Logitech - Circle 2 Indoor/Outdoor 1080p Wi-Fi Home Security Camera - White
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- Logitech Circle 2 Indoor/Outdoor 1080p Wi-Fi Home Security Camera
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Personalize notifications, watch video, or make changes from your compatible iOS or Android device.
Get instant, customized motion alerts; with Circle Safe Premium* be notified when a person is detected or when activity happens within a specific Motion Zone you've created.
The vivid 1080p resolution allows you to see small details on your screen.
Monitor your home or office even in low-light or no-light conditions.
Watch over a room with minimal blind spots.
Identifies and records relevant motion activity so you can keep an eye on unwanted visitors without spending hours sorting through video footage.
Recap important moments in the last 24 hours in a free 30-second day brief.
Get 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.
Instant data encryption with secure web transfer (SSL) offers a high level of encryption that protects your privacy.
Provides a reliable connection.
The built-in speaker and microphone let you talk to your pet when the camera is placed indoors or to the delivery man when it's outdoors.
Allows versatile indoor/outdoor monitoring.
*Circle Safe is a subscription plan that gives Circle users access to additional storage and much more.
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Mediocre hardware, unreliable serviceAugust 1, 2017
[ Pros ] - Quick and easy setup. - Weather resistant. - Adjustable field of view, with 180 degrees being the widest option which provides great coverage. - Useful 'Day brief' feature that shows recorded activity for a user-selected time period of up to 24 hours at fast pace. - Microphone picks up sound in the room reasonably well. [ Cons ] - Operation is entirely dependent on Logitech's online service, with no support for offline recording or offline/direct streaming of live feed (over the local network). - The back-end service was extremely unreliable during my testing. - The interface is rather cumbersome to use and is lacking in features and functionality. - The speaker quality is terrible, to the degree that two-way conversation wasn't feasible. My testing partner near the camera couldn't understand most of what I spoke into my phone while using the Logi Circle app. - Lackluster image quality that lacks detail and has low color saturation. [ The Service ] The camera is accessed online through the Logi Circle app or through the Logi Circle web site, with the web site basically being a slipshod port of the app that is more cumbersome to use and lacks the feature to send audio to the camera's speaker. I found the service to be incredibly unreliable. On the first day of testing, it was very difficult to near impossible to view recorded video. Attempting video playback would usually result in long or indefinite waits, and when video did play back, seeking to a specific point in the video was usually impossible, or stopped playback of the video altogether. Other days in my week of testing were hit-or-miss with video playback. The live feed was usually stable throughout the week, although it was common to have the feed interrupted for a second with a 'loading' animation displayed. I performed my client-side testing on a wired connection with stable 100Mbps fiber optic service which was not the source of these issues. Some important features are provided, such as privacy mode (live streaming only, no video 'recorded'), toggling LED and night-vision lights off to prevent glare when the camera is positioned behind a window, adjustment of field of view, adjustment of the microphone, and adjustment of image resolution for instances where bandwidth might be a concern. However, there are several features noticeably lacking. The camera does not display timestamp overlays in still images or recorded video. When viewing day briefs, timestamps are not shown, and there's no apparent way to switch to the full recording of the event that's being shown at any given moment, in cases where you want to see the full video at normal speed for an event of particular interest. There are no options to create time-lapse videos, record videos or image grabs at specified times, or to adjust the sensitivity of what the camera deems worthy of recording. [ Conclusion ] The concept of a security camera that can be quickly and easily setup with hassle-free recording and monitoring is great. However, with hardware that I would call mediocre at best, a lack of some features I consider important, and unreliable service that gets in the way of actually using the camera as intended, I would not recommend this product to a friend.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
- Brand ResponseAugust 4, 2017
Hello Gerbil! Thank you for your review ! We are very glad you like the easy setup and the 'Day brief' feature of the Circle 2 as well as that it is weather resistant.
In the settings of the camera you actually can adjust the motion-sensitivity. The camera can be used as a security camera but also is used by many users to record their kids and pets. That's why there is no time-stamp on those recordings.
