The Circle 2, Logitech’s second iteration of its Circle home security camera, is not a single camera but two separate models: the Circle 2 wired (about $180 at Amazon) and the Circle 2 wire-free (about $200 at Amazon). Both cameras are designed for indoor/outdoor use and they share the same core features. We reviewed the wired model, and if it’s any indication, both also dramatically improve on the shortcomings of the original Logitech Circle.

The Circle 2 wired—which gained Apple HomeKit compatibility after we put this review to bed—is a complete cosmetic makeover of the original. The ball-and-charging-ring design is gone, replaced with a cone-shaped camera unit on an articulating stand. The broad, flat face and triangular body give the camera a much sleeker look than its predecessor. But don’t be fooled—it’s rugged, too, with an IP65 weatherization rating. That means it’s impervious to dust, it can withstand blasts of water from a garden hose, and can tolerate temperatures from -4 degrees to 122 degrees F.

The Circle 2 includes significant upgrades to the core technology as well. It boasts a 180-degree field of view—a big bump from the original’s 135-degree angle—and up to Full HD 1080p resolution, bettering the first Circle’s 720p max. Holdovers from the original include motion detection, up to 15 feet of night vision, and two-way audio.

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The Logitech Circle 2 can be used indoors or outdoors.

Out of the box, the Circle 2 comes with 24 hours of free storage for your surveillance video clips. If you’re using a single camera,you can extend that with a Circle Safe subscription for $4 per month or a Circle Safe Premium subscription for $10 per month ($100 per year). The Premium subscription will also unlock advanced security features, including person detection, smart-alert filters, and the ability to set motion zones. 

Multi-camera households with up to five Circles can choose a Circle Safe Basic Home plan for $7 a month or $69 a year, or a Circle Safe Premium Home subscription for $18 per month or $179 per year.

Logitech also offers a trio of accessories for the Circle 2, each sold separately. A Window Mount ($40, or $20 right now on Amazon) affixes the camera to any window pane, so that you can monitor outside your home without having to actually place the camera outdoors. A plug mount ($50, or $30 on Amazon) lets you plug the Circle 2 directly into an electrical outlet without the power cord. A weatherproof extension ($30) lengthens the power cord for indoor or outdoor use.

Setup and usage

One of the strengths of the original Circle was its exceedingly easy setup, a feature the Circle 2 shares. All that’s required is to attach the camera to its stand, plug it in, and follow the Logi Circle app’s prompts to pair the cameras and connect it to your Wi-Fi network. In less than five minutes, I was looking at a streaming feed of my living room.

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You can customize motion zones to narrow detection areas.

This wired model comes with a 10-foot power cord, so there’s a lot of latitude for placement on shelves or tabletops. The camera also includes a wall bracket, screws, wall anchors, and cable clips for mounting to interior or exterior walls.

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