The Razer Kiyo Pro comes after the original Kiyo. Even though the new model doesn’t have its predecessor’s built-in ring light, it still provides high-quality video for streamers, content creators, and anyone else who wants to look better in their meetings.
For the latter, who may have been using their laptop webcam for Zoom meetings during the pandemic, the Razer Kiyo Pro can be a big visual upgrade. It has Full HD at 60 frames per second, HDR (at 30 frames per second), a field of view of up to 90 degrees, and autofocus.
Kiyo Pro is for people who make content, like streamers, YouTube stars, and other people who make videos. This is an alternative to Logitech’s Brio and StreamCam camera systems.
Razer Kiyo Pro webcam: Specifications
- Resolution: 1080p Full HD
- Field of view: 80 to 103 degrees
- Frame rate: Up to 60fps at 1080p
- Digital zoom: 4x
- Inbuilt microphone: Yes
- Autofocus: Yes
- Privacy cover: Yes
- Connection: USB-C to USB-A
Razer Kiyo Pro webcam: Key Features
The Razer Kiyo Pro has a high frame rate of 60fps at 1080p and a viewing angle of up to 103 degrees. These are the two most important things about it. If you want to use HDR (high dynamic range), you’ll have to turn down the frame rate from 60 to 30 frames per second.
We don’t see this as a big deal, though. We think that people who use the Kiyo Pro for meetings will want 1080p and HDR for the best picture quality, but they won’t care about high frame rates because there isn’t much movement in video virtual meetings. They’ll be fine with 30fps.
On the other hand, a video game streamer, for example, will benefit from turning up the frame rate to 60 fps and taking away HDR. It can be set to 1080p Full HD in both cases. The software lets you do this (as some video meeting apps cap resolution at 720p).
The Kiyo Pro’s autofocus is also a good thing to have, but we found that it looked for its target a lot instead of locking on to it and keeping our face in focus at all times. We found that it would often shift our attention to the wall behind us, leaving us frustrated. If we moved a little to get the camera’s attention again, it would usually correct itself quickly. We wouldn’t say that this was a deal-breaker.
You can always turn off autofocus in Razer’s Synapse app, which is used to set up the company’s gaming and streaming devices. As a side note, though, Synapse for Mac is a generation behind its PC counterpart and doesn’t work with Kiyo Pro at this time. In their video conference app, or with a third-party app like CameraController, Mac users will have to change the settings for how the video feed looks.
Razer Kiyo Pro webcam: Build and Handling
The Kiyo Pro is a big webcam, as you can see from the pictures that have been shown. The circular device looks like it has a manual focus ring on its front, but this is just for looks and doesn’t move, which is a little disappointing.
The big size isn’t a big deal, since the top of your computer screen isn’t usually a place for other things to fight for. The height of the camera means that the lens might be a little higher than you are used to. Even though the camera is shorter than a Logitech webcam, we found that it looks down on us more than a shorter one. You might need to move your monitor or chair to fit.
With a folding monitor mount, the camera can be moved left, right, up and down. It also comes with a monitor that folds up. There is a standard tripod mount on the bottom of your webcam that this mount fits into. The mount itself has the same screw thread so it can also be attached to a tripod if you want to. Putting it on a monitor or a tripod is simple because Razer has thought about everything, making it easy to do.
68.7 x 68.7 x 48.5mm is how the camera looks. It weighs 196g. Cable: It comes with a 1.5m, braided USB-C to USB-A cable that can be used to charge your phone or tablet. A lens cap that can be taken off is also in the box.
Razer Kiyo Pro webcam: Performance
If you want to keep things simple, you can plug the Razer Kiyo Pro into both PCs and Macs. Make sure there’s a free USB port on your computer. Then open the video conference app of your choice. You don’t need anything else.
If you’re on Windows, you can change the brightness, contrast, saturation, and other settings, as well as switch HDR on or off. You can also change the resolution and field of view.
To our eyes, the default picture was a little dark. To its credit, it was very well balanced, with a lot of detail in both the light and dark parts of our room. When it was sunny and bright, even the view out of a window behind us didn’t get lost in the dark. It was still easier for us to manually change how bright the picture was.
Once we get the Kiyo Pro to look the way we want, the picture quality is great. The low quality, bad exposure, and grainy look of video taken by a laptop webcam make it easy to tell apart from footage taken by a separate webcam. But with the Kiyo Pro, we felt like our appearance in Zoom and Teams meetings had been given a major boost thanks to it.
Razer Kiyo Pro webcam: Conclusion
The Razer Kiyo Pro is a great webcam that looks and feels high-end, is easy to use, and makes high-quality videos. If it costs $200/£200, then it should (although thankfully you can find this on sale for almost half this amount). USB webcams that don’t cost much aren’t even close to this price. The Logitech Brio has a 4K resolution and works with Windows Hello, which the Kiyo Pro doesn’t have.
If you play games or stream, the Kiyo Pro will be perfect for you because it has a frame rate of 60fps. For those who want to look their best in meetings or less dynamic live streams, HDR and Full HD at 30fps will still look good.
Kiyo Pro makes sense for people who have money to spend on a high-quality webcam and who have a lot of Razer accessories on their PCs.