If you have any further question, please contact us via email at email@example.com or call us at +1 (646) 454-3200 We are happy to help! Lukas from Logitech
Awesome camera with high quality video & audioJuly 26, 2017
This Logitech Circle 2 internet security camera does not disappoint! It is really, really nice! There are several things I love about it - design, modularity, video quality, audio quality, ease of setup, and the easy-to-use phone app. First about the design. I really like its dual-tone black and white color scheme. I think the design is simple and clean, modern, and sleek. In other words, it is pleasing to my eyes. It being weather-proof is icing on the cake. Second, I like the Circle 2's modularity. The box comes with the small circular camera part/housing along with a base stand you connect the camera to. One can use the camera like this out of the box or one can purchase additional components to expand the functionality of the Circle 2. Parts such as the Window Mount module, Waterproof Extension cord, and Wall Outlet Mount. Giving customers these options really expands the camera's usability and gives it much flexibility. Video quality. The wide-angle, 1080P video quality of the Circle 2 is excellent. The image is sharp, motion is smooth (except when a person or animal runs really fast), the color fidelity is excellent and does not look washed out, and the contrast is great. See the comparison picture below showing the difference between my 1080P Samsung SmartCam HD Pro versus the 1080P Logitech Circle 2. A picture can tell a thousand words...Both screenshots were taken from a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. Audio quality. The audio comes through clear and sharp. The Circle 2 does a very good job filtering out ambient noise and only transmitting the important stuff. With that said, there is a delay of about 1-2 seconds before the sound will reach your phone but this is to be expected for an Internet camera. I recommend setting the Mic setting to Mid as the Loud setting will pick up too much ambient noise that can be distracting. Easy of setup. Setting up the Circle 2 is a really simple affair. You push in the circular camera module into the base stand and rotate it to securely fit it inside. Then you connect the power to it and connect it to your home Wifi through the Logi Circle app. The app detected the Circle 2 right away and after I entered in the home Wifi password, it was ready to stream. Logi Circle smartphone app. Thankfully, the app is very easy to use. After creating a Logitech account and verifying your email address, you can begin streaming from the Circle 2 right away simply by launching the app. There is no repetitious and tedious login screen - the streaming begins right away. Love it. From within the app, you can take a screenshot of the video stream, talk to anyone near the Circle 2 by using its two-way talk function, go back in time to watch past video events, and access the Settings. The ability to rewind the video to earlier times of the day is really nifty and cool. The Settings menu contains many useful features such as Privacy Mode (live streaming but no recording), Smart Alerts (motion detection), and adjustments of field of view and screen resolution. You can also easily update the Circle 2's firmware from the app. I especially appreciate how you can "lock down" the Circle 2 with a password so that other people who may share access to the live video stream will not be able to make changes to the camera's settings. Brilliant. Now, those were all of my positives. Despite its numerous strengths, I ran into two shortcomings with the Circle 2. First, the base stand. Not only is the circular base stand small, it doesn't offer much grip and slip resistance. I know the kit comes with some anchors and screws but if I decide to place the Circle 2 on a bookshelf, I wouldn't want to drill holes into the bookshelf. I wish the bottom circular base stand was wider in diameter and a little bit more grippy and textured. My second gripe is the low volume level of the built-in speaker. Despite speaking loudly into the phone, the volume that comes out of the Circle 2 is very low and sometimes a bit crackly in sound. In the Settings menu, I expected to find some sort of granular volume control for the speaker loudness level but there wasn't such an option. The only option is either On or Off. I'm hoping a future firmware update will improve upon the speaker's loudness level and offer volume adjustments. With that said, I still very highly recommend the Circle 2. Despite its two minor shortcomings, its very strong positives - video & audio quality, ability to wind back in time and easily view past events, flexible mounting options and its modular nature, and the easy-to-use Logi Circle app - the Circle 2 is an excellent internet security camera.
