When comparing Icontrol Networks Piper NV vs Logi Circle by Logitech, the Slant community recommends Icontrol Networks Piper NV for most people. In the question“What are the best home-security cameras?” Icontrol Networks Piper NV is ranked 3rd while Logi Circle by Logitech is ranked 8th.
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Pro IFTTT functionality
Pro Built-in siren
The siren is very loud - rated at 105dB (louder than a snowmobile or motorcycle). It's loud enough to scare off virtually any intruder.
Pro Tracks the weather
With a temperature and humidity sensors on-board, the Piper NV can give you a good idea of what the interior 'weather' is like. It can also track outdoor temperature, and will warn you of local weather alerts.
Pro Great Android/iOS apps
The apps are simple to use, and designed to make sure the most important stuff can be accessed the quickest. Any important actions will give you feedback from the Piper NV itself so you can rest assured each action goes through.
Small details are included in the app as well - from adjustable motion sensitivity (for shadows, animals, and other small movements) to a trusted circle of contacts that will be notified each time an alert is triggered.
All features worked as advertised, notifications were delivered quickly, and the camera is very responsive to actions performed in the apps.
Pro Talk & listen supported
The Piper NV has both a microphone and speaker, letting you have a conversation with a person in front of the Piper while you are elsewhere with your phone. This can be handy for conversations with babysitters, deliverymen, or even talking with your children when you're away.
Pro Great video quality
The 1080p camera allows for up to 10X digital zoom. Without zooming, the picture is very crisp and clear which is immensely helpful when figuring out who is on the camera and what they're doing. The digital zoom will reduce this clarity, but allows for a close-up inspection of any small details.
The device can also tilt and pan - unique features that let you get the best angles of view.
Pro Night vision tracks even in pitch black
The NV in Piper NV stands for night vision. This product included infra-red LEDs that illuminate pitch black rooms so that the camera can still see (although human eye's can't detect this light).
Pro Wide-angle lense
With a full 180 degrees of vision, this camera can be placed on a wall and see everything around it. Because its fish-eye design, the edges of the image will be slightly warped, however this is required for such a high field of view.
Pro Can be set up to control light within a household
Z-Wave controller is built in.
Pro Built-in motion detector
Has a proper IR motion sensor, so does not image analysis to detect motion. This is very useful as it avoids the false alarms that many other camera are subject to when clouds change the lighting conditions.
The camera itself contains a battery, and is totally wireless when not charging. It's battery can be charged when placed on the wired charging ring.
The Logi Circle is small, and can be taken virtually anywhere. It weighs just 9.6oz, and measures 2.5x3x2.5" (6.5x7.6x6.5cm).
Pro Speak and listen capable
There is a microphone and speaker built into the camera, allowing for a conversation between yourself and anybody on the other side of the camera.
Con No web app
Web apps can be handy if your phone is dead or misplaced at the time. They also allow access from any computer using just a login and password, which can be useful if you've run out of data on your phone and are out of Wi-Fi range. This also means that Windows Phone or Blackberry devices won't be able to control the Piper NV.
Con No removable local storage
There is no removable local storage available on the Piper NV - all media is immediately uploaded to the Piper cloud. This online storage is free, but is limited to 1000 clips before it starts overwriting old clips. If the camera is offline when a clip recorded, the video is stored on the device and uploaded once online again.
Con Disappointing battery life
While it's convenient that it can be taken away from the charger, it would be even more convenient if the battery lasted longer than 2 hours. There is a power save feature which can extend the battery to last around 10 hours, but this cripples the resolution.
Con Low resolution camera
While 720p is sufficient for most media, a security camera benefits significantly from a higher resolution. More resolution allows for more digital zooming - in the case of an intruder, you can see exactly what they are doing.
Con No local storage
All videos recorded go straight to the cloud, as there is no local storage on the Logi Circle.
Con Poor app design
The app only works in landscape, and you have to use the app (there is no browser support).