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If you’ve ever been on the lookout for the best webcam for streaming, then the Razer Kiyo Streaming Camera should be on your radar. With Superb image and video quality and an advanced auto focus you can stream yourself playing video games or hop on a conference call with the clearest of pictures.

Why We Like It – Razer Kiyo Webcam

The Razer Kiyo Webcam is a streaming focused webcam with the ability to take sharp, lucid videos and pictures for up to three years. It also includes its own lighting system, saving you the hassle of buying extra equipment or setting up at an inopportune location simply for the good lighting.

Pros
  • Fits Snugly Onto Laptops
  • Superb Image Quality
  • Advanced Auto Focus
Cons
  • Non-Detachable USB Cable
  • Quiet Mic Playback

Image Quality

The picture quality on the Razer Kiyo is superb and on-par with another high quality webcam, the Logitech C920S Pro HD Webcam. It has a 4MP, 2688×1520 camera that takes brilliantly colored photos along with superb video quality. In brightly-lit spaces this quality is amplified too. In low light situations performance quality tends to suffer, but that’s like all cameras. But in this instance, image quality suffers on slightly!

Ease of Use

The one flaw in the Razer Kiyo Webcam’s design is the 5 foot braided USB 2.0 Cable. Not only is it not detachable, it’s also not as long as some of the competition’s USB cables, such as the Logitech C922X Pro Stream Webcam. Not only does this limit set-up capabilities, it also means you can’t replace the cable if you do need something longer or if it breaks.

Battery Life

The Razer Kiyo Webcam does require one one Lithium Ion battery to work. It’s hard to estimate the life cycle of this type of battery considering the many factors involved. But generally, they last two to three years or for 300 to 500 cycle charges. Whichever comes first. But by the time it does run out, you’ll probably have more than enough money to buy a new webcam. And considering the timeline of electronics they will have made some great advancements by then.

Durability

The webcam is basically just an LED light ring stacked on top of an extra two discs. That’s when it’s folded up. Unfolded, the ring light takes center stage to provide excellent lighting for anything from video calls to pictures. It squeezes snuggly to laptops and computers and is just as solid and non-moving as it’s competition, such as the Logitech C930E.

Value

If there’s another flaw in the Razer Kiyo Webcam, it’s that it has quiet microphone playback, making your video calls that much harder to hear. It does feature advanced auto focus though, and the minimal focal distance for this to work is about two inches (one inch for manual focus). The camera also supports streaming software, with Razer specifically mentioning OBS and XSplit, at 1080P for 30FPS or 720P for 60FPS.

Razer Kiyo Webcam Wrap Up

The negative aspects of the Razer Kiyo Webcam are annoying, sure. Quiet mic playback might be a turn off if you’re in a Zoom meeting, and the non-detachable USB cable is a little frustrating, but if you can get past these you’ll find that the Razer Kiyo Webcam really is a game changer, or at least a starting game changer, in the world of webcams.

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Michael Iaboni

Michael Iaboni is a Canadian Freelance Writer and Editor. He graduated from York University with a Degree in English and Creative Writing and then attended Queen's University where he obtained a Professional Editing Standards Certificate. He is a member of Editor's Canada and, in his spare time, enjoys reading, writing, soccer, and gaming.

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