I would recommend this to a friend
Returned ThemOctober 9, 2017
I like the cameras and iPhone App. I think it's a clean interface that is easy to use. It is fast and easy to find historical events. However, the app does not allow you to view multiple cameras at the same time. It's easy to switch, but impossible to view multiple live feeds at the same time. I have a computer on my counter to view all of my cameras so they do not fit my use case. Also the subscription costs are absurd. The fact that they link features with storage retention length is a joke.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
- Brand ResponseOctober 10, 2017
Thanks for your review. We appreciate your feedback on your Circle 2. We are always looking to improve the Circle 2 and I will be forwarding your feedback to our Product Development Team.
Please check out our support site (http://support.logitech.com/en_us/p/circle) if you ever have any questions or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Angela from Logitech
Don't botherAugust 19, 2017
I preorder this camera with high hopes for this camera since I had previously tried a couple of others with other special/fancy capabilities such as detecting breathing, air quality, etc and none of them were able to provide everything they had promised. The setup for this camera is really easy and I was excited to see the 180 degree video that it would provide. However, the moment I turned on my app to view the view I heard this loud constant clicking noise, then I tried to open it Safari I had the same issue, then I tried Chrome and still have the the same issue. I've emailed Logitech regarding this and I haven't heard a response from them. As I've been waiting for a response I've realized that I can't turn off the LED light either (I have already updated to the latest firmware) I've been researching for a better camera, but at this point I thinking maybe just get a plain one with special features might just be the key. I would not recommend this camera for anyone who has a baby that will be bothered by light (the LED light pretty much can light up her entire crib area) or wants to be able to hear anything in the video other than a loud and constant clicking noise all the time (baby would need to be screaming bloody murder for you to hear them above the clicking noise)
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
- Brand ResponseAugust 21, 2017
Thank you for your review ! We are happy you found Circle 2 easy to set up and we are sorry you are having issues with the LED and clicking noise. Have you tried resetting the camera : http://support.logitech.com/en_us/product/circle-2-home-security-camera/faq#link_How-do-I-reset-Circle-2
Please email us at email@example.com or call us at +1 (646) 454-3200 if troubleshooting doesn't solve your issue. We're more than happy to help.
-Marion from Logitech
Very neat & User friendlyOctober 12, 2017
I chose this surveillance camera because of the good history Logitech has established. Plus, once you go into the “Apple HomeKit” world as far as I have. This is the 1st outdoor option for “Apple HomeKit.” I still have a Logitech Harmony that glows in the dark from over 10 years ago. It works fine. I find all the different accessories fascinating. It has different colored status indicator ring lights. I like that a lot. The people detector option is pretty nifty. There is a frame holding it in place. Some of the early reviews made it seem like it was just hanging there which is not true. It is secure. I would suggest mounting at least 8ft up. Apple HomeKit integration is why I bought it though. It adds both Motion & camera. The ability to get a plug mount, battery, window mount(very cool), & a weather extension cable is very unique. Logitech “spared no expense.” ;) Thank you Logitech & Best Buy for a wonderful surveillance camera. Thinking about the Logitech Pop Smart button now for sure.
I would recommend this to a friend
Would never connectOctober 1, 2017
I got a wired one first to test it out. Set up seemed simple, but It took forever to upgrade the firmware, but it finally did and worked. I had a router that is like 20 years old so I figured that was the reason it look so long. The UI was good, the image was good; so I went and got two more of the battery powered ones. They would never connect. Next day the first camera would not wake up, reconnect, or go live. I figured it was my ancient router. Went and got a new dual band router, my throughput was great, from 13 to now over 50Mbps, even on the porch! I could never get any of the cameras to connect. It would start the connection process, then give me a message my connection was slow and time out. Numerous resets and attempts. Tried separating the 2 and 5 ghz bands to connect just to one or other as a Knowledge base article suggested, nothing. Contacted their support via email (the only option) 24 hours later did not get a real response, so returned everything to BestBuy. Would NOT recommend.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
- Brand ResponseOctober 10, 2017
Hi Mranthony, We appreciate your feedback and are sorry to hear of the issues you were experiencing. I hate to hear you returned your cameras. We would have loved to troubleshoot with you to try and resolved your trouble. We hope you will give us another chance in the future as we are making updates and working to improve the Circle 2.
