Logitech Circle 2 Home Security Camera Review

Logitech Circle 2 Home Security Camera Review


[background music] Gabe Turner: Hi, everyone. This is Gabe at Security Baron. Today, we’re talking about the Logitech Circle
2 indoor and outdoor security camera. If you’d like to check out any of our other
reviews, Google “Security Baron + Home Security Cameras.” If you have any questions about today’s review,
leave a comment below. You might be familiar with Logitech, as they
are a Swiss consumer-electronic company that has made things from wireless headphones,
to keyboards, to what we’re talking about today, home security cameras. Logitech claims and has a pretty impressive
feature set for the Circle 2. It talks about its 1080p high-definition video
with night vision and a 180-degree field of view. The smart time-lapse day brief, which condenses
the videos that it takes every 24 hours until one easily viewable clip in your app. It also talks about having two-way audio,
cloud storage, and motion detection. They also discussed the fact that they have
unlimited streaming for up to five cameras, smart alerts, person detection, and an easy
set-up. Taking out of the box, at least for me, I
like the nifty design of the Logitech Circle 2. It has a metal ball mount that allows you
to move it around. While it is made of plastic, the camera, which
attaches to the base by a magnet, is actually weighty and solid. This rubberized plastic around the camera
itself gives it a nice feel. Even though I know it’s plastic, I feel as
if it can withstand whatever directions I put it in. I can even rotate the camera itself here. What you’ll also note is that near the metal
ball mount, there is a long — 10 feet long, to be exact — cord. This is not detachable. It does allow for you to maybe place it outside
even if that may be a little difficult because while it is 10-feet long, it’s not 20 feet
long. Of course, it has this black metallic face. If you notice this circle here, it does illuminate. You can get magenta, yellow, blue, depending
on what’s going on. If it’s pairing, when it’s connecting to WiFi,
when you’re resetting it. That, by the way, resetting is done here with
this button. You’ll hold this for about nine seconds. That will allow you to reset the Circle 2. Of course, the bottom is a bit of a reflection
of the top with this rubberized piece here that allows you to mount it pretty easily. We should also mention that not only is it
a nice-looking design, but it’s also rather hardy. The Circle 2 can withstand temperatures all
the way down to -4 degrees Fahrenheit or -20 degrees Celsius up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit
or 50 degrees Celsius. We’ve now seen what Logitech has claimed. Let’s see how the Circle 2 fares against the
Security Baron necessary features test. The Logitech Circle 2 comes with what is now
a standard 1080p high-definition video. Of course, that 1080p can be amplified by
the eight times digital zoom. Now, its original video will have come formatted
as 720. You can definitely amplify that up. Just be cautious of what that’ll do to bandwidth
and things in your home. Something that we loved about the Circle 2
is its 180-degree field of view. We think this is a impressive feature. However, some users complained that the 180-degree
field of view tends to give their videos a bit of a fisheye effect. We don’t mind it as much. That’s just something to consider if you don’t
like that perspective. When it comes to video quality, we’ve got
to give the Logitech Circle 2 thumbs up. The Logitech Circle 2 comes with the ability
to both talk and listen. It has a microphone and speaker so that you
can talk to anyone in your home, which is actually useful when you’re thinking about
two-way audio for reassuring a pet when you’ve left the house for a moment or telling a visitor
where something is. You can actually see what they’re doing and
tell them where to go or to warn them about something in the room. So, in terms of two-way audio, we give Logitech
Circle 2 great marks. When it comes to night mode on the Circle
2, there’s definitely room for improvement. We hope that Logitech and the Circle 3, or
whatever the next iteration, thinks a little bit more about how they can make a more robust
night-vision experience. They claim that it can see up to 15 feet. We thought that within just 10 feet, the images
begin to get blurry. It’s not the worst night mode, of course,
that we’ve seen here in the office, but it’s definitely not the best. In terms of night mode, we’re not going to
give it full marks. Another Security Baron necessary feature is
cloud and local storage options. The Circle 2 doesn’t have any local storage
options, but it does have a variety of cloud ones. Included in the free cloud storage for the
Circle 2, you get unlimited streaming, downloads, a 24-hour history, and smart alerts to your
phone or smart watch. You can upgrade to the Circle safe basic subscription
for $3.99 a month for one camera, $6.99 a month for up to five cameras and get 14 days
of cloud storage along with all the free features. Now, if you upgrade to the premium edition
of the Circle Safe subscription plan for $9.99 a month for one camera or up to $17.99 a month
for up to five cameras, you get a whole month of cloud storage along with motion zones,
which allow you to set specific zones for activity. It also comes with person detection, which
will tell you when it is a person in the space. We think that’s worthwhile. Additionally, the premium edition of Circle
Safe subscription allows you to set your own smart time-lapse day briefs, so you can customize
it for the times that matter to you. Overall, the Logitech Circle 2 has pretty
robust cloud options, but it doesn’t have anything in terms of local storage. Fortunately, the Circle 2 comes with some
pretty nice smart-platform integrations. Most cameras come with the Amazon Alexa hookup. The Circle 2 is no different. We were able to really easily pair it with
our Amazon Echo and our Fire TV and watch the videos directly on our television. Not only that, it does come integrated with
Apple HomeKit. You can use Apple HomeKit. It even comes with Google Assistant. If you have a Chromecast setup and Google
Home or Google Mini, you can control it with your voice and watch it on your television
that way as well. In terms of smart-platform integration as
a Security Baron necessary feature, we have to give the Logitech Circle 2 great marks. Generally, when we talk about the Security
Baron necessary feature of artificial intelligence, we’re thinking about facial-recognition technology. Now, the Circle 2 doesn’t come exactly with
facial-recognition technology, which honestly doesn’t tend to work that well on most of
the cameras that we’ve seen, but it does come with person detection. The camera can detect the distinction between
a human and an animal like a cat or a dog. We think that’s worthwhile. In terms of artificial intelligence, it does
come with some, but we can’t give it full marks. A Security Baron necessary feature is value. Coming in at around $180, the Logitech Circle
2 is a bit spendier than many of the cameras that we’ve seen here at Security Baron. Your perspective on the value of the Logitech
