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Ricoh Reaches 4K with 360° Theta V Spherical Camera

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Reach the high-resolution heights you have always wanted for your 360° imaging dreams, with the just-announced Theta V from Ricoh. Keeping a form similar to its much-loved predecessors, the Theta V makes some serious improvements to video quality with its ability to record and live stream video over USB, at up to 4K resolution. It also boosts stills quality with an ISO range that has been expanded to ISO 64-6400, resulting in sharper and cleaner images in a wider variety of shooting situations.

This version features two 12MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensors, each with its own f/2 lens, which combine to create the 360° images at 5376 x 2688 resolution. Designed for simplicity, the Theta V features one main operational button for quickly taking a photo, and can work with the Theta S mobile app to access advanced settings and functions. Also, when recording video, the Theta V uses a built-in four-microphone array for capturing 3D audio. This model also expands the internal memory to 19GB and features much faster wireless transfer speeds of up to 50 Mbps.

Being released alongside the Theta V is a brand-new audio accessory: the TA-1 3D Microphone. This device attaches directly to the base of the Theta V and uses four directional microphones to capture 360° 3D spatial audio, making the creation of immersive virtual reality content much easier. This mic system was developed through a partnership with Audio-Technica, a highly respected manufacturer of audio equipment. It includes a windscreen to limit wind noise when working outdoors. Additionally, the TW-1 Underwater Housing is available, which is compatible with the Theta V, S, and SC, and provides waterproofing down to 98'. This housing features hard and anti-reflective coatings, for protection and maximizing image quality and it includes a carrying case and strap.

TA-1 3D Microphone
TW-1 Underwater Housing

The Theta V is a significant upgrade to Ricoh’s spherical imaging line and one of the best options for consumers looking for creative immersive virtual reality experiences. What are you most excited about with this new camera and how do you plan on using it? Let us know in the Comments section, below.

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Can the theta app take multiple exposures for making hdri's?

Hi Chris - 

The Ricoh Theta V will capture images with HDR Rendering. The function can be enabled by selecting HDR Rendering when shooting with the smartphone app in auto mode.
*Requires the latest version of the smartphone app (iOS 1.3.0 or above, Android 1.3.0 or above).
*When shooting with HDR Rendering, four images with differing exposure parameters can be shot and rendered to generate images in a broad dynamic range. Secure the camera to a tripod, etc. before using this function.

Setting your THETA to HDR is found where you normally set Shutter Speed or ISO settings. 

Very Dissapointing! I was expecting significant increase in still image resolution.

I have used the Theta S for about a year and think it's neat but the still image quality is just not up to the level  I would like. I also take 360 pianos with my 5D III and a formal pano head which produces great images. Obviously I understand that there is no way to compare the two but I would have liked the Theta to be a little better and sharper on the stills. Maybe the resolution on the V will be better.

Hi Alan,

This new Theta has the same sensors as before with improved processing, so while the resolution remains the same as previous models, it should create sharper and cleaner images. But it still won't compare to your 5D setup obviously.

I have used the Theta S for about a year and think it's neat but the still image quality is just not up to the level  I would like. I also take 360 pianos with my 5D III and a formal pano head which produces great images. Obviously I understand that there is no way to compare the two but I would have liked the Theta to be a little better and sharper on the stills. Maybe the resolution on the V will be better.

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