- Streaming camera
- Razer Kiyo Pro Streaming Webcam: Full HD 1080p 60FPS - Adaptive Light Sensor - HDR-Enabled - Wide-Angle Lens with Adjustable FOV - Works with Zoom/Teams/Skype for Conferencing and Video Calling
Razer Kiyo Pro Streaming Webcam: Full HD 1080p 60FPS - Adaptive Light Sensor - HDR-Enabled - Wide-Angle Lens with Adjustable FOV - Works with Zoom/Teams/Skype for Conferencing and Video Calling
- Uncompressed Full HD 1080p Webcam: Experience smooth and vibrant professional quality with the highest fidelity through uncompressed Full HD 1080p 60FPS video – Works great for streaming, gaming, recording, video calling, conferencing, and online school
- Adaptive Light Sensor: Packed with technology that enables the webcam to adapt to the lighting condition for picture-perfect clarity in any environment
- Superior Low-Light Performance: Reduces graininess and brings out details to show you in the best light even in darker environments
- HDR-Enabled: Make your stream pop with a full spectrum of vibrant colors by activating HDR at 30FPS, which ramps up your video’s dynamic range while correcting over and underexposed areas
- Wide-Angle Lens with Adjustable FOV: Find the right amount of visual space you need to display on camera with a large aperture, wide-angle lens that can be customized across three field-of-view options using Razer Synapse
- Plug and Play: Features a lightning-fast USB 3.0 connection that delivers a powerful 5GB/s camera signal for maximum video performance without any compression
- Compatibility: Streamlabs certified and works with popular platforms like OBS, XSplit Twitch, YouTube, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Skype
|Attribute Name||Attribute Value|
|Item Weight||6.9 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||2.71 x 2.71 x 1.91 inches|
|Country of Origin||China|
|Item model number||RZ19-03640100-R3U1|
|Special Features||Low Light|
|Date First Available||February 23, 2021|
|Rating||4 stars and up|
Ratings & Reviews
Reviewed on May 30, 2021
I really wanted to like the Razer Kiyo Pro Streaming Webcam, but the experience has really been made up of a few different stories. I’ve bought a number of Razer keyboards and mice over the years, so I wasn’t surprised by the Kiyo Pro’s slick retail packaging. Open the box and you’re treated to the sight of a CHUNKY webcam affixed to a folding stand, sitting in a cavity in foam. I immediately detached the folding stand, and was left with a cylindrical camera that’s reminiscent of a DX-sized, short focal length DSLR lens. The resemblance is probably not accidental, as you have the F-stop, focal length and knurled top outer ring plainly visible. The stand seems fine, though I don’t know why you’d use it with a $200 webcam. A lenscap and braided USB-A to USB-C cable round out the hardware. Plug the Kiyo Pro into a Windows 10 machine, and it will be detected as a normal UVC device. That’s to say that it will be listed in your Device Manager, and will be visible to your camera-aware programs and services. It will also be using whatever settings are configured from the factory. Accessing the hardware settings requires the installation of Razer’s Synapse software. My initial excitement at seeing a 6MB download turned to resigned dread as I saw that another 345MB need to be downloaded. This is probably fine if you can amortize this bloat over a full ecosystem of Razer peripherals, but I only have the Kiyo on this PC. Ugh. Once you get the software installed, it (in an nVidia-esque way) asks you to create an account. Ugh. Thankfully, you can skip past that, but it does ask you one more time. Synapse is ok, but it isn’t fast, possibly owing to its “plug-in” type architecture. Once in the Kiyo Pro widget, you can turn off AF, set a fixed focus point (assuming AF is off), set the FOV, and set a number of image adjustment parameters. Considering the AF was hunting all over the place, I found disabling the AF and setting a fixed focus point to be the right solution for me. It was at this point that I saw that there was a firmware update available (though no indication of what level of firmware the Kiyo Pro had loaded). Easy, right? Wrong... Clicking on the link for the firmware download should have been a trivial exercise. The link went to a support article directing you to contact support if you wanted the update. Huh? I got on live chat on the Synapse website, which required the device’s serial number (inconvenient to get to, since I already had the device mounted). What followed was a 20 minute chat session. I asked for the firmware 4 times. The last time I asked, I was told that I needed to download a log generation tool. I downloaded and ran the tool, and it created a 2.8MB ZIP file, with over 27MB (across 57 files) of data inside. What? I explained to the extremely patient tech that I didn’t feel comfortable sending 27MB of data about my PC to them, just to QUALIFY to get a firmware update. She explained that the ZIP file was much smaller (not the point), and that my data would be only seen by people who needed to see the information. Again, this is to get a firmware installer. She eventually relented and gave my a tiny link to an all-in-one installer, which updated me from version 1.0 to 1.3. Without a changelog, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the update. As is happens, the firmware update bricked the camera. It was still detected by the OS, but no video was visible. Same result on multiple PCs. Time to go back to support. Ugh. What unfolded was OVER TWO WEEKS of wrestling with support. That was chats on the portal. Messages on the portal. Attachments uploaded to the portal. In the end, it was tons of wasted time. I really only bothered with support for the purposes of this review, since I hadn’t ever dealt with Razer on a support issue. In the end, I just returned it to Amazon for an exchange. If this review were just about the camera, it would be pretty easy. The build quality is extremely high, and the video quality is very good for a 1080p camera. It is a LITTLE better than my Logitech C920 Pro, which is around the same price. The video quality is a bit better than a no-name 4K unit that I’d tried using for a while. Low light performance is pretty good, owing to its decent CCD and f2.0 lens. Ultimately, though, it still comes down to CCD size. You see, the CCD is TINY. While the Kiyo Pro does extremely well for a webcam, it’s still not going to come close to what you’d get using a DSLR as your stream cam. I would assume most people already knew that, but you never know who will get sucked into the marketing vortex. Speaking of marketing, the materials tout the Sony STARVIS CMOS CCD. I already have a number of IP cameras with these imagers, so I’m familiar with what they are, and how they work. The imager is back-illuminated, stabilized, and has a bit of image processing. While the imager itself has somewhat higher sensitivity, it’s largely the post-processing that essentially denoises a long exposure. It’s not magic - it’s nice to have, but it really doesn’t change an awful lot when it comes to low light scenarios with the Kiyo Pro. You will need some lighting for best results. So, we’re finally down to the price. At $200, the Kiyo Pro is somewhere in the Logitech C920/930 Pro to Brio range. The Razer is also between those two segments of Logitech’s webcam product stack in terms of image quality, too. Generally speaking, that would make the Kiyo Pro a reasonable value. However, that presupposes that NOTHING goes wrong with your Razer product. All I can say is this: if you EVER need to deal with Razer support, I hope you have a better experience than me. While everyone I dealt with seemed nice enough, nobody was actually helpful. Ick. Unless you’re in love with the looks of the Kiyo Pro, and expect to deal with Amazon if you have any issues, you should get something else instead.
