Ricoh Theta 360 Degree Cameras (Pepcom 2020)
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Ricoh Theta is a 360 degree camera that’s designed for easy use with a single push of a button. It uses a dual lens and shoots in 4K without having to use a smartphone or external recording media. We were shown 3 models for a range of users from beginner to pro: the SC2, V and the Z1 flagship.
This is the easiest model to use and has many presets for fast point and shoot. The screen is a nice OLED display for taking 360 degree images and video. It was launched in 2020 and comes in a choice of 4 colors for $299.99.
- Storage: 14GB (~32 min of video)
- Battery: ~70 min (for video)
- Micro USB port
This model has more features for advanced users, such as photo enthusiasts and videographers. It supports live streaming has a 4 channel mic, and includes enhanced video options and higher transfer speeds for $379.99.
- Storage: 19GB (40min of video)
- Battery life: ~80 min for video
- Micro USB port
Theta Z1 Flagship
Ricoh’s top of the line model for advanced photographers & videographers offers more in editing capabilities, better hardware (like a 1” CMOS sensor & 4 channel mic), and more settings options. It’s also equipped with an LCD panel for battery levels and other settings/stats and costs $999.99.
Photos can be taken in 23MP resolutions (6720×3360) and saved in dual RAW DNG & JPG formats. Audio can be saved in AAC and 4 channel Linear PCM.
There is live stream support and video resolutions are up to:
4K @3840×1920, 29.97fps, 120 Mbps (~40 min)
2K @1920×960, 29.97fps, 42 Mbps (~130 min)
- Storage: ~19GB
- Battery life: ~60 min for video
- USB-C 3.0 port
All models are equipped with Bluetooth and wi-fi for wireless file transfers and 1/4-20” mount for tripods. They all come with a padded sleeve for protection and a USB cable.
3 apps are available, 2 mobile and 1 desktop:
- Theta basic app for shooting, viewing and sharing
- Theta+ app for editing stills & videos (plus filters & effects) & sharing on social media
- Theta desktop lets you view and share on social media and update firmware.