Logitech - Circle 2 Indoor/Outdoor 1080p Wi-Fi Wire-Free Home Security Camera - White

Secure your loved ones with this Logitech Circle 2 security system, which uses smart alerts to keep you informed. Full 1080p HD along with 180-degree capabilities and night vision record high-quality video so you can see what's going on. Advanced Motion Filtering on this Logitech Circle 2 security system keeps you apprised when unexpected activity occurs, eliminating endless viewing.

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    • Logitech Circle 2 Indoor/Outdoor 1080p Wi-Fi Wire-Free Home Security Camera

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    51% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (64 out of 126)

    Features


    Access the system remotely

    Personalize notifications, watch video, or make changes from your computer.

    2-way communication

    Built-in microphone and speaker let you hear what happens around the camera and talk back through your phone, no matter where you are.

    Night vision lets you see in the dark

    Keep an eye on things when there's little to no light.

    180° field of view

    Captures a wide area of your property for high-level security at all times.

    Connects to your Wi-Fi network

    For convenience and simple setup.

    HD video make you feel like you're there

    See everything clearly.


    Customer rating

    3.1
    51%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Not good enough.

      Posted
      charliehustle77
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      I was so excited to hear about the release of this camera, I really wanted to like this camera and I think it could have so much potential but after owning it for a few weeks I feel like all the pros are outweighed by cons. I waited extra-long to review to see if the kinks finally got worked out but for the most part, they’re still there. I’ll be honest I ordered this camera with the intention of recording video thru a window facing out towards a parking lot. Although Logitech hides the fact that this camera cannot record facing out a window in it’s FAQ’s, here is your warning. Even with the window mount I do not think this camera will work properly as an outside facing, inside of a window camera. Maybe you can get a better answer from Logitech but they seem absent when asked in their own forums. Pros: Wide angle camera- Able to view a large amount of space with this camera Quality of Video-Video quality is good on the camera at 720….when the camera works correctly. Settings and Options-Plenty of options that should allow the camera to be tweaked to a users preferences. Setup-Extremely easy to setup with my home wifi. Have only had issues with it dropping off of my wifi one time since setting it up. The camera seems stable in that sense. Cons: Mount- Plain and simple, it’s cheap, not sturdy and if mounted outside someone could likely throw a rock at the camera to knock it down or out of position. It’s literally a piece of plastic holding a heavy camera with some cheap clips. It’s not built for outside, which makes this a basically indoor only camera for those that don’t trust a cheap plastic mount. No 1080- Why is 1080 listed as an option but not available? The only option is 720. Live View-This is likely the only thing that the camera does well (see the next 2 sections) but it takes a good 30-45 seconds or longer to log into live view. That’s a long time. Also, Live View will automatically log you out shortly after you log in to conserve battery. So if you’re planning on leaving your wireless camera plugged in at all times and want to leave live view on to keep an eye on things, that’s not really an option that I have found. Settings and Options- This is a con as well as a pro. The settings are very hard to get set correctly. Such as, when setting a zone you cannot do so with a live video playing. So you have no idea if the zone you set it in the correct area you want it at. I resorted to setting up a zone on my work desktop by turning on the live feed, placing sticky notes where I want my zone, then going in to zone editor and placing the zone around the sticky notes I had set up on my monitor. I’m guessing this will be fixed by firmware update but who knows, it’s really silly that Logitech didn’t think that through. The settings also will reset themselves to other preferences. Want the camera to record a max recording length of 60 seconds? Great! That’s an option. However, it will reset to 10 seconds of recording soon for whatever reason. Recording- I set the recording sensitivity options to the highest available options since that was the only way that the camera would record (once again this camera is not made to face outside while mounted inside). It records, after events happen. Night vision does not work unless you are logged in and watching on live view. You will receive alerts where the camera records pitch black videos and then sends you an update. It also sometimes records videos with a pink hue. Also, as mentioned above, when you receive an alert from the camera it takes another 30-45 seconds or sometimes longer just to log in to watch the video that may or may not have recorded anything. Most of the alerts I got were the beginning of people walking by the house (for 10 seconds because the settings reset by themselves) or a car driving by. This is fine and what I expected since I had the sensitivity set to high. If you were to use this for security and someone broke into your vehicle my guess is that it would record the first 10 seconds of someone walking towards your car, then it might record more later depending on how long the break-in takes. My guess is most thieves aren’t going to sit in your vehicle or hang around your house for long amounts of time. The commercial Logitech uses to market this camera has someone seeing a shady person snooping around the house and them using the camera to speak to the shady person, scaring them off. Unless this camera is improved upon with firmware then that commercial is fantasy. The Day Brief option which lets you watch little pieces of recordings from your day is another good idea done wrong. Since the settings reset your recordings to 10 second max clips you’re left with a bunch of videos of the beginning or ending of events. Logitech Circle-This is Logitechs paid subscription service that you pay $100 a year to get more recordings or lack of recordings depending on if the camera decides to work. No way I would sign up for this until the kinks are hammered out by the company. Logitech customer support- Fail. When I wrote customer support about these and more issues I was having with the camera, I received an email in return explaining how to power the camera on and charge it for the first time. What? Do they even read the emails they receive? After replying to that message that they did not answer any of the questions I asked, I received another email saying that the issues I was having were known issues and that they had their people looking at them. I resorted to logging into Logitech’s own forums where I realized that I wasn’t the only person having issues. To sum all of this up if you need a camera to mount inside your house that may or may not work (only for recording things inside your house), takes a long time to log in to view, records black videos at night, that even though it’s wireless it’s really not built for outdoors (cheap mount)…then this is for you. If you want/need a camera for more of a novelty item I would look elsewhere. Unless Logitech really takes the firmware updates to this camera seriously, rolls up their sleeves and fixes the major issues with this camera then it will be just another great idea with poor execution. I’m sad to say I can’t recommend this camera to anyone until the issues are addressed and fixed.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        Logitech Customer Care

