Is the Razer Kiyo Pro worth the upgrade? Full HD streaming webcam
Razer has really dived into streaming gear. Whether you are a professional streamer or just starting out, there is something for you. From microphones to cameras, and even streaming devices like the Ripsaw. This year, Razer released an upgrade to the popular Razer Kiyo webcam: the Razer Kiyo Pro.
We got our hands on one of these high-end webcams to test it against its predecessor.
Configuration out of the box
One of the advantages of Razer products is their ease of installation. Whether it’s grabbing the new Razer Basilisk or integrating Nanoleaf, these products are simply plug and play. The Razer Kiyo Pro is no different.
Like the Razer Kiyo, just plug this webcam into your device via USB and you’re good to go. You can easily add your new webcam to your streaming software or even to your next Zoom call. Unlike the previous Razer Kiyo, the Razer Kiyo Pro comes with a detachable USB-C cable. Not only does this make the webcam more versatile, but it’s easier to unplug it, move it around, and do some neat cable management.
Like the Razer Kiyo, the Pro also comes with a threaded screw at the bottom so you can mount it on a tripod. Similar to the standard model, you can also place the webcam on your monitor, mount it on your screen, or tilt it using the flexible stand.
The Razer Kiyo Pro does have a few additional features, however. The camera itself can be tilted up or down to achieve the perfect capture angle. You can even rotate the camera to any position you want. This is something not seen in the standard model and is a welcome upgrade.
Once your camera is plugged in, mounted, and tilted to the desired angle, it’s time to check the image quality. The image looks fantastic right out of the box. With a Full HD 60 FPS webcam, it’s just amazing. While the predecessor of the Razer Kiyo Pro offered the same camera quality, the Pro has some interesting improvements. The standard edition was in Full HD, but only at 30 FPS (or 720p at 60 FPS). The Pro gives you improved quality with Full HD at 60 FPS. The new 3.8mm wide-angle lens also adds a touch of professionalism to the picture.
You can see in the comparison images that the Razer Kiyo Pro adds a level of depth to the image.
While it looks fantastic with small tweaks, if you want the perfect capture you’ll need to have Razer Synapse installed. By default, the camera will be set to wide angle mode. If you want to switch between narrow, medium and wide fields of view in the software. You can use a plethora of settings to make your image look and feel exactly the way you want it to.
Razer Synapse also lets you set your focus, High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging, brightness, contrast, saturation, and color balances. Chances are, you are already adjusting some of these settings in your streaming software. Synapse gives you that little bit of native control.
The Razer Kiyo Pro is a useful upgrade for streamers and those who have done a lot of home presentations. It offers incredible, high-end, uncompressed video performance, and plenty of additional tweaks on the physical and digital sides of this camera. The Kiyo Pro also comes with a lens cap which is perfect for traveling. It is also used to ensure privacy when you are not broadcasting or presenting.
One of the missing features of the Razer Kiyo Pro, however, is the built-in ring light. The Razer Kiyo is equipped with a light to help enhance your image capture. However, more experienced streamers or virtual presenters will most likely have sufficient lighting for their setup.
So the Razer Kiyo Pro is perfect for anyone looking to upgrade and take their streaming (or Zoom calling) to the next level. And if you don’t have a ring light yet, Razer just released its ring light.
You can pick up the Razer Kiyo Pro for A $ 329.95 (US $ 199.99). Yes, it’s more expensive than your average webcam and therefore suitable for those looking for an upgrade. If you’re new to streaming or want to upgrade your virtual calling from the built-in webcam, get the Razer Kiyo for A $ 184.95 (US $ 99.99).
If you already have good lighting in your bedroom or office, the new Razer Kiyo X is the perfect starter at A $ 139.00 (US $ 79.99).