-Angela from Logitech
Nice camera. Needs more work on software.July 30, 2017
Full disclosure: I received a Logitech Circle 2 Wired Camera for free in exchange for a timely and honest review. I own many security cameras from different companies. (Nest, Arlo, Axis, NetAtmo, RingPro Doorbell, D-Link, and traditional coaxial cameras). I use them to monitor my homes and my Father-in-Law's home. I was very interested to see how the Logitech Circle 2 measured up to the other camera systems. My bottom line is that this is a very nice camera, but there is some remaining work to be done on the software side in terms of features and function. Setup was very simple as advertised. Snap the camera onto the power ring/mount, snap the US power plug onto the power adapter and plug it in. Download the Logi Circle app from the App Store. Create an account. And finally, connect the camera to my WiFi network. The camera updated the firmware automatically as soon as it was connected to my WiFi network. It was very easy and quick. The image, even in 720 mode, is very crisp and clear. Low light performance is very good! The night image is crisp and clear. I've only tried this indoors. IR LEDs have limited range so don't expect to light up your back yard. The camera displays a circle of light on the camera face which conveys the camera status...ready to pair, connected & ready, someone is watching, privacy mode and "Off". You can turn this off, if desired. I experienced a little funkiness with the on/off setting, so it may not be prefect yet, but it finally worked. Video is stored "in the cloud" (on servers run by Logitech). Circle comes with free 24 hour storage and other options are available for a fee. We get a free trial of Circle Safe for a week. "Circle Safe™ is a subscription plan that gives you more video storage options. With Circle Safe™ Premium you get Person Detection, Motion Zones, custom timelapse Day Briefs and more." Many consumer systems store video "in the cloud". It has advantages and disadvantages. It is good that the data is off site and can't be stolen with the camera. It is also good that share viewing by others uses video on the cloud servers (except for live view) rather than pulling video directly over your internet connection. That down-side of cloud storage is that your video has to be transmitted to the cloud when it is acquired. If your internet is down, you don't record anything. Also if you want several cameras, they can bog down your internet connection, especially since most ISPs offer slower upload speeds than they do download speeds. Two cameras can typically bog down a DSL circuit. If you want more than that you need cable or fiber based internet. I suspect satelite internet performance would be worse than DSL. It appears to me that even though the video is supposedly continuous, I can only view video that was part of a recognized motion event. With Nest & Axis, I can see the timeline for my entire day and scroll through the entire day and stop at stop at times when sound or motion did not trigger an event notification. This allows me to see video from a period of time the camera may not have recognized an event, but something subtle happened that is of interest. The event approach is more like motion-only recording on other platforms. There is a Window Mode for use with the window attachment accessory. This sounds like it solves a common problem with other cameras that don't allow night mode without lighting up the IR LEDs which then reflect off the window. I don't have the window accessory, so I haven't tried it, but I see the problem with Arlo-Q and NestCam. This should be a nice feature for owners of the Circle 2 who want to shoot video through a window. I'm eager to try this. There appears to be no ability to rotate the image 180°, so you can't mount this camera upside down, which limits flexibility. There appears to be no "schedule" mode which allows the camera to automatically turn off and on based on a schedule for each day of the week. Ideally schedule mode also links to geofencing. Arlo does this well. No other camera that I've used so far does this right, IMHO. GeoFencing: "Smart Alerts" changes notifications, but not camera operation....like turning it off when I'm home. This really should alter camera behavior, not just notifications. So the camera is still on, but just not notifying me. I realized I was in my office placing a phone call to a credit card company and my entire conversation was recorded because geofencing didn't turn it off. I could do it manually, but that is not state of the art for camera systems today. The speaker is very low output...audible in a small quiet room ...likely not useful outside or with any room noise. I'm not sure I could get the attention of a person in the room to hold a conversation. Certainly no a burglar frantically riffling though my stuff. Like most other camera systems there are differences in functionality between the web interface and mobile apps. No Zone Editor on mobile app. No firmware update on web interface No SmartAlerts on web...likely due to GPS needs. No "Remove Camera" on Web interface. No "Manage Account" on Web interface. Nice accessories. Can the wired camera also be wireless with the purchase of a battery? That would be very cool. Again...overall a nice camera, easy to set up, high quality recordings and nice accessories. Currently missing some essential settings/functionality that I consider deal breakers now that I have used surveillance cameras for a few years. Once Logitech fleshes out the software features, this will be a nice system.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
- Brand ResponseAugust 4, 2017
Hello ! Thank you for your feedback ! We are happy you food Circle 2 easy to install and you like the clarity of the image.
