Update: A software update in September 2017 made Logitech Circle 2 HomeKit compatible.
Major upgrades to Logitech’s Circle cam — including HomeKit compatibility coming “soon” through a software update — turn it from a cute desktop camera into a bona fide indoor-outdoor security device.
Circle 2 packs a 180 degree wide-angle lens and brings 1080p HD streaming, night vision and two-way talk and listen. The updates come in the form of new, better power options and a handful of accessories that make the Circle 2 more useful in more environments than its somewhat limited predecessor.
“People want the peace of mind that comes with a simple security solution,” said Vincent Borel, Logitech’s director of new ventures, in a press release. “Circle 2 gives people just that — you can place the camera wherever you need it, inside or out, and rest assured that you’ll be alerted of any changes in your home while you’re away.”
Unlike the original Circle, which ran on a rechargeable battery that limited its usefulness, Circle 2 comes in two models with different power options — Wired ($179) and Wire-Free ($199).
The Wired Circle 2 pulls power from a standard outlet. The wireless version, which makes it easier to place the Circle 2 wherever you want it, uses a rechargeable battery that lasts up to three months.
Both models store up to 24 hours of video in the cloud for free, with extra storage and additional features available for a monthly fee. The cameras work with the free Logi Circle Security Camera iOS app, which also gets an upgrade. (There’s a web app and a Circle app for Android, too.)
Circle 2 mounts and accessories
Circle 2 mounts and accessories make the little round security camera far more versatile. They include:
- Circle 2 Window Mount: Add this to your Circle 2 and you can mount it on any window for a clear view of what’s going on outside.
- Circle 2 Plug Mount: This accessory lets the wireless camera plug into any standard wall outlet.
- Circle 2 Weatherproof Extension: This accessory lets you place a wired Circle 2 outdoors without worrying about rain and snow.
- Circle 2 Rechargeable Battery: If you go for the wireless model, a backup battery that you can swap in means you won’t miss anything while during recharging the original power source.
The Circle 2 accessories are priced between $29.99 and $49.99.
HomeKit-compatible camera coming ‘soon’
At launch, the Circle 2 will work with Amazon’s Alexa-powered smart speakers to give you voice control to start recordings and change camera settings. The camera also works with Logitech’s POP Smart Buttons.
As for working with Apple’s home-automation platform, Logitech wouldn’t say anything beyond “HomeKit compatibility will arrive soon.”
Currently, there’s only one HomeKit-compatible camera on the market: the $200 Omna 180 Cam HD Camera from D-Link. If Logitech makes good on its promise soon enough, Circle 2 should be able to take advantage of growing demand for HomeKit-compatible devices.
The Logitech Circle 2 camera is available for preorder starting today, with devices slated to ship in July. Logitech says Circle 2 will be available soon from Best Buy, Amazon and Apple.
It looks like a great update to the original Circle, which Wirecutter crowned “best wireless indoor home security camera.”