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11-13-2015, 08:21 PM   #1
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360 Videos popularity rising. The Theta is spot on

I thought I'd congratulate RICOH for making the correct move in releasing the theta series. Just now I stumbled across this story on facebook: Mark Zuckerberg Launched 360-Degree Videos On Facebook. And They Are Awesome! . Though the equipments used are gopros I feel somewhat proud that RICOH, among other traditional Camera makers, is (CMIIW) the first to release practical and economical 360 still and video camera. It is just nice to know that the company that you "support" is actually innovative and ahead off the curve. Keep up the good job, Guys!

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The Theta is awesome. Many members here seem to overlook it, unfortunately.

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11-13-2015, 10:06 PM   #3
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I don't do much of anything in the way of video, but I was fortunate to borrow the Theta M15 from a forum member for a couple weeks, and the Theta S is the only item on my Christmas wish list this year. :-) If you haven't interacted with some 360-degree photos, you don't know what you're missing!!

https://theta360.com/users/35053

Correction: It was not the Theta m15 that I borrowed - it was the original Theta. Either way, I am PSYCHED for my Theta S!

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11-13-2015, 10:38 PM   #4
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If you haven't done so already, view one of the 360 videos on the YouTube app on your phone or tablet. While you are watching, stand up while holding the phone/tablet and spin slowly in a circle. You POV in the video will change!

It's unfortunate that the video quality of the M15 is so poor, nearly unwatchable when there's lots of motion.


Pardon the heavy breathing on this one, the hill was steep!


I hope that future iterations will significantly improve both still and video quality. The potential is there and the form factor is pretty darn good.

11-14-2015, 12:54 PM   #5
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
The Theta is awesome. Many members here seem to overlook it, unfortunately.
Alright if you like extreme fish-eye and poor quality. I've not seen anything [yet] that I find impressive enough to interest me.
I hope the development continues.
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Alright if you like extreme fish-eye and poor quality. I've not seen anything [yet] that I find impressive enough to interest me.
I hope the development continues.
Wow. Way to come in and stink up another Theta thread. Do you watch for these so you can come in and be a Scrooge? :-[
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It's a free forum where folks may respond with an opinion about the the item being discussed. However, I don't believe you have the right to post insults simply because you dislike my opinion.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Steve.Ledger Quote
It's a free forum where folks may respond with an opinion about the the item being discussed. However, I don't believe you have the right to post insults simply because you dislike my opinion.
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You're right. I apologize for the excessive sass.

11-16-2015, 01:54 AM   #9
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I really love the Theta - I love that it exists, I love what it can do and I really like the design, too. That said, the technology doesn't feel quite "there" yet - I'd love to get one to play with, but at the moment I don't feel like I can justify buying one when the image quality isn't quite as good as I'd like. I've been using Google's Photosphere app to take photospheres since it was launched, and that takes brilliant images with a bit of practice - but it takes time. The Theta can take images instantly, but the image quality isn't as good.
Don't get me started on video - the M15 was functional, the S is better, but still very soft. I think this technology has a ways to go.

All the above said, the Theta is still the perfect entry device for 360° photos and video - it's affordable and produces good images. All the other solutions are relatively expensive or require more specialist knowledge and software!
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Theta S is a step in the right direction.


I like how there are apps that will navigate you through the 360 data. It's some pretty incredible animation work going on there.


Only let down presently is a nice way to view it.
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