Does the Logitech Circle 2 hold up to the Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In?
Not only does it look cool, Logitech’s Circle 2 remains one of the best home security cameras on the market. It’s one of the only cameras that’s compatible with Apple’s Homekit and also works with Google Home and Amazon Alexa. Our main gripe is the subscription model, which leans towards the expensive side.
- No local storage
- Per-camera subscription model
- Poor support for IFTTT
- Night vision could be better
Aside from its configurable siren and lower subscription fees, Ring’s Stick Up Plug-In is outshone in almost every respect by the Circle 2. If you already have a Ring doorbell or security system — or you know that people in your neighborhood have them — it’s a good buy. Otherwise, Logitech’s camera is the superior option.
- Siren could be louder
- Can’t access recorded video without subscription
- Two-way audio isn’t great
- Not Compatible with Google Assistant or HomeKit
Home security is a serious matter, and when it comes to protecting what’s yours you can’t be too careful. Fortunately, thanks to the recent surge in smart home products, there are now a ton of configurable, internet-connected home security devices on the market. Unfortunately, the sheer volume of choices makes picking one sort of a herculean task.
A home security camera is a great place to start, and the Logitech Circle 2 is a great choice in that regard. Already well-known for its high-quality webcams, Logitech’s second foray into home security is an incredibly solid one. We’ll go over a few key differences between the Circle 2 and one of its major competitors, the Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In.
Pictured: Logitech Circle 2.
The Logitech Circle 2 and Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In share a lot of features in common. Both offer 1080p HD recording, motion detection, and two-way audio. The two cameras are also both equipped with night vision, allowing your camera to record in the dark, but neither is particularly good at that last part. The image comes out a bit blurry with the Circle 2, and somewhat grainy with the Ring Stick Up Cam.
|Circle 2||Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In|
|Camera||1080p HD||1080p HD|
|Field of view||180 degrees||150 degrees|
|Custom Zones||Yes, up to 5 zones (subscription required)||Yes, up to 3 zones|
|Free storage||24 hours||0|
|Power over Ethernet||Yes||Yes|
Still, the Circle 2 is the clear winner here. Though its daytime video quality isn’t phenomenal, it’s still very good — better, at any rate, than the Ring Stick Up Cam’s, with sharper details and better motion capture. It also has a much better field of view, with a 180-degree wide-angle lens versus the Stick Up Cam’s 150 degrees.
Unless you’ve got other products from Ring, the Logitech Circle 2 is hands-down the best choice.
Two-way audio is also clearer and more consistent with the Circle 2.
Where the Logitech Circle 2 really outshines the Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In, however, is in its motion detection features. Both cameras allow you to set custom motion zones, which are areas of the camera’s field of view that it specifically looks at when monitoring for movement. With the Ring Stick Up Cam, you can create up to three zones for free; the Circle 2 allows you to create up to five with a subscription.
The Circle 2 also allows you to set up geofencing, so the camera automatically activates motion d