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Ricoh Theta V 360 Spherical Camera
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- Theta V shoots hi-def smooth 360 Degree video at 30 fps @ 3840 x 1920 pixels or 4K. It supports the H.264 file format for video recording
- Hi-res 360 Degree spherical stills & video with improvements to the image quality. New Qualcomm Snapdragon processor has completely enhanced the exposure accuracy and white balance algorithm
- Theta has a 4-channel microphone that supports 360 Degree spatial audio recording built in Omnidirectional audio is recorded not just in the horizontal direction but also in the vertical direction
- The world’s-first Remote Playback capable fully spherical camera allows users to wirelessly playback 360 Degree images and videos on a large-screen display Using a compatible wireless display adapter
- The camera can always be connected to a smartphone using Bluetooth low energy (BLE) This function provides improvements in usability and power consumption
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See It...Hear It...Share It
See it....4k 360° videos and 14mp 360° still images
The Ricoh Theta V features high end video capture with 4K 360° (3840 x 1920) at 30 frames per second.
Capture high resolution 14 megapixel 360° still images, with the push of one button.
Hear it....3d 360° spatial audio
With the four built-in microphones it makes it possible to record directional audio independently. That can be played back on any stereo device.
Spatial audio can be enhanced even more with new Ricoh Theta TA-1 3D 360° Microphone (sold separately).
Share it...Remote playback.
Theta V has a Remote Playback function that allows users to play back their images taken with the Theta V, from its buillt-in memory, onto a TV or projector, using a wireless adapter.
Amazon Fire TV stick is the perfect accessory for this function.
Qualcomm Snapdragon - Main Processor
This new main processor delivers a lot of improvements to the Theta V, faster image processing, wireless transfer speed ,and power saving capabilities.
|Resolution (Video 4K/2K - Still Image)||Video: 3840x1920/1920x960, Still: 5370x2688||Video: 1920x960/1280x720, Still: 5370x2688/2038x1024||Video: 1920x960/1280x720, Still: 5370x2688/2038x1024|
|External Dimensions||1.78"W x 5.14"H x .90"D||1.78"W x 5.14"H x .90"D||1.78"W x 5.14"H x .90"D|
|Shutter Speed||1/25000sec. to 60 sec./Still images: ISO64 to 3200, Video: IS064 to 6400||1/6400sec. to 60sec./Still image: ISO100 to 1600, Video: ISO100 to 1600||1/6400sec. to 60sec./Still image: ISO100 to 1600, Video: ISO100 to 1600|
|Video time per Recording||25 min||25 min.||5 min.|
|Audio Format||AAC-LC (monaural) + Linear PCM (4ch Spatial Audio)||AAC (monaural)||AAC (monaural)|
|Live Streaming (via PC USB connection)||3840x1920/1920x960||1920x960/1280x720/720x480||1920x960/1280x720/720x480|
|Colors||Metallic Gray||Black||Blue, Beige, White|
|External Interface||micro USB (USB 2.0), Microphone Jack||microUSB (USB2.0), HDMI-Micro (Type-D)||microUSB (USB2.0), HDMI-Micro (Type-D)|
The Theta V is lightweight 360 Degree spherical camera, it’s easy to use and compact enough to carry everywhere. Enhancements including a new image sensor and processor for improved image quality allow the camera to produce more realistic “as-if-you-were-there” 360-degree content. The camera’s new high-speed data transfer is 2.5 times faster than previous Theta models, allowing users to quickly and wirelessly upload 14 megapixel stills and high-resolution 4K videos for immediate showing and sharing. Omni-directional audio recording functionality enables 360-degree audio that is a strong complement to the high resolution video, dramatically enhancing the realism of a scene. The Theta V can connect to and be controlled by any Android or iOS-based smartphone or tablet using the Theta S app. Connection is either via Bluetooth low energy (BLE)-which enables an “always-on” connection between a camera and phone-or Wi-Fi, providing users with greater flexibility in how they wirelessly control the camera. A new and unique feature of the Theta V is that Ricoh will be able to create new functions for the camera via software plug-ins. The first of these plug-ins was developed by Ricoh and is already integrated into the phone. It enables the Theta V to deliver the world’s first remote playback capability in a commercially-marketed, fully spherical camera. The camera has a 4-channel microphone that supports 360 Degree spatial audio recording built into its body. Omnidirectional audio is recorded not just in the horizontal direction but also in the vertical direction, making it possible to reproduce sound and video as it was in the environment where the video was shot by linking 360 Degree video and audio together. Furthermore, using the dedicated accessory 3D Microphone TA-1 (optional) scheduled for launch with the camera will allow users to pick up natural sound with a large volume of information at low to high frequency.
