Ricoh Theta S Spherical VR Digital Camera

Ricoh Theta S Spherical VR Digital Camera

Ricoh Theta S Spherical VR Digital Camera

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Product Highlights

  • Record 360° Spherical Photos/Videos
  • 2 x 12MP 1/2.3" Sensors, 14.4MP Output
  • Twin Lens System, f/2 Maximum Aperture
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Live Streaming via USB or HDMI
  • Auto, Shutter Speed & ISO Priority Modes
  • ISO 1600 & Manual Exposure up to 1 Min.
  • Built-In Wi-Fi for Live View and Control
  • 8GB Internal Memory
  • Google Maps/Street View Compatible
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A sleek and unique device allowing you to capture 360° stills and full HD movies with a single click, the Theta S from Ricoh features updated imaging components and performance attributes for producing broad-field imagery in a variety of ways. Dual 12MP 1/2.3" image sensors pair with bright f/2 twin lenses in order to capture high-resolution spherical images with each exposure, and a sensitivity range from ISO 100-1600 is available for working in a various lighting conditions. Automated exposure settings are used for both stills and video recording, or manual settings can be employed when shooting stills for extended exposure times up to one minute long.

In addition to the imaging capabilities, the Theta S has also been revamped with enhanced sharing capabilities, including the ability to wirelessly share both movies and photos to a mobile device for posting online. Built-in Wi-Fi also enables remote live view and camera settings adjustment from your smartphone or tablet. Finished imagery can up uploaded to the dedicated Theta 360 website for sharing with social media sites as well as published on Google's Street View app to allow others to view your spherical imagery.

Unique twin lens design incorporates lenses on the front and back of the camera to enable full 360° spherical imagery to be recorded with each exposure. Each lens has a maximum aperture of f/2 to benefit working in low-light conditions, and each lens has a fixed focus range of 3.9" to infinity to render nearly all subjects in focus.
Dual 12MP 1/2.3" image sensors provide an interpolated 14.4MP output in order to produce stills with a 5376 x 2699 equirectangular resolution.
Full HD movie recording is supported at 1080p30 (16 Mbps), as well as HD 720p15 (6 Mbps), and live streaming is possible via the HDMI type-D or micro USB connections at 1080p30, 720p30, 720p15, or 480p30 frame rates. When saving video to the internal 8GB memory, up to 25 minute clips or 4GB of video can be recorded at a time.
Auto, Shutter Priority, and ISO Priority exposure modes are available for stills shooting, and auto exposure mode is available for video recording or live streaming.
A sensitivity range of ISO 100-1600 is available for all recording modes to benefit working in a variety of lighting conditions.
When shooting stills, shutters speeds ranging from 1/6400 sec. to 1 minute are possible. Speeds up to 1/8000 sec. are possible in video modes.
Built-in Wi-Fi allows you to connect to a mobile device or tablet in order to gain a live view image, adjust camera settings, and wirelessly transfer stills and video for instant sharing online.
Spherical imagery can be uploaded to the Theta 360 website and shared to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr or posted to Google Maps, Google+, and YouTube. The Theta S employs the Google-supported Open Spherical Camera API for full compatibility with Google services, including the ability to publish your photo spheres on the Google Street View app for others to explore.
A 1/4"-20 tripod mount is incorporated into the bottom of the camera body for increased stability.
Integrated lithium-ion battery offers approximately 260 shots per charge, and it can be charged via the included USB cable.
Internal 8GB memory can store approximately 1600 full-resolution stills or up to approximately 65 minutes of 1080p video.
UPC: 026649107207
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Ricoh Theta S Spherical VR Digital Camera
  • USB Cable
  • Soft Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description
    Pixels 12 Megapixel
    Sensor 1/2.3"
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG
    Movies: MP4, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
    Audio: AAC
    Max Resolution 14.4 MP: 5376 x 2688
    Lens 7 elements in 6 groups

