Razer Kiyo is part of the Razer’s line of ‘Streamer Certified’ broadcasting accessories, alongside Razer Sieren X, Razer Kiyo is the best affordable broadcasting camera with illumination. It’s super easy to set up and is designed to make streaming as effortless as possible. With a built-in ring light, you don’t even need to worry about getting external (expensive) lights to make your streams look 10X better.
Razer Kiyo comes in a sleek green & black box with a ‘Streamer Certified’ sticker. Like all other Razer products, its’ packaging screams “gamer!” and I love it. Let’s dive into what’s in the box.
You’ll find the following parts in the box:
- 1 x Razer Kiyo with attached USB2.0 cable
- 1 x Important Product Information Guide
Research & Product Breakdown
- Connection type: USB2.0
- Image resolution: 4 Megapixels
- Video Resolution: 1080p @ 30FPS / 720p @ 60FPS / 480p @ 30FPS / 360p @ 30FPS
- Video encoding: YUY2/MJPEG or H.264
- Still Image Resolution: 2688×1520
- Image Quality Settings Customization: Yes
- Diagonal Field of View (FOV): 81.6 °
- Focus Type: Auto
- Mounting Options: L-shape joint and Tripod (Not included)
- Cable Length: 1.5 meters braided cable
- Ring Light Illumination: 12 white LEDs
- Ring Light Brightness: 10 Lux @ 1m
- Microphone Audio Codec: 16bit 48KHz
- Microphone Polar patterns: Omnidirectional
- Microphone Sensitivity: -38dB
A little bulky, Razer Kiyo looks like a something from the 2000s.
The winning factor for Razer Kiyo is it has a built-in ring light. Razer Kiyo’s ring light doesn’t look like much but it makes your stream look so much better.
I believe the ring light is what makes Razer Kiyo look bulky. But if you think about it… it’s a substitute for your standard studio lights. It helps to save space & money for external lighting so I’m not complaining.
You can use Razer Synapse 3 (currently only for Windows) to fully customise your settings. You can toggle between Auto and Manual Focus, and adjust Brightness, Contrast, Saturation and White Balance. With Razer Synapse 3, you can also choose between different image presets, create multiple profiles and save different looks for your streams.
Download Razer Synapse 3 HERE
But if don’t want to download it, you can stick to applications like XSplit or OBS to do your tweaking.
60 Frames Per Second
Before you celebrate the 60 frames per second specs, this is only available when you are streaming at 720p. It really depends on your preference. If you want to stream at 1080p, you can do so at a refresh rate of 30 frames per second.
In all honesty, when you’re streaming alongside a game, it’ll be better to have a faster refresh rate than higher resolution.
And if you’re wondering if Logitech C920 (another budget choice of webcam to start streaming) is better than the Razer Kiyo in terms of refresh rate, it is not. It is only available at 1080p with 30 frames per second.
If you want to switch up the brightness, you’ll have to turn the dial on the Razer Kiyo.
Razer Kiyo autofocus is pretty decent. It helps to autofocus your face (or whatever you’re streaming) so your viewers will always get to see your best self and you don’t need to keep adjusting the focus.
One thing to note: it is a little slow. The speed of autofocus is not the end of the world but it does distract you a little. If you’re using the autofocus feature, perhaps you might want to not move so much so that it doesn’t have to keep autofocusing.
Not So Good Microphone
Razer Kiyo has a built-in microphone but after trying it out, it doesn’t pick up much of your voice. I mean… it’s decent but if you’re using it for streaming, I’d suggest hooking up an external microphone. I guess that’s why the Razer Sieren X is advertised alongside Razer Kiyo… so that you will get both for your streaming satisfaction.
We are showing you the different places you can get it from so that you can decide which is a better option for you. For example, if you’re in Singapore and decide to purchase from Amazon, you will need to pay for international shipping and handling charges. However, if you’re located in the US or Europe, buying from Amazon would be the convenient alternative. If you don’t like buying from online stores, you can head over to Razer’s official website HERE to locate the nearest outlet.
Why should one buy
Now, you know its goods and bads. Is this the webcam for you? Definitely. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to streaming or you’ve been at it for years, Razer Kiyo is a great webcam! Especially if you don’t have much money to spend on lightings.
Insanely Great For New Streamers
Here’s how Anne Munition started her streaming journey, with big studio lights and a logitech webcam.
Although it’s good to have studio lights, you can make do without it if you’re using Razer Kiyo. Razer Kiyo will also help you save a lot of money on getting a camcorder as it’s camera quality is top notch.
Below is a rough guide on how much you might be spending for a decent webcam and external lights. I’m not sure what lights Anne used so I’m going to list affordable studio lights that I’ve personally used.
Equipment Price List
*Price is listed in USD
Camera: Logitech C922 ($67.00)
Studio Lights: Andoer Studio Lighting Softbox with 4in1 bulbs socket ($99.99)
Total spend for a camera & studio lights: $166.99
Total spend on Razer Kiyo: $91.90
You’ll save more than $70 when you use Razer Kiyo.
Ease Of Use
Overall you only need one Razer Kiyo to replace a camera + lights setup. It’s not only insanely cheaper but you can also easily configure the light settings, white balance and colour contrast. You just need to plug it into your computer, and you can customise using Razer Synapse 3.
Pros Of Using Razer Kiyo Instead Of Full Setup
- Easy to set up for new streamers
- Able to customise settings via Razer Synapse 3
Cons Of Using Razer Kiyo Instead Of Full Setup
- Only works with Razer Synapse 3
- Can’t upgrade ring light. For more brightness, will need to get external lighting.
Considering all these factors, Razer Kiyo is great for any streamers who are just starting out and pro streamers who want to save money.
But when you require a higher production & you have more money to spend, you might want to upgrade to a more comprehensive setup like Anne’s. A DSLR or mirrorless camera + external ring light will definitely improve your streams but expect to spend over $3000 to get everything up.
Easy To Stream Anywhere You Go
With the built-in ring light, you wouldn’t have to worry so much about where you stream as you can somewhat control the lighting. And it’s a simple plug-and-play type of camera. So, if you’re travelling or moving a lot, the Razer Kiyo is going to be your No.1 Webcam.
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