        Hi Charliehustle77,
        Thanks for your review. I am sorry to hear of your experience. We appreciate your feedback! We are always looking for ways to improve and I will be forwarding your review to our Product Developers.

        Please let us know if we can assist you with troubleshooting or any questions you may have by reaching out via phone 1-866-601-5644 or email innercircle@logitech.com.

        - Angela from Logitech LogiCC

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Wireless Circle 2 not useable for outdoor security

      Posted
      ShawnInKB
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      This camera works very well indoors, but not good at all in outdoor environments like your front door, backyard, or driveway, etc. The Pros: Very easy to setup - charge it the battery, download the LogiCircle app, connect the camera to the battery base, and it sees the camera and walks you through the set up in just a minute or 2. Video stream (when it's working) is reasonably clear in daylight conditions. The 2-way voice communication works fine when you can get the live stream loaded (more on that in Cons). It has a number of attachments to connect it to a window, a plug, etc. as available accessories. Waterproof so can be used outdoors (just not wirelessly – see Cons below). If you pay for the monthly subscriptions you can see it's prior recordings of movement, people coming and going (when that's working), etc. Support is helpful (sent me a replacement camera after 2 weeks of terrible results, but unfortunately still had almost all the same issues) The Cons: (unfortunately there are a lot of these) 1) It takes 30-40 seconds to pull up live view. So, if someone rings your doorbell, you must wait 30-40 seconds before you can even see who it is (meaning you can likely walk to the door just as quick.) 40 seconds is a long time to stand there waiting (go ahead and hit your doorbell and wait 40 seconds you'd probably ring again or walk away). 2) You can only talk via the 2-way audio with live view loaded, so not very useful unless you have super patient delivery people. (see #1) 3) The battery life is AWFUL. Only lasts 2-3 days tops. I tried to get 2 different cameras working over the last 5 weeks and the battery would never last for more than 3 days. Tried changing sensitivity settings to reduce false motion recordings, but never helped. Also, I mounted this above my front door, so every 2-3 days I have to get a 6' ladder out of the garage, go to the front door, take off the camera, charge it (takes forever - see next item), and then go back out and put it back up, reset the position to where it was via live view (so it doesn't record cars going by on the street - only my door and driveway). Getting a ladder out every 3 days to charge this makes it worthless and infuriating. 4) It takes 6 hours to charge the battery (which was why I was so shocked that it only lasts 3 days.) That means if you don't have a backup battery, you have no camera on for 6 hours and have to get up there twice every time you need to charge it. 5) Motion recording - pretty terrible. It takes too long for the camera to "wake up" from low power wireless battery mode to start recording. Half the time it missed the motion (car pulling in or out of the garage, we walk our dog 3 times a day, so 6 times in/out - on average it would catch us half the time.) - This also makes this camera pretty much worthless as a security camera if it misses people coming in or out half the time. Sensitivity wise if you set it too sensitive it records something every 1-2 mins, default setting - very hit or miss and still records when tree shadows move on the driveway, set it to light sensitivity and you really miss everyone that comes and goes. 6) Night recording - AWFUL. I had this installed for 3 weeks and it never once actually recorded me leaving or returning with my dog on our night time walks. From a security perspective - night time is probably the most important time you actually need/want this thing to work. It did actually record some nice dimly lit to black colored night vision shots of my empty doorway (takes too long to wake up and missed us every time and that's only the 10-20% of the time it would actually record night events at all.) 7) Camera is "Offline" - this is practically a daily event. Sometimes just on its own and sometimes when you try to view live view - after a 1 min - 1:30 mins it would just say "Offline". Sometimes if you wait a few minutes and try again it would then come back up. Other times you have to remove the camera from the battery to wake it back up (get out the ladder!). Other times you have to manually reset the camera and re-set it back up in the app. 8) Subscription service (monthly fee) is essentially required. It only saves 1 day (today) of recordings in the Logitech cloud if you don't subscribe, so without paying for one of the subscriptions this can't be used as a security camera at all. Break-in last night? Sorry - all you can see now is today's activity. They are continually updating the firmware and app (3 or 4 times already in the 5 weeks I tried to get 2 of these to work), so maybe they will fix the above issues with future releases, but as of this writing it simply cannot be used wirelessly outdoors.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        Logitech Customer Care

