RAZER KIYO vs LOGITECH C920 - Which Gaming Cam is Best?
Updated: Feb 12
Without a doubt, the landscape of PC gaming was much different before Razer came on the scene and saved the day. Though the company has only been public for three years, launching its stock in July 2017, they have taken both the PC and Console world by storm with everything from Laptops, eGPUs, and Routers to Gaming Mice, Mechanical Keyboards, Audio, and Controllers.
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Now, with some healthy competition from Razer and other companies alike, Logitech has amped up their gaming peripherals with their new G Pro Gaming series. Logitech also carries one crazy advantage, Logitech products are available at a significantly lower cost than competitors.
“Razer seems to be the fanboy dream, but if you grew up gaming, you grew up with love for Logitech beyond all others.”
Though Razer has been innovative, even to the point of adding in a built-in ring light to the Razer Kiyo gaming camera, two questions still stand; can Razer beat out long-time gaming peripheral giant Logitech, and is the Kiyo better than the Logitech C920? Let’s find out.
Specifications on the Razer Kiyo
The first thing that you will notice about the Razer Kiyo is the shape and weight of the camera. Unlike the tiny compact designs of today’s webcams, the Kiyo resembles a detached camera lens, has a built-in clamping mechanism, and weighs slightly more than it’s competition.
Without having to dive deep into the specifications, the Razer Kiyo can capture video at a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 30 frames per second (fps). At 1280 x 720 it captures at 60 fps, putting this camera on the verge of 4K capabilities. As mentioned before, the Kiyo is known for its 12 built-in white LEDs but it also has a built-in microphone and focus adjustment.
These video specifications, though great, are comparable to the Logitech C920. But! Keep in mind, in the instance of streaming or vlogging higher resolutions aren’t quite as necessary. Most picture-in-picture videos (PIP) barely cover 25% of your main screen. Though 4K is all the rage, it’s not needed to produce high-quality images. In this case, either the Logitech C920 or the Razer Kiyo will produce Ultra HD video on a smaller scale setup.
Specifications on the Logitech C920
The C920 has been making waves since 2012 and even though we are prepping for a jump into 2021, this camera still tops the list of every streamer and Youtube channel. While this may seem like an exaggeration, content creators of all backgrounds have provided some sort of weigh in on the Logitech C920.
Unlike the Razer Kiyo, the C920 offers a 20 step auto-focus but only captures at 30 fps at the 720p range. However, the C920 is comparable to the Razer Kiyo with a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 30 fps. Though it doesn’t have an LED ring light, it does come with a tripod-ready universal clip and a built-in microphone.
So . . . Does the choice really matter?
Since both cameras have similar video specs and similar pricing at $79 to $99 retail, does it really matter which one you choose? The short answer is yes and your decision will be based on your streaming setup, style, and lighting.
Side-by-Side Comparison With Natural Light | Courtesy of Coalition Gaming
Natural light performance is better on the Logitech C920, low-light is better on the Razer Kiyo. However, when it comes to the details, they are obviously much sharper on the C920. Details, such as facial features, are more defined and the out of the box color balance is cool in comparison to the yellows of the Razer Kiyo.
Though the details may be a hook and sink for most techies, caution must be thrown at the C920’s 20-step focus which doesn’t seem to hold up with low-light. In a side-by-side comparison, it’s easy to see that the Razer Kiyo focuses much better in a dim or darkroom. With the Kiyo, you also have to consider the benefits of the ring light when choosing a green screen or backdrop option. If this comparison is not confusing enough, the Logitech also offers wider angles at a distance — which is better for motion play and VR captures.
Both these cameras are top of the line at their price range and cannot be beaten, even by each other. Take some careful consideration in planning your niche and your setup, then you will be able to make a more informed choice.
If you prefer the cinematic blues and sharp imagery, go with the Logitech C290.
If you prefer darker lighting and the potential of an easier green screen set up, then the Razer Kiyo is for you.