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Ricoh Theta V 4K
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    Specs

    • 1/2.3" sensor
    • 12MP
    • Snapdragon 835 processor
    • Recording at
      • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 56 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
      • 3840 x 1920 @ 30p / 16 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
    • Only presents white balance
    • No stabilization
    • Multiple mikes
    • 2 lenses 190 degrees F2 optics
    • 60-1/25000 shutter
    • 19GB internal memory
    • Wi-Fi 802.11ac + Bluetooth LE
    • USB 2.0
    • Waterproof with optional case
    • 45 x 131 x 23mm
    • 121 g
    • $429
    • Preorder at
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  • PR

    Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation today announced the Ricoh Theta V camera, offering 360-degree 4K video capture and live-streaming, spatial “surround-sound” audio recording and high-speed image transfer that make it simple to capture highly realistic imagery, as well as experience and share exceptional immersive content. The Theta V is the new, top-of-the-line model in the pioneering and industry-leading Theta camera series.

    When launched in 2013, the Ricoh Theta was the world’s first 360-degree, single-shot camera, enabling users to express themselves in new and unique ways. 360-degree still photos and videos redefined photography by giving the viewer the ability to control what he or she sees in a scene. In addition, the resulting 360-degree images were easily shared with others, allowing them to virtually experience a scene as if they were there. Theta cameras today are being used for a broad range of consumer and business applications, ranging from documenting vacation memories to real estate listings and virtual tours, and the rapid growth of virtual reality (VR) and emergence of social media services supporting 360-degree images are expected to drive increased demand for Theta cameras.

    Retaining the award-winning, slim-line design of previous Theta models, the Theta V is lightweight, 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 Theta V incorporates advanced technologies originally developed for high-end PENTAX DSLRs that increase exposure accuracy and white balance, and deliver dramatically expanded dynamic range, producing higher quality images even in challenging lighting conditions. 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 and upload images through the Theta S app. Built-in 19GB storage allows for up to 4,800 stills and approximately 40 minutes of 4K (H.264) video to be stored.

    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. Using a compatible wireless display adapter, it is possible to mirror playback of 360-degree still images and video data stored on the camera. This allows users to enjoy powerful 360-degree video a large screen monitor or via a projection display.

    “The Theta V represents a number of breakthroughs in 360-degree imaging, all geared to make it easier for anyone to capture and get the most out of their 360-degree stills and videos,” said Kaz Eguchi, president, Ricoh Imaging Americas. “In addition to extremely high-quality video, our new 4K camera offers truly realistic spatial audio and the easiest approach to sharing—via our industry-first remote playback function. We are proud of the Theta V, and expect consumers and businesses alike will benefit from our new camera.”

    Two accessories are being announced with the Theta V: the 3D Microphone TA-1, designed exclusively for use with the Theta V, which is intended for use when shooting music or theatrical performances as well as for outdoors; and in October, the Underwater Case TW-1, which allows use of the Theta V (as well as the Theta S and SC) at underwater depths up to nearly 100 feet (30 meters).

    The Ricoh Theta V will be officially unveiled at IFA 2017, the world’s largest consumer electronics show, held in Berlin, Germany, September 1-6, 2017.

    Price and Availability

    The Ricoh Theta V will be available for $429.95 at www.us.ricoh-imaging.com and retail outlets nationwide. The 3D Microphone TA-1 will be launched along with the Theta V on 8/31/17 at $269.99, and the Underwater Case TW-1 will be available in October for $199.95.

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    Camera itself

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    Connectors

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    Optional waterproof case

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    Optional audio attachment

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  • Some more official specs

    • Shoots 360° 4K 30fps video
    • A built-in 4-channel microphone that can record spatial audio to link to 360° videos
    • 360° 4K live streaming
    • An Android-based operating system which makes easy function expansion possible

    http://shop-uk.ricoh-imaging.eu/new-ricoh-theta.html

  • They evidently have not solved the purple fringing problem, which is quite bad (see the tennis video) - visible everywhere. Indeed, it seems worse in this camera than its predecessor.

    And haven't we learned that 4K just is not enough resolution for 360 video? Ricoh seems to be a year behind the technological frontier now, just as it was with its last HD model when many competitors were 4K. Well, now the consumer cutting edge is 5.7K.

  • Spacial audio

  • Spatial audio

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  • New firmware 1.11.1

    • Image quality of interval shooting is improved.
    • Sleep mode status is maintained when connecting or disconnecting to PC via USB.
    • The issue, electric wave of wireless LAN (2.4GHz) was weak in some cases. is improved.

    https://theta360.com/en/info/news/2017-11-14/

  • Ricoh Theta Spherical Camera with Fire TV Stick for $371 deal

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07843JVNH/

  • CES PR

    Ricoh announces Plug-in Partner Program for RICOH THETA V

    Launching spring 2018, initiative includes an online marketplace where third parties can upload and share their Android-based plug-ins for the popular consumer 360-degree camera

    LAS VEGAS (CES 2018, South Plaza, Booth #64704), January 8, 2018 – Ricoh today announced the RICOH THETA V Partner Program, which will launch in spring 2018. The new program will support third-party developers interested in creating their own Android™-based plug-ins for the RICOH THETA V, the top-of-the-line Ricoh 360-degree camera capable of capturing fully-spherical photos and 4K video. The program will be featured at CES 2018, where attendees will be able to get a hands-on experience creating their own plug-in, resulting in the creation of a new feature for the RICOH THETA V camera.

    Based on the Android operating system, the RICOH THETA V provides a user-friendly way for third-parties to not only create apps and software that extend and enhance the capabilities of 360-degree imaging but also new features and functionality for the camera itself. These can include customized capabilities that enhance the RICOH THETA V’s use for specialty applications and in vertical markets. As part of the program, Ricoh is making available the RICOH THETA V’s application program interface (API) and software development kit (SDK) and will provide tools and guidance to support plug-in development. It will also open an online RICOH THETA V partner marketplace, where plug-ins can be uploaded and shared.

    A unique plug-in preinstalled in the RICOH THETA V enables “Remote Playback,”*1 which makes it possible, using a compatible wireless display adapter, to mirror playback of 360-degree still images and video data stored on the camera on a large screen monitor.

    “By opening the platform for application development, we are enabling the RICOH THETA V to be a constantly evolving product. For this reason, we are very excited about the new partner program,” said Wataru Ohtani, Corporate Associate Vice President and General Manager of Smart Vision Business Group, Ricoh Company Ltd. “The RICOH THETA V Plug-in Partner Program will enable third-party companies and developers to create custom features and services. Our goal is for consumers and businesses alike to benefit from RICOH THETA V and to become a standard platform for the 360-degree imagery.”

    When launched in 2013, the RICOH THETA was the world’s first 360-degree*2, single-shot camera, enabling users to express themselves in new and unique ways. 360-degree still photos and videos redefined photography by giving the viewer the ability to control what he or she sees in a scene. In addition, the resulting 360-degree images were easily shared with others, allowing them to virtually experience a scene as if they were there.

    Today, the RICOH THETA cameras are being used for a broad range of consumer and business applications, ranging from documenting vacation memories to photojournalism, law enforcement, real estate listings and virtual tours, and much more.

  • Ricoh updated the Theta S app and added new wireless LAN mode for the Ricoh Theta V.

    Theta V can now connect to a network and any phone also connected to the same network will be able to control the Theta V.