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Ricoh Theta Digital Camera (White)

3.8 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
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  • 360 Degree spherical panoramic camera w/ 4GB internal memory
  • Wireless Sharing: Spherical images can be easily shared with friends by posting to Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr directly from iOS and Android apps.
  • The app can be used to take remote images. The app expands your flexibility by allowing you to capture images when standing away from RICOH THETA.
  • You can use the app to view spherical images. The app allows you to swipe and pinch spherical images so you can find and enjoy your favorite perspective!
  • You can register location information in spherical images by connecting your RICOH THETA wirelessly to your smart phone and using the phone's GPS information. Use location information to expand the ways you use and enjoy spherical images.
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Product Description

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. 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.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 1.6 x 0.9 x 5.1 inches
Item Weight 4 ounces
Shipping Weight 14.9 ounces
ASIN B00F9VSJ7Q
Item model number Theta
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
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3.8 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #12,493 in Camera & Photo
#1,318 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com September 17, 2013

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Unless you are crazy about immersive panoramas and willing to grant the Theta the kind of unconditional love normally reserved for puppies, spend your money on something more reliable. I'm thinking pork belly futures.

Everything negative that you have read about this camera is probably true. Please understand that I love this camera to pieces. But I'm not a complete idiot. Here is my take on the worst problems.

Internet Connectivity and Image Accessibility

<update 1/30/2024>

Wow!

The Android and iOS apps can now share images to their device's
Gallery. The images can be uploaded To Google+ And shared or not according to your preferences or Google maps if you've allowed GPS location info to be transferred from the phone and are comfortable with public view.

On Google+, viewers can look at the necessarily distorted static images or switch into the full 360 immersive mode.

I think that this represents real progress in just a couple of months.

</update>

What I consider to be its worst problem is correctable in software: Ricoh Pentax have not released code in any form (source, binary, app, servlet, library) that allows for the independent display of the .jpg images produced by the Theta. Currently, the only approved way to get an image on the internet is to use either Ricoh's free iOS app or Microsoft's Photosynth app to push the image to Ricoh's servers at theta360.com. Having done that, one can link to the page on which the image resides (not the image itself). Let's say that you have a blog and want to show someone a 360 degree view that you've taken. In your blog text, you'd insert a link to image page on theta360.com.
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Pros:
- Easy to use, little to no setup required. Just push the shutter and it takes the photos.
- iPhone interface is responsive. App is very intuitive and easy to use.
- Very small and you can take everywhere. Fits in any pocket . Due to its size you can get it into some very tight spaces which result in very unique perspectives.
- Because it does have a tripod mount you can mount it under a quadcopter and take some amazing aerial shots.

Cons:
- Over priced for what it does.
- I had hope for larger resolution. At the moment if outputs images that are 3584 x 1792 pixels.
- Very grainy images in low light conditions
- Seem visible when one side requires an exposure that is very different from the other. For example sunrise or sun set.

I'll be sticking to my panoramic head and DSLR for now. But once this technology matures it will surely replace conventional methods of capturing panoramic photos.
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I received this Ricoh Theta as a gift, and I've enjoyed playing with it, although I cannot see spending the current price of nearly $400 on this. It is VERY portable, it is about the size of a candy bar and slips into your pocket quite well. It comes with a case to put it in that protects the lens which is a nice extra. It is extremely easy to use, just turn it on (start up time is instantaneous) and push the big button on the front (or is it the back?), it makes a sound to indicate the picture was taken and that is that. A neat feature is that you can use a smartphone with the Ricoh Theta app loaded up and after establishing a wifi connection with the camera you can do things like view the photos on your phone, use the phone to trigger the shutter (nice if you want to set the camera somewhere and get a picture without being in the shot) and upload the pictures to social media sites. The wireless connectivity aspect so far has been flawless and is a real joy to use, some devices that use this sort of interface have issues on a regular basis but this seems to be well implemented which was refreshing. One can also use the included USB cable to transfer pictures to a computer, this was not automated through the software downloaded from the RIcoh site as I would have expected but was not difficult either. Overall, the use and the interface with this camera is easy and fairly painless.

The pictures this camera takes must be viewed using special software to get the real experience of it. Sure, you can just load them up on your computer and view them as-is, but they are not a wonder to behold as much as they look like some kind of acid trip. Viewing them with the special software is really best, and there are a couple options for this.
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This is a specialized camera that does an amazing trick, it shoots a 360 panoramic image with one shot. The camera fits in the palm of your hand and you easily share via the spherical images on the web.

Sure, you can get much higher quality panos if you get a DSLR, a fisheye lens, a special panoramic head, a tripod and picture stitching software but the process is long and tedious and requires a commitment in learning the software.

(You could do spherical type panoramas with 360 Panorama and Photosynth apps on the iPhone but getting the images to line up perfectly is frustrating unless you get a Youbiq Gymbal)

The quality of the images from this camera could be much better, [low light sucks] but it still acceptable to me for what it is. It really depends on your expectations.

Pros:
Extremely light.
One shot operation.
Charges via USB.
Remote shooting and optional transferring via iPhone. (Always choose COPY and leave the original hi-res photo on the camera for later downloading and retrieval.)

Cons:
You need a Facebook account to share images via Ricoh's site. BOOO!!
Tripod hole threads are plastic.
Micro USB Port has a flimsy plastic cover tab which gets in the way.
No time delay shutter. (I guess they want you to use the iPhone or Android device).
If you shoot directly with the shutter button on the camera, your hand will be prominent. Get a manicure.
(It is much better to mount on tripod and step back from camera to shoot.)
Terrible picture quality in low light.

Other than that, I commend Ricoh for coming out with this camera. Hopefully, this is the first in a future line of amazing 360 cameras.
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