Circle 2 will depend on whether or not you’re comparing to another camera and what features
you value. The Circle 2 does come with a pretty robust
smart-platform integration and some nifty features for the premium edition. That will cost you up to $9.99 a month for
just one camera. Of course, many of the other cameras that
are priced below the Circle 2 don’t come with that outdoor weatherproof capacity. Once again, you have to take into consideration
that this is still the wired edition. If you want something that’s weatherproof
and outdoors, you may also want a wireless edition, which costs more money than the wired
edition. Overall, we don’t think that the Logitech
Circle 2 brings the best value and that it’s priced a little too high for what it brings
to the market. I must say that, when I first set up the Logitech
Circle 2 camera, I was ready to go within five minutes. However, when I first looked at the camera,
I noticed it was tilted to the side because you can rotate this camera. Even though it worked within the first five
minutes, when I accidentally rotated and pulled it apart like that, I was like, “Oh, that
shouldn’t be a big deal. When you unplug something and you plug it
back in, it should work again immediately.” This was not the case. I spent well over an hour resetting, repairing,
resetting, and repairing. I did everything it asked for. It took me forever to get it going. It’s really hard for me to think about, “How
convenient was the process?” Was it convenient? Yes, but should it be so inconvenient if I
accidentally unplug it, which honestly is not that hard to do? If you get it set up and it’s rotated correctly
and you don’t have it disconnect from the magnetic base, it’s a great system. But, if you accidentally unplug it, trip over
the cord, you may be in for a task. Of course, how easy or difficult it was to
set up the Logitech Circle 2 camera was all done in the app. Let’s take a look at how well it works. As soon as you open the app, you notice a
couple of things. One, it’s only in landscape mode, which I
personally don’t love. It doesn’t really I guess affect my experience
too materially. It definitely would be nice to be able to
put this in portrait mode, but you have to work it in landscape mode. It starts off in “live.” Here we are seeing exactly what’s happening
in almost real time. There is a bit of lag, but that’s just to
be expected with most of the cameras that we’ve seen. In the bottom left-hand you have the two-way
audio option so you can click on that, press to talk, see what’s happening, speak to whoever’s
in the room, and above that you have the option to take a snapshot. On the right-side, you’ll see that there are
options to look at the day-brief so you can see everything that’s going on in the day. On the top left-corner, you have your minion. In your minion, you can of course turn the
camera on and off into privacy mode, turn off smart alerts, which I’ve turned off because
anytime we want to watch this room, I’ll get a notification. Along with other settings, along with adding
a camera, managing account, you will see that you can do smart home integrations whereas
Apple HomeKit, Logitech POP Smart Home, Alexa, and Google Assistant. In the app, you also go ahead and sign up
the Circle site. Before I forget, I want to show you that you
do have capacity for 8x digital zoom, which may not be the thing you’re always going to
the look at, but it is something you can do and is pretty fun, especially considering
there is a 180-degree field of view in this camera. You can really go and look at anything really
closely no matter where it happens to be in the room. That’s the app. While not the most beautiful app, a little
bit busy, it definitely works and is relatively intuitive. Here at Security Baron, we’re always going
to look at the video quality, and here we are looking at the Logitech Circle 2 Wired
Edition Home Security Camera. Now, as you can see right off the bat, it’s
got a crisp and clear video quality, but we do want to mention that not all 1080p is created
equally. We wouldn’t say that the Logitech Circle 2
Wired has the best quality of 1080p that we’ve seen. We’ve been really impressed with some of the
other cameras and their video quality, but where the Logitech Circle 2 really makes up
for is in this 180-degree field of view. I’m only about four-and-a-half feet away from
the camera, yet you can see everything going on in here, which honestly is not too much,
but if something were going on, you would capture it all. We really like that. Additionally, you can of course go in and
access the digital zoom. I can come in and there’s a little bit of
lag when you first start pressing it, but you can look around the room, and see, go
back out, come back in. Overall, we have to give the Logitech Circle
2 Wired strong marks for video quality. Let’s go look at the night vision. Now, we’re looking at the night vision on
the Logitech Circle 2 Wired Edition Home Security Camera. The Circle 2 can be used both indoor and outdoor,
and even you can turn off the infrared light which we’re using now to record this video
indoor and point it at a window. Then we’ll use the ambient light or whatever
illumination you have outside to record. Regardless, the night vision is definitely
lacking. What you’ll see is that even the company states
that it can only see about 15 feet, but here I am 4-and-a-half feet away and I’m definitely
suffering in terms of what is visible in this shot. The night vision on the Circle 2 definitely
leaves something to be desired. To provide an overview of the Logitech Circle
2, we’re going to discuss some of the things that we liked and didn’t like so much about
the Circle 2. To begin with, while it was an initially easy
setup process, once we accidentally screwed off the magnetic camera, we found it very
difficult to set it back up. Generally you’d hope that if a camera’s unplugged,
you can simply plug it back in and get going. In our case, it took us over 90 minutes to
get it up and working again. Additionally, the night vision left a lot
to be desired. We were really hoping that its great daytime
quality would carry over into the night vision, and that just wasn’t the case. On the other hand, the Logitech Circle 2,
has great smart platform integration which allows it to work it not only its own Logitech
Smart POP, but Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. In terms of Smart Platform integration, it
really excels. Additionally, it has great video quality and
two-way audio. These are some of the more positive elements
of the Logitech Circle 2. Today, we want to know whether or not the
Logitech Circle 2 will work for you. If you’re looking for a solid 1080p camera
with smart platform integration options, I mean Apple, Google, and Amazon, then the Circle
2 might be the camera for you. However, if you’re not looking to spend that
much, and you need a crystal clear night vision, or even local storage, then you might want
to look at another direction for your camera needs. If you appreciate this video, give us a like
and make sure to hit that subscribe button. As always, this is Gabe at Security Baron,
be secure. [music]

