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Razer announces its juggernaut Kiyo Pro full HD webcam packed with low-light tech

Razer Kiyo Pro Hand
Razer Kiyo Pro Hand (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • The Razer Kiyo Pro is a high-end full HD webcam with low-light abilities.
  • It has a 1/2.8 CMOS sensor with STARVIS technology.
  • Kiyo Pro is aimed at game streamers but also for productivity and the office.
  • Kiyo Pro is available now through Razer for $199.

Web cameras have taken on a whole new level of importance since 2020 with the ongoing pandemic. That need for work from home (WFH) and study from home (SFH) only crunched demand for game streamers, who also need high-quality cameras for their vocation.

Today, Razer introduces the Kiyo Pro, a step up from its current Kiyo webcam. While it ditches the creative ring light, it gains in superior STARVIS low-light sensor technology. The full HD camera looks to take on Logitech's popular BRIO, which is also priced at $199, but you may be able to find this new one in stock.

Here's what makes the Kiyo Pro more than just your ordinary pro-level webcam.

Powerful CMOS sensor with STARVIS technology

Razer Kiyo Pro Press

Source: Razer (Image credit: Source: Razer)

Razer is using STARVIS back-illuminated pixel technology for the CMOS sensor. If that sounds familiar, it's because it is often used in high-end security cameras like the EufyCam 2 I recently reviewed.

It's a decent-sized sensor, too, at 1/2.8 CMOS sensor with a full F/2.0 aperture with a range of fields of view ranging from 103°, 90°, or 80°. Razer notes that the 103° is wide enough for group video calls or to show more of your background for "live activities." In contrast, the 80° narrower field of view is for single-person webcam usage or "professional headshot view."

CategoryRazer Kiyo Pro
Connection typeUSB 3.0
Image resolution2.1 MP
LensF2.0 with Gorilla Glass 3
Video Resolution1080p @ 60/30/24FPS
720p @ 60FPS
480p @ 30FPS
360p @ 30FPS
Video encodingH.264 codec
Still Image Resolution1920 x 1080
Image Quality Settings CustomizationYes
Diagonal Field of View (FOV)103°, 90°, 80°
Focus TypeAuto
Mounting OptionsL-shape joint and Tripod (Not included)
Cable Length1.5 meters braided cable
ChannelsStereo
Audio Codec16bit 48KHz
Polar patternsOmni-directional
Sensitivity-38dB
Windows HelloNo

The Kiyo Pro is capable of uncompressed full HD 1080p at 60 frames-per-second (FPS). Enabling HDR at 30 FPS "ramps up the dynamic range, correcting under or overexposed areas on the fly, eliminating silhouetting if the subject is lit from behind, for vibrant colors and even lighting, across the whole image."

Positioning is also more sophisticated than Logitech's BRIO as the mount can be configured for a computer monitor, tabletop, or direct tripod mounting.

Other bonus features include a lens cap for privacy, support for USB 3.0 to pass the 5GB/s signal, and 16bit, omnidirectional stereo microphone array. The included 1.5-meter braided cable is a Type-C to Type-A.

See Razer Kiyo Pro in action this Friday

Razer Kiyo Pro Side Cable

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

For those who want to see the new Razer Kiyo Pro in a real-world example, you can tune into the Windows Central Podcast live this Friday on YouTube at 2:30 PM ET. On the podcast, I'll be switching between the Logitech BRIO and the new Razer Kiyo Pro so you can decide which one you feel looks best.

See our best webcams for PCs for even more options.

Price and availability

The Razer Kiyo Pro is available now from Razer.com for $199. It'll also be launching in various retailers in the coming weeks.

Look for my full review of the Razer Kiyo Pro to see how it stands up to regular usage next week.

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

8 Comments
  • Does this support Windows Hello? I'm not impressed with my Brio, which feels fuzzy/blurry so I've been looking to upgrade.
  • Unfortunately, it does not. Perhaps its biggest drawback. OTOH, this is much sharper than BRIO, which I can attest to.
  • Mine look fuzzy at all. I'm glad that Daniel already owns this camera, that's only just being reviewed, to compare it to the Brio.
  • I really liked the ring light. There are times the ring light is very useful. I just wish they would have updated their ring light model as well or instead, because its mount is a poor design and breaks easily.
  • 1080p? Would you buy this knowing that 4k webcams exist? I have the 'Logitech Brio Ultra HD Pro Webcam', which is crystal clear and very sharp. Maybe a head to head 'non-sponsored' review would be in order? Then again, it would probably wipe the floor with the Kiyo.
  • "Would you buy this knowing that 4k webcams exist?"
    What service (Google Hangouts, Skype, Teams, etc) allows you to stream in 4K? None that I have ever seen and it's been 2 years since it came out. Many services are still just 720P. 4K streaming really isn't a thing.
    "Maybe a head to head 'non-sponsored' review would be in order? Then again, it would probably wipe the floor with the Kiyo."
    This wasn't a sponsored post. Your faith in BRIO is a bit hilarious and dare I say, fanboy-level. Regardless, it's is only my opinion on these that I am interested in, not your hot takes. Again, I have both. I'll be demoing them live on the podcast this week so everyone can see.
  • I have an Elgato PCIe card that captures at 4k. The Brio is 4k. See where I'm going with this? Yeah, sure, I don't have a GPU that can game sensibly at 4k, but I will have the option 'later'. Fanboy? Nah, just calling out a review that seems paid for. P.s Are you annoyed that I suggested that you made up your post? "Razer’s Kiyo Pro doesn’t deliver all the goods a $200 webcam should" - The Verge.
    "But for the cost, it should stack up better than it does to Logitech’s Brio released in 2017" - The Verge. I'll stick with the Brio while you stick with your inferior device. (Which you think is better???) "Teams video caps out at 1080p, but the Brio will downscale automatically to deliver a super crisp 1080p image." - Reddit user.
    "It works great. Not 4K, but remote users see a noticeable higher quality with the Brio vs. my old 920c. Also, contrast is way better." - Reddit user.
  • The verge:
    "Razer’s Kiyo Pro doesn’t deliver all the goods a $200 webcam should"
    They didn't pay them enough.