Circle 2 review

Logitech Circle 2 review

Keeping an eye on your property has never been so easy with the introduction of smart security cameras. As the smart home market starts to expand with more devices being released lots of people are starting to invest in smart security cameras and the Logitech Circle 2 is one of them. I am personally interested in home security and decided to carry out this Logitech Circle 2 review to find out on this camera performed.

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What is the Logitech Circle 2 smart camera?

The Logi Circle 2 is a smart security camera from Logitech, that offers up to 1080p video streaming, night vision, advanced motion detection. It is also one of few smart cameras that supports HomeKit along with Alexa and Google Home. The one used in this review is the Circle 2 wired version.

Logitech Circle 2 review key features

  • Review Price: £169.99 Amazon Link
  • Full HD (1080p) streaming and video recording
  • 180-degree wide-angle lens
  • Night vision up to 15ft
  • Digital Zoom
  • Indoor and outdoor use
  • 86 x 71 x 67mm
  • 207g
  • Wi-Fi 2.4 and 5 GHz compatible
  • Time-lapse feature
  • 24 storage recording as standard
  • Built-in speaker and mic for two-way talk
  • Mobile app and web browser access
  • Smart Home support via HomeKit, Alexa and Google Home

Logitech Circle 2 price deals & availability

The Logi Circle 2 is available to buy in the UK Europe and the US, There are two variants available with varying price-tags one: The first the wire version £169.99 / $179.99 / €199 featured in this review and the wire-free version at £199.99 / $199.99 €229

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Logitech Circle 2 review in pictures

Logitech Circle 2 design

  • Discrete circle design
  • Wifi status display on the top of the plug
  • Available in white only

The Logi Circle 2 is small, portable and desecrate design, measuring in at 86 x 71 x 67mm, and weighs only 207g meaning it will blend into your home or outside. The Circle 2 comes in white only, so no other colour options. On the front of the camera is where you find the lens for the camera along with the LED status ring that is around the lens.Circle 2 review

A subtle ring around the lens alerts you to the camera’s status:

  • Solid white: On and ready to use
  • Solid green: Someone is viewing the live video feed
  • Solid yellow: In privacy mode
  • Solid red: Off or not recording
  • Blinking blue: In pairing mode

You can turn off the LED status light if you choose to do so.

The Circle 2 design features a mounting base that allows you to mount it stood up or attached to a wall surface with the wall bracket provided, allowing you to easily find the best view and angle possible for your video.Circle 2 mount

Featured on either side of the camera is the speaker on the left and the reset button on the right, the speaker is used when you are wanting to hear what is happening outside or to listen to someone if want to talk to them using the 2-way mic feature.

As I have already said the Circle 2 can be placed outdoors so t’s completely weatherproof, which is useful if you want to use to monitor outdoors. The 3m cable provided with the wired Circle 2 is weatherproof and I managed to mount this outside through a window and outside attached to the side of my garage with no problems, Logitech also sell an extension cable if you need that extra distance.

One last point on the design, just because its called the Circle 2 wired, this is purely to provide power to the camera, the smart camera connects to your Home network via WIFI unlike some traditional IP cameras that may need an ethernet cable. So whilst you maybe restricted by the 3m length of the power cable, it does mean you can install it anywhere in the home with WIFI coverage.

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Logitech Circle 2 setup

  • WeMo App available for iOS & Android
  • Setup was a little fiddly
  • Easy to follow instructions

The Circle 2 comes in three main parts are provided in the lime green coloured box which is separated into 2 internal boxes, the Circle camera is in one box and the camera cover Swivel mount with power cable, USB power adapter and wall bracket in the other.

In the Circle 2 box you get:

  • Circle 2 Camera with Camera Cover
  • Swivel mount with tethered 10 ft (3m) cable
  • USB power adapter
  • Wall bracket, 4 screws, 4 anchors, 2 cable clips
  • Quick Start GuideCircle 2 contents

Putting the smart camera together is very easy, First, you insert the camera into the camera cover making sure that you line up the 2 marker lines. You then attached the Circle 2 to the swivel mount again lining up the lines and then simply turn to lock the camera in place. Once you have done all of the that you plug power cable into the USB power adapter and plug into a power socket.Circle 2 mount install

When it comes to setting up via the app, just download the Logitech Circle for Android or iOS app and press the set up button. It will then ask you to choose the type of smart camera you are wanting to setup. When you first turn on the Circle 2 it will the LED will flash amber and then after about about 30 second a blue light around the outside of the lens will be flashing.Circle 2 setup

