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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;;;|
|ISO Range||100, 200, 400, 800, 1600|
|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||0.36 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)|
|Viewfinder Type||external viewfinder|
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|Screen Size||0 in||0 in||1 in||1 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||1.61 x 1.49 x 1.96 in||1 x 1.4 x 3.8 in|
|Item Weight||4 ounces||4.8 ounces||3.52 ounces||3.68 ounces||2.4 ounces|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||—||14.4 megapixels||14 megapixels||16 megapixels||16 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||—||1920 x 1080 pixels, 1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 pixels||1080p||1080p||1080p|
|Viewfinder||external viewfinder||None||electronic||fixed LCD||—|
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
Here are the pros and cons.
Let's start with the bad.
1) Having a lens on both sides means that you have to be very careful with it. If it gets knocked over then you are done
2) If you need a quick shot and you don't want to have a giant hand in the shot, you need a tripod or monopod
3) the WiFi takes some time to set up with your smartphone
4) The picture quality is not the greatest, but it's not that bad either
5) It's a little pricey, but considering there aren't any alternatives that can do a pano that quickly available yet
1) fits in your pocket so it can go where you go like on roller coasters
2) Has some lighting adjustments if you use the smartphone App (which is FREE) so you have some control
3) You can take a quick shot but your hand is big
4) DOES 360 Video!!! (Limited to 3 minutes and Ricoh theta only displays 10 seconds)
5) You can upload to the Theta site and show the photos on Facebook
6) it gets it all in ONE shot. No more seeing the same people 3 times in your shot
7) since it is in one shot you don't get ghosting (pictures of cars in half, etc)
8) does an excellent job of stiching,
9) You can alter the look of the pano in Photoshop, so you can lighten up the dark areas and sharpen-HOWEVER you cannot resize the image in any way
10) You can even add 3D anaglyph effects to your pano in photoshop and display them on the theta site.
11) I used to use Pixeet a smart phone lens which took 4 separate photos and stitched them together to make panos (it has drawbacks that the Theta doesn't) The good news is I could add those photos to the Theta site as well.
For the money you are not going to find another camera out there that can do what this does 3-15-15. However in a about 6 months there are better cameras that are more expensive that will do what this camera does and more.
Lastly Beware: The Ricoh Theta M15 360 is the latest model and does more and is cheaper than the original. Get this model.
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.