Reviewed on August 20, 2022
I've owned various webcams since the days when they looked like bricks that sat on top of your CRT monitor. In my experience, name brands have always done the better job. In the past year, I bought both a Logitech 920 and this Kiyo Pro. The Kiyo Pro is clearly a higher quality camera, but there are two problems. One is that it's huge. It looks like that trash compactor monster from Star Wars is peeping over your monitor. However, may that's the aesthetic you're looking for. The other problem is more serious. This thing has an autofocus on it that tends to search a bit, and isn't always spot on. It was tolerable on my PC, if annoying at times. Then I moved to an M1 Mac Mini that I got at an incredible price...and discovered that the autofocus will not engage on a Mac. It just sits there, out of focus. How to force it to focus? Well, you just install the Razer Synapse software, which is...only available on Windows. Such a problem led me to eventually find the Reincubate Camo app, which lets you use the amazing cameras on your expensive smartphone as a webcam on your Mac or PC. Goodbye, Kiyo Pro. It was nice knowing you.
Reviewed on December 23, 2021
For a year and a half, I had used a Logitech c920. My c920 features the Carl Zeiss lens. The c920 served me well and I never had any issues with it. However, I desired a camera that had better image quality. When I noticed the Kiyo Pro on sale for $99, I decided to give it a try. I have not been disappointed. The image quality on the Kiyo Pro is markedly better. I use the cam strictly with ZOOM. I use a green screen and alternate backgrounds for every meeting. I have excellent lighting and with a little effort have been able to present my image without ghosting which is common with everyone I have seen trying to use a virtual background. The Kiyo Pro makes it even easier to eliminate ghosting. With the Kiyo Pro, I do not even have to light my green screen separately as I did with the c920. I turn on the key lights and hair lamp and that is it. For someone wanting to use a virtual background and green screen, this camera will improve your image and decrease ghosting, however, you will continue to experience ghosting with a poor setup. Speaking of a poor setup; if your lighting is less than ideal, you will love this camera. The low light capabilities are head and shoulders better than the c920. Very little light is needed to provide a clear image in comparison to the c920. I've had the camera for a month. On first use, I was prompted to install updated firmware. The installation was completed without issue. Whatever problems others have had, seems to have been corrected, at least in my case. As far as the autofocus that is the disdain of most reviewers, I believe that it is probably much improved. Although I can say that it is far from perfect. Compared to the c920, I would say neither is that good with the autofocus, although the Kiyo Pro does seem to hunt for focus a little more often. Both cameras do however focus correctly. Since I am for the most part setting still in front of the camera I could turn off autofocus and adjust manually, but it is not so bad that I have thought about doing that. The Razer Synapse software used to adjust the image and field of view works well and is easy to use. I have seen a lot of reviews complaining about it for various reasons, but I have had no issues. However, once you configure your settings, you do have to make sure you check the box that allows the software to load on Windows startup. Everyone's setup will require unique settings, yet for the most part, the out of box settings in my case was excellent. I simply selected the narrow field of view and added a little warmth and it looks great. I do not use the HDR. Now for the bad: On a number of occasions, the image has either frozen or presented a black screen. This has not occurred unless I have stopped my video (ZOOM controls) and then restarted. Or have switched between Synapse and ZOOM. So if I am in a ZOOM meeting, it works perfectly as long as I don't stop my video. If I do stop the video and then restart the video by clicking on the ZOOM controls, about one out of 5 times, the video does not return. In that case, I have to unplug the camera and replug. Fortunately, my USB port is on the side of my monitor and is therefore easy to do. I can't comment on the microphone since I use a Tonor mic.
Reviewed on September 23, 2022
This webcam has amazing video quality. The mic is also good for a webcam mic. The only issue is that getting perfect skin tones is difficult. The details and sharpness of the video cannot be beaten by any webcam currently on the market.
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