The Razer Kiyo Pro webcam features 1080p resolution at up to 60fps with FoV of 103°, 90° and 80°. Initially priced at $199.99, the Kiyo Pro is currently listed at the time of this review for $99.99 on Razer’s website and through third-party resellers.
The Kiyo Pro used in this review was purchased by the lab through a third-party reseller. This is not a sponsored review.
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In the retail packaging the camera ships with a 1.5 meter braided cable that has a USB-C connector on the camera end and USB-A on the computer end, a robust mount that is removable, a lens cap that is also removeable and quick start guide. The bottom of the mount has a ¼-20 thread. In addition, the mount can be removed revealing another ¼-20 thread on the bottom of the camera. We appreciate this attention to detail, allowing users multiple mounting options. While attached to the mount, there is the ability to both tilt the camera up and down and rotate it left and right.
When the camera is connected to a computer, a pop up appears notifying the user to install Razer’s Synapse software package. The Synapse software contains all the controls and settings for the camera.
Our only complaint about the Synapse software is that settings cannot be changed while the camera is in use by a third-party application like OBS or a meeting service. To modify any of the camera settings while using OBS, the camera needs deactivated in OBS, then the “Preview” needs toggled on in Synapse. Then the user can make changes. When finished, the preview needs to be disabled and the camera reactivated in OBS. The camera needs to be muted in a meeting service before any settings can be changed. Overall, this is a clumsy exercise if needed to be performed in a meeting or while recording content. We feel it is important to adjust any settings prior to using the camera, which is a good habit to have anyway.
There are “advanced settings” available in the Synapse software that unlocks a few additional adjustments, most notably the ability to digitally zoom and pan.
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We appreciate the amount of control the camera has, but in general usage we found the camera performs very well at default settings, with the exception of the FoV which is defaulted to Wide.
The image at Wide FoV, and to a lesser extent on Medium, shows distortion both horizontally and vertically. While this may not bother some people, it is hard for us to ignore. In the Lab the Wide FoV is considered unusable with far too much distortion. When set to Medium some distortion is present but not to the point where we think it is unusable. For our purpose, we find the Narrow FoV provided the best overall image with the least amount of distortion.
The following pictures show the three fields of view selectable in Synapse.
Wide at 103°
Medium at 90°
Narrow at 80°
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I’ve been using the Kiyo Pro for a couple of weeks in video calls and video creation with OBS and have been impressed. Other than at its widest FoV, which has substantial distortion, the image quality is excellent. When the camera was tested in low light and typical home office lighting scenes, it handled each capably. While I typically don’t advocate using the internal microphone of any webcam, I found the audio capture to be impressive and better than that of most webcams I’ve tested in video meetings. The capture is clear and replicates voices well where often webcam and laptop mics make voices sound tinny or hollow. However, if you’re intending to use the Kiyo Pro for content creation, I would suggest investing in a high-quality microphone to make your audio as good or better than the video quality available from the Kiyo Pro. Overall, the Kiyo Pro makes for an excellent dual-use camera for content creation and video meetings when the FoV is set to Narrow.
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About the Author
Bryan Hellard is the Owner and Lead Researcher at UC Test Lab. He has over 20 years of experience in the industry across several roles, including product engineering and management, R&D, and end user consulting. Prior to UC Test Lab, he managed the Wainhouse Research Evaluation Lab providing testing of products and services. Bryan also has prior experience as a developer of video conferencing related products and as a consultant to both end users and industry vendors. He can be contacted at: Bryan@uctestlab.com.
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