        Hi ShawninKB,

        Thanks for your review. We appreciate your feedback on the Circle 2. As you said we are working on improving the Circle 2 and pushing updates weekly.
        We would love the opportunity to troubleshoot with you concerning the issues you are experiencing.

        Could you please email us at innercircle@logitech.com.
        - Angela from Logitech LogiCC

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Rain in the Logitech Cloud Causing Data Shorts

      Posted
      Cerniuk
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      For a comparison, I purchased both the D-Link Omni 180° cam and the Logitech Circle 2, both HomeKit Compatible cameras... Below is a brief comparison. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- :: Setup :: Goal Add to HomeKit System - Logitech - futz around with iPhone software. Upgraded firmware to HomeKit compatible function. Rooted around for just about an hour before I found a tip on the web that the HomeKit code is printed in microprint around the outside of the camera bezel. Hand entered the HomeKit code, waited, waited, it connected. - D-Link - powered on, used the code with my camera, it connected to the network and was operational without any software loaded in roughly 3 minutes. :: Winner :: D-Link =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- :: Image Quality :: (see uploads, cameras stacked and unfortunately bottom of Logitech is cutting off top of D-Link image... otherwise D-Link is 180° too) - Logitech - has multiple settings for camera angle with what appears to be some kind of internal lens mechanism based upon the clicking inside the unit as the angle of view is changed. Options for reducing from HD in the event the network cannot sustain the traffic from the camera. Image has low saturation of colors and fairly narrow color range with a high white point which ultimately makes images look a bit washed out, especially in the red range. Image was a bit grainy even at HD quality. - D-Link - only one setting for the camera, fisheye. Image quality is richly saturated wide color range which represented the field of view beautifully with red reds and blue blues. Incredibly sharp image. The Logitech image looks like the sun was blazing white hot, which it was not. The D-Link image captured the actual backyard as it appeared to the naked eye. In the two images, if you cannot see the file names, the D-Link is the one that appears to not be 180° as the Logitech is balanced on top of the D-Link obscuring part of the D-Link's view from the top of the D-Link image. :: Winner :: D-Link =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- :: Storage :: - Logitech - offers no internal camera storage. Offers no way to route the live feed or storage to an FTP or WebDAV server inside your network (like a NAS or home server). Offers no alternative storage like Box, iCloud, etc. Only option is to store images and video on Logitech's servers. Logitech servers were very slow and constantly causing the software to give warnings about network issues event though my network tests out at 100 to 150Mb/s FiOS bidirectional throughput. We easily watch 3 different Netflix HD videos regularly in the house with no noticeable degradation of network performance for other simultaneous laptop, iPhone or iPad users. Be relegated to storing your images and video on the Logitech server forces you to put your trust in Logitech's security... - D-Link - stores images and video on internal microSD card. Provides live feed directly back to Home app (HomeKit) viewer with flawless operation. :: Winner :: D-Link for architecture, security, and operation. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- :: Reliability :: "Family Leaves on Vacation Test" Logitech - after a couple of plug and unplug sequences moving it around the house, the Logitech software could not regularly connect to the camera while on the same Wi-Fi. Further the HomeKit connection would regularly fail with a warning that someone else was using the camera when nothing else was using it. Multiple kill and restart of the Home app and the Logitech app made no difference. After establishing operations and leaving the camera alone, it stopped responding sometime during first day of the test. Then it came back off and on but never more than a few seconds and usually just failed during regular connection attempts. D-Link - regardless of how many times it was unplugged and plugged back in while moving it around the house, it sprang to attention like a good soldier. During the "family on vacation" test, the D-Link remained up and flawlessly operational. Every access attempt was met with a speedy connection and flawless video and audio. :: Winner :: D-Link =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- :: Features :: Logitech - offers weather proof operation as well as pure battery operation. The wired camera is compatible with HomeKit after the firmware upgrade while the wireless is not. On the same token, the battery pack can be purchased for the wired camera and turn it into a wireless unit so best of both worlds are possible. The physical design lends itself well for positioning it high in the eves to work on battery power while at the same time you must worry about donating a $250 camera rig to the first perp that recognizes the unit. Further it can be sticky mounted flat on a window for outside monitoring with an additional mount kit for $25 D-Link - only works inside although the inside design lends itself well for sitting on a widow ledge as it's height more than reaches over any window edge to achieve the entire 180°s of viewing angle. It cannot reasonably be mounted outside and is most definitely not water proof. :: Winner :: Logitech =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- ::Overall:: I really wanted the Logitech to live up to the operational stability and image quality of the D-Link but in the long run the Logitech operation was so buggy it was unusable. It is suspected that the cloud interaction was the likely culprit. Regardless, cloud storage as a mandatory operational characteristic holds the customer hostage. This experience has resulted a personal hard requirement for any network camera to have it's own storage and it's own way of serving that storage to my client devices ... just like any $30 we cam from China has... Mandatory web cloud storage became a hard fail for all camera product for me as a result of this test. A wireless camera is not truly wireless until it can operate independently of any network service... and be it's own service.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        Logitech Customer Care