Once the camera is successfully paired the colour of the light around the lens changes to white indicating it’s connected,

A subtle ring around the lens alerts you to the camera’s status:

  • Solid white: On and ready to use
  • Solid green: Someone is viewing the live video feed
  • Solid yellow: In privacy mode
  • Solid red: Off or not recording
  • Blinking blue: In pairing mode

Logitech Circle 2 performance and app

  • Energy monitoring built in
  • Simple app and easy to use
  • Easy to move around the home

The app on the Circle 2 out of the box, offers a decent lineup of features, including motion detection, two-way audio, 1080p resolution, live-streaming, privacy mode, alerts, and a Day Brief option that compresses a selection of the day’s recorded activities into a 30-second time-lapse video.

Premium members get even more, including advanced event and alert filters, person detection, customisable motion sensing zones, and more control over the Day Brief feature. I will talk about the premium circle plans later in this section, but for now I will focus on all the features and app performance.Circle 2 app

When you first use the app you get the option to live stream what the camera is setting or you’ll find a range of green and blue icons – these represent ‘events’ captured by the Circle 2 throughout the day. These ‘events’ are recorded when motion is detected, so unlike some CCTV systems that record the footage 24/7, the Circle 2 will only record footage if the Circle 2 detects motion.

Now speaking of the motion detection, it worked well in the main and would capture motion when I walked on the drive via various entry points, it did record some false positives.

  • The first being a moving bush in the wind from my neighbours garden, this would often trigger the detection and send me an alert
  • When it rained heavy the motion detection would be activated and send me a notification, now this may have been due to the position. But when I when I woke up one morning I had multiple alerts, you can see in this picture below the events recorded that just had rain in them.

When you first start using the Circle 2 you get access to the premium features via a free trial which enables person detection. This feature works really well and it will alert you to a person rather than just motion detected. If It does detect a person, the event will also zoom in on the person to show you a better view of the person detected which is handy. You can also save a screenshot of the event or indeed download the clip for future use to your camera roll.

The Circle 2 has a 2 way mic, so you can talk to someone like a delivery man or someone in the home, you need to think about where you position the camera as I positioned it under my upstairs office window and actually speaking to someone was ok, but I live in a quiet corner plot, so on a busy main road or in the city, you may have trouble hearing and speaking to someone. 

Another feature that only comes with the premium subsection is zones. You can create zones within the field of view to look for motion and alerts you based on the zone you have set. Now you can only do this via a web browser and not the app, but you can create up to 5 zones and name them on. So if an event has been triggered, on the playback it will tell you the name of the zone motion was detected and if it was a person which is shown by symbols on the captured footage.

In addition to event recording, the circle 2 has a day brief which can be loaded from the app to give you a snapshot of the 24 hours events. This is useful if you want to see what is been happening in the 24 hour period, rather than going through all the events captured. You can save this day brief to your camera roll. 

The app also has the functionality to alter settings on the camera like the resolution or the night vision settings and notification preferences for altering you to motion triggers.

In the main I was impressed with the app, normally when I am using a smart home product that has HomeKit support I normally just use the HomeKit app, but I was impressed with the Circle app and found myself using this app over HomeKit due to the features that it offered.

Circle safe plans

Whilst the Circle 2 comes with some great features out of the box, you can subscribe to “premium” features, so let me give you the low down on these

Circle Safe free

  • Cost: Free
  • 24-hours cloud storage
  • Unlimited streaming and downloads
  • Smart Time-lapse Day Brief
  • Smart Alerts
  • Unlimited Cameras

Circle Safe basic

  • Cost: Single Camera: £ 2,99/mo

Home plan (up to 5 cameras): £ 5,99/mo or £ 59/yr

  • 14-days cloud storage
  • All the free features

Circle Safe premium

  • Cost: Single Camera: £7,99/mo or £79,99/yr

Home plan (up to 5 cameras): £13,99/mo or £139/yr

  • 31-days cloud storage
  • All the free features
  • Person Detection
  • Motion Zones
  • Custom Smart Time-lapse Day Brief

All new customers get a free trial of circle safe premium as a way to show off the features, but I have an issue with paying extra for some features that should be standard like Motion zones and person detection, other smart cameras like Netatmo Presence offer these features for free. 

When I was carrying out the Circle 2 review, I used it under the free trial of Circle safe premium and without and my personal view is that it is not worth paying the £7.99 per month to just get more storage, person detection and motion zones. Yes, its good to get an alert telling you that its spotted a person, rather than a notification simply saying something has been detected, but I think you should get this as standard given the money already spent.

