Razer Kiyo Webcam Review

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Updated June 27, 2022

If you are searching for a reliable webcam, look no further than the Razer Kiyo Webcam. Here’s why: it comes built with just about every feature you need to get your face on a camera, in a clear and focused manner. High quality 1080p resolution? Check. Mic? Check. Lighting? Check! So, is it the best webcam for Mac? Let’s find out…

Why We Like It – Razer Kiyo Webcam

The Razer Kiyo Webcam is a great all-in-one camera that offers all the essentials for shooting videos, talking with friends, and creating a setting with adequate lighting.

Pros
  • Max resolution of 1080p
  • Ring light w/ several brightness levels
  • Excellent clarity in low-light environments
Cons
  • Microphone can be really quiet

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Type, Lens, Size & Weight

The FOV is about 80-degrees, which is somewhat narrow, though comfortably fits one or maybe two people. It is quite portable, however. It only weighs 10.6 ounces, with dimensions of 3.66 x 5.08 x 1.06-inches. You could fit the Razer Kiyo Webcam in your pocket and forget about it.

Resolution & Display

While it doesn’t run 4K like the Logitech Brio, it’s definitely one of the better looking webcams available. The Razer Kiyo Webcam shoots in 1080p at 30 frames per second. That’s perfect for any application. Bad bandwidth in your area? No worries! It can drop to 720p at 60fps. What’s most impressive is its lighting performance. It really makes the most of natural lighting, with a built-in ring light to help banish any bad shadows.

Tripod & Image Stability

The base could be better. It rests on top of monitors and laptop screens, but any jerky motions against your desk might dislodge it. If that sounds like an issue, the Logitech C922X supports tripods.

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Optical Zoom, Microphone, Audio & Storage

There aren’t any on-board buttons for zoom or internal storage, but it can digitally zoom depending on the software you’re using (like OBS). That’s excusable, but its basic microphone is not. Sound quality is fine, but fails to pick up audio if you aren’t close enough. External mics are always better.

Value

Is the Razer Kiyo Webcam worth it? Compared to the Logitech 930E, you’re definitely getting a better deal here. While the 930E does well in low-light settings, it’s hard to pass on the Kiyo’s ring light. It saves so much money not having to invest in any external lighting. In fact, the price difference between the two—almost $40—could be used to buy a headset with a good microphone.

Razer Kiyo Webcam Wrap Up

The Razer Kiyo Webcam is one of those more exceptional budget options that manages to cover multiple needs at a fair price. Unfortunately, the microphone is the one feature that suffers. Still, it’d be foolish to pass on an affordable 1080p webcam with a built-in ring light, because good lighting can get expensive.

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