Ricoh Theta S Digital Camera (Black)

Ricoh Theta S Digital Camera (Black)
From Ricoh

List Price: $329.99
Price: $326.95 Details

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Average customer review:
(4.0 stars, based on 425 reviews)

Product Details

  • Sales Rank: #250 in Camera & Photo
  • Color: Black
  • Brand: Ricoh
  • Model: 910720
  • Released on: 2015-10-23
  • Aspect ratio: Unknown
  • Platform: Not Machine Specific
  • Dimensions: .90" h x 1.73" w x 5.10" l, .30 pounds
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Display size: 0

Features

  • 360 Degree Spherical Panorama images and Spherical Videos up to 25 minutes
  • Live view function on mobile device
  • Transfer videos directly to your mobile device without the need of a computer
  • Full HD Video at 30fps
  • 360 Degree Spherical Video Supported by YouTube

With the Ricoh Theta S 360-Degree Spherical Digital Camera, you can capture your memories in a vivid, high resolution 360-degree world. Take high-quality pictures thanks to the newly-developed f/2.0 lens. Record 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second and 25 minutes of continuous video. Store it all with 8GB of internal memory. You can even use the live view function on your smartphone, and enjoy live streaming via USB or HDMI. Manual control allows recording of long exposures of up to 1 minute. It is equipped with an LED mode display, and you can use the mode button to easily switch between photo and video.

From the Manufacturer
Ricoh's 3rd generation 360 degree camera comes to life with the Theta S. The Theta S adds a larger sensor for improved still and video capture. Video recording time increased to 25 minutes, video streaming capabilities and a live view function to your mobile device. Capture everything around you with complete 360 degree imaging. Your world is not flat. Take amazing spherical images and videos with RICOH THETA S


Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

551 of 593 people found the following review helpful.
4Best VR camera for the price point and easy to use!
By Pauline
I am a virtual reality software engineer who has had experience with the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift DK2 and new consumer version, and various other devices.

I have also used the M15 in the past. The form factor of both devices was great and I ultimately chose to buy the newer model due to the ability to make longer videos. In the M15, the resolution is too low and the contrast in picture quality is not great, where colors appear undersaturated and flat.

The S, in contrast, is definitely a notch above the m15. However, this device is still prone to overexposure when taking 360 photos outside. The Theta S is a big improvement than its predecessor, but in my opinion not enough to warrant purchasing an entirely new device if you have the older model.

You get 25 minutes to record 1080 HD video as opposed to 6 minutes on the M15, but keep in mind that uploading it into Youtube truly skews the image quality so the videos do not truly feel like HD. However, the Ricoh Theta software will auto stitch your video while exporting which minimizes the time spent editing, saving the consumer many hours. The videos are not completely seamless and are subject to some fish-eye distortion.

The S comes with live preview, which uses the WiFi capabilities enabled in the camera itself. The shutter range is small, and you must be close to the camera for reliable operation. While it is neat to have this capability, the shoddy execution from the weak range leaves something to be desired.

The S comes with a neoprene sleeve that fits snugly against the camera. However, we decided to buy a hard case for added lens protection, as Ricoh does not offer a warranty in the case that the lens themselves become damaged.

The S controls are extremely easy to use, and just the press of a button will take a 360 photo. However, if you want the images to look as beautiful as they can, a fair amount of post processing might still be required to get the dynamic range seen in reality.

Overall, I feel like this is the best VR camera you can get at this price point. The quality will not be able to rival a GoPro VR rig, but the amount of effort required in post production is severely minimized by Ricoh Theta. With a GoPro rig, you need to spend 2,500 dollars and also buy or #D print a mount to house all of the camera together. It also requires that you sync the individual shutters and control the settings so that the VR immersion isn't disrupted by the varying exposures, which can take a lot of time. The Ricoh Theta S is a great introduction to the world of VR, and is able to fit in such a small form factor that is extremely portable.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
2Ugly red dot lens flare
By JayeP
This is a fun camera but suffers from ugly lens flare when photos are taken out in full sun. I purchased this to use on my outdoor adventures. All the photos that I took out in full sun had an ugly red dot. I thought it was a defect in the sensor so I returned the first one and got a replacement. The second one also showed the ugly red dot. After going on the theta forum, I found that this is a lens flare. Someone on the forum suggested to make sure that one of lens face the sun. I tried it but it still didn't work.

It's a fun camera if you are planning to use it for indoors or where there is no direct sun in the photo. Unfortunately, that is not how I planned to use this camera so I am returning it. Hopefully the next iteration will fix this issue.

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
4Great 360° camera with a few snags.
By Greg B.
This camera has a lot of potential. It's exciting to put 360° camera in the hands of consumers. I have a few things I really love about this camera and a few things that have room for improvement. I will start with the pros: 360° video capture, high quality picture capture, compatibility with both iOS and Android, free software from Richo's website for video processing, simple to use and setup, easy remote access to camera via smartphone. My main list of cons would be: low video quality (especially after it's uploaded to youtube), no expandable memory (you're stuck with 8 gbs), built in battery (video transfer's to your phone are slow and drain the battery), and very strict recommendations to charge/recharge the camera via a PC usb port (although my iPhone charging brick does the trick). If you can live with this list and pros and cons it's still a great camera!

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