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Razer Kiyo Review: Streamer Webcam with Light Ring

Image Quality

From the previous section it can already be seen that the representation of the face with the light ring switched off is at best mediocre. Apart from that, the Kiyo offers a surprisingly good picture quality, which can be further increased by switching on the light ring.

At 30 frames per second, recording takes place at a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, while 60 frames per second takes place at 1,280 x 720 pixels. With regard to the values, the webcam can be compared to much more expensive devices, which at first seems surprising. Overall, however, the picture quality cannot compete with that of top models.

This is mainly due to the missing setting options of the webcam. Exposure and focus are automatically adjusted. The recording person has hardly any possibility to influence the recording. On the one hand, this offers the advantage that laypersons can operate the camera without technical knowledge or experience. On the other hand, there is the disadvantage that a bad image cannot be corrected manually, which will annoy experienced users in particular.

Even users of the simplest mobile phone cameras sometimes have to correct the autofocus of the camera in order to take a nice picture. Now the Kiyo denies this possibility to its users. In most cases the autofocus works quite well and produces a decent image. Sometimes, however, a satisfactory reception is simply not possible due to the lack of an opportunity to exert influence. The self-regulation of the camera is both a curse and a blessing. While it makes recording easier in good conditions, it makes it completely impossible in more difficult environments. Professionals who have already gained experience with various cameras will probably never be satisfied with the Kiyo. Beginners, on the other hand, will find an easy-care camera that does not require any know-how and yet usually produces an acceptable result. As mentioned in the previous section, Windows users can use the OBS software to influence at least some basic settings.

However, this criticism of the self-regulation of the camera should ultimately be neither destructive nor one-sided. It should be positively emphasized that the use for laymen is facilitated. In addition, it should be mentioned that the image quality – if the recording environment is acceptable for the self-adjusting camera – is extremely positive.

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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.

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