Ricoh Launches Flagship 360 Camera, the Theta Z1

It's on sale now for $1000.

For those after a top-spec 360-degree camera that courts the line prosumer line, then Ricoh has just announced its latest model, the flagship Theta Z1 for $1000 USD.

The new Ricoh Theta Z1 boasts two 1.0-inch back-illuminated CMOS image sensors that can support about 20M effective pixels. Featuring an updated image processing algorithm this enables the camera to capture stills at up to 23MP (6720 x 3360) and recording of 4K (3840 x 1920) video at 30 fps.

To help customers capture the best images no matter the situation the Ricoh Theta Z1 supports a range of shooting modes, such as aperture-, shutter-, and ISO-priority modes, as well as full manual operation via a smartphone app. The multi-level aperture now provides the choice of f/2.1, f/3.5, and f/5.6 for various lighting conditions, there’s a 3-axis rotational stabilization to compensate for rotational shake, and to make the video sound awesome a four-channel microphone array for 360-degree spatial audio recording is fitted.

Made of a tough, magnesium-alloy construction, the body has an 0.93″ OLED display providing quick access to shooting settings and information. While a new function button can then help you switch between display modes and select modes.  Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are both built-in, so that live-streaming is supported, and for the first time in the Theta series it is possible to save in RAW (DNG) format.

Ricoh Theta Z1

In addition to the new camera, Ricoh has released a couple of accessories should you want them. There’s a dedicated lens cap to protect those precious lenses from scratches, and a semi-hard case to look after the entire camera.

A brief spec on the Ricoh Theta Z1:

  • Highly Accurate 360° Image Stitching
  • Dual 6720 x 3360 1″ Type CMOS Sensors
  • 360° 4K Videos and 23MP Photos
  • Selectable f/2.1, 3.5, 5.6 Aperture
  • 360° Live Streaming in 4K or 2K
  • Twin-Lens System with 4-Channel Mics
  • 19GB of Internal Memory
  • Edit with Lightroom Classic CC & Plug-In
  • THETA+ Android App
  • Status Display, Magnesium Alloy Body

The Ricoh Theta Z1 is already available from retailers including B&H Photo Video for $999.95. For further updates from Ricoh, keep reading VRFocus.

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