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Ricoh Theta M15 360 Degree Spherical Panorama Camera (White)
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- 360 Degree Spherical Panorama images, dedicated viewing apps available for download
- Spherical Videos up to 3 minutes in duration
- Video tool in app allows changes to size, shape and composition
- Upload videos (up to 5MB) to theta360.com or share on social media such as Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr
- Fast Wi-Fi transfer, wireless sharing, equipped with an SDK - allows users to develop their own APPs
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|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Display Size||0.1 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||0 MP|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type||Micro SD;;;|
|Included Components||Theta M15 Spherical Camera (white)|
|Item Dimensions||0.9 x 1.6 x 5 inches|
|Item Display Weight||95 grams|
|Item Weight||0.25 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||3.5 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.7 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||2.75 grams|
|Maximum Focal Length||0 mm|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||3,584 Pixels|
|Memory Storage Capacity||4 GB|
|Minimum Focal Length||0 mm|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Shipping Weight||0.6 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Internal Only|
|Viewfinder Type||Via smartphone|
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|Screen Size||0 in||1 in||1 in||7.6 cm||0 in||—|
|Item Dimensions||1.6 x 5 x 0.9 in||1.73 x 5.1 x 0.9 in||7.8 x 0.7 x 5.1 in||0.9 x 1.65 x 5.08 in||0.9 x 1.78 x 5.14 in||1 x 1.4 x 3.8 in|
|Item Weight||4 ounces||4.8 ounces||3.52 ounces||4 ounces||4.32 ounces||2.4 ounces|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||—||12 megapixels||14 megapixels||—||12 megapixels||16 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||—||1920 x 1080 pixels, 1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 pixels||1080p||—||other||1080p|
|Viewfinder||Via smartphone||None||electronic||fixed LCD||none||electronic viewfinder|
The Theta from Ricoh is a compact and lightweight (3.3 oz.) camera that has a lens on both the front and back, allowing you to take full 360 Degree spherical panoramic images in with one shot and 3 minute videos. The device is synchronized with smartphones, where images can be immediately transmitted via Wi-Fi and viewed with a dedicated free app. The app also allows images to be pinched, swiped or rotated to edit size, shape and composition. Images uploaded to theta360.com can be shared on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, as well as Microsoft Corporation’s Photosynth. IOS and Android free apps for viewing and capturing images.
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Cons: Not high definition. Also, at this time, uploading to Ricoh's website is the only way to get your spherical video online to share, and you can only upload 10 seconds of video (but you can record up to 3 minutes of video per recording session)
I bought this with the hope that this model would be HD since it now records video, but am slightly disappointed with the image quality. It is decent resolution, but highly degraded in low light. I do however try to keep my expectations in check understanding that this is a one-of-a-kind product, and they will continue to get better with subsequent models.
What I love about it already is the ease of use and speed of captures. Taking a picture, or a video is as easy as pushing a button or tapping my smartphone screen. Within seconds, the image is transferred to my device for viewing. My wife likes that she is no longer embarrassed to be seen with me in public. She would often leave me alone, spinning around in multiple circles as I took the 20-30 photos needed for a Photosphere with my Android.
This weekend I went to Best Buy and bought a Monopod. I did not want to buy it online because I wanted to make sure that the base could screw into a mini tripod. This is the monopod I bought: http://www.amazon.com/DigiPower-TP-QPXT-Quikpod-Extreme-accessories/dp/B00BYFUBJK and I have it paired with a small desk $10 tripod. The monopod/tripod combination results in a very small portion of the sphere being obscured by rigging.
Here is a photo I took: https://theta360.com/s/ZON
Here is a video I recorded: https://theta360.com/m/Ycw
Here is a video we made at a friend's house on the 4th of July:
Revolutionary War- Had there been tanks...: https://youtu.be/UbarQVBbWdA
And another one we did with the 5th Special Forces Group at Ft. Campbell:
U.S. Army Special Ops Urban Reflexive Fire: https://youtu.be/PSc_R7x2qP0
The newer version of this camera is definitely more user friendly with more buttons and lights that show you how you are shooting. Sometimes it was a guessing game for me to figure out if I was in camera or video mode.
Some specific gripes:
1) As others have stated, the image quality is fairly low rez. Adjusting the ISO/exposure helps, but the images produced are still pretty grainy. I get that this is still a very advanced camera and I imagine it's tough to get 360 degrees in high rez, but it's still worth noting.
2) The way you need to connect to the camera in order to use the remote shutter is VERY annoying. You need to sign into the unit's onboard wifi, and the password is printed on the base of the unit (making it annoying once you've already rigged it to a tripod). Further, if you want to post pictures or send them after you take them, you'll have to switch back to another WiFi or use cellular data. Bluetooth would be a much easier connection method, though I'll admit I do not know the tech implications of this request.
3) If you want to fine tune any of the camera settings (ISO, shutter speed, exposure, etc) the process is a but cumbersome. You need to adjust in the app, take the picture, wait for the picture to sync to the phone, re-adjust, repeat. I wish there were a way to see the settings in real time (i.e. there were some sort of live viewfinder when fine-tuning the settings). Again, I'll admit I don't know if this is possible tech-wise.
4) The camera is very tough to sit on a table without it toppling over. I imagine that the unit needs to be slim and narrow in order to disappear from the resulting pictures, but it is very cumbersome, and I can see this being an issue for long term care of the lens and body.
5) Even though the unit is slim and narrow, I still see a sliver of the camera in all my pictures. That seems like a design flaw, and I probably would have chosen a different body color had I known it would be in all the pictures.
6) There is no way to extend the storage size via memory card, etc.
Given the price of the unit and the above mentioned shortcomings, I would only recommend this camera if you just want to have some fun playing around, or if you have a specific need for spherical images. Otherwise, I'd wait until the technology improves greatly.
Buy the camera two months ago and the battery stopped working from scratch.
Pedi support Ricoh's official website but I did not pay much attention, I wonder if you can change the battery and what is the procedure to follow.
I hope to have at least some response here.