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Ricoh Theta S Digital Camera (Black)
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- 360 Degree Spherical Panorama images and Spherical Videos up to 25 minutes
- Live view function on mobile device. Wi-Fi communications protocol: HTTP (open spherical camera API *7 compatible)
- Transfer videos directly to your mobile device without the need of a computer
- Full HD Video at 30fps , 360 Degree Spherical Video Supported by YouTube
- Charge the battery by connecting it to a PC using the supplied USB cable
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Experience a new world of images with the Ricoh Theta S. With one touch of a button, spherical images and videos are created which are unlike anything you've ever seen. The Theta S offers capabilities not previously attainable in past models including a new, a larger image sensor, which gives you approximately 14 megapixel, high-quality spherical images and Full HD movie recording up to 25 minutes. Improvements have been made for low light shooting including the addition of a newly developed bright f/2.0 lens along with the option to shoot in Manual Mode and set shutter speeds up to 60 seconds, built-in memory to store up to 8GB of data, as well as live view and live streaming functionality. Discover 360-degree images and videos, the future of digital photography.
- 360° Spherical images and videos
- New enlarged sensor - 12MP
- Output Size - 14MP
- Full HD video at 30fps
- Live streaming (USB/HDMI)
capture spherical images and videos
Easily capture and share everything in your environment with the Theta S. Featuring a twin-lens folded-optical system, view and share completely spherical images.
improved image quality
Equipped with a larger (1/ 2.3-inch) image sensor, enjoy high-quality spherical images at approximately 14 megapixels, the best quality of all Theta models. The Theta S features a newly designed lens, optimized for the new sensor, providing sharper images than previous models.
improved ui with more functions
Added to the Theta S is an LED status notification on the body of the device, which allows you to switch between still image and movie mode more easily than previous models. Wi-Fi speed has also been upgraded to 8Mbps, as well as built-in memory to store up to 8GB.
high movie quality
Improved hardware enables 30fps of Full HD original data. Recording time is also improved to a maximum of 25 minutes.
The Theta applications allow for easy shooting and sharing of your spherical images and videos. From the applications you can capture still images and videos, employ full command and control over various shooting modes, and share your spherical images and videos directly to social media. Additional Theta applications will allow you to edit your spherical images to the way you want them to be.
live view and live streaming functionality
Live View function is added with still images. With this new function, 10fps images are displayed as a preview on your smartphone. Enjoy live streaming when your device is connected to either a USB or HDMI cord.
The Ricoh Theta S 360 Degree Spherical Panorama Digital Camera (Black) gives you even higher quality and performance. Since its launch last year as the world's first image input device, the RICOH THETA has opened a new world of imaging possibilities. Users can shoot game changing new spherical images at any time, capturing more than they ever imagined. In response to popular demand, the new model enables Wi-Fi transfer that is almost twice as fast as the previous model as well as spherical video capture, all with the same small, lightweight and easy-to-carry design as before. Video image conversion processing can be performed on a computer after shooting, enabling users to enjoy up to 3 minutes*2 of spherical video footage that will make them feel like they're right there. Users can also choose from four body colors, providing a more fun and attractive tool to carry around every day.The RICOH THETA S also boasts a fully updated design and user interface. Usability has been improved with an elegant but practical sure-grip black rubber coating and handy face-mounted LED mode indicator. Internal memory has been increased to 8GB. Also, superior image processing technology and bulb mode for long exposures produce spherical still images with less visual static, even in low-light settings. The camera has a sleek and unique design to capture 360° stills and full HD movies with a single click and features updated imaging components and performance attributes for producing broad-field imagery in a variety of ways. It has dual 12MP 1/2.3" image sensors pair with bright f/2 twin lenses to capture high-resolution spherical images with sensitivity range from ISO 100-1600. The Theta S is also revamped with enhanced sharing capabilities to wirelessly share both movies and photos to a mobile device for posting online using built-in Wi-Fi. The images can up uploaded to the dedicated Theta 360 website for sharing with social media sites as well as published on Google's Street View app
From the Manufacturer
Ricoh's 3rd generation 360 degree camera comes to life with the Theta S. The Theta S adds a larger sensor for improved still and video capture. Video recording time increased to 25 minutes, video streaming capabilities and a live view function to your mobile device. Capture everything around you with complete 360 degree imaging. Your world is not flat. Take amazing spherical images and videos with RICOH THETA S
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I have also used the M15 in the past. The form factor of both devices was great and I ultimately chose to buy the newer model due to the ability to make longer videos. In the M15, the resolution is too low and the contrast in picture quality is not great, where colors appear undersaturated and flat.
