The Razer Kiyo Pro overcomes poor lighting with surveillance cam tech

Razer's new webcam uses Sony's STARVIS CMOS for higher sensitivity in low light conditions.

by Justin Choo

The Razer Kiyo Pro is a new offering from Razer geared towards video conferencing and streaming.

The Kiyo Pro features an Adaptive Light Sensor, which Razer touts to provide “superior imaging under almost any lighting conditions.”

Razer’s solution is a combination of a 1/2.8 CMOS sensor along with STARVIS, a back-illuminated pixel tech that is used in surveillance cameras. And as such, it is supposed to be able to capture high-quality images even near-infrared light regions, which is a pretty nifty idea, which means you can use the camera both indoors and outdoors and even in poor lighting as well. In theory, anyway.

The Razer Kiyo Pro looks all business.

The Kiyo Pro looks all business. Image: Razer

The Kiyo records at up to 1080p at 60fps uncompressed (you’ll need a USB 3.0 port though), with an option for HDR but at a lower 30 fps setting. Users will also get to choose from three fields of view (FOV): 103°, 90° or 80°, so it’s flexible enough to be used in a variety of streaming situations ranging from headshot (no, no, not the FPS killcam thing) view to a wide-angle view to fit several people for say, a presentation.

With its FOV range and mounting options, the Kiyo Pro can be mounted on a monitor, placed on a table or attached to a tripod with ease, and positioned in tight spaces. 16-bit omnidirectional stereo microphone array should be good enough for most situations to pick up voices in the room if there aren’t specialised mics around. Razer is asking for $299.90 which is quite a lot, but it all comes down to how well its sensor performs.

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