The Ricoh Theta was one of the first consumer 360 cameras that simplified the process with a simple point-and-shoot design -- the Theta V is the company's best yet. The Ricoh Theta V offers 4K video at 30 fps as well as 4K live-streaming and 14 megapixel still images.
The The Theta V uses two 1/2.3 inch sensors and two f/2 lenses. Software stitches those two views together, resulting in still photos measuring 5376 x 2688 and videos up to 4K (3849x1920) at 30 fps. Along with the higher video resolution over previous Theta models, enhanced software algorithms deliver less noise and more contrast that earlier models, Ricoh says. A new gyro sensor also means the camera can better determine if the camera is being held straight or not.
The Theta V also introduces a number of new usability features. For one, live-streaming in 4K is now possible. The camera also includes remote playback -- add a wireless display adapter to your TV, and you can view those 360 photos on the big screen, using the Theta V as a remote to navigate that immersive view. Underwater housing will also be available for this model, sold separately.
The Theta V includes both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity with an app for adjusting image settings, transferring files and live-streaming. Ricoh says the data transfer is 2.5 times faster than that of the Theta S.
While the Theta V is Ricoh's best 360 camera yet -- it still falls under the still camera category, not camcorders. That's because the video recording is limited -- in 4K clips are only 5 minutes long, while users can get longer shoots stepping down to 2K. (For longer 360 videos, try the 360 action camera category).
The Ricoh Theta V is priced as the company's best model too with a $430 list price.