If a year of fuzzy blocking video calling has left you wanting to upgrade your PC webcam, Razer just announced a new premium USB3 model with all the amenities you could ask for. Dubbed Kiyo Pro, this webcam has an adaptive light sensor to keep it operating at high resolutions and frame rates even in low light conditions, and combines a large 1 / 2.8 CMOS sensor with Sony Stravis’ backlit pixel technology for offer uncompressed 1080p 60fps video as well as 1080p 30fps video with HDR. It also has a wide-angle lens, giving you a variety of field-of-view options, as well as multiple mounting options so you can either stick it on your monitor or use it with a tripod.
The choice of the CMOS sensor is quite unusual for a gaming webcam. You normally only see them on digital cameras and the like, but the larger lens does provide some significant benefits. It lets in more light to begin with, leading to a sharper, more defined image, and combines it with Sony’s Stravis technology (often used in surveillance cameras thanks to its ability to capture regions of visible and infrared light close) should mean you still get sharp, fluid video footage even if your room lighting is a bit dark and dingy, or you’re a budding streamer and don’t want to break the bank with expensive lights. The glass front, meanwhile, is made from Corning Gorilla Glass 3, making it more resistant to bumps and scratches.
The Kiyo Pro is capable of producing uncompressed 1920 x 1080 video at 60fps, ranking it with the best webcams out there like Logitech’s Streamcam, but I’m particularly intrigued by its built-in HDR feature. This only captures at 30fps, it’s true, but Razer says you can also correct under- or overexposed areas on the fly, eliminating the annoying problem of silhouettes if your light source is behind you. It also produces more vibrant colors and uniform lighting, which I can’t help but feel like it’s been designed solely with the idea of ensuring that your PC’s RGB lighting bits and bobs can be displayed in all their rainbow splendor without getting lost or exploded in. the camera. Who could tell?
You can also choose from three different fields of view depending on how many people you need to fit in front of the Kiyo Pro: 80 degrees, 90 degrees, or 103 degrees. Razer says the latter is designed for group calls, while the tighter 80-degree field of view is aimed at the usual single-person headshots. It even has a built-in omnidirectional mic so you can pick up voices from multiple different angles too.
Of course, at £ 200 / $ 200 it’s pretty pricey, but with several high-end gaming webcams, like Logitech’s C922 Pro HD, still hard to come by, Razer’s Kiyo Pro could be the ticket if you do. what you want is to do it. -all webcam for games and chats Zoom. It is available now at Razer’s Store and will be available before the end of March at other retailers.