    Aperture: f/2
    Focus Range Auto: 3.94" (10 cm) - Infinity
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity 100-1600
    Shutter Type: Electronic
    Speed: 1/8 - 1/6400 Second in Auto Mode
    Type: Electronic
    Speed: 60 - 1/6400 Second in Manual Mode
    Type: Electronic
    Speed: 1/30 - 1/8000 Second in Movie Mode
    Type: Electronic
    Speed: 1/15 - 1/8000 Second in Movie Mode
    Exposure Modes Modes: Auto, Manual, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority
    Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
    White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight Color, Fluorescent, Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Incandescent, Incandescent 2, Outdoors, Shade, Tungsten
    Built-In Memory 8 GB
    Video Recording Yes
    Resolution 1920 x 1080p: 30 fps
    1280 x 720p: 15 fps
    Video Clip Length Up to 4 GB or 25 Min
    Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video
    Connectivity/System Requirements
    Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 Micro-B, USB 2.0
    Wi-Fi Yes
    Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
    32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Humidity: 0 - 90%
    -4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
    Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.1 x 4.0 x 2.8"
    Theta S Spherical VR Digital Camera is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 110.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Aweomse entry level spherical Camera Setup What's not to say about this camera! It is slim and can fit in a pocket, not too may are this small. IT takes great photos and videos. I like being able to upload directly to the theta website. So for all you considering, you don't have to have your own server to start. It gives you directions to upload to popular video and photo sharing sites. I can't wait to explore live spherical videos next! Wifi Range is a little bit short, only helpful because on landscape photos, I try and get out of the photo... well its 360 Good luck! Their app needs more blur functions and a way to reselect a new home position for photos to start from.
    Date published: 2016-03-16
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cool camera, bad software I'm a long time professional photographer and I had a client ask if I could shoot some 360 degree images for their website. You'd think this would have been a good solution but it's not. The camera seems totally capable but the software is the issue. Images/video need to go through the theta360 website and can only be shared with Facebook and Twitter. I need to be able to let the client post on their website and when I tried to upload to the theta360 site (to get the embed code) the app kept quitting. The images/video were stuck on the camera or on my iPhone which does me no good. I've been reading about work arounds for this camera/software but I'm not willing to go down that rabbit hole. I just wanted it to work and it doesn't for me. Oh, and when you want to transfer a video to your phone, you're using data. Plus, even if you upload to youtube you have to use the Chrome browser, it's the only one that works. I have returned this camera....
    Date published: 2016-01-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from camera for different perspective Great camera for the price compare to what it can do. Still image quality is acceptable but video quality is not that great.If social media support 360 pictures this would be a great camera. The way the lens located and the shape of the camera you always need to keep it in safe place, good thing it came with a small pouch but this takes long time to access the camera.(some times can be annoying). If someone can make protective case which does not cover buttons but protect the lens elements which would be great.Desktop software lacks features. I would be satisfied if it had at lest the features mobile theta+ app has.
    Date published: 2015-12-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun product. For stills it is pretty good, images could be sharper in the distance, suspect lens is not really focused at hyperfocal distance. Close items look great, but the background is a tiny bit soft for my taste. On some high contrast shots I got really bad chromatic issues. See sample. Video is a whole different animal. As all reviews have shown, it is a fun technology (reason I got it), but sill needs work. Wifi is very short range, 15-25 feet clear view, hide behind something and it gets worse. I really wanted to get out of the shots, but this limit made it really hard to do. That being said, I am keeping it, because for the things I am testing, it is a cheap way to try out this technology.
    Date published: 2015-12-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Back to the drawing board I am a professional Photo/videographer and decided that I wanted to add 360 imaging to my line up of services. After about a year of research I felt like the new Theta S would be able to deliver the quality I was hoping for, at a fair price, and it does to some extent, but even though Ricoh had made a better Theta camera and more comprehensive controls, this camera still has bugs that need to be terminated. One major problem has to be the constant lose of picture image on the App. I'm not sure if its from the camera's wifi signal or the App itself, but this needs addressing ASAP, hopfully its just an App update. The second is where the USB and HDMI outputs are located... Are you kidding me!!!, you put them at the bottom where the tripod screw is? Why in the world did the guy at the drafting table put it there will always dumbfound me. I mean