Ricoh Theta V 360 Spherical Camera 2020 Detailed Review.
Ricoh Theta V 360 Spherical Camera: With the launch of the Theta V, Ricoh has created a follow up to their popular Theta S. This camera looks very similar to its predecessor but offers a ton of upgrades to a highly regarded platform. Is it worth the upgrade? To find out, we decided to try it out for ourselves
Building on the success of previous THETA models, the Ricoh THETA V is designed to provide you with an immersive 360° video and audio experience in a small form factor. Record with the camera pointing in one direction, and in the end, see and hear from all directions.
The THETA V features two 12MP sensors and a twin-lens optical system that captures two wide-angle images and automatically stitches them into one complete spherical image.
It allows you to capture comprehensive 360° 4K videos and 12MP photos, as well as live stream 360° footage in 4K. Additionally, a built-in 4-channel microphone captures high-quality audio from four directions and with seamless transitions between the channels.
The Theta V is premium in both design and durability. The appearance looks very professional and modern, with a large aluminum-clad enclosure covering all sides of the camera. The two image sensors are located at the top of this portrait-oriented case, and there is a lot of blank space along the bottom. This gives you somewhere to hold it without covering any of the image sensors or microphones.
In order to capture 360-degree video, the camera needs two separate lenses and image sensors. These are located on either side of the camera. Each lens is a fisheye style lens that provides 180 degrees of visible range.
When viewed in a normal display, fish-eye lenses appear as if you’re looking at the world through a fishbowl.
But with a 360-degree camera, this is not the case. This system produces the best possible 360-degree video, even if there is a small ‘stitch’ or glitch that you see due to the distance between the two image sensors.
Audio is one of the few ways that the limited size of this camera can become a disadvantage. Professional cameras are large, which gives manufacturers an easy way to attach acoustically sensitive microphones to capture high-quality microphones.
The hardware inside of the Ricoh Theta V is responsible for processing the video you record and distributing it to devices. If you’re familiar with the older models, you’ll know that video was transmitted over HDMI or WiFi.
Instead, all data is transmitted over WiFi. The Theta V uses 802.11ac WiFi which is capable of sending live video, as well as download it to a local device.
The biggest downside to the Ricoh Theta V is the side of the video produced. With the internal memory, 19 minutes is pretty limiting.
The downside of this is that you lose some of the portability of this compact camera.
Ricoh has made some pretty major improvements to their Theta V camera and brought their popular 360-degree video system into 2017. The most notable improvement is the ability to collect 4K video.
Now that 360-degree video is becoming popular on YouTube and Facebook, anyone who likes to play around with video can benefit. The Theta V is currently one of the best 360-degree cameras we’ve tried, as we’d recommend it to anyone who’s looking to experiment with the format.