First look: Logi Circle 2 security camera with Apple HomeKit

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in iPhone edited October 2017
Logitech recently added HomeKit to the Wired version of the Circle 2, making it just one of a handful of security cameras to support Apple's smarthome platform.

Logitech Circle 2 HomeKit security camera


The addition means that the camera -- and its motion-sensing capabilities -- can be integrated into complex scenes with other HomeKit accessories. If an outdoor-facing Circle sees someone approach the front door at night for instance, it can both turn on the lights make sure the door is locked. Indoors, the camera might be set to trigger things like fans and air conditioning.

Logitech HomeKit camera


These scenes, and the camera in general, can be controlled via Siri and the iOS and Apple Watch versions of Apple's Home app. Home incorporates the Circle 2's livestream into its dashboard, and also supports two-way talk functions. Notably, the Watch app will even stream images via its paired iPhone.

Logitech Circle 2 security camera


There are some limitations, above all that access or automation when away requires an Apple TV, iPad, or HomePod to serve as a HomeKit hub.

The camera itself supports resolutions up to 1080p, with night vision and an adjustable field of view up to 180 degrees. Most functions -- such as settings and access to highlights -- are controlled via a Web portal or the Logi Circle app for iPhones and iPads.

Logitech Circle 2 camera with Apple Home Kit support


The hardware is weatherproof, and comes bundled with an adjustable base and wall-mounting supplies. Window and plug mounts cost extra, as does a 15-foot weatherproof extension cable -- something that might be necessary for harder-to-reach outdoor locations.

Stay tuned to AppleInsider for a full review coming soon.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 2
    Roger_FingasRoger_Fingas Posts: 133member, editor
    This thing costs the earth and you need to keep paying just to get the features it advertises! Face it, it's a rip off. 2018 should be the year software encryption for HomeKit encourages other manufacturers to offer their more competitive devices.
    Actually, you do get (most) of the features of the subscription service out of the box, it's just limited to 24 hours. That's better than what Nest and August offer.
    lolliver
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