Ricoh THETA Z1 360 Camera

Ricoh THETA Z1 360 Camera

Ricoh THETA Z1 360 Camera

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Product Highlights

  • Highly Accurate 360° Image Stitching
  • Dual 6720 x 3360 1" Type CMOS Sensors
  • 360° 4K Videos and 23MP Photos
  • Selectable f/2.1, 3.5, 5.6 Aperture
  • 360° Live Streaming in 4K or 2K
  • Twin-Lens System with 4-Channel Mics
  • 19GB of Internal Memory
  • Edit with Lightroom Classic CC & Plug-In
  • THETA+ Android App
  • Status Display, Magnesium Alloy Body
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Ricoh Z1 Overview

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Ricoh's flagship THETA Z1 360° Camera offers high quality 360° imaging in a compact, easy-to-use form. Using dual 1"-type back-illuminated CMOS sensors and a revamped processing algorithm, the THETA Z1 provides highly realistic spherical images with improved noise reduction and low-light performance. The THETA Z1 can record or live stream up to 4K video or capture 23MP raw and/or JPEG photos.

The THETA Z1's dual 23MP sensors and twin lenses capture two wide-angle images and automatically stitches them into one complete image. Automatic DR (dynamic range) compensation helps to reduce blown-out highlights and increases details in shadowed areas. Its lens system offers selectable f2.1, 3.5, and 5.6 apertures for increasing your depth-of-field and increasing resolution. The optical system also features reduced ghosting, fringing and flares for more accurate image reproduction.

Video capture has been improved with 3-axis image stabilization for smoother shots and built-in microphones capture audio from four independent directions for realistic sound. Take advantage of raw photo editing using Ricoh's THETA Stitcher and your Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC platform. Live stream to social media platforms or the Theta 360 dedicated website, upload still photos to Google Maps or use the Remote Playback plug-in and a separate wireless receiver to display your content on a larger screen. Additional functions like USB data transfer and more are available through the use of optional Ricoh or third-party plug-ins.

The THETA Z1 provides 19GB of internal memory and records up to 5 minute clips in 4K and up to 25 minutes in 2K with respective storage totals of 40 minutes and 130 minutes. The robust THETA Z1 is constructed from a magnesium alloy with a textured finish and incorporates a 0.93" OLED status display panel with a function control button.

Key Features

  • Record or live stream 360° 4K or 2K video
  • Capture 23MP photos in raw or JPEG or both simultaneously
  • Selectable f/2.1, F3.5 and F5.6 apertures for increased depth-of-field
  • Built-in 4-channel microphone with high-quality and seamless transition recording
  • 0.93" OLED status display with function button
  • Edit with THETA+ app for iOS/Android or with Lightroom Classic CC and THETA plug-in
  • Combines dual images with 4-mic spatial audio capture for realistic VR
  • 19GB of internal memory

Twin-Lens Optical System

  • Two wide-angle lenses with 14 elements in 10 groups
  • f/2.1, F3.5 and F5.6 aperture settings

Recording Maximums

  • Still Photos: Approximately 300 photos in raw, 2400 in JPEG
  • Each Video: Approximately 5 minutes 4K, 25 minutes 2K
  • Total Video: Approximately 40 minutes 4K, 130 minutes 2K

Battery Life

  • Still Photos: Approximately 300 photos
  • Video: Approximately 60 minutes

Capture Modes

  • Video/Photo: Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, ISO Priority, Manual
  • Live Streaming: Auto

Exposure Control Modes

  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Speed Priority AE
  • ISO Priority AE
  • Manual Exposure
UPC: 026649107788
In the Box
Ricoh THETA Z1 360 Camera
  • Soft Case
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Ricoh Z1 Specs

    360 Stitched Video Recording
    Stitching Resolution 4K (Video)
    2K (Video)
    7K (Photo)
    Internal/External Stitching Internal, External Stitching
    360 Stitched Video Format Internal:
    3840 x 1920 at 29.97 fps (56 Mb/s MP4 via H.264) 
    1920 x 960 at 29.97 fps (16 Mb/s MP4 via H.264) 

