When Apple launched HomeKit for Secure Video at WWDC in 2019, it said the service will work with Logitech’s upcoming cameras. Sure enough, the Circle View camera the accessory-maker released earlier this year works exclusively with Apple’s secure video platform. Now, Logitech has also launched the first consumer smart doorbell that supports HomeKit Secure Video, which means its camera footage will be encrypted before it’s uploaded to the iCloud. Similar to the Circle View Security Camera, Logitech’s doorbell counterpart was made specifically for HomeKit and only works in the Home app. In addition to facial recognition, the doorbell is supposed to differentiate among people, animals and vehicles when you receive alerts. You can create your own activity zones, and recorded clips are saved on iCloud for 10 days.
Here is the full feature list of the Logitech Circle View Wired Doorbell:
- Best-in-class Logitech TrueView™ video with a 160° field of view, head-to-toe HD video, HDR, and color night vision to capture every last detail.
- Developed exclusively for Apple HomeKit. Enjoy a seamless viewing experience with two-way audio in the Home app on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, and Apple TV.
- Seamless glass face and slim silhouette are designed to enhance any doorway and complement any style of home.
- High-quality sensor with High Dynamic Range gives you more detail in high-contrast videos, so you see visitors clearly in sunlight or shadows.
- Comes with everything you need, including multiple mounting options, Chime Kit, and wiring to connect to a wired doorbell system (8-24V AC 10 VA or higher).
Logitech’s Circle View Doorbell can capture head-to-toe videos from just two feet away, has true HDR and has night vision capability. Its star feature is HomeKit Secure Video, though which you can view in the Home app on Apple devices. The platform can determine when a person, animal or vehicle is in the video, and it can identify the people you tag in Photos. It can also send you notifications on the iPhone, Apple Watch, Apple TV or HomePod when people come to the door while you’re away. The tech giant says the videos HomeKit captures are end-to-end encrypted and don’t count against your iCloud storage.
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