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Took the gamble and it paid off. Great webcam
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2021
This is a higher end webcam aimed at streamers who don't want to upgrade to a DSLR + Camlink setup. Most reviewers seem to agree that the build quality and picture quality of this device are top notch. However, the auto-focus constantly hunts and pulses the focus level and is therefore unusable. Razer released a firmware upgrade to address this problem, but a lot of manufactured Kiyo Pros aren't actually compatible with the upgrade, despite the software prompting you to do so, and are considered faulty by Razer. Other reviews mention the firmware upgrade bricking the webcam. I took a gamble and purchased the Kiyo Pro because I was looking for a higher end webcam that works well in low light situations. I only intend on using manual focus anyway. But out of sheer curiosity, I decided to see if I could upgrade the firmware. My device shipped at firmware version 1.03, indicating that it was manufactured a bit more recently. I was able to upgrade it to 1.05, which is the latest version. It worked! As a buyer, I would still urge caution if you're looking to buy this and you're dead set on upgrading the firmware, but I just wanted to write about my experience.
I tested out the auto-focus and it still isn't great, but it's nowhere near as bad as what I've seen in some video reviews. It doesn't hunt all the time, but it seems to want to focus on my background instead of on me. Doesn't really matter to me, as I still plan to use manual focus. The picture quality is sharp and the colors seem very accurate with auto white balance.
I returned my AverMedia PW513 for this and I'm very pleased. I chose this over the Elgato Facecam, which I have not tested. I spent hours testing the webcam today in different lighting situations, and with Razer Synapse, OBS and Google Meet, and I haven't had any issues (granted I've only had it for one day). I'll be sure to update this review if it ever poops out on me.