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Ricoh Theta V

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100% of reviewers $350.00 8.00
Ricoh Theta V

Ricoh Theta V
Ricoh Theta V
Ricoh Theta V
Ricoh Theta V
Ricoh Theta V
Ricoh Theta V

The Ricoh Theta V is a 360-degree spherical camera that builds on the previous highly-successful Theta models. It is the first Theta to offer 4K video recording as well as 4K streaming, and by far the most affordable option for this purpose at a launch price of $429 USD. The Theta V was announced on August 31, 2017 and was shipping shortly thereafter.

Camera NameTheta V
Camera Type360 degrees spherical
Year Introduced2017
LensSpherical, F2 (x2)
Optics7 elements in 6 groups (each lens)
Field of View360 degrees (the two lenses combined)
FocusingFixed focus 10.2 cm / 4 in. to infinity
Sensor Format1/2.3 inch (x2)
Sensor Megapixels12 MP (x2), 14 MP effective combined
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Resolution5376 x 2688 (the two sensors combined, flattened image)
White BalanceStill: Auto, Outdoor, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent light 1, Incandescent light 2, Daylight color flourescent, Natural white flourescent, White flourescent, Light bulb color flourescent, Manual (2500K to 10000K)
 Video and streaming: Auto
ISO RangeStill: 64 - 1600 (auto), 64 - 3200 (Sv and manual)
 Video: 64 - 6400 (auto)
 Streaming: 64-6400 (auto)
Expanded Dynamic RangeYes
Exposure ModesStill: Auto, Shutter Priority, Sensitivity Priority, Manual
 Video: Auto
 Live Streaming: Auto
Exposure Compensation+/- 2 EV, 1/3 EV steps
High ISO Noise ReductionYes
Shutter speedsStill: 1/8s - 1/25000s (auto), 60s - 1/25000s (manual)
 Video: 1/30s - 1/25000s
 Streaming: 1/30s - 1/25000s
Interval ShootingYes
Auto BracketingYes
HDR ModeYes
Live ViewYes, via smart phone
Video ModeVideo: 3840 x 1920/30 fps/56 Mbps (4k), 1920 x 960/30 fps/16Mbps (Full HD)
 Streaming: 3840 x 1920/30 fps/120 Mbps (4K), 1920 x 960/30 fps/42Mbps (Full HD)
Video Recording TimeClip length: 5 minutes (4K), 25 minutes (Full HD), unlimited (streaming)
 Total Recording Time: 40 minutes (4K), 130 minutes (Full HD)
Vdeo SoundBuilt-in microphone, 4 channel spatial audio
GPSVia smart phone over Wi-Fi
TetheringWi-Fi, Bluetooth
Camera ControlsVia smart phone
File FormatsStill: JPG
 Video: MPEG- AVC/H.264, H.265, MOV, Audio: AAC-LC (mono) + Linear PCM (4 channel spatial audio)
 Streaming: H.264, Audio: AAC-LC (mono)
Built-in memory19 GB, holds 4800 photos or 40 minutes of 4K video or 130 min of full HD video
Memory Card SlotsNone
Back LCDNo
Weather SealedNo
Other FeaturesMicrophone input
ConnectivityUSB 2.0 Micro-B (power, streaming video, data)
 Compatible with remote release CA-3
 Microphone jack
 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
BatteryBuilt-in Lithium-Ion rechargeable
Battery Life300 photos, 80 minutes of video
Size (W x H x D)45.2 x 130.6 x 22.9 mm / 1.8 x 5.2 x 0.9 in.
Weight121 g / 4.27 oz
Operating Temperature0 to 40 degrees C / 32 to 104 degrees F, humidity 90% or less
Storage Temperature-20 to 60 degrees C / -4 to 140 degrees F
Accessories IncludedUSB cable, soft case
Optional AccessoriesCable release CA-3, microphone TA-1, underwater housing TW-1, hard case TH-2, tripod mount extension adapter TE-1
NotesSmart phone required to adjust camera settings
Megapixels: 12Mp (stills), 4K (video)
Movie Mode: 1080p or 4K video at 30 FPS (56 record / 120 stream Mbps)
Weight: 4.27oz / 121g
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Otis Memorial Pentaxian

Registered: December, 2009
Location: Canberra
Posts: 8,886
Review Date: November 7, 2019 Recommended | Price: None indicated | Rating: 6 

Pros: It's a whole new kind of image capture to explore
Cons: The battery life is very poor

I bought the Theta V when there was a discount available, because I was curious about its potential to provide very different views of the world. It does that very successfully, but personally I'm not really into what this camera is best for, and that's selfies. There's ways to take photos with the Theta without being in the photo, but it you take a casual shot hand held, you will definitely be in the original 360 degree image or video. So for folks who want a way to capture the scene in one image that says "here's me and here's where I am" you can do it instantly without having to put the subject behind you where you can't see it. On the other hand, if you want to see your pout before you press the shutter release, it's probably easier to stick to a phone.

I'll add more to the review later.

Stop going in circles! by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Japanese Garden Mandala by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

The phone app has "tiny planet" as one of the effects.

A blue-green planet somewhere in the ACT by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Or you can crop the image in the app.

Giant Lily by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

It can be tough not to be in the photo, unless you use a tripod and remote trigger by wifi.

Snowy mountains by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

But as I mentioned, it's a fun selfie machine, if that's what you want.

Snow at Bull's Head
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr
Senior Member

Registered: February, 2017
Location: North Texas
Posts: 199
Review Date: December 24, 2018 Recommended | Price: $350.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Easy and fun to use with iOS APP
Cons: Must integrate the imaging of the Theta V with my still photography

I signed up last October as part of a special photography shoot and special access to AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX and Ricoh was there as a sponsor and they provide us with our own Theta V's to "play" with during our shoot. The Ricoh staff was very friendly and helpful...even with my Pentax K1 upgrade questions. For the overall event Ricoh were also running a special on the Theta V and I picked it up and have been thoroughly happy with the results. It's fun tool to play with and offers interesting applications for scenic, landscapes, and real estate photography. The images are completely compatible with social media 360 VR imaging such as embedded in FB. The iOS APP and selfie stick are absolute must use items. Image quality is exceptional for HD stills or videos. I do not have a 4K monitor so I can't speak to that. One needs to learn how to place the Theta V in the image in order to minimize your presence. Using a selfie stick and holding it straight up in the air is the best...or set it up on a tripod and get behind an object works too. Have fun!
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