        Hello ! Thank you for your very complete review of Circle 2. As we are always looking to improve our product based on our customer feedback, we would like to thank you for your input on the internal storage.

        We are sorry you are having connection issues sometimes. Have you tried to power cycle the camera (remove camera from the mount or unplug the camera for at least 60 sec) and then reset it (http://support.logitech.com/en_us/product/circle-2-home-security-camera/faq#link_How-do-I-reset-Circle-2)

        Please email us at innercircle@logitech.com or call us at +1 866-601-5644 if troubleshooting doesn't solve your issue. We're more than happy to help. -Marion from Logitech LogiCC

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      I love Logitech products. This is an exception.

      Posted
      Shawn
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      To start - the incumbent technology I currently use is the Netgear Arlo. A device I have a few problems with (mostly the fact that it uses super expensive batteries) that seemed to be well addressed by this device on paper. To succeed in this review, the Logitech Circle 2 must be at or better than what is offered by Netgear. I’m using this camera in a slightly different angle (for reasons that will soon become apparent) watching the only entryway to my apartment. I have never felt ‘unsafe’ in my apartment, just want to have something watching the place when I’m gone. I’ve set it up 8’ away from the door and 2’ away from the door just to make sure that it has no problems detecting objects in range. Things it does well: The first and foremost thing this camera has going for it is that it comes with a hefty rechargeable battery. Fully assembled, the camera weighs close to a pound. Still working out a battery runtime figure - the first charge it had a ton of WiFi problems and ran through the battery in about two days. Second charge seems to be holding well for now. Charge time on the battery seemed to be about 3 hours from “empty.” Outward appearances are promising, it gets its looks from its namesake - one big white circle with a black space in the middle of it which blends in well with interior walls. Mounting is a breeze and given its weight, I was able to use a ‘medium’ sized Command strip to mount it to my apartment wall (no mess, no issues after lease!) Additionally, the 180-degree lens lets the viewer see a ton more detail in the frame from what I could see from a standard lens - we’ll get back to this soon. It comes with a nifty quick-disconnect mount - a small steel rod with a divot in the end of it such that the camera can latch onto it just tight enough that it won’t fall off. The benefit of which is that you never need to worry much about remounting it with the proper orientation when you finish recharging it. Just snap it on and you’re ready to go. I normally try to decouple provided apps from reviews because the app can (and probably will change), but as of writing this review, the app has one really nifty feature called “Daily Brief.” In this feature, the app will take all the video events recorded and combine them into a short take such that you can get just the critical events and perhaps dig into the ones that matter more to you. Places where it could serve to improve: One of my major issues with this camera is that it is _always_ recording. The most you can do with no direct human interaction (such as turning the device off via the app) is enable “smart alerts” - a function of the app which senses your location based on the phone and will hide or show alerts accordingly. As I live in a relatively small apartment, I find this to be one step too far in terms of recording and my reasonable expectation of privacy (combined with a 180-degree lens that sees everything). The incumbent device allows you to disable video capture automatically and integrates with IFTTT. The best I’ve seen from the Logitech app is an option to set “Privacy Mode” where “Circle continues streaming, but does not record any footage or send alerts” - unfortunately, this is still too much in my opinion. Let’s get this out of the way, I do not recommend this camera. The flaws I’ve found in it create a false sense of security which is far worse than no security at all. The biggest flaw that I’ve found to date is that I can’t get the sensor to reliably trigger video recording, even with the sensors maxed out. Maxing out the microphone detection, cool - can even tell that a neighbor three doors down dropped a penny. Changing the sensitivity on the camera portion however seems to yield no noticeable change. I have personally been able to stand and do jumping jacks in front of the camera and not have it detect any motion. Additionally, when I do get it to record, it seems to have a very slow iris. Opening the doorway to my hall sometimes causes the video to record a blacked out scene aside from a very small yellow rectangle of the hallway light incoming wherein bodies appear as no more than shadows. The issues above were compounded very quickly by a device that frequently falls offline despite having a line of sight view (of about 30’) to the most powerful wireless router in the domicile and it reporting a strong WiFi signal most of the time when I’m in the app. When it falls offline, the camera drinks battery, making the issue even worse. Regardless of the faults above and what could be the reason, the below issue is listed with the premise that these might be related to my installation and not entirely the fault of the camera. Back to the “I try to decouple from apps but still feel the need to talk about it” line: One of the first things I do when I get new technology is see what options are present for users to change and fiddle with. For a large portion of the time (and most particularly, when changing the Maximum Recording Time), when I would attempt to save settings, I would get a generic error stating that saving my settings had failed and I should try again. Despite multiple repeated efforts, the longest I can get this device to record for is 10 seconds, despite a setting being present to max it out at 60 seconds. Additional information left for reader but not directly added to the evaluation: Getting the device setup initially took me four hours of struggling and an interaction with the support team. Their team was amazingly responsive over email - 24 hour turn time followed by a number of follow-ups to make sure I got it online. After the stint where it was bouncing on and offline repeatedly and draining the battery quickly, the camera did have another problem requiring me to hard reset it again. Setup in the Logitech Circle app was amazingly easy once the camera had the updated firmware. I’ve added neither of these points to the review rating as I surmise they are a one time experience and won’t affect my ownership of the device in the long run nor would they affect a common consumers ownership. Would I buy it again? Honestly, no. On paper, it looks and sounds awesome. In this implementation however, this feels like a product that is still in beta release. With a number of other competing products out there (discounting my incumbent device), the Logitech Circle 2 has some work that needs to be done.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        Logitech Customer Care

        Hi Shawn,
        Thank you for your Review! I am sorry to hear of the trouble you're having. We appreciate your feedback. We have made several updates to improve a lot of the issues you referenced. Are you still experiencing these issues? We would love the opportunity to troubleshoot with you if so.
        Please give us a call at 1-866-601-5644 or email us @ innercircle@logitech.com, We are happy to help!
        -Angela from Logitech LogiCC

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great interface, but very dependent on the cloud

