Logitech's new security cam keeps watch indoors or out
Home security cameras often come in two distinct flavors – a model designed for indoor use and a weather-ready outdoor version. Logitech's upcoming Circle 2 cam not only gives users the choice of wired or standalone cable-free models, but can also be placed inside or out.
When it's released next month, the Circle 2 will come in a battery-powered, cable-free version and one that will need to be fed power from a wall socket. The slimmest and lightest of the two models is the wired version at 3.4 x 2.8 x 2.6 in (86 x 71 x 66 mm) and 7.3 oz (207 g), with a 6,400 mAh Li-ion battery mount bulking out the standalone unit to 3.8 x 3.2 x 3.7 in (96.5 x 81 x 94 mm) and 12 oz (340). The battery is reported to be good for 3 months of use per charge, and can be hot-swapped for minimal downtime.
Both units are said to be capable of surviving all weather conditions, though no specifics have been given, and cater for unlimited streaming at up to 1080p HD resolution, with 256-bit encrypted, cloud-based backup plans available at extra cost – though the camera does come with 24 hours of free online storage included. Out front is a 180° wide-angle lens, there's two-way audio, pan and tilt adjustment and night vision with up to 15 ft (4.6 m) of range.
The Circle 2 is setup via an iOS/Android mobile device, and connects to an 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi home network. When motion is detected and the camera starts recording, users will be sent a notification to their smartphone, with users able to customize the frequency and sensitivity of the alerts. Footage can be viewed using the Logi Circle app or through a web browser over secure web transfer. A Smart Location feature can also be activated to detect when a user leaves the house or returns home.
Both versions come with a swivel base and wall bracket for placement inside or out, but optional accessories are available – including a window mount, wall plug mount and additional battery are available for extra cost.
Logitech says that the Circle 2 will also work with "many smart home platforms." It's already compatible with the company's own Pop button, and will soon be friendly with Apple's HomeKit. Thanks to a new Alexa skill, key camera settings can also be controlled using voice commands.
The Circle 2 is currently up for pre-order, with shipping expected to start in July. The wired model carries a US$179.99 price tag, while the wireless unit comes in at $199.99. You can see Logitech's introduction video below.