October 7, 2018
Ricoh Theta V

Making 360-degree photos and videos is particularly easy with the Ricoh Theta V camera from Ricoh. But is the time already ripe for the purchase of such a camera?

Ricoh Theta V Specifications

Dimensions 45.2 mm (W) x 130.6 mm (H) x 22.9 mm (D)
Camera 1/2.3 CMOS (x2), F/2.0, ISO64-3200, 1/25000-60 second shutter, approximately 12 MP (x2)
Video 4K, H264: 3840×1920/29.97fps/56Mbps
4K, H265: 3840×1920/29.97fps/32Mbps
2K, H264: 1920×960/29.97fps/16Mbps
2K, H265: 1920×960/29.97fps/8Mbps
Photo resolution 5376×2688 (14.5 MP)
Weight 121 grams (4.3 ounces)
Storage ~19GB
Battery Lasts for 300 photos or 80 minutes of video recording
Connectivity MicroUSB 2.0, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
Temperature range -20°C to 60°C (-4°F to 140°F)

Price: $ 399
Color: Gray

The device has the form of remote control with a separate lens on both sides. You take pictures with the round button in the middle and you’re ready. Basically you do not even have to focus – after all, this camera records in all directions at once. If you want more control during shooting, connect the Theta V with your smartphone to watch live in the accompanying app.

Verdict

Ricoh Theta V

Pros

  • Slim, handheld form factor.
  • Dual f/2 lenses.
  • 14.5MP imaging and 4K video capture.
  • External microphone support.
  • Live streaming support.
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  • Works with Android and iOS.

Cons

  • Video locked at 30fps.
  • Waterproof case is an additional purchase.
  • Internal, non-expandable storage.
  • Expensive.

Seamless

We are very pleased with the image quality. The Theta, for example, stands well in low light. There is also hardly any so-called ‘ stitching ‘, a term used for the visible seams in photographs where the separate images of both lenses are glued together in software. You might know it from smartphones that can shoot panoramic images. Because the Theta V is so thin, there is virtually no such ugly overlap.

Back in time

It really becomes fun when you record videos. They have a 4K resolution and therefore look nice and sharp. Plug your device with Theta app into virtual reality glasses for smartphones and it’s like you’re back where you shot the images. Very strange! A disadvantage is that 360-degree images are less easily shared than normal photos and videos. WhatsApp does not support looking around, recipients only see a flat photo with a distorted effect. Uploading to Facebook or YouTube is easiest, playing in VLC has recently become an option.

 

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