Ricoh THETA Z1 51GB 360 Camera

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Ricoh THETA Z1 51GB 360 Camera
Key Features
  • Highly Accurate 360° Image Stitching
  • Increased Internal Memory to 51GB
  • 360° 3840 x 1920 4K Video
  • Dual 6720 x 3360 1" Type CMOS Sensors
Ricoh's flagship THETA Z1 51GB 360° Camera offers high-quality 360° imaging in a compact, easy-to-use form, and it now features a higher internal flash drive capacity of 51GB. 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 51GB can record or live stream up to 4K video or capture 23MP raw and/or JPEG photos.
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Ricoh THETA Z1 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Key Features
  • 3Twin-Lens Optical System
  • 4Recording Maximums
  • 5Battery Life
  • 6Capture Modes
  • 7Exposure Control Modes

Ricoh's flagship THETA Z1 51GB 360° Camera offers high-quality 360° imaging in a compact, easy-to-use form, and it now features a higher internal flash drive capacity of 51GB. 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 51GB 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 stitch them into one complete image. Automatic DR (dynamic range) compensation helps reduce blown-out highlights and increases details in shadowed areas. Its lens system offers selectable f/2.1, f/3.5, and f/5.6 apertures for increasing your depth of field and 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 for capturing 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 using optional Ricoh or third-party plug-ins.

The THETA Z1 provides 51GB of internal memory, captures up to 900 raw photos and 6350 JPEG photos, and records up to 5-minute clips in 4K and up to 25 minutes in 2K, with respective storage totals of 110 minutes and 360 minutes. The robust THETA Z1 is constructed from a magnesium alloy with a textured finish, and it incorporates a 0.93" OLED status display panel with a function control button.

Key Features

  • Record or live stream 360° 4K or 2K video
  • 51GB of internal memory
  • Capture 23MP photos in raw or JPEG, or both simultaneously
  • Built-in 4-channel microphone with high-quality and seamless transition recording
  • 0.93" OLED status display with a 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

Twin-Lens Optical System

  • Two wide-angle lenses with 14 elements in 10 groups
  • Selectable f/2.1, f/3.5, and f/5.6 aperture settings for increased depth of field

Recording Maximums

  • Still photos: Approximately 900 photos in raw, 6350 in JPEG
  • Each video: Approximately 5 minutes in 4K, 25 minutes in 2K
  • Total video: Approximately 110 minutes in 4K, 360 minutes in 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
Note:
Smartphone control is required to change modes or switch manual settings.

Exposure Control Modes

  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Speed Priority AE
  • ISO Priority AE
  • Manual Exposure
Note:
Smartphone control is required to change modes or switch manual settings.
UPC: 026649564222

Ricoh THETA Z1 Specs

360 Stitched Video Recording
Stitching Resolution4K (Video)
2K (Video)
7K (Photo)
Internal/External StitchingInternal, External Stitching
360 Stitched Video FormatInternal:
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)
Still Image SupportRaw
23 MP (7296 x 3648)
JPEG
23 MP (6720 x 3360)
Number of Lenses2
Camera per Lens
Sensor Type1" CMOS Sensor
Sensor ResolutionActual: 23 Megapixel (7296 x 2648)
Effective: 20 Megapixel (6720 x 3360)
Optics per Lens
Maximum Aperturef/2.1
Lens Elements14
Minimum Focus Distance15.7" / 40.0 cm
Recording
Media/Memory Card SlotNone
Internal Storage51 GB
Built-In MicYes
Channels4.0-Channel Surround
Exposure Control
Shutter Speed1/25000 - 1/8 Second (Photo)
1/25000 - 60 Seconds (Photo)
1/25000 - 1/30 Second (Video)
1/25000 - 1/30 Second (Streaming)
ISO SensitivityPhoto/Video: 80 to 1600 (Auto)
Photo: 80 to 3200 (Manual)
Display
Display TypeFixed OLED
Size.93"
Resolution128 x 36
Features
Wi-FiYes, 802.11a/b/g
Tripod Mount1/4" - 20
Input/Output Connectors
InputsNone
Outputs1 x USB 3.0 Type-C
Microphone InputNone
Headphone JackNone
General
BatteryRechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Max Runtime: 1 Hours per Charge
Charging MethodUSB
Operating Temperature32 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 48.2 x 29.7 mm
Weight6.42 oz / 182 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.79 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.2 x 4 x 2.9"
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