Razer Kiyo Review

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Updated June 27, 2022

The Razer Kiyo has great resolution,  built-in mic and clarity of 1080p. It also features a ring light and superb low-light performance, making it the best webcam for conference room and the best webcam for Youtube

Why We Like It – Razer Kiyo

For the fledgling streamer and YouTuber, the Razer Kiyo is the perfect package. You get everything you need to start your adventure: good lighting, a basic microphone, and sharp 1080p video resolution.

Pros
  • Captures in 1080p/30fps or 720p/60fps
  • Built-in ring light
  • Superb low-light performance
Cons
  • Microphone is basic

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Type, Lens, Size & Weight

The lens isn’t much to look at with a max focal length of 1, and its FOV is somewhat narrow (80 degrees). It’s wide enough to fit one person comfortably. The Razer Kiyo weighs 10.6 ounces and 3.66 x 5.08 x 1.06-inches, which is pretty small and easily portable.

Resolution & Display

Resolution definitely falls under the “high quality” umbrella, with several options to choose from. You could shoot in 1080p at 30fps or 720p at 60fps, though neither are close to 4K on the Logitech Brio. More importantly, its auto-focus is lighting-fast. Equally impressive is its auto-light correction. Even with a bit of natural lighting there’s hardly any recognizable grain or dark shadows. Best of all: it has a ring light with several brightness options.

Tripod & Image Stability

The base isn’t particularly sturdy. It sits just fine on top of monitors and laptops, but any sudden movements to the surface of your area might dislodge it from its position. The Logitech C922X Pro supports tripods.

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Optical Zoom, Microphone, Audio & Storage

Razer Synapse software doesn’t have zoom for the Razer Kiyo, but if you grab a plug-in for OBS, you can fiddle with its digital zoom; otherwise it isn’t immediately available. It also lacks internal storage. The worst aspect is definitely the painfully basic microphone. Quality isn’t so much a concern as volume. You have to be close, but you’re better off using something external.

Value

The Razer Kiyo is an admiral attempt at rolling all the necessary components you’d need to start creating videos on YouTube or for high quality video calls. Those components are: camera, lighting, and microphone. You get all three of those, albeit in basic forms. Its visual quality is by far its greatest strength. For $90 though? That’s a superb deal, but so is the Logitech C925E Webcam.

Razer Kiyo Wrap Up

If you can look past the basic microphone, the Razer Kiyo is for you. It doesn’t try to do more than it has to, but hits the most important fundamentals—sound, resolution, and lighting—in a neat little package. You can shoot in an ideal 1080p, with decent lighting, and great low-light performance.

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