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"-Type 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
Shutter Speed1/25000 to 60 Seconds in Photo Mode
1/25000 to 1/30 Second in Video Mode
1/25000 to 1/30 Second in Streaming Mode
Exposure Control
ISO SensitivityPhoto/Video
80 to 1600 in Auto Mode
Photo
80 to 3200 in Manual Mode
Display
Display TypeFixed OLED
Size.93"
Resolution128 x 36
Features
Wi-FiYes, 802.11a/b/g
Tripod Mounting Thread1/4"-20 Female
Input/Output Connectors
InputsNone
Outputs1 x USB 3.0 Type-C
Microphone InputNo
Headphone JackNo
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"

Ricoh THETA Z1 Reviews

Terrible Performance.

By Alan
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-13

I am a real estate professional and I was looking for something that produced better quality 3D tours than the Insta360 ONEX. I am using the Matterport platform. I consider myself very tech savvy and it was extremely difficult to get the camera connected to my iphone. After getting it to connect at home it failed to connect at my first in the field use and I had to resort back to my Insta360 ONEX which has always worked flawlessly. On my second attempt I was able to use the camera but the scans were taking 3-5 minutes. This is compared to 10-15 seconds for my Insta360 ONEX. Some scans would never go through and I would have to restart the camera. As other reviewers have noted the battery life is terrible. When fully charged the next time I turned it on it went down to 93% and I hadn't performed any actions. The scans were taking so long I almost didn't make it through an 1800 sq. ft. home. The quality of the images are significantly better however the performance is so poor I can't use it. As always THANKS B&H for your return policy.

Good Pro / prosumer camera

By Todd
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-24

1st things 1st - I'm NOT a photographer but do use this for VFX related stuff and virtual tours... Ease of use is fantastic and image quality seems very good for what it is. RAW files have good dynamic range albeit with more noise than I'd like. Lens seems to be optimized for objects that are close. Low light ability is very good and bracketing features in the app allow easy HDRI capture. Great for getting environment lighting for CGI on the fly but no ND filter options means direct sunlight environments are not possible.

After 18 months garbage

By dariusz
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-05

Unfortunately after 18 months I get the error and I can't use my camera again, call support but my factory warranty is done I will have to pay $499 to fix this camera absolutely i insane.

Such a cool camera!

By Emily
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-19

I bought this for building virtual tours for real estate and it does a great job! You probably could get away with a less expensive option but for something that is going to make me money, I don't mind having a tool that does its job well, and that I don't have to think that much about. I do wish the battery life was a little better, it only lasts about an hour or about 120 scans before it is dead, which is about enough for an average house. I can plug it into a power pack taped to the tripod if i need a bit more so I can make due if it is a large house.

Almost the perfect 360 Camera!

By Lev
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-01

The perfect 360 Camera...almost! High resolution, easy to use! I would like to see micro SD slot and better battery life in future designs!

Better than Theta V but still awkward

By Shawn
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-01

I bought my Theta V about two years ago when we were selling our house and I wanted to help my realtor create a virtual tour, and the Theta V and original Theta Z1 were the only cameras that worked with the Zillow app at that time. The Theta V was a cool novelty for my photography, but the lack of image sharpness in the Theta V was always incredibly disappointing to me. This new Z1 definitely fixes that...the image sharpness makes me happy now. The onboard status display is also a big improvement. HOWEVER, I struggled to give it a 4 star rating (I was seriously considering a 3) because the Theta app for iOS is incredibly disappointing. The first thing I did when setting up the Z1 on the Theta app was change the wifi password on the camera, and just like with the Theta V, that was a mistake. Sometimes the new password works, sometimes it doesn't, and there is no figuring out why. When it won't connect and gives me invalid password errors, I have to shut everything down (iPhone and camera) and try again a little while later. I am also very disappointed in the overall design of the app. I started my professional career as an IT programmer, and the app reminds me of what I create when I am early stages of a new project and just trying to get the code to work without any concern for an intuitive end user experience. I was actually okay with this awkwardness two years ago, but Ricoh has not tried to make this any more intuitive during that time! Why are so many features buried in the awkward plug-in part of the app? And why are there still so many dropped connections regardless of if I am connected via Bluetooth, Wifi, or Wifi LAN? I even bought the Ricoh remote control hoping that would negate the need to use the app, and the remote control also struggles to connect and stay connected to either the Theta V or my new Theta Z1. Overall, with the much improved image quality of the new Z1, I expect I will be much more willing to deal with the awkwardness of the app. If there was a better app for controlling the camera, I would give the Z1 5 stars, but I cannot rate the app more than 2 stars, so a combined 4 stars is generous.

Works well, but...

By Doug
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-26

The images don't seem to be that much better - if at all - in terms of chroma noise that the much cheaper SC2.

Worth every penny!

By Jarrel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-01

Easy to use and gets the job done

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