how are you suppose to access it if you need the camera mounted to a tripod? The third thing is the removable battery and memory card... there isn't one! LOL Why didn't they include this in their new design, we all know they could have, but they didn't... WHY?Now for the last, but certainly not the lease, recording formats. Kodak just announced in Italy their latest 360 camera that will have 4K recording... FOUR K!!!! As we all know the 1080 on any of these cameras once converted then transferred to YouTube or Facebook looks like your parents 1980's home movies. I hope Ricoh comes out with a 4k firmware up date or at lease a 2.7 like DJI did with they Phantom 3 Advance so the video picture looks as reasonably sharp as the still look on this camera. I will admit, the wow factor for the 14.4 MP 360 still photographs are well worth the investment with this camera. It's an exciting time to be a photographer, I can't wait to see where all this goes soon, but look out Ricoh, Kodak is on your tail!
    Date published: 2015-12-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful I use this to get expansive and comprehensive shots of large areas I will be producing work in (airplane hanger for a drive in, aquarium for a wedding, etc). The IOS app in particular is really helpful on-the-fly. Video quality is EXCELLENT, and the photos are fantastic. Fully compatible with my mac. Software install was a bit janky, but once installed it runs well - am even running it with the Beta of Sierra and no problems so far. The WiFi connectivity is a must-use feature. More reliable than the GoPro connectivity (at least in my experience)...
    Date published: 2016-08-08
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bit of a toy Its fun to play with and the images look ok on a cellphone so if you are looking at this for personal clips then go ahead and buy with confidence. Its easy to operate and your friends and family will enjoy your photos. Like others I've had issues with the app not having great range. Ideally you would set the camera up on a tripod and then hide somewhere and take the photo but that hardly ever worked for me...once I realised it wasn't good enough for professional work (the video quality is ok directly viewed on the phone but try and do anything with it and the quality looks like old vhs) then i just embraced it for what it is and held the camera off to one side and made sure I was in the photos rather than hold it above me. So now I treat it as a fun device to share photos and small videos via facebook with friends. Probably how Ricoh intended it. So in that respect I would give it 4 stars but as any sort of professional use then probably 2 stars is fair.
    Date published: 2016-06-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Camera but not for Professionals I'm rating this based on what the camera is, not what I'd like it to be. I have pro DSLR gear and my expectations on image quality typically exceeds what any small sensor point and shoot device is capable of - there are some exceptions if you are willing to pay for them. In context to what a camera should do in this price range, the Theta S is good. But to be clear, it's not excellent and anyone approaching this wanting a hi res VR experience will be disappointed. This camera is a great way to introduce shooting in 360 without significant cash outlay. If a fun learning experience isn't what you are looking for, and you want more quality (true HD resolution), be prepared to spend much, much more for multi lens+sensors. Pros * Simple and brain dead easy one button camera, great for run-and-gun shooting * Easy network setup/sync to your phone * Phone app provides good control of camera features including remote trigger, ISO, aperture, shutter and white balance * Good low light capabilities - but noise is obvious * Highly portable and easily pocketable * Good quality feel/grip Cons * Soft focus/quality especially for distant objects * Heavy app dependency for camera settings, and content transfer/viewing * Fisheye lens' are on both sides - I suspect they will easily get scratched as placing camera face down means its resting on the lens * Image quality is not great, especially for video * CA is obvious and can be distracting in certain lighting situations * No memory card slot (fixed memory built in) * This may be a pro: You are always in the pic unless you use a stand and hide someplace while using the app to remote trigger the camera * Thumbs/fingers can consume bottom 15% of pic unless Theta S is on selfie stick or other stand/tripod * Does not appear as a Device when plugged into desktop (Mac) via USB port. Transfer to Mac desktop appears to be limited to the Photos app or Image Capture app via USB. * No camera strap 'loop' on the camera for attaching a light weight wrist strap or similar. Need to use 1/4 inch tripod mount with accessory to attach a strap. * Slow time between shots ( > 5 seconds) If you are hoping to document lifes moments in higher res quality (think recent iPhone quality), you will probably be disappointed. The Theta S is ideal if you accept that this is a secondary camera to capture more visual information with one button click. It is significantly less effort then stitching panoramas together in post - but far less likely to please anyone that understands the amount of pixels in a stitched panorama using Lightroom or PS. And remember, the viewing and sharing experience will be limited to on-screen devices that support 360 playback options. Posting the 360 photos/videos to your favorite social network services are currently limited. I've enjoyed using this camera for what it is.
    Date published: 2015-11-23
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