      Posted
      TechnicallyWell
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      PICTURE QUALITY One of the most important features of a security camera is the picture quality, and the Circle 2 definitely has that covered.  The 1080p picture is very clear, even in low light without the night vision LEDs.  This allows you to see the details of what is happening and a clear view of the face of the person.  The camera is set at 720p by default and you will need to use either the app or the website to increase it to 1080p. Another notable feature is the wide field of vision, providing a 180 degree view of the area it is covering.  This covers my entire backyard.  In fact, I had to move it to the center of the window, otherwise the window frame would block a portion of the shot. FEATURES One of my favorite features of the Logitech Circle 2 camera is the "Day Brief".  This summarizes all of the events of the day into a 30-second video clip.  It's a great way to check out what's been going on around your home while you were gone. The Logitech Circle 2 camera does a great job analyzing motion events, detecting people and providing accurate notifications, if you pay for the $9.99/month cloud plan.  Otherwise, you'll only receive basic motion notifications (low motion and high motion). The wire-free Logitech Circle 2 option includes a battery pack that allows the camera to operate for up to 3 months on a single charge, figured with an average of 5 minutes of recorded footage a day.  It uses a separate, low power motion sensor so that it does not need to be "awake" to constantly analyze the footage.  It's important to note that the low power motion sensor does not work through glass.  If you leave the camera plugged into a power source, you can configured the camera to be "always on" and analyze motion using the video feed. When in battery mode, the camera can take between 15-30 seconds to "wake up" when you request to view the live image. Other "mounts" are available for the Circle 2, allowing you to take either the wired or wire-free version and mount it to a window or plug it into an outlet.  However, these are at an additional cost and not included in the package. Support for Apple Homekit is said to be coming soon, but wasn't available at launch.  Homekit support will not be available for the wire-free (battery) mounting option. EASE OF USE I'm surprised how many cameras on the market still require a plug-in -- or even worse, an Internet Explorer Active X control -- in order to setup and operate.  Thankfully, the Logitech Circle 2 works with all modern browsers without any additional software, not even Flash!  I was able to use it on my Mac and my Chromebook without an issue. The smartphone app allows you to configure most the camera's settings: resolution, alerting and power management.  One feature you cannot configure in the app is marking the zones for motion detection.  For this, you must login to the website (https://circle.logi.com). Events that have occurred during the day are shown as "bubbles" along the right-side of the screen.  Grey bubble indicate low motion events (bird flying by, trees swaying in the breeze, etc) while the blue bubble indicate high motion events (such as a person walking close to the camera).  The bubbles make it very easy to navigate between different events and the camera seems to do an accurate job of only placing important events in the blue bubbles.  You can also filter the events if you want to remove the grey bubbles, for example. VALUE The Logitech Circle 2 has a lot of smart features, such as detecting people and making determination between what is normal motion (leaves rustling in the wind) and what is not normal (such as a person walking up to the camera).  However, a lot of this functionality is dependent on the cloud, or more specifically, Logitech's servers. On the Circle's free plan, you get 1 day of cloud storage, unlimited streaming and downloads, alerts and day brief. In order to have person detection and motion zone alerts, you must pay $9.99 per month per camera for 31 days of storage, which -- in my opinion -- is a tad excessive for a camera that costs this much. There is no local storage on the device itself.  If your internet connection goes out, nothing will be recorded and you will not be alerted of motion events (although, you will be alerted that the camera is offline if you enable that specific alert).  If Logitech's servers ever go down, or -- worse yet -- they decide to abandon the Circle camera service, you'll end up with an expensive, round paperweight.  For those reasons, I still prefer an IP camera that has local Micro SD card storage so that the camera is not dependent on a third-party. With that said, the Logitech Circle 2 definitely has a lot going for it: a great user interface for the app and website, great picture and viewing angle and accurate motion detection. If you have a solid internet connection and you want something that is easy to setup that only bugs you when something important happens, this camera fits the bill. Hopefully, a local storage option will be added in the future.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Simple with nice high quality camera

