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03-20-2019, 10:04 AM   #1
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Does Ricoh Theta V show the live image when connected just with Bluetooth?

Hi,
I apologize for asking such a novice question, but I am unable to see the live image on the Ricoh Theta V camera when I am connected just with Bluetooth. Should you be able to see the live image with just a Bluetooth connection?
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I am using Theta SC (not V) coupled with my iPhone and this is how it works, yes.
The live view is showing, with a very slight delay (fraction of seconds).

Hope you would be able to figure it out on your device.
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Hi,

I can see the live image when I am connected with Bluetooth and WiFi, but with just the Bluetooth I don't see anything.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pdonah1 Quote
when I am connected just with Bluetooth
The function of Bluetooth in a camera is to set up a Wi-fi connection between devices. Your Theta also has a Wi-fi radio, which can transmit data at least 10 times as fast as Bluetooth. You will also need Image Sync (or other compatible software) on your other device to communicate with your Theta. I don't have a Theta myself, but that is the function of Bluetooth in cameras, just to make the Wi-fi connection because it is too slow to transmit high resolution images in real time.

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Hi,

QuoteOriginally posted by pdonah1 Quote
Should you be able to see the live image with just a Bluetooth connection?
No, I am fairly certain that bluetooth can't show the live image. The bandwidth of bluetooth isn't too great. I think bluetooth is intented to provide a remote shutter control that uses less power and also doesn't require you to mess with the wifi on the phone.
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That is good to know about Bluetooth. The reason I'm asking is I have a shoot in the field for the first time in a location where there is not a WiFi connection. And I'm wondering how I can monitor the image while filming. Is there a workaround for this?
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QuoteOriginally posted by pdonah1 Quote
I have a shoot in the field for the first time in a location where there is not a WiFi connection
Can you use your cell phone as a hot spot?
QuoteOriginally posted by pdonah1 Quote
how I can monitor the image while filming. Is there a workaround for this?
As long as you don't mind the delay and slightly lower resolution of a Wi-fi connection (compared to what the camera saves to its memory), the app for your Theta should allow you to use your mobile device as a monitor. The Theta V can live stream 4K video via Wi-fi, so it should be able to give you live view of still images as well (all in 360 degrees).
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What if there is no WiFi? Can you live view what you are filming without WiFi? I will be in a place where there is no WiFi and am wondering if it is possible to see the video being shot without WiFi.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pdonah1 Quote
What if there is no WiFi? Can you live view what you are filming without WiFi? I will be in a place where there is no WiFi and am wondering if it is possible to see the video being shot without WiFi.
The wi-fi connection is between your phone and the theta. It doesn't matter if there are no hotspots with internet, since internet isn't required for anything when shooting.

The main reason they added bluetooth was for you to be able to control the theta and go online (i.e. to share) at the same time. But you can most certainly use the wi-fi as well, and just turn it off when you want to go online.

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Thanks for all these responses! I am going to try this out tomorrow outside where there's no WiFi, and will report back how it all goes.
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Sorry everyone for my first post (as I mixed Bluetooth connection VS Wi-Fi connection).
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