Razer Kiyo webcam review

The Razer Kiyo is the original innovative webcam with a built-in ring light for streamers

Razer Kiyo review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

While it’s been on the market for half a decade now, the original Razer Kiyo webcam is still a very capable piece of broadcasting equipment, especially if you’re restricted on space to set up additional lighting. You get the choice between 1080p at 30FPS, or a smoother 720p at 60FPS which makes it suitable not just for streaming games on Twitch or YouTube, but everyday use on Zoom or Microsoft Teams too. At $99 / £99 there are better options available these days, but if you can grab one in a sale, you won’t be disappointed.


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    Innovative adjustable ring light

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    Great image quality

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    60 FPS at 720p


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    Ring light hurts sensitive eyes

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    Microphone quality is poor

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Even some of the best webcams on the market can struggle in low-light conditions, which often results in a lot of background noise. A quick fix would be to situate yourself next to a window or an artificial light source, but the Razer Kiyo webcam instead offers a rather innovative solution - why not build a ring light directly onto the camera?

When it was first released back in 2017, this was a feature unique to the Razer Kiyo, and its success has resulted in a sea of cheap webcams across third-party retailers such as eBay and Amazon also adopting some form of a built-in light. It was also one of the first webcams to target streamers as its main market, even branding a ‘Streamer Certified’ badge on the box (though this is something ‘awarded’ by Razer itself, so take that with a pinch of salt).

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Jessica Weatherbed

Jess writes about computing at Techradar, where she covers all aspects of Mac and PC hardware, including PC gaming and peripherals. While she loves all areas of computing tech, broadcasting and gaming-related hardware such as webcams, USB microphones, VR headsets and mechanical keyboards are certainly a special interest subject. You find her bylines at Creative Bloq and Space.com, and she has previously been interviewed by the BBC as an industry expert.