      Posted
      Nate34
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      To start off the packaging is good, and well organized. In the main box is 2 smaller separate boxes containing all the parts. In the main box is the Logitech Circle 2 HD camera. In the 2nd box is the rest of the contents which are a 6400mah rechargeable battery, swivel base with release plate, a 2 foot USB charging cable (which should be longer in my opinion), a USB power adapter, and a paper quick start guide. To begin I connected the 2 prong adapter to the USB charger, and then used a longer USB cable than the 2 foot one included to start the charging off the 6400mah battery. It took about 2 hours and 50 minutes to fully charge for the first time, which isnt much considering the very large capacity of the battery. Once charged the battery screws into place with a twist onto the camera module. Then it was on to the set up process. The camera has an LED status indicator system that flashes blue when its in ready to pair mode. So I downloaded the “Logi Circle” app from the play store onto my Oneplus 5. After downloading I started the app and began the set up process giving the app some permissions. I got a confirmation sound from the camera and a message on the app saying it had found the camera. I had to plug it back into the charger to continue since it is apparently required despite it being 100% charged. After this you can choose a preset name for it, or create a custom name for the camera location. Then it auto connected to the same Wifi connection that my phone was on and all I had to do was enter its password. It connected with no issues and started a firmware update. This took a couple minutes and the cameras LED went to Solid white indicating it was connected and ready for use. The next step was creating an account (email and password). Once this was done I got a “Welcome to Circle” message letting me know that it comes a with free 24 hour cloud storage premium trial. So Im assuming after the trial you pay for this, and Im not sure how long the trial is for or what the cost will be. Then I clicked the “Live View” button and was ready to go. Overall the set up process was fairly easy and pain free. The camera performance is pretty good although there is a slight delay of a few seconds. The interface on the app is very simple with buttons on the left to take a snapshot and a microphone button that you hold to listen or talk through if you need to speak with someone for example at your front door, which I think is a cool feature. I did have an issue once in awhile where after a few seconds the live view would disappear and give me a message to tap to go back to live view. I would tap it several times and it would not go back to the live view. I would have to tap multiple times. But this only seemed to happen the first couple times. On the right side of the app live view screen there are circles with times recorded you can tap to review what has been recorded, and the option to download them as well for a more permanent save, and a "Day Brief" button. Then its as simple as tap the “LIVE” button again to get back to live view. This takes awhile and lets you know its waking up form low power mode wire free mode and reestablishing a secure connection. Overall this is a very easy and convenient solution to home security, or any other situation where you might want to record and have live views. I havent had any drops, or other issues other than the couple mentioned in the review. I really like this camera, and the app works pretty well also. Its very simple, and simple is good enough for most people..me being one of them. If your looking for a simple and not too expensive home security camera this is a great choice. Thanks for reading.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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        Logitech Customer Care

        Hello Nate! Thank you for your review ! We are very glad you like the Circle 2 camera and its simple setup.
        One small correction: With a new camera you get a 10 days free trial of the Circle Safe Premium subscription, so you can see all the features and how they work. With the subscription the footage will be stored for 30 days. Without subscription still you will always have 24 hours of storage for free and can download the recording you wish to keep.
        If you have any other question, please contact us via email at innercircle@logitech.com or call us at +1 (646) 454-3200 We are happy to help! Lukas from Logitech LogiCC

