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Logitech Circle 2 review: Better than its original security cam

Comparing indoor/outdoor security cameras


Logi Circle 2 (wired model) Canary Flex Netgear Arlo Pro 2
Price $180/£130 $200/£159 $480/£345 (two-camera kit, plus required hub)
Color finish White Black, white White
Type Indoor/outdoor Indoor/outdoor Indoor/outdoor
Power source Power adapter Rechargeable battery, power adapter Rechargeable battery, power adapter
Resolution 1080p HD 1080p HD 1080p HD
Expected battery life N/A (must use power adapter) Two months Six months
Field of view 180-degree viewing angle 116-degree viewing angle 130-degree viewing angle
Live streaming Yes Yes Yes
Continuous recording No No No
Cloud storage Free 24-hour event-based video history (Optional 14- or 31-day event-based video history for $4 or $10 per month) Free 24-hour event-based video history (Optional 30-day event-based video history for $10 per month) Free 7-day event-based video history (Optional 30- or 60-day event-based video history for $10 or $15 per month)
Local storage No No No
Mobile app Yes, Android and iPhone Yes, Android and iPhone Yes, Android and iPhone
Web app Yes Yes, with cloud subscription Yes
Night vision Yes Yes Yes
Alerts Motion (person alerts with Circle Safe Premium subscription) Motion and person (package detection with cloud subscription) Motion and audio
Activity zones Yes, with Circle Safe Premium subscription No No
Two-way audio Yes Yes, with cloud subscription Yes
Operating temperature range -4 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 to 50 degrees Celsius) -4 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 to 45 degrees Celsius) -4 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 to 45 degrees Celsius)
Third-party integrations Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Wink Amazon Alexa, IFTTT

The Circle 2's features clearly overlap with the Flex and the Arlo Pro 2, with a few major exceptions. 

Both the Flex and the Arlo model come with rechargeable batteries, but the Circle 2 has a much wider 180-degree field of view. The Netgear camera also offers free 7-day clip storage, whereas Logitech and Canary only offer 24 hours free of charge. Canary's Flex camera comes with free person alerts, which is an optional subscription feature for the Circle 2 -- Netgear's Arlo Pro 2 doesn't currently offer this feature at all.

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The Circle 2 cam in day and night modes.

Screenshots by Megan Wollerton/CNET

Using the Circle 2

Logitech's Circle 2 was solid throughout testing. It sent me prompt motion and person alerts; the 1,080p HD live feed was clear in day and night vision modes and the saved video clips did a good job capturing all of the motion activity (rather than just a small part). I also really like the time-lapse videos you can generate for free to see a quick overview of everything that happens throughout the day (watch the video to see the time lapse in action).

To connect the camera to the app, download the Logitech Circle Security Camera app on your Android or iOS device and follow the instructions. This process took roughly 5 minutes from start to finish. Create an account or login with an existing username and password. Power up your camera with the included adapter, give your camera a name and enter in your local Wi-Fi info. From there, you should get immediate access to the camera's live feed and the Circle 2's other features. To receive alerts, make sure to opt-in to "Smart Alerts" in the dropdown menu in the top left corner of the app screen. 

I connected my Circle 2 camera to an Amazon Echo Show speaker via the Alexa app, as well as Apple HomeKit directly from the Circle app (select "Smart Home Integrations" from the settings menu and Apple HomeKit to enable HomeKit from the Circle app). Ask Alexa or Siri to show you your "living room/front yard/guest house" camera to view the live feed either on a screen-friendly Alexa device or straight from Apple's Home app for iOS. 

Conclusion

The $180 wired Logitech Circle 2 home security cam offers a lot of features for its price, including a wide variety of smart home integrations. It also performed well during testing, delivering motion and person alerts in near real-time. Its day and night vision modes both displayed live video in crisp HD. 

I'm not sure why Logitech had to create two separate Circle 2 cameras, though. Why not make one battery-powered Circle 2 you can tether to the adapter 24/7 like the Canary Flex? Even so, I'm impressed with the wired Circle 2. It's a good option if you want the flexibility of an indoor/outdoor camera, but don't mind having to tether it to a power adapter. 

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