When it comes to live streaming tips, one of the key feedbacks is looking the part. The best live streamers have complete studio setups with green screens, professional lighting, crystal clear microphones and sometimes even props. But for around $170AUD, you can tackle a lot of the headaches that bedroom streamers face by purchasing the Razer Kiyo Ring Light Equipped Broadcasting Web Camera.
Designed by streamers, the Razer Kiyo is dedicated specifically to making you look good when live. It’s purposely geared towards the stream nation and delivers stronger imagery than most other cameras at this price point. Okay, so $170AUD may sound like a lot of money for the amateur streamer but when you consider the cost for professional lighting, green screens and a different webcam to capture all of that, it’s a drop in the ocean.
Check out our complete Razer Kiyo review below and don’t forget to hit up the comments when you’re done. We want to know about your streaming setups and every gadget you use to amp up your stream like a pro. Is the Razer Kiyo a perfect camera for the amateur streamer? Find out more below!
Razer Kiyo Review Verdict
Overall, Razer Kiyo is one of the better mid-tier options when it comes to web cameras and video streaming. From it’s sleek design to improved image quality over similarly priced cameras, you won’t be disappointed. The closest competitor, Logitech C920, also has some issues with its microphone so if you’re only looking for video capabilities, the Razer Kiyo is a better option. We’ve used this camera for both Skype and streaming with Mixer on Xbox. It’s way overpowered for Skype so you won’t have any issues with casual use. As for streaming, it also ran very smoothly with crystal clear images both with wired and non-wired internet connections. We did find the camera a little tricky to set up when streaming with Mixer using OBS but that may just be Mixer.
All in all, it’s a worthy addition to your technology arsenal.
The Look Station:
One of the biggest plus points for us with the Razer Kiyo was not only how you look on camera, but how the Razer Kiyo looks itself. The circular camera shape and luminescent effects really make for a sexy looking component to your setup. We were really happy with the white LED ring on this camera. Both day and night, the Kiyo was well matched to our games den.
Where most web cameras can look clunky, the Razer Kiyo looks everything expensive and more. It’s sleek, elegant and fits nicely on top of your screen. The rubberised base of the Razer Kiyo did make for a device that collects dust quickly but it gives the feel of something more premium. What you would typically expect from a camera of this price range is a plastic shell but this camera delivers much more. Okay, so most of you won’t care too much about how the camera feels externally but it’s important to keep this in mind when purchasing. Manufacturers which attention to every detail of a product often deliver superior outcomes!
Then there’s how you look when live streaming. We’ll delve further into this when analysing the features, but we’d like to make note that the image quality is extremely crisp. The LED light ring really makes a difference to the balance of your face on the screen. There’s nothing worse than seeing dark shadows in places you don’t want them to be!
The Razer Kiyo’s Best Features:
It’s pretty obvious, but your biggest attraction will be the Kiyo’s built-in ring of LED lights. I mean, this is the main selling point of the product after all. Now, whilst a dedicated lighting setup for streaming will trump everything, the Kiyo is the perfect compromise for starter streamers. The lighting itself is not super powerful, but it’s perfect for those of you who are streaming from a room that discludes nature. Even still, if you do have natural light, additional LED lighting will help smooth out your face evenly on screen.
It’s important to note that you shouldn’t be fooled into thinking that your money is solely going towards the lighting; because it isn’t. The Razer Kiyo also trumps many webcams for image quality. Take the C920 from Logitech as an example. It’s a cheaper webcam than the Razer Kiyo but doesn’t capture colours with as much accuracy. This is important if you are going to using a green-screen as you really want that background colour to pop. The Kiyo is pretty much a plug and play device whereas other cameras in the market require compromise.
For those who really care about your stream quality, the Razer Kiyo also has a better refresh rate. Whilst most cameras in this price range refresh at 30 frames per second (when streaming at 1080p), many remain at 30 frames per second with 780p. This is not the case with the Razer Kiyo as it can deliver 60 frames per second at this resolution. With most streaming platforms like Twitch and Mixer optimising towards 780p, this is a huge win for the Razer Kiyo.
The Bad Features:
Whilst we were super impressed with the lighting, we have to say that the quality of microphone playback was pretty weak. If there is one thing you don’t want to cheap out on with your stream, it’s definitely your microphone. The Razer Kiyo does underperform in this area and is extremely quiet. However, if you are going to use a dedicated streaming microphone then this is not such an issue.
A feature of the exterior that we were surprised by was an undetachable cable. It’s fairly common to be able to detach the USB cable completely, but Razer has opted for a firmly fitted version. If you’re going to leave your camera in place forever then this is not such an issue. However, for those of us who like to stream from different locations, it’s just easier to keep the part separate.
Razer Kiyo Full Feature & Specifications List:
Packed with superb image outputs, the team at Razer have put additional focus into developing a product that suits the requirements of an active streamer. Take a look at the full features of the Razer Kiyo below:
- Desktop Streaming Camera.
- Multi-Step LED Ring Light.
- Compatible with Xbox & PC Gaming.
- Brightness, Contrast, Saturation & White Balance Adjustments.
- Image Presets Available
- Compatible With Razer Synapse.
Full Camera Specifications:
- Image Resolution: 4 Megapixels
- Connection Type: USB2.0
- 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
- Illumination: 12 white LEDs
Full Ring Light & Microphone Specifications:
- LED Diffuser: Milky White
- Buttons: 12 Step Ring Dial
- Brightness: 10 Lux @ 1m
- Audio Codec: 16bit 48KHz
- Polar patterns: Omnidirectional
- Sensitivity: -38dB
Razer Kiyo Price:
As of this Razer Kiyo review, you can pick up the product online for $150AUD from Scorptec. However, most retailers throughout Australia are selling the Kiyo for around $170AUD so be sure to grab yourself one whilst you can. It’s perhaps slightly on the upper end of what you should pay for amateur streaming, but it’s definitely value for money and long-lasting.
Razer Kiyo Review Summary:
When we began to write this Razer Kiyo review, we couldn’t help but continuously mention how the web camera had been extremely well thought out. It really does fulfil the needs of the everyday streamer. Yes, there are quality alternative web cameras on the market, but the Razer Kiyo takes lighting to the next level without the price tag. Its single light ring alone brings a lot more to a home streaming setup than most cameras and we can’t deny how great both the device and we looked when in use.
If you are really on a tight budget, you may swing towards the Logitech C920, however, for an additional $50 you’ll be in love with the Razer Kiyo too. We still recommend that you set up with a separate microphone or headset as the playback does suck. But if you are looking for a camera that delivers strong imagery and vibrant lighting, you can’t go wrong with the Kiyo.
Razer Kiyo Web Camera Review Summary
Razer Kiyo Web Camera Summary
The Razer Kiyo solves a lot of starter streamer lighting issues and has superb image quality. It would have received a 4.9 star rating from our team, however, the weak microphone and detachable cable somewhat lets this down for non-streamers. That said, if you’re purpose is solely for streaming and you have a separate microphone output, this is one hell of purchase.
- High Quality Imagery
- Massively Improves Lighting
- 60fps With 780p Streaming
- Poor Microphone.
- Cable Un-Detachable.