    Live Streaming via USB:
    4K 29.97 at 120 Mbps
    2K 29.97 at 42 Mbps

    Still Image Resolution Raw: 23 Megapixel, 7296 x 3648
    JPEG: 23 Megapixel, 6720 x 3360
    Number of Lenses 2
    Camera per Lens
    Sensor 1-Chip 1" CMOS
    Sensor Resolution 23 MP

    Effective Pixels: 20 MP

    Optics per Lens
    Maximum Aperture f/2.1
    Lens Elements 14
    Minimum Focusing Distance 15.7" / 40.0 cm
    Recording Media 1 x Internal Flash Memory (19 GB Maximum)
    Built-In Mic Yes
    Channels 4.0-Channel Surround
    Exposure Control
    Shutter Speed 1/25000 - 1/8 Second (Photo)
    1/25000 - 60 Seconds (Photo)
    1/25000 - 1/30 Second (Video)
    1/25000 - 1/30 Second (Streaming)
    Photo ISO Range 80 - 1600 (Auto)
    80 - 3200 (Manual)
    Video ISO Range 80 - 6400 (Auto)

    Streaming Video ISO Range: 80 - 6400

    Screen Size .93"
    Touchscreen No
    Status Display Yes
    Wi-Fi Yes, 802.11a/b/g
    Tripod Mount 1/4" - 20
    Input/Output Connectors
    Outputs 1 x USB 3.0 Type-C
    Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    Max Runtime: 1 Hours per Charge
    Charging Method USB
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Humidity: 90%
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.2 x 1.9 x 1.2" / 132.5 x 48.0 x 29.7 mm
    Weight 6.42 oz / 182 g

    Ricoh Z1 Reviews

    How is this better than the previous theta v?

    How is this better than the previous theta v?
    Asked by: Ronald
    There are many improvements, in the Theta Z1. Ricoh has added High Sensitivity-low noise shooting for better detail and higher contrast, and less grain. It is equipped with three prisms, 14 lenses, in 10 groups. It has a slim body, and improved optics. The new three stage aperture mechanism improves overall perceived resolution by automatically changing the aperture, depending on how bright the location is. It has an IR Absorption filter that helps eliminate or reduce red spot ghosting and flare, and purple fringing. These were problems on the previous model. Dynamic range compensation has been improved. This results in more natural color hues.
    Answered by: Stephen
    Date published: 2019-03-05

    Other than rechargeable, are there any specs to ...

    Other than rechargeable, are there any specs to the battery? Can an external battery be added to extend the 1 hr run time?
    Asked by: Marvin
    The internal battery is 1850 mAh. You can use any standard portable external USB battery.
    Answered by: Stephen
    Date published: 2019-03-29

    The unit states "In Japan, indoor use only, ...

    The unit states "In Japan, indoor use only, except when connecting to 5.2ghz high power".... really? what does this mean?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    In Japan, a 5 Ghz low power data communication system, such as a typical Wi-Fi router can only be used outdoors if it is controlled by a 5.2 Ghz High Power data communication System Base station or relay station. This rule is only relevant in Japan.
    Answered by: Stephen
    Date published: 2019-03-05

    Why does Ricoh insist on only giving these 360 ...

    Why does Ricoh insist on only giving these 360 cameras 19GB of non-upgradable storage! 19!?!
    Asked by: Christopher
    Ricoh says that limiting internal storage to 16 GB saves cost to the consumer. Also, miroSD cards while typically reliable, are more prone to problems. At 16 Gb, you can expect continued, reliable use.
    Answered by: Stephen
    Date published: 2019-04-12

    Is it only compatible with Android? No mention of ...

    Is it only compatible with Android? No mention of iPhone. The V has Apple app.
    Asked by: Barbara
    Edit with THETA+ app for iOS/Android or with Lightroom Classic CC and THETA plug-in
    Answered by: Mark
    Date published: 2019-04-03

    Can I make HDR photo or video with the Z1? Is the ...

    Can I make HDR photo or video with the Z1? Is the lense stabilized like insta one?
    Asked by: Simon
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