Back in the day, webcams used to be popular and a must-have for every desktop setup. But due to the proliferation of tablets and smartphones, they are slowly becoming a thing of the past. Smartphones nowadays are more convenient to use during video calls, mainly because of their powerful cameras.
However, the pandemic made us realize that it’s more convenient to use a webcam when talking to your superiors. This is kinda helpful, especially during your online classes. But some of the webcams around don’t really offer that much satisfaction. That’s why Razer announced its new webcam called Kiyo Pro.
Starting at $199, Razer’s Kiyo Pro looks like a rugged lens ripped off some random camera, aimed to challenge the Logitech Brio’s specs. The four-year-old Brio is still the ideal choice when it comes to 4K quality streaming, but the Kiyo Pro is no pushover, capable of recording 1080p at 60FPS, with HDR mode at 30FPS. This newest Razer cam is a more compact alternative, making it worth trying.
The Kiyo Pro is the best choice for your online conferences and casual/competitive gaming. Other features such as its adjustable (FOV) lets you swap between 80°, a midrange 90° shot, or a super-wide 103° one. The latter is best for showing off a panoramic space. At first, they will be at a fixed FOV, so I highly recommend getting Razer’s Synapse to adjust more delicate details and unlock its full potential.
Razer Kiyo Pro – Inside The Camera
It features a 2.1MP autofocusing sensor with an f/2.0 aperture. Sony’s Starvis technology enables it to pick out details in low light and balanced light sources more effectively. While testing this feature, I was impressed by its ability to turn dreadful lighting into something alright.
Its autofocus is also relatively quick, which is very convenient for me. However, it jumps a lot, hunting for some clearer shot even if I’m not moving at all. This was perhaps the most annoying of them all. But thankfully Synapse can just allow you to go to manual focus if that’s what’s best. Moreover, it has omnidirectional microphones that produce decent clarity and good bass. But I would still recommend having a dedicated headset or mic if possible.
Razer’s Kiyo Pro webcam is a competent one if you ask me. At $199, you obviously can’t compete with the powers of a mirrorless camera that have been repurposed as a webcam. In terms of cost, it should be within Logitech Brio’s price range. Instead, Razer made a pricy one with fewer but unique features. If webcams ever become hard to find as they were last year, this webcam can be your best alternative.
Razer Kiyo Pro Streaming Webcam: Uncompressed & High-Performance Adaptive Light Sensor – Wide-Angle Lens with Adjustable FOV – Lightning-Fast USB 3.0
We’re proud to offer you Razer’s newest Kiyo webcam. It might a little bit pricey, what it’s straightforward in design. The features may be few and there could be more features added to it, but Razer decided to only include the important ones, and let its specs do the talking.
- Smooth 1080p / 60fps footage
- Can balance lighting well
- Supports a wide 103°FOV
- Costly, considering it can’t do 4K
- Adjusting FOV needs Razer Synapse
- Autofocus can be tricky at times
Razer Kiyo – Built-In Adjustable Ring Light – Advanced Autofocus Feature – Streaming Web Camera
Here’s a more affordable offer if you’re not into getting the Kiyo Pro in its early days. What’s good about this webcam is that its functionality can go on par with the above offer. That why it can still do its job well whether you’re on your online appointments or just casual gaming.
- Can be on par with Kiyo Pro
- Has ring light for enhanced lighting
- Focusing can be tricky sometimes
- Quality might be distorted if you’re too far