Ricoh has announced the latest generation of its line of 360-degree cameras, the Theta X. This “advanced model” is Ricoh’s first 360-degree camera to feature a large touchscreen, interchangeable battery and external memory card.
The overall design aesthetic of the Theta X isn’t much different from its predecessors. It’s compact, portable and lightweight design with a metallic gray finish that resembles the shape of a TV remote control.
Updated CMOS image sensor, main processor, and lens design. The Theta X has a new sensor of approx 48 megapixels, it is now possible to capture high-resolution 360-degree still images with a maximum output of around 60 megapixels. Rico says that two image sizes are available to match the scene: 11K for high-resolution indoor shooting and bright light, and 5.5K for easy and efficient image capture in other scenarios. The Theta X also has “improved image stabilization” that the company says will provide smooth shooting of 360-degree videos that can be captured at a 5.7K equivalent resolution of 5760 x 2880 pixels at 30 frames per second.
First Theta with display, MicroSD slot and replaceable battery
Ricoh has made several Theta models in the past, but none came with a touchscreen as large as the one on the Theta X. The company says that the 2.25-inch screen makes it very easy to use the Theta X as a standalone camera unit because it eliminates the need to use it with a phone Smart and remote application. Along the same lines, Ricoh’s decision to make the battery interchangeable along with giving Theta X the ability to use external memory cards makes the mobile device perform like a traditional camera, even if the look is still a departure from the cameras. traditionally look.
Theta X features a microSD card slot (microSDXC) and a DB-110 rechargeable battery. Additional batteries can also be purchased separately.
Other improvements and features
Ricoh says the Theta X has better smartphone connectivity than its predecessors because it no longer requires the need to enter an SSID when establishing a Bluetooth connection. It also has real-time stitching capabilities with stabilization, which the company says eliminates the need for compositing videos and “dramatically” improves processing time for 360-degree videos on PCs.
The Theta X uses an Android operating system, like the previous Theta V and Theta Z1, which the company says enables third-party developers to create and release plugins that can extend the camera’s functionality. Rico again cites that the new offering is useful for extending said developments. It is also now possible to set up Client Mode (a mode used to connect a Ricoh Theta device directly to a wireless router) without using a smartphone, a feature that allows installing plug-ins and updating firmware through the Theta X itself without using a computer or smartphone.
The Theta X has built-in GPS and A-GPS support and uses a USB Type-C connection that can be used for power during operation and can be accessed even when the Theta X is on a tripod. It also features what Ricoh calls “Time Shooting Shooting” which allows the photographer to take a picture without being in the frame as well as a continuous shooting mode that can capture 20 still images per second at 5.5K resolution.
Pricing and availability
The Ricoh Theta X will be available in March 2022 for $800. For reference, the Theta Z1 costs $1,050. Comparing the two side by side, while there are many usability improvements to the Theta X over the Z1, the new camera sacrifices Somoe software features. The Theta X cannot shoot in RAW, does not have an aperture-priority shooting mode, does not record spatial sound and cannot shoot time-lapse composite shots.