Ricoh Theta S is the latest iteration in the series, and it doubles onboard storage and adds live streaming into the mix.
Jumping back to the product of the hour, the Ricoh Theta S launched in India last November. The company has been dabbling in 360-degree cameras for a while now, even though not many might associate the company with this. The Theta S is the latest iteration in the series, and it doubles onboard storage and adds live streaming into the mix.
The candybar shape and size makes the Theta S very easy to pocket. It measures 130mm in height and weighs about 125g. The plastic body feels like it could take a knock or two if you accidentally drop it, and the rubberised coating makes it easy to grip even with wet fingers.
In the centre, we have a large shutter release button which can take a picture or begin recording a video. There are LEDs for power, Wi-Fi, and shooting mode hidden beneath the rubber coating, and are visible only when lit up.
At the heart of the Theta S are two 1/2.3-inch 12-megapixel CMOS cameras with f/2.0 apertures. Each has a fish-eye lens which captures a 180-degree view. Data from both sensors is then stitched together within the camera to give you a 360-degree image or video. The camera supports up to 25 minutes of continuous shooting at 1080p at 30fps. The onboard storage is 8GB out of which 7.5GB is actually usable. Sadly, there’s no way to expand the storage.
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