Are you an avid Apple device user looking for an excellent home security camera? This might be what you’re looking for.
The Logitech Circle View home security camera sells at $160. It’s a weather-proof security camera that is exclusive for iOS devices. Does it ring any bell? It supports Apple HomeKit, HomeKit Security Video, and Siri. Moreover, the company seems to have no plans on adding Google Assistant and Alexa, at least in the near future.
It’s Apple or nothing. This is just as fine for Apple users. You can use Apple’s Home app on any of your iOS devices to set up the Circle View camera. This is for live feed and settings adjustments. You can even allow Siri to show live video feed using voice commands.
Likewise, the HomeKit Secure Video is a big bonus. It comes with 10-day free cloud storage. However, this requires a compatible Apple hub, and it’s not totally free. Overall, the Logitech Circle View is an excellent camera thanks to its many notable features and amazing performance.
In addition, it can feel limited because of its exclusive support for only iOS devices.
The Circle View camera is good for both indoor and outdoor use. It has a solid feel to the touch with the ability to swivel and bend in almost any direction. This is very handy, especially during installation.
As with privacy, the company says you can rotate the camera down, and it will not be able to record. However, you can also press the camera’s back button to turn off its audio and video.
Moreover, the camera features a built-in, 10-foot white adapter located at the back of the camera and a USB power supply. Personally, I would love a black adapter. The camera requires a 24/7 connection to the adapter since it doesn’t support a rechargeable battery option.
Likewise, the camera supports 1080p HD live streaming, 180-degree view, 10-day free cloud storage, Siri voice commands, motion detection, and night vision. Additionally, you can access everything through the Home app on your iOS device.
Setting up the camera is simple. All you have to do is plug in the camera, open the Home App, and follow through with the installation process. The Circle View camera, on the other hand, involves QR code scanning at the bottom, and the streaming begins.
You can also enable the notifications or allow Siri to open the live feed with a voice command.
However, this comes with another set of requirements like Home Hub, Apple TV, and Home Pod. So, if you don’t have one of these devices, you need to purchase at least one to access the free cloud recording feature along with the camera modes.
These features make the camera price of $160 somewhat reasonable only if you have one of the devices already. Unfortunately, the HomeKit Hub was almost frustrating during its launching in 2014.
Meanwhile, the Apple smart home platform grew slowly compared to Google Assistant and Alexa. You can also add fewer third-party device integrations and complicated setup processes. On the other hand, some users prefer stricter security and privacy policies.