Elgato Key Light Mini — A Dramatic Improvement

December 26, 2022

I love getting new gadgets as gifts, and thus was excited to play with the new Elgato Key Light Mini I received yesterday. The improvement in quality for my webcam was dramatic.

Logitech C920 picture of me with an inexpensive Tautronics desk lamp I have been using for a few years:

New Elgato Key Light Mini:

This is using the brightness at only 10% (!) and a yellow color temperature.

What I Like

  • Connects to WiFi for control via Stream Deck.
  • Lots of customizations for brightness and color temperature.
  • Sturdy.
  • Built-in battery for portable use.
  • Diffuser makes having the light in the face less fatiguing.

What Could Be Improved

  • No included monitor mount. I used a command strip on top of my Logitech C920.
  • WiFi setup with AirPort Utility on MacOS was a bit glitchy and took a few tries.

Light Makes a Difference

Even if the room you are in has lighting above you, getting light on your face makes a big difference in camera quality. Buying something like the Key Light Mini can be a huge improvement over trying to buy a new webcam.

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