Ricoh Theta V


The table below lists the Ricoh Theta V specifications compared to the entry-level Theta SC and the former high-end model, the Theta S.  In addition to more than twice the storage space for photos and better battery life, the Theta V has gotten plenty of improvements to support high-quality 4K video and audio streaming/recording.  This comes at a higher price tag and negligibly heavier weight.

Product Information
Product Name Ricoh Theta V Ricoh Theta SC Ricoh Theta S
Class High-end Beginner High-end
Manufacturer Ricoh Company, Ltd.
Announced August, 2017 October 2016 September, 2015
Launch Price (USA) $429
(reduced to $399)
(reduced to $179)
(reduced to $299)
Effective Resolution 5376 x 2688 pixels
2 CMOS sensors
12 megapixels per sensor
14 effective megapixels combined
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
ISO Range 100-1600 (auto)
64-3200 (manual)
64-6400 (video)
100-1600 in all modes
Image Capture
Lens Type 2 bird-eye lenses (7 elements in 6 groups)
360-degree combined horizontal field of view
Maximum Aperture F2
Shooting Modes Auto, Shutter Priority, Sensitivity Priority, Manual
Customizable white balance
Shutter Speeds 1/8 - 1/25000s
60 - 1/25000s in manual mode
1/30 - 1/25000s in video mode
1/8 - 1/8000s
60 - 1/8000s in manual mode
1/15 - 1/8000s in video mode
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
File formats JPEG (flattened, leveled 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
Sensors Gyro, Acceleration Acceleration
Movie Mode
Resolution/Framerates 3840 x 1920 @ 30p FPS (56 Mbps, 120 Mbps live stream)
1920 x 960 @ 30p FPS
(16 Mbps, 42 Mbps live stream)
1920x1080 @ 30p FPS
1280x720 @ 15p FPS (10 in live view)
File format H.264 MOV
Live Streaming 4K @ 30 FPS N/A 1080p @ 15 FPS
Exposure Modes Auto
Built-in Microphone 4-channel stereo
AAC-LC audio format
External Microphone Yes N/A
Max. Clip Length 5 minutes (4K)
25 minutes (Full HD)
Unlimited (streaming)
5 minutes 25 minutes
Unlimited (streaming)
Total Recording Time
4K: 40 minutes
Full HD: 130 minutes
Full HD: 65 minutes, HD: 175 minutes
Buttons Power, still/movie, wireless on/off, shutter release
Display 4 indicator LEDs (blue), no display 4 indicator LEDs (white), no display 4 indicator LEDs (blue), no display
Connectivity Micro USB 2.0 (power, live stream, and data)
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n/a/ac) - 2.4Ghz / 5 Ghz
Micro USB 2.0 (power and data)
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
HDMI 1.4
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, interval shooting
Smartphone Software Camera control and tethering: "Ricoh Theta S"
Editing of still images: "THETA+"
Editing of videos: "THETA+ Video"
Available for Andriod & iOS 8+
Desktop Software Windows and Mac OS

19GB built-in memory
~4800 still photo capacity
~40 minutes of 4K video
~130 min of Full HD video

8GB built-in memory
~1600 still photo capacity
~65 min of Full HD video
Body Material
Plastic panels, metal frame Plastic panels, metal frame
No-slip texture
Available Colors Grey Pink, Blue, Beige, White Black
Dimensions (WxHxD) 45.2 x 130.6 x 22.9 mm
(1.8 x 5.2 x 0.9 in.)
44 x 130.0 x 22.9 mm
(1.73 x 5.12 x 0.9 in.)
Battery Life 300 photos
80 minutes of video
260 stills (with Wi-Fi on and photos transferred to a smart phone)
Built-in rechargeable li-ion
Weight (Loaded) 121g (4.3 oz) 102g (3.6 oz) 125g (4.4 oz)
Origin Made in China

The Theta V has a lot of customizable settings (such as exposure modes), but it should be noted that an Android or iOS smartphone or tablet is required to configure them.  Video and still recording in auto mode can always be initiated without a smartphone.

Product Photos

Click on any thumbnail to enlarge.  Compared to prior Theta models, notice the addition of extra microphones scattered throughout the device in addition to a dedicated external microphone jack.

Although not pictured, after installing the v2.50.1 firmware update, the blue power light on the Theta V will turn yellow at 50-80% battery, red at 30-50%, and flashing red under 30%. 

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