Regarding the night vision, Circle 2’s Night Vision works best under the following conditions:
The camera is up to 15 feet away from movement.
The correct mount is selected in the Circle app (Settings > Camera Mount). Night vision will automatically update for optimal performance with your mount.
If your Circle 2 camera is on a Window Mount, make sure the camera is in Window Mode. In Window Mode, night vision is enabled and the infrared (IR) LED won’t turn on. This eliminates any reflection from the glass.
The area you want to monitor is clear and unobstructed with no objects close to the camera in its field of view. The reflection of the night vision light from these objects may cause the automatic system to over-compensate, darken the image, and reduce the visibility of objects in the distance.
After you’ve selected the correct mount in the Circle app, you can also control the camera’s Night Vision settings under Settings > More Settings.
If you are using a Window Mount and your recordings are not well-lit, we recommend that you use an external IR light for illumination.
Circle starts recording (and uploading to the cloud) every time it detects motion, which also affects bandwidth consumption (the more activity detected, the more bandwidth consumed). Viewing activity bubbles on the timeline, generating and downloading Day Briefs on your mobile devices will also increase your bandwidth consumption.
If you want to limit bandwidth consumption and you can try Privacy Mode (Settings menu > Privacy Mode), which doesn’t record, but lets you view live video.
To answer your question regarding transforming a Circle 2 wired into a wire-free version, currently, we do not sell the Wired accessory or the Wire-Free accessory separately. You need to choose what type of camera you would like Circle 2 to be at purchase. However, we will launch new accessories later in the year that could solve for this.
Please to not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you ever need us. -Marion from Logitech
Who's THERE? I Caught YOU!July 26, 2017
Logitech Circle 2 Quick Features on the Product Indoor/Outdoor Security Camera 1080p Weatherproof (may require additional accessories) 180 Degree Ultra-wide Lens Accessories Sold Separately (Window Mount, Plug Mount. Weatherproof Extension) Easy Setup in Minutes (get started with quick and easy setup. Just download the mobile app and plug and play) 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 (recep important moments in the last 24 hours in a free 30-second Day Brief) Talk and Listen (built-in speaker and microphone let you talk to your pet when the camera is placed indoors or to the delivery man when it’s outdoors) 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) Unlimited Streaming, Cameras, and Users (access your video footage any time. One account, unlimited cameras connected, and multiple users) Logi Circle App available on Appstore or Google Play WEB App available at circle.logi.com 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) 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) What's in the box? Full HD weatherproof security camera Swivel mount with tethered 10ft cable USB power adapter Wall mounting hardware Quick start guide Important Safety, Compliance and Warranty Information sheet Setup/Testing/Conclusion Let's go ahead and start off with the packaging of the product. The camera comes in it's own box within the packaging. The second box within the package houses the rest of the contents which is listed above. Packaging itself is standard (nothing to write home about) yet sturdy to keep the contents within safe from shipping. Setup was extremely simple. I referenced the quick start guide and was able to get everything up and running in minutes. The app will connect to the camera and do the necessary firmware updates. Once the update is completed, you’re all ready to go! I initially set up the camera in the corner of my living room and it has a pretty clear picture. You’re able to zoom in and out on specific areas through the app when viewing through the eye of the camera. When clicking on the menu within the app, you have several different options to toggle on/off/change. There are things such as privacy mode (circle continues streaming, but does not record any footage or send alerts), Smart Alerts, Camera Mount, Field of View, Resolution (comes at 720p), Night Vision, Microphone, Speaker, LED and some other ones too. I only ran into two problems which one was the app kept crashing