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Fun & functional but not as reliable as should be

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      We have a dog. Our dog keeps escaping our backyard. We couldn’t figure out for sure how she was getting out because everything looked closed and tight like it should be and she’s small enough we couldn’t imagine she could jump the fence. Was a neighbor kid letting our dog out? Was our dog a descendant of Harry Houdini? Had she developed the ability to teleport? Aliens?!?!?! Enter the Logitech Circle 2 to unravel the mystery. I had long wanted a security camera for our home anyway and figuring out how our dog kept finding her way to our front porch when we’d leave was as good a reason as any to finally get one. Setup was easy enough: Just install the app (Android or Apple), power up the Circle 2, use the app to do the initial setup (initially over Bluetooth LE I believe), get the camera connected to your WiFi, and setup a free Circle account to access stored videos online. You get 24 hours of video event storage for free and can subscribe to more if you need it. I charged it up all night then placed it outside in a mostly shaded spot on our back porch where I had a pretty good view of our backyard. I had to adjust the motion sensitivity to just a little shy of max in order for the Logitech Circle 2 to reliably record events triggered by our little escape artist. With the sensitivity set so high I ended up getting a lot of cute but mundane video events of our dog chasing squirrels, birds, leaves, and shadows. The “day brief” feature though made it really easy to browse through the entire day in a compressed fashion find the point in the day when she was no longer in our backyard. Sure enough, after a couple of days of this I was amazed to see how limber and flexible our little Hairy Houdini was as she wiggled her way through a gap in the gate that I had already considered but was “sure” it was much too small for her. After enduring some deserved mocking laughter and “I told you so” from my lovely wife I was able to adjust the gate to make the gap smaller and, POOF! Just like that, no more dog on our front porch when we’d come home. Happy dog, happy wife, happy life. Way to go Circle 2! Here’s a rundown of my observations after using it for about a week: + Battery life is pretty amazing. After leaving it off the charger for 2 full days and nights of capturing all the excitement of the backyard life of a dog, battery had dropped only about 25%. + You can access the camera remotely through the app or a web page. With the app you can zoom and pan within the limits of the camera’s view, but I couldn’t find a way to do that on the web app. + You can take pictures of individual frames of video, or even download the entire video for your own archives and fun if you want. + Night vision mode. A nice idea but sometimes it doesn't seem to be engaged at all when it should be. I have several video snippets where the camera clearly detected something, and you can hear the audio, but the video itself is uselessly all-dark. When it works though it works pretty good, see attached images to this review for an example pics of the same scene at day and night. + Had some fun with the voice feature to freak my kids out when they were playing in the backyard and realized I could both see, hear, and talk to them through the Circle 2. Yeah, a cool and maybe slightly creepy “dad is watching” moment to keep them guessing. The Toy Story “So play nice!” Sid scene comes to mind. - My one big disappointment was that in the first 3 days the camera went “offline” twice, apparently just locking up, and the only way I could get it back online was to disconnect and reconnect the battery pack. It wasn’t lack of battery power, nor poor wifi because even when it’s outdoors it’s barely 10 feet away from its 802.11AC access point in the living room just a little on the other side of the same wall the camera is near when it’s outside. I love the overall simplicity and functionality the Circle 2 provides but if you can’t trust it to be stable then it’s hard to trust it with home security duties. I did verify I am running the latest firmware and I’m hoping the stability will be fixed in a future update. So it’s useful, but keep an eye on it. At least the app is kind enough to let you know “Camera is offline” so when it does go offline at least you'll know, assuming you have notifications enabled.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      I hope my unit was defective

