Ricoh is unveiling its newest 360-degree digital camera this morning. Dubbed the Ricoh Theta V, the $429.95 4K digital camera is the latest in the line which launched in 2013 with the Ricoh Theta.
Obtainable for pre-order now, and transport in mid-September, the Theta V options 3820×1920 decision video seize. That’s a large enchancment on the sooner Theta S, which provided a sub-1080p 1920×960, and the Theta SC, which allowed for 1920 x 1080 recording.
Maybe the largest usability enchancment to the Theta V is the inclusion of distant playback. Customers can now wirelessly stream their video to an exterior display immediately from the digital camera. Earlier devices within the Theta line (besides the developer-only Theta R) required users to export their uncooked footage right into a computer to sew the picture and create a useable video. That’s now all executed on the device. Videographers can watch their footage on any display, and transfer the POV by transferring the digital camera itself.
The Theta V boosts sound high quality as nicely. 4 microphones seize information from their respective dimensions, creating spatial audio that permits users to listen to the place the sound is coming from inside the recording. Theta V house owners may purchase the optionally available TA-1 3D microphone to additional enhance audio high quality. Nevertheless, on the worth of $329.99, the accent is almost 75% of what the digital camera alone prices. Ricoh advertising and marketing supplies point out that the worth is tentative and will change earlier than launch.
As a remaining bonus, Ricoh additionally announced a water-resistant case for the brand new digital camera. With a provisional worth of $229.99, the Underwater Housing Case TW-1 provides safety underwater all the way down to depths of 30m.
For those who’re eager about how the brand new digital camera stacks up in opposition to different present choices, you may head over to our 360-degree camera guide. For a captivating have a look at some revolutionary makes use of of the Theta cameras, take a look at our story on the work of artist Kurt Gartner.