Gadget & Accessory Reviews

Razer Kiyo Review: Streamer Webcam with Light Ring

The webcam Kiyo from Razer, together with the microphone Seiren X, is intended to provide a cost-effective entry into the world of streaming. The device is available for a price of around 110 euros and aims to be uncomplicated and easy to operate without prior knowledge, without sacrificing quality.

The following test report will clarify the extent to which Kiyo meets the needs of beginners and professionals. For this the webcam is evaluated regarding its workmanship, equipment, picture quality and setting possibilities.

Workmanship, Design, Materials

As expected, the webcam is inconspicuous. The materials used are typical for the price range of the webcam. The workmanship appears impeccable. The small camera can be mounted easily due to the bracket. Already at first glance, the lighting ring is noticeable, which will be examined more closely in the further course of the test.

The design of the Kiyo is typical for a webcam, but is dominated by the light ring. The webcam is connected via USB cable. Overall, there are no points of criticism in the area of workmanship and appearance.

Equipment

As already mentioned, the Kiyo is dominated by the ring of light that surrounds it. This lighting unit is intended to achieve optimum illumination of the face, which is helpful in many shooting situations. The illumination of one’s own face is probably best known to laypeople from photographers. Here, too, the face is illuminated with a quite bright light in order to be able to illuminate it as ideally as possible for an image recording. The light ring of the webcam works in principle exactly like the lights of a professional photographer.

In practical use, the circular lighting unit actually proves to be very useful. When the light is switched off, the face appears very dark in the shot – this could presumably lead to discomfort for any spectators and is not particularly serious. If the light ring is switched on, however, the face shines in a new shine – the lighting is indeed excellent. The quality of the video is enormously increased by the illumination of the face.

Software is not included with the webcam, which is an obvious weakness. The adjustment possibilities of the device are thus greatly limited, which also has an effect on the image quality – more on this later. Windows users can access OBS and change at least the most basic settings manually. However, the possibilities were also very limited here. All in all, the camera’s spartan equipment serves above all to make it user-friendly for laypersons. Beginners can start directly with the Kiyo and do not have to deal with technical fine-tuning and various camera settings first. For more experienced streamers, however, the absence of these possibilities is a clear disadvantage.

1 2 3Next page

What do you think of the topic? Click here for the comments!

Tags

Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

Related Articles

Back to top button
Close