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      Let me start by saying that I think that my unit may be defective. Live streaming shows a nice, relatively clear picture; but most recorded video is almost pitch black with warbly, incomprehensible audio. This is true of video taken in both bright light and dim conditions. I reached out to Logitech to try and troubleshoot this or see if I was doing something wrong, but it’s been three days; and they haven’t gotten back to me. The camera itself is relatively small and allows for a wide variety of mounting options. You can set it down on a table using the included pedestal stand, you can mount it to the wall using the included wall mounting hardware, or you can leave it plugged into an electrical outlet using an outlet adapter (sold separately). The camera is designed for both indoor and outdoor use, but its stark white exterior is going to show dirt and wear very quickly outside. The camera can be adjusted to tilt up or down, but I found that trying to tilt it downward caused it to just topple forward. It’s too top-heavy to support its weight when positioned this way. This is unfortunate as I wouldn’t have minded placing it on a high shelf by my door. The camera is advertised as a 1080p camera, but honestly it doesn’t look that sharp to me. The picture is perfectly adequate for a security camera, but it’s still pretty grainy. Still, for identifying individuals entering your home, it works well. The viewing angle is a very wide 180 degrees. The camera also includes a nightvision mode that displays in very nice grayscale image (though again, only in live view for me). The included documentation was abysmal. The quick start guide references an app for iPhone and Android, but it doesn’t refer to it by name or give a QR code to find it. I found it on the Play Store, but it took me awhile as the app provider was listed as “Logitech Europe S.A.” (I’m in North America and wasn’t sure if region made a difference). I also had two false starts as Logitech Europe had two other apps on the Play Store named in such a way that they might have been the app I needed that came up in the search results first. That being said, the box does have the URL for the web app listed on the back. If you’re concerned about downloading the wrong app, I’d suggest that you just use the web app instead. The camera comes with a trial membership in their cloud storage plan. No details are given regarding costs or what the plan does and doesn’t include. I suspect that the video won’t record once my trial membership lapses (just as well given the recording issues that I’ve encountered). You can take still shots in live mode, and they appear to save to a folder named “Logi Album” buried on your phone (they show up in my gallery though, so this works). You can download recorded video by clicking on the three dots to the bottom right of the video. This saved to my downloads folder on my PC. Waking the camera up to view live mode is a slow affair. I found that it took about a full minute to enter live mode. Unless you have the camera positioned to monitor the entire room, you’re likely going to miss seeing whoever passed within its field of view. The push notifications are erratic. I found that it kept sending motion trigger alerts at random throughout the day (I have it aimed right at my apartment door, and nobody came or went in the span that the alerts came in). The alerts quite suddenly stopped this morning, and even dancing in front of the camera did nothing to trigger them again. I didn’t change any settings, they just stopped happening. I really hope that this unit was defective. Typing this review was difficult as I have long been a fan of Logitech. The hardware seems nice, and I like the concept, but the execution seems very incomplete and buggy.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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