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04-20-2017, 06:33 PM - 5 Likes   #1
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Theta 4K developed

Newest Model in the RICOH THETA 360 Camera Series
that Shoots 4K Video Developed

Ricoh to showcase a sample camera at the world's largest
broadcast equipment exhibition, NAB Show 2017
Ricoh would like to announce that we will be showcasing a sample camera of the newest model, which shoots high resolution 4K video in 360, of the RICOH THETA series that shoots 360 images in one shot at the NAB Show 2017 held by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in Las Vegas, USA from April 22 to 27.

Overview of the Product
● RICOH THETA series 360 camera
Product name:TBA
Launch Date: Sometime in 2017

Main Features
・Shoots 360 4K30fps video
・A built-in 4-channel microphone that can record spatial audio to link to 360 videos
・360 4K live streaming
・A dedicated expansion application makes function expansion possible (an Android-based operating system will be installed)

Notes: The above product specifications, exterior, and so on have yet to be finalized.

Ricoh to showcase Newest Model in the RICOH THETA 360 Camera at the world's largest broadcast equipment exhibition, NAB Show 2017?RICOH IMAGING

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Video is a fad, a gimmick etc
(Not according to me but others on this forum)
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QuoteOriginally posted by cali92rs Quote
Video is a fad, a gimmick etc
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Awesome! Full HD means less than half of 720 per lens, so 4K is going to make spherical video really, really good.

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Ricoh was showing 4K 360 video at CP+. I guess it was made with a prototype of this. They also had a demo of the spatial sound. There was a boxer hitting a punchbag, and as you changed the view, you could hear the punches landing to your left and right. Unfortunately, the demo was just with a screen, so you couldn't get the full VR with sound experience.

Looks like an up-market model, and probably won't be cheap, but some of the more serious 360 cameras from other makers are ridiculously expensive.

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QuoteOriginally posted by cali92rs Quote
Video is a fad, a gimmick etc
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I can't wait to get into this fad that all the hep cats are into!
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QuoteOriginally posted by cali92rs Quote
Video is a fad, a gimmick etc
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The best way to get 4k video is to duct-tape one of these on a Pentax DSLR.
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Great news! I know Richard fancies themselves as the market leader in 360 cameras, and it's great to see them staying competitive.

Being an owner of the Theta S and a K-1, I can't wait until they make the combo zoom pic thing available to customers.

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Great. We didn't see the last model materialise into shops as far as I know.

What happend to this one?
https://pentaxrumors.com/2017/02/27/the-latest-ricoh-theta-camera-can-livest...-for-24-hours/

I wonder if this site for that Theta model is even in any way related to Ricoh-Imaging or just a separate company of some sort within Ricoh?
http://ricohr.ricoh/en/

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Oh, no, according to the logic of a small group the Theta is doomed, since it can not shoot 36 Mpx images.

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QuoteOriginally posted by cali92rs Quote
Video is a fad, a gimmick etc
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Video is not a fad.

Neither is it photography.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kiwipixter Quote
The best way to get 4k video is to duct-tape one of these on a Pentax DSLR.
No need for duct tape:


Now hopefully Ricoh got hold of a decent enough chip for 4k processing.
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About those useless interviews in which no information whatsoever is given:
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6. What are your plans for the development of the Theta line? Do you think 4K spherical video is a possibility?
We know that a lot of Theta users are requesting 4K and HDR, as well as live streaming. We listen to our customers and our product team is considering these requests, though I can't confirm any exact plans.
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4K,wow...that the 2nd Ricoh....wonder when the GR gets it?
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For an imaging device that captures 360 degrees spherical image, or video, more resolution in video is welcome, because that is the sole purpose of the device, to make its one and only field of view — which is a total field of view — as clear as possible.
DSLR is not such one-purpose, one-lens device.
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