3) I would also like to see a local storage option for the Circle cameras. This was also part of the Logitech Alert cameras and Commander software that I had at my previous home. The cameras included Micro SD cards, the software would also allow you to assign storage on your local computer AND there were cloud storage subscription options. I really loved these features and am disappointed that the current standard in wifi security cameras is subscription based cloud storage and no local storage options. Granted, you can go in and manually download anything you want, but there are no automatic options (for Logitech Circle 2 or Nest cameras).
4) I would like a "snapshot" text alert option. I don't like logging in to the app every time a neighbor's kid walks across my front lawn.
All in all, I am thrilled with Logitech's newest security camera. Thanks for reading. I hope this review is helpful!