New Ricoh Theta X 360-Degree Camera Is Simpler to Use on Its Own

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Image: Ricoh – The Theta X’s touchscreen, swappable battery, and removable memory card make it a significant advance. Ricoh’s Theta family of cameras continues to offer an economical option to multi-camera systems if you wish to shoot 3D images or film. A touchscreen and other improvements to make it simpler to use as a standalone camera are also included in the new Theta X, which is the company’s first 360-degree camera.

360-degree images may still be captured using smartphone or tablet cameras and motion sensors, but the process is a tedious one that necessitates users to continually rotate their devices as if they were imprisoned within an enormous globe. Using a dedicated 360-degree camera makes it easy to take panoramic photos and films with just a single button click. The popularity of these gadgets has waned, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be an essential part of VR content creation and a crucial part of fusing visual effects with live-action video.

The usage of 360-degree cameras for real estate listings is on the rise, and you may have already seen it in action if you’ve lately looked at any home or Airbnb listings. Image: Ricoh

Using a pair of back-to-back fisheye cameras, the Ricoh Theta devices capture the world in a single shot. However, to keep costs and size down, the cameras are connected to a mobile app via Bluetooth, which allows photographers to customize settings and see a live preview of their shot before taking it. Ricoh’s new Theta X camera is the first to offer a 2.25-inch touchscreen display, making it easy to manage settings, connect to wireless networks, and complete firmware upgrades on its own without the need for a smartphone or tablet.

The built-in touchscreen on the Theta X makes it possible for third parties to design custom plugins to enhance the camera’s capabilities, which is another feature that will be enhanced by the device’s Android-based operating system. Ricoh has included a removable rechargeable battery and the option to record to a microSD card instead of only the device’s 46GB of internal memory to increase the Theta X’s functioning as a solo camera.

The Theta Z1’s image and video quality has been improved. Using the Theta X, you can take “high-resolution bright-light interior photography” at 11K or 5.5K “to capture photographs simply and effectively in different circumstances.” As an option, you may record video at up to 5760 x 2880 resolutions at 30 frames per second, or up to 60 frames per second when recording at 4K (3840 x 1920) resolution.

Additionally, Bluetooth communication has been simplified by eliminating the need for PIN passwords, GPS has been integrated and A-GPS is supported, and a USB-C connector has been added for file transfers and charging the camera while it’s active. The $800 Theta X, which goes on sale in March, will be less expensive than the $1,050 Theta Z1 since it lacks key advanced capabilities like RAW shooting and spatial audio recording.