Streamers on a budget and greenhorns looking for a good webcam will eventually come across Logitech’s C922 and Razer’s Kiyo.
While some would dub them ‘good’ cameras, mainly in comparison to Razer and Logitech’s flagships, Kiyo and C922 are excellent considering their price range.
To properly gauge their performance, we’ve organized a versus match, so let’s start from the top:
Top Tier Choice
Razer’s Kiyo is a powerful, all-rounded camera equipped with multiple mounting options and a plethora of advanced features. Spec-wise, it’s a high-tier camera with a price tag of a budget one. Its video quality is astounding but its microphone leaves room for improvement.
- 1080p @ 30 FPS
- FOV: 81.6 degrees
- Camera MP: 4
- Built-in ring light
Most Popular for Streamers
Logitech’s C922 is essentially Kiyo with reduced camera mobility, a bit inferior picture-snapping ability, and different, but not worse, mounting options. Just like Kiyo, its mounting options aren’t exactly exemplary, and you should probably get an external microphone.
- 1080p @ 30 FPS
- FOV: 78 degrees
- Camera MP: 3
- Automatic light detection
Differences Between C920 vs C922 – Why We’ve Chosen C922
If you’re on a cash-strapped budget, you may want to consider the C920 over its younger brother, the C922. They’re almost the same models, although a few small differences do set them apart.
For instance, C922 supports the background removal option (albeit with third party software) while C920 doesn’t.
Logitech’s C922 supports 720p at 60 FPS, allowing streamers to film smoother clips and videos at the expense of video quality.
Aside from that, C920 and C922 stand on equal footing in terms of sturdiness, audio quality, and video quality.
We’ve chosen to pit Razer Kiyo against C922 simply because it offers more options at an almost identical price tag.
First let’s breakdown the technical info for both webcams.
|Feature||Razer Kiyo||Logitech C922|
|Max Resolution & FR||1080p @ 30 FPS; 720p @ 60 FPS||1080p @ 30 FPS; 720p @ 60 FPS|
|FOV||81.6 degrees||78 degrees|
|Video Format||YUY2/MJPEG; H.264||MJPEG|
|Lighting Extras||Integrated Ring Light||Automatic Light Correction|
|More Specs & Reviews||Read more||Read more|
If your audience is accustomed to 4K ultra-vivid graphics, your best bet is to rely on good content, as neither C922 nor Kiyo can get past 1080p at 30 frames.
In other words, you will still get to take Full HD streams and clips at a solid FPS.
One of the great things about these cameras is that they both also support 720p at 60 FPS.
If you’re mainly streaming to a gaming audience, they will probably appreciate the smoother image, even though your background may be a bit blurrier for the wear.
Both models feature a remarkably convenient autofocus feature. In terms of lighting, C922 sports the automatic light correction feature that allows you to adapt to different atmospheres; however, Razer’s Kiyo has a built-in ring light that allows you to create a brighter environment with a click of a button.
Comparing Kiyo to C922 in the context of video quality is extremely challenging, as they essentially offer the same benefits and support the same resolution formats (at same frame rates).
Kiyo offers more utility, although both cameras can be labeled as fairly versatile for the price.
It’s important to note that budget streaming cameras are not famous for impeccable sturdiness. Razer’s Kiyo and Logitech’s C922 are no exceptions.
They perform pretty great considering how inexpensive they are, although their durable accessories make up for most of their flaws in this department.
Both Kiyo and C922 are compatible with tripod mounts; you can purchase either Razor or Logitech tripod and use it with either one.
If you’re buying a value package that includes this accessory, you’ll even save a bit of money.
These cameras feature a lightweight plastic frame and fairly small bodies. They’re not heavy enough to break when dropped from table’s length, but we advise against testing their durability.
With proper use and care, Kiyo and C922 should last you at least a few years.
The lens of Razer’s Kiyo is decently robust while the lens of C922 leaves plenty of room for improvement.
Again, not the sturdiest of cameras, but they’re among better-built budget models. In this field, C922 and Kiyo are closer to a tie than anything.
Now that you can rest assured that your audience will see you pretty decently, you’re probably wondering how well they are going to hear you.
Kiyo and C922 come outfitted with vastly different microphones, so you may want to preview some samples before deciding which one you like more.
Logitech C922’s tone will make you sound like you’re talking out of a well. A fairly shallow, empty well with pretty good acoustics, though, as its ambient noise rejection is rock solid.
Speaking of rocks, if you throw one on the floor, your C922 will register the impact, but not the reverberations.
The same can’t be said about Razer’s Kiyo. It will pick up on the smallest details, and they’ll probably accentuate every syllable you ever utter. This is not necessarily a bad thing, though you probably shouldn’t yell while being in the same room (or building even).
That being said, Kiyo’s tone is crisper and more natural; its authentic sonic signature is phenomenal, and you will be able to utilize it, but first you’ll need to ensure nothing in your surroundings is buzzing or hissing louder than a few decibels.
The bottom line is; the microphones equipped on Kiyo and C922 are not as some would say. It’s about the learning curve of tackling the challenges that they impose.
Once you get a feel for how responsive the microphone on your new camera is, it won’t be as difficult to fine-tune it to perfection. For all intents and purposes, Logitech’s C922 is better for streaming as-is, though.
But if you’re serious about streaming you’ll already be on the lookout for a separate mic for streaming.
Kiyo vs C922: Pros & Cons
Logitech and Razer are brands that you’d turn to if you were searching for a streaming headset, microphone, or a camera.
Since streamers are a fairly demanding bunch, you can rest assured that a company that can cater to their needs will not neglect yours.
Kiyo and C922 were engineered to accommodate convenience-oriented needs of an experienced streamer, film important highlights of a semi-pro gamer, and the budget of a student.
If you feel like that’s something you can stand behind and you want to learn more, let’s dive a bit deeper into the pros and cons of each one.
- Sturdy lens
- Great for all light conditions (due to integrated light ring)
- Good FPS at HD resolution filming
- Wide FOV
- 4 MP image capture
- A bit large for a HD camera
- Slightly more expensive than C922
- Muffled mic
- Automatic light adjustment
- Good for the price
- Solid frames at HD resolution
- Versatile video capturing options
- Flimsy lens
- Not suited for streaming in poorly lit conditions
At the end of the day, both Kiyo and C922 are good webcams for streaming that have the potential of being great in the right hands. Treat them well and become familiar with their drawbacks, and you will be able to take their strong points to new heights.
If you’re a gaming streamer, the increased FOV and the ring light will probably fit you better. Influencers, content creators, and pretty much any streamer that wants a better-sounding camera with the same video capabilities of Kiyo can reap those advantages with C922.