Ricoh Theta S Review


Many of the traditional digital camera specifications that photographers are accustomed to either don't apply to the Theta, or haven't been specified by the manufacturer.

The table below lists the Ricoh Theta S specifications compared to the previous model, the m15.

Ricoh Theta S and m15

Product Information
Product Name Ricoh Theta S Ricoh Theta m15
Manufacturer Ricoh Company, Ltd.
Announced September, 2015 September, 2014
Launch Price (USA) $349 $299
Effective Resolution 5376 x 2688 pixels
2 CMOS sensors
12 megapixels per sensor
14 effective megapixels combined
3584 x 1792 pixels
2 CMOS sensors
3.2 megapixels per sensor
6.4 megapixels combined*
Sensor Size 1/2.3" Not specified
ISO Range 100-1600 in all modes 100-1600
100-400 in video mode
Image Capture
Lens Type 2 bird-eye lenses
360-degree combined horizontal field of view
Maximum Aperture F2 Not known
Shooting Modes Auto, Shutter Priority, Sensitivity Priority, Manual Auto, Shutter Priority, Sensitivity Priority
Shutter Speeds 1/8 - 1/6400s
60 s - 1/6400s in manual mode
1/30 -1/8000s in full HD video mode
1/15 -1/8000s in HD video mode
1/7.5 - 1/8000s
1/15 -1/8000s in video mode
File formats JPEG (flattened spherical images)
Focusing Fixed focus, covering the range from 10 cm to infinity
Drive Modes Single shot, interval shooting
Exposure Compensation +/- 2EV, 1/3 EV steps
Metering Auto
Movie Mode
Resolution/Framerates 1920x1080 @ 30 FPS
1280x720 @ 15 FPS (10 in live view)
1920x960 @ 15 FPS
File format H.264 MOV
Exposure Modes Auto
Built-in Microphone Mono
External Microphone N/A
Max. Clip Length 25 minutes, max. 4 GB 5 minutes
Total Recording Time
Full HD: 65 minutes, HD: 175 minutes 60 minutes
Buttons Power, still/movie, wireless on/off, shutter release Power, wireless on/off, shutter release
Display 4 indicator LEDs, no display 3 indicator LEDs, no display
Connectivity HDMI 1.4
Micro USB 2.0 (power and data)
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
Micro USB 2.0 (power and data)
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
Wireless Features With smartphone:
Live view, image capture, image review,
image/video download, exposure adjustments
With smartphone:
Image capture, image review,
image download, exposure adjustments
Smartphone Software Camera control and tethering: "Ricoh Theta S"
Editing of still images: "THETA+"
Editing of videos: "THETA+ Video"
Available for Andriod & iOS 8+
Camera control and tethering: "Ricoh Theta"
Available for Andriod & iOS 7+
Desktop Software Windows and Mac OS
Storage 8GB built-in memory
~1600 still photo capacity in high resolution, 9000 in low resolution
No media slot
4GB built-in memory
~1200 still photo capacity*
No media slot
Body Material
Plastic panels, metal frame
Available Colors Black White, Red, Yellow, Blue
Dimensions (WxHxD) 44 x 130.0 x 22.9 mm
(1.73 x 5.12 x 0.9 in.)
40.6 x 127.0 x 22.9 mm
(1.6 x 5.0 x 0.9 in.)
Battery Life 260 stills (with Wi-Fi on and photos transferred to a smart phone) 200 stills (wwith Wi-Fi on and photos transferred to a smart phone)
Built-in rechargeable li-ion
Weight (Loaded) 125g (4.4 oz) 95g (3.35 oz)
Origin Made in China

*based on our tests

The Theta S has a lot of customizable settings, but it should be noted that an Android or iOS smartphone or tablet is required to configure these. PentaxForums +Pentax Forums @PentaxForums News | Reviews | Forum

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