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The Logitech Circle 2 Video Camera was provided to Digital Mom Blog for review.
Last year, our friends sent us over the Logi Circle home security camera for review. It has been a total game changer in our house in enabling us to watch our kids from a distance when they stay at home alone and give us peace of mind when we are away. Logitech’s Circle cameras allow you to keep an eye on your kids and home from anywhere with the Circle app.
This year, Logitech introduced two new Logitech Circle 2 home security cameras. Both a wired and wire-free versions of the camera. In addition to the new edition, Logitech has made several updates to the camera.
Logitech Circle 2 Review
We received the new wired version of the Circle 2 video camera for review. Here’s what you need to know about the wired Logitech Circle 2. The camera can be used inside or outside. We use our’s in our living room.
The Logitech Circle 2 wired offers the same Logitech Circle app that the original Circle camera used, but the actual camera has received a complete makeover.
Logi Circle vs Logitech Circle 2
The Circle 2 offers a complete cosmetic change. No longer is there a charging ring design. The body is now a new sleeker shape and offers an IP65 weatherization rating. (And IP65 weatherization rating means it can withstand waters and temperatures from -4 degrees to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
In addition to cosmetic upgrades, Logitech has built in significant upgrades to the core technology. The camera now offers a 180-degree field of view, versus a 135-degree angle. The original Circle camera offered a 720p resolution, where the new Logitech Circle 2 offers up to full HD 1080p resolution. Another feature is the new integrations with Google, Apple and Alexa – read more below.
Both the original Circle camera and new Circle 2 camera offer motion detection, up to 15 feet of night vision and two-way audio.
Here you can view a photo taken with the original Circle in December 2016:
This photo was taken with the new Logitech Circle 2:
As you can see, the new camera is in a different location. The house is a mess, but you get the idea. (I like to keep it real, actually – I just don’t have the energy to tell the kids to clean.) You can see the clarity that the new Circle 2 surveillance camera provides. Also, check out the view – you can definitely see the 180-degree wide view and the clarity of the photo. Again, both of these were taken with the camera via the Circle app.
Setting Up the Camera
Setting up the camera required minimal effort. Here are the steps to set up the wired Logitech Circle 2 camera:
- Unbox your Circle 2 Camera.
- Line up the indicators on your camera and mount.
- Attach your camera to the mount.
- Rotate the camera on the mount to the preferred orientation.
- Plug the USB cable into the USB adapter
- Plug the USB adapter into an outlet
- Install the Logitech Circle app
- Add a camera
From unboxing to using the camera was maybe 10 minutes total.
Logitech Circle App
The Logitech circle app is your link to the camera. Within the app, you can view live what is happening, click day brief to view a time-lapse compilation of the day’s videos, and more.
Out of the box, Circle comes with 24 hours of free storage for your surveillance video clips. You can upgrade to a Circle Safe or Circle Safe Premium subscription for more storage and advanced features.
Circle 2 Integrations
Circle 2 integrates seamlessly with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant.
Tell Alexa to turn on Circle 2 before you leave home, use Apple HomeKit™ to control your place while you’re away, or ask Google Assistant to pull up your camera’s live stream on your phone or Chromecast™ device. No matter how you manage your smart home, Circle 2’s integrations have you covered.
We haven’t yet set up on integrations, but looking forward to all of the possibilities that this offers!
Keeping an Eye on the House and Kids
As a parent, I can’t stress the usefulness and peace of mind that this home surveillance camera provides. As mentioned, the above photo was snapped with the camera while I was out shopping. My husband has been sick and was asleep in the room. Our third kid wakes up early every morning. I was able to log in from the Logitech Circle app, see what he was up to. Since the camera has a mic, I was able to hear what he was watching. With the two-way audio, I was able to tell him good morning and check-in to make sure he was okay and knew that dad was asleep.
Another reason we love the camera is being able to know what is going on when the family isn’t home. We go out of town as a family several times a year. We have 2 dogs that require a dog sitter while we are out-of-town. The camera lets us know when the dog sitter arrives, also helps keep an eye on the house to make sure that we know what is going on.
All-in-all we love the ease-of-use, convenience, and peace of mind that the Logitech Circle 2 home security camera provides our home and family. If you are in the market for a home security camera, the Logitech Circle 2 offers both wired and wire-free options for whatever your DIY home security needs are.