Razer Kiyo Pro Hands-On: An Unusual Webcam

Today we’re taking a peek at an all-new camera from the folks at Razer. This is the Razer Kiyo Pro, a USB camera designed for streaming devices of all kinds. The strength of this camera is its combination of simplicity and power. Right outside the gate, you can plug in this camera, and it will be detected automatically by your computer, and it will look much better than the built-in camera in your laptop (if you use a laptop, that is).


The Razer Kiyo Pro works with a 1 / 2.8 type CMOS sensor with STARVIS technology. Sony’s STARVIS is a pixel-backlit technology that exceeds the power of a regular CMOS sensor, rolling with a sensitivity of 2000 mV in visible light and near infrared areas.

STARVIS was originally developed by Sony for outdoor cameras trying to harness video content in starlight. Because starlight is light, but traditionally not enough light to produce any kind of usable video content, STARVIS was born. With the Razer Kiyo Pro, STARVIS is used to not only allow higher visibility in low light, but better video content in all lighting conditions.

While you can still use a spotlight to cast the video onto your face, you really don’t need it. This camera almost magically works wonders.

Right outside the gate

When I first took the Razer Kiyo Pro out of the box and connected the camera to the laptop I was using, I started a test video call with Zoom. I didn’t download any Razer software to do anything special *, I just connected the camera and chose the camera from the list of cameras available in the Zoom app.

I was using the Surface Laptop 3 with the main Surface Camera up front. This camera is as good as most laptop cameras in the world today. Compared to the Razer Kiyo Pro, it’s shockingly basic. And it required zero special knowledge of how to attach the camera or take advantage of a new camera – it just works.

* Note: There is no need for Razer to do anything with this camera. I just want to be clearer, here, I don’t need any kind of special procedures to take advantage of the high quality capture of this device.


This camera works with a wide-angle lens that provides it with several options for a field of view, including 80, 90 and 103 degrees. The sound is captured through the 16-bit omnidirectional stereo microphone array.

This camera operates with a mounting system that allows it to be placed at the top of the screen, attached to a tripod or standing on a desk. The camera connects to your computer using a USB-C cable (with a 5 GB / s signal for making uncompressed video). The box includes a lens cap as well.

Above you’ll see the specifications for this device, including system requirements and microphone specifications.

It is contained

The Razer Kiyo Pro release date is today February 23, 2021. This is available date for the Razer Online Store. Certified retailers will provide this camera starting in the first quarter of 2021. The base price for this camera is around $ 200 USD. If you need a camera that’s easy to use and a lot better than the one you use right now – this is it.

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