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.
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