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14 Replies to “Logitech Circle 2 Home Security Camera Review”

  1. Great video. I learned a lot. Mostly that this camera is not for me. I need something that is easy to set up and maintain and not causing me to have to reset it. Your explained it very well. I will continue to look. Thank you. Then again I will keep an open mind.

  2. How the hell have you only got 109 subscribers? Guess I'll make it 110. Great quality review thanks. I was in-between getting this and an Reolink Argus 2 which I think meets my needs more. Top man.

  3. Bought 2 new Logitech Circle 2 security cameras, highly recommended by Amazon. I can't send them back fast enough, they are located within 10 feet of my router and they disconnect all the Time. To reconnect you have to be home and remove the camera's battery and reboot. I contacted Logitech to see about getting the issue resolved, I was told to have a trusted friend enter the house and reboot the cameras. Not really an option. I do like the app and when the cameras work they are fine and I do like the 24 hour playback but the disconnection is a killer.

  4. Wow I just came across ur video and yes I Definitely subscribe to your channel. I’m thinking of the Arlo pro 2. Was wondering would u recommend this over the Logicteck

    Thanks for the advice and keep up the great work your videos are amazing and sound very professional

  5. First time viewing your channel. As a professional videographer let me say your filming, editing, and content is on point. Great job. Keep it up!

  6. How long does it store videos to the cloud ? Do you have to pay for the cloud storage ? Do you have to pay to download the app ?

  7. What about geofencing? will this camera turn off/on as soon as memmber of the house will go inside/outside?

  8. I have 2 of those, about to get a 3rd one, I love those. The only thing I'm disappointed in is the app menu when you have more than 1 cam, the menu shows the different cams in freeze mode, no real time video, you have to select the video you want to watch the live feed, its really sad, Logitech should really make this upgrade. On an iPad, have 3 or 4 livestream on the screen would be just great

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