Ricoh Steps Up its 360 Game by Launching the Theta V
Ricoh is perhaps better for its premium compact GR range of cameras, but the brand is stepping up its 360 game with the launch of the Theta V. Building on the success of the original Theta, which hit the market in 2013 as the world’s first 360-degree single shot camera, the new Theta V can capture high-definition, 14-megapixel 360-degree stills that can be transferred to smart devices and uploaded to Facebook to give people a truly full-picture view of a location.
The Theta V can shoot using a high shutter speed of up to 1/25000sec and ISO levels of up to ISO3200. What’s more, the Theta V features a massive internal memory of around 19GB, which is enough to hold around 4,800 still images. An interval shooting mode enables images to be captured down to every 4 seconds (half the time of previous models) and when paired with the optional TW-1 underwater housing (£179.99) the Theta V can produce 360-degree creations down to 30 metres below the waterline.
There's a built-in 4-channel mic and 4K 360-degree video can be live streamed!
Along with shooting stills, the Theta V can also capture 360-degree footage in ultra high-quality 4K footage at 30 frames per second. This means the files can be used with Virtual Reality applications and the files support the H,264 and H.265 compression standards. The Theta V supports live streaming for 4K video and, to accompany the video, the Theta V captures audio from a built-in four-channel microphone that supports 360-degree spatial audio. The Theta V’s Wi-Fi now transfers files up to 2.5 times faster than previous models and the innovative camera also feature Bluetooth technology.