on me every time I tried changing the field of view from 180 degree to ultra wide. The second issue I ran into was when changing the resolution from 720p to 1080p; there was some significant lag and video distortion. I ran into one issue (probably my fault) where I put the camera onto the mount and didn’t know how to swivel it. As I mentioned… Probably my fault but once you figure it out it's a breeze! You basically need to align it correctly to the swivel stand and when just rotate the camera piece. So far, I can safely say that I thoroughly enjoy the Logitech Circle 2. Being that you live in an apartment or home and have people come over (like maintenance personnel); it's always good to be able to see what is going on in or around your home when you’re not there. I mean even if you don’t have people come over, you can see what your dog/cat or pet is doing while you’re not home. One thing that freaked me out was the night vision. It reminded me of those horror/scary movies where you can see in the dark and stuff just starts moving (paranormal activity). I didn’t personally go through that of course but I’m just saying… If your place has some paranormal stuff going on; this camera will do you justice! There are a couple things I wish the Circle 2 was able to do/have. An example is like being able to control the camera (even a little bit) through the app. What I mean by that is being able to physically move the camera through the app. Another thing is when the night vision turns on you hear a loud “click”. I feel like if someone were to break and enter your home and for whatever reason it “clicks” to turn night vision on; the people that are breaking and entering may end up just leaving. One more thing I wished the Circle 2 had was some sort of battery pre-installed. I understand there are 2 different versions (wired or wireless). But if you have the wired version and your power goes out; well your camera goes out too since it is plugged in. What this means is you’re back to square 1 with no video monitoring. Of course you can get the wireless version which does have a battery but there has to be a reason why some people want the wired version right? So all I am stating is that if there was a pre installed battery even on the wired version; at least it’ll last some time after your power goes out so that you know what's going on. One thing I noticed is that the wire that the Circle 2 wired version comes with gets creased/bent even when I didn’t do anything except for take it out of the box that way. I feel like through time it’s possible that it could get creased/bent to the point where it’ll split. What I would’ve liked to see is a more flexible wire being that even gaming mouses have more flexible wires now (I’m not talking about braided cable either). Don’t forget that you have the option of getting Logitech’s “Circle Safe” plan of basic or premium. Basic will run you $3.99/month per camera which gives you 14 days of storage instead of just 1 day with no subscription. The premium plan will run you $9.99/month per camera or $99.99/year per camera. When you initially get the app and connect a camera, they give you a trial of the premium for about 10 days if I am not mistaken. I do enjoy the Circle Safe Premium and may subscribe in the near future. Why do I enjoy it you may ask? I like that it notifies me when it detects a person (I get the notification on my phone). That honestly really helps when you want to monitor your home. In conclusion, I would give the Logitech Circle 2 a 4 out of 5 star rating. I definitely do enjoy the Circle 2 and it will for sure come in handy when I need it. The Circle 2 has features that you’ll want to utilize and mess around with. One of the things I did was use the microphone function on the app to talk to my wife which is at home sitting on the couch. You can utilize this feature with talking to your pets or the delivery man/woman if the Circle 2 is on the outside of your home. There was definitely a couple things that bothered me like the app being a bit unstable when changing settings/functions. Being that the Circle 2 is app driven, I wouldn’t want the app crashing on me when I am in need of viewing something. All in all, I have to say that I would recommend this product to a friend. Perhaps, I would recommend the wireless version though. Nonetheless, the Circle 2 is definitely a nice security system to add to your home.
I would recommend this to a friend
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