Logitech Circle 2 video quality

  • 1080p and digital zoom
  • Night vision, but sometimes it takes time to adjust
  • Easy to move around the home

A smart security camera would not be any good without a decent resolution and the Circle 2 comes resolutions, 1080p (720p and 360p are also options, which will use less bandwidth) but as with other smart home cameras, image quality isn’t amazing on the lower settings.Circle 2 person detection

The Circle 2 features a wide, 180-degree lens and whilst others have complained about the distortion, I don’t think its that bad. The upside of using a 180-degree camera is the ability to monitor an entire room if you place the Circle 2 against a wall. You can also select smaller fields of view within the app if you want to, but during the review, which was outside I kept it at the default settings.Circle 2 night vision

When the environment is fully dark, infrared night kicks, but I did find at times if I switched to the cameras live view mode the night vision would take time to respond, but this was not much of an issue.

I also found when the camera was outside and you left the LED on this would attract small inspects and this would trigger the motion sensors. So when we had the “heat wave” in the UK a couple of weeks ago it was evident on those nights.

As I have already mentioned, when you are placing the camera it is key you protect the lens from the elements as rain will affect the camera view and trigger the notifications. But this is the same with any camera, so ensure you think about the position and angle of the camera.

Overall I am impressed with the Circle 2’s video and night vision performance, granted the night vision is only to 15 feet which is shorter than some of its competitors, however it performs well.

Logitech Circle 2 HomeKit setup

  • The built-in motion sensor can be used to trigger other HomeKit accessories  
  • Simple app and easy to use
  • Live video in the HomeKit app

The Circle 2 is one of the few smart security cameras that support Apple HomeKit on the market at the moment and the integration works really well in terms of the camera performance in the HomeKit app and the functionality you also get when using triggers to interact with other HomeKit devices.

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A quick tip when setting up the Circle 2 in HomeKit, you should get a HomeKit setup card in the box which has a QR code and a HomeKit setup code to scan that looks something like this.

Circle 2 homeKit code

If you don’t then you need to setup up the Circle 2 in HomeKit via a manual code, which is easy todo, it is just a matter of locating the HomeKit setup code. As shown in this picture below the Circle 2 HomeKit setup code is located on the back of the smart camera and you simply need to remove the camera cover to reveal it. Once you have written the code down, you then follow these simple instructions

  • Within the Circle app, enable HomeKit integration – This is important as nothing will work otherwise
  • Then open the HomeKit app and choose to enter the code manually
  • Enter the HomeKit code for the Circle 2 camera
  • Then follow the remaining instructions
  • You have then setup Circle 2 for HomeKit

Once you have the Circle 2 camera setup with HomeKit you can view the camera within the HomeKit app, but I did find the best experience is within the Circle app as you don’t get any time lapse of motion detection clips in HomeKit.

The benefit I found by using Circle 2 with HomeKit is the ability to enable motion triggers to interact with other HomeKit devices. So when I was conducting the Circle 2 review, I created a trigger that if a motion was detected by the Circle 2 it would trigger my lights at the front of the house, just like in the same way a sensor light would set off with a PIR. You can also play with the settings so it will only do this after dark or at other times of the day along with a command to turn the devices off after a certain period of time.

Should I buy the Logitech Circle 2?

The Logitech Circle 2 is a great choice if you are looking for a smart home security camera. It features a fantastic app, that really makes the user experience enjoyable. The motion detect is pretty good with only a few false alerts, the night vision works pretty well and if positioned right the 2-way mic comes in handy with people a the door. I particularly like the Circle 2 HomeKit integration, but it really works well when you pair it with other HomeKit devices using triggers. The only downside is the subscription plans to enable the power features like person detection and motion zones which could add a yearly fee of 79.99, making the overall ownership expensive.

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However, bring the Circle 2 review to a close, its a great smart security camera with some great features and a great app that works better than expected. The Circle 2 used in this review was a loan unit and I was that impressed I have purchased one via retail at full price to use in my home.

Circle 2 review
Logitech Circle 2 review – Smart security camera done right
***** Summary
Design93
Features87
Usability91
Performance92
Value86
Reader Rating Votes
Pro's
Nice design
Easy setup and great app with HomeKit support
Good video quality with wide angle view
Con's
Premium features requires a subscription
Night vision can be poor at times
90

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I am Jon R and the editor of Active JR that covers wearables, fitness tech and smart home. I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years and I like combining this with fitness. My reviews will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.You can contact Jon on Twitter @ActiveJR1

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great detailed review. I have been thinking of buying the Netatmo Presence. Do you have any thoughts on that camera?