The S, in contrast, is definitely a notch above the m15. However, this device is still prone to overexposure when taking 360 photos outside. The Theta S is a big improvement than its predecessor, but in my opinion not enough to warrant purchasing an entirely new device if you have the older model.
You get 25 minutes to record 1080 HD video as opposed to 6 minutes on the M15, but keep in mind that uploading it into Youtube truly skews the image quality so the videos do not truly feel like HD. However, the Ricoh Theta software will auto stitch your video while exporting which minimizes the time spent editing, saving the consumer many hours. The videos are not completely seamless and are subject to some fish-eye distortion.
The S comes with live preview, which uses the WiFi capabilities enabled in the camera itself. The shutter range is small, and you must be close to the camera for reliable operation. While it is neat to have this capability, the shoddy execution from the weak range leaves something to be desired.
The S comes with a neoprene sleeve that fits snugly against the camera. However, we decided to buy a hard case for added lens protection, as Ricoh does not offer a warranty in the case that the lens themselves become damaged.
The S controls are extremely easy to use, and just the press of a button will take a 360 photo. However, if you want the images to look as beautiful as they can, a fair amount of post processing might still be required to get the dynamic range seen in reality.
Overall, I feel like this is the best VR camera you can get at this price point. The quality will not be able to rival a GoPro VR rig, but the amount of effort required in post production is severely minimized by Ricoh Theta. With a GoPro rig, you need to spend 2,500 dollars and also buy or #D print a mount to house all of the camera together. It also requires that you sync the individual shutters and control the settings so that the VR immersion isn't disrupted by the varying exposures, which can take a lot of time. The Ricoh Theta S is a great introduction to the world of VR, and is able to fit in such a small form factor that is extremely portable.
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From a usability standpoint, this camera has been flawless and easy to set up and configure. It gets 5 stars for that.
The body also "feels" sturdy. It doesn't feel cheaply made in the least. Another 5 stars.
Ok now the not so good.
First, you really need a smartphone (Android, iPhone only) to set things like ISO, exposure, etc... You can get by without one for just point and click but there are no settings on the camera itself.
The real downside of this camera is the quality of the video and to some degree the stills as well.
Videos can be poor (as in terrible) in normal lighting conditions. Even inside an office with phosphorescent lighting produces bad looking videos. Lots of noise and focus is always always always a bit blurry. Things are much better in sunlight for video and is much more acceptable for usage outside. Technically it is HD but when you take an HD video and wrap it around a 360 sphere it looks less and less HD and even worse than SD.
In terms of noise reduction, photos are better than video and you have options for noise reduction, shutter priority, and ISO settings (no aperture priority).
Objects at more than 5ft are quite blurry so taking a 360 pano of a medium sized room doesn't look so good. A picture of people sitting in a room is 'ok' but won't look as good as same priced camera with images stitched together. My Samsung S6 can produce much much better looking images with 360 pano software (though I still have to pan the room).
For close up objects (such as objects/food on a table near the camera), the focus is quite good (as in great). I can see a "foodie" liking this camera just to take a snapshot of their meals.
So for video, it works best in sunlight. Inside looks bad. For stills, the closer an object is the better.