Logitech Circle 2 Review
You may have heard of the company Logitech. They are well known for making keyboards, mice, and webcams. Now, they’re making home security cameras.
The Logitech Circle 2 is a 1080p camera that comes with all the standard features such as night vision, motion detection, two-way communication, etc. It also comes with a 180-degree viewing angle.
What makes the Circle 2 unique is that you can buy different accessories to change the front of it. You can turn the front and pop the camera apart from the front and the battery pack. If you don’t want to use the battery pack, you can put this camera on all of their different accessories.
This camera also features a wired connection, window mounts, and includes a lot of accessories for the camera sensor. I selected the battery-powered version for my testing.
What’s in the box?
Here’s what’s nestled inside the Logitech Circle 2 box:
- Power brick
- Power cable
- Camera face
- A bracket
- Anchors and screws
- The stand
Setting up the Logitech Circle 2 camera is a breeze. To start, I downloaded the app, clicked on setup, and it found the camera and got it connected right away.
I then created my account, named the camera, and connected it to my Wi-Fi—simple and really easy to do.
Landscape-only companion app
The first strange thing that you’ll notice when using the app is that it only works in landscape mode. It’s impossible to turn your phone to navigate the app interface.
When you tap to load up a live view, the app does take its time. Ultimately, I had to skip past the load screen because it took so long. When you finally get to live view, you can also scroll through the timeline, and from there you can watch a clip, download it, or take a picture of what the camera shows you.
Another option is the day briefing, which gives you a 30-second time-lapse of all the events that happened for that day.
The main menu takes you to more setup options for the camera where you can do the following:
- Turn the camera on or off
- Get to the recording settings
- Smart alerts
- Smart location
- Camera mounting
- Night vision
- Field of view
- Motion sensitivity
By default, this camera is set to 720p resolution but is adjustable up to 1080p. The max recording length by default is 10 seconds. You can adjust up to 60 seconds.
The microphone levels are also customizable. During my testing I noticed that the default setting of the speaker was really low, so I turned it to a higher level. It took a little time for the app to apply the volume change to the camera.
There’s also an option for you to add another camera in the app as well.
Disappointing demo testing
I started out testing the Logitech Circle 2 during the middle of the day with bright sun behind me, standing about six feet away from the camera. Then, I tried out the camera’s night vision.
After reviewing the footage from each test, I thought the quality was pretty bad, particularly the audio. In the daytime testing footage playback I kept hearing a hissing in the background, which I did not hear while filming the test.
Limited mounting and stand options
Aside from the horrible audio quality, another thing I’m not a big fan of are the mounting options provided for this camera. At the bottom of the device, there’s a tiny flat spot on the base which allows for it to sit with the camera lens slightly tilted up at an angle.
I would have liked it to come with a stand that attaches to the underside of the camera. There is a standard ¼’’-20 mount at the flat part, but it would still be nice if it came with a bottom-mounted stand using that ¼”-20 mount, so I could have it pointed in any direction.
There is a stand that comes with a device. However, it doesn’t fit into the bottom; it attaches to the back of the camera, allowing you to mount it to a wall up high and tilt down. If you don’t want to mount it up high, and there is a specific place that you want to put this, you’re going to have to purchase your own stand to attach to the ¼”-20 mount for this camera.
Underwhelming experience for price
Overall, I was not impressed with the Logitech’s Circle 2 Camera. Based off of the price of the camera, you should be getting better quality footage. Currently, this camera retails for $199 on Amazon.
Granted, right now they are having a sale for $50 off, but even at the low price of $150, it’s what I consider a no-buy. And, what’s more, Logitech’s subscription fees are some of the highest subscription fees I have seen for a single camera.
The service has three tiers, the first of which is a free version. Their basic version is $399/month for one camera, and the premium version is $999/month for a single camera. They do have bundle plans that cover up to five cameras, but even that is kind of expensive.
Don’t buy this camera
Overall, I would say that this camera is an overwhelming price and an underwhelming experience. I would avoid purchasing this camera and instead select another product such as the Ring Stick Up Cam. You can pick that up for $100, and the subscription fee is only $3.
Other great alternatives are the Blink cameras and the recently released Arlo Essential Camera, which is a standalone camera that doesn’t need a base.