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So I ordered as soon as it was available on Amazon.
Right away I was disappointed by stitching artifacts—double images at the borders between the images produced by either lens. These were absent in the images produced by previous, less expensive model—Theta S. Quite frankly, the fact that there were no stitching artifacts on Theta S was comforting. It was nice knowing that a usable image is possible out of camera right away. This is not the case with Theta V.
Further analysis revealed that Theta V has a worse compression—simply looking at the images revealed that there si a visible macroblocking, especially visible at the edges of objects, making any improvement of the optics almost pointless.One of the reasons behind worse JPEG compression is smaller file size.
Original from Theta S is 3.7MB while the Original from new Theta V is 1.1MB. Theta V has the same number of pixels, same JPEG encoding schema, but allocates only about 31% of the file size to the same image content. A pessimist in me thinks—is this what Ricoh doing to advertize improved transfer speeds per image?
PROS: shaper optics, UHD for Video; possibly better color accuracy; better purple fringe control.
CONS: stitching artifacts resulting in doubled image at any cross over edge between field of view of two lenses;
significant quality loss due to smaller file size and therefore higher compression ratio
(Images provided for reference are from Theta V (pinkish or orangeish hue) and from Theta S (cyan or greenish hue). For legend see side-by-side combined images)
Take it out the box, charge it, download the app and the PC viewer, connect it to your phone and off you go. Use your phone to take photos or video, or press the button on the camera itself. It certainly gives you a different perspective to a normal camera. That's the theory, anyway. Ricoh claim the connection between camera and phone works up to 30 feet but mine keeps losing that connection within two feet. All the time. Even indoors. There’s no memory card slot and the internal capacity is a rather stingy 19GB, especially for something with 4K capabilities.
It’s a twin, fish eye, f2 lens and it has all the attributes expected in a compact camera, viz. Auto, ISO, shutter priority or manual. Also available is an HDR option as well as WB, EV and a couple of other things, including interval shooting. From the photos I did manage to take, I didn’t notice any issues with stitching but that might be a product of the latest firmware. The base is flat, so it can stand up of its own accord but there’s also a 1/4" tripod thread. Battery life seems a bit meagre, so if you’re out in the field, you’ll run into difficulties if you have no mobile charger. The app isn't the most user friendly either.
It is a clever idea and if you’re big on 360 degree photography, you’ll like its features and what it does; anyone else might easily lose interest. If you can get it to work that is. After days of frustration and getting annoyed, I stopped trying. Whilst it won't stop you taking photos, you'll be shooting 'blind', so to speak, which isn't what this is supposed to be about, but you will be able to view them using downloaded software. You can upload your photos to Facebook, YouTube or the Theta360 site. It comes with a case and due to the protruding fish eye lenses, I’d be inclined to keep it in that when not in use.
You won't be able to get the 360 degree effect from these photos but it gives some idea. The one in the field also shows how it looks as a normal photo.
For starters, the manual, iso priority and the EV adjustments only work now and then, you can adjust the exposure on the iPhone app, click capture and find yourself with a un-addjusted capture.. this is more a rule than an exception.. so kindly forget all about using the manual anything adjustments.
instead shoot auto with applied "HDR RENDER" its not perfect, but by far the best looking exposure.
*sometimes the EV adjustment will take in AUTO. I prefer to shoot a bit under exposed to recover the highlights. however find im generally more successful when using the "HDR RENDER" feature.
Firmware update.. was successful after trying 4 different USB cables. "Like Seriously"
OK big one for me.. to share these images on the go.. you must log into the THETA 360 website. you can ONLY do that with either Facebook or Twitter.. im just going to repeat my headroom and say ""Like Seriously".....
SERIOUSLY.. let users setup accounts with email & password so we don't have to involve FB and Twitter in every frame we share via txt ;-)
Last HUGE problem. this camera is all about the two huge fisheye lenses.. but ship with absolutely no lens protection. any serious lens you buy come with a lens-cap. so should the THETA, or even better a VERY simple hard-case plastic sleeve or similar that you can drop it into for protection. if you damage the lens the camera is done. so make something that will protect it before you take it backpacking.
That said. getting past the immature app and webservice, use something like kuula.co to share the files. get yourself a monopod with legs to have less to remove from the ground part of the shot. shoot in AUTO because it works.. and you DO get a surprisingly good file with virtually no stitching errors for a minimum of effort. (im used to shoot commercial spherical which takes lots of time per click) this is truly a 1-click ready to use spherical camera..
If the camera came with a protective anything, had a working manual / EV adjustment.. and could be used without setting up a facebook account. I would probably rate this 4-5 stars.. the camera is surprisingly good, BUT those issues.. im sorry that complete package have too many problems to be anything more than 2 stars.