Ricoh Theta V 4K Spherical Camera Announced
Now with 4K video capture and streaming, faster Wi-Fi
By PF Staff in Pentax Announcements on Aug 31, 2017
Ricoh Imaging has announced the long-awaited next generation of the Theta series of spherical cameras, the Theta V. This new model retains the form factor of the previous Thetas, but adds 4K video recording which can be saved in the H.264 codec or streamed in real time at bit rate of 120 Mbps.
The Theta V is launching at $429 USD and is already available for pre-order, with an estimated delivery date of September 15th in the US.
Videos are captured with audio recorded by a 4-channel microphone. Besides capturing (and streaming) 360 degree video the Theta V is, like its predecessors, also capable of capturing 360 degree still images. The effective pixel count is 12 MP utilizing its dual 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensors.
The Theta V produces standard JPG files which can be viewed conventionally or interactively via a 3D viewer (such as theta360.com, the free Theta app for smartphones and desktop, or third-party solutions).
Among the various new features are:
- First Theta supporting 4K video
- Stream 4K video or save in H.264 codec
- At US $429 the Theta V is affordable compared to competition (such as the Nikon Keymission 360)
- Faster Wi-Fi (up to 50 Mbps)
- 19 GB internal storage
- Optional 3D 360° spatial microphone
- Optional underwater housing
- Built-in 4-channel microphone
We have not had our hands on the Theta V yet, but for a general idea about how it works you can check out our review of the Theta S.
Our forum supports spherical image sharing: any link to a photo on theta360.com will automatically be converted into a widget similar to the one below.
We recently used the Theta S to cover this year's Photokina trade show. We feel that the interactivity of these images takes event photography to a new level:
360-degree view of the Pentax booth taken with the Theta S (click to pan and zoom)
If you have yet to try out a Theta, we invite you to explore the world of possibilities that this innovative platform opens up.
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Ricoh Theta V Key Specifications
|Sensor Resolution||2 x 12 MP
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|ISO Range (photo)
||100-1600 (auto), 64-3200 (manual)
|ISO Range (video)||64-6400|
|Shutter Speeds (photo)
60s- 1/25000s (manual)
|Shutter Speeds (video)||1/30s-1/25000s|
|Optics||Two F2.0 spherical lenses with 7 lens elements
|Min. focusing distance
||10.2 cm / 4 inches
|Video Mode||3840 x 1920p at 29.97 fps (56 Mbps MP4 via H.264)
1920 x 960p at 29.97 fps (16 Mbps MP4 via H.264)
|Still Photo Mode
||12 MP JPG, 5376 x 2688
|Video Sound||4 channel microphone built-in
External microphone input
AAC-LC audio format
|Viewfinder/LCD||None. Live view via free smart phone app
|Battery||Lithium-Ion rechargeable, charged via USB port. Not replaceable
|Media Slot(s)||None. 19 GB flash memory built-in
||Built-in, 2.4 GHz (20 Mbps), 5 GHz (50 Mbps)
|Connectivity||USB Micro-B, external microphone
|Tethering Support||Wireless tethering with free app for smart phone|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||45 x 131 x 23 mm / 1.8 x 5.2 x 0.9"|
||121g / 4.27 oz
|US Launch Price (Body)
Full specifications for the Theta V are available in our camera database.
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