Ricoh Theta Z1: Specs, Instance Pictures & Worth

Ricoh has introduced one other digicam of their Theta vary of 360 cameras, the Ricoh Theta Z1. This digicam won’t act as a alternative for the favored Ricoh Theta V however will as an alternative goal a extra skilled market who’re in search of greater high quality in a small, straightforward to make use of kind issue. The Theta Z1 shall be launched in April and you’ll pre-order it now.

Ricoh Theta Z1: Specs, Instance Pictures & Worth

The Theta Z1 will function two lenses with 1 inch sensors able to capturing much more gentle and element than another 360 digicam underneath $1000. The brand new lenses can even have variable aperture , cut back chromatic aberration and ghosting. Take a look at the total specs of the Theta Z1 under together with a number of pictures from the discharge occasion.

Ricoh Theta Z1 Specs

Ricoh Theta Z1
x2 1.Zero-inch again illuminated CMOS picture sensors
Photograph Decision
23MP (6720 x 3360, 7K)
Picture Decision
4K (3840 x 1920, 29.97fps)
four Channel Microphones
Zenith Correction
19GB Inner Solely
Li-Ion, Approx 600 Pictures, 60 Minutes of Video
Taking pictures Modes
Noise discount, DR compensation, HDR rendering, Interval capturing, Interval composite capturing, Multi-bracketing capturing, Self-timer (2, 5 and 10 seconds)
Shutter Speeds
Nonetheless picture: (Auto) 1/25000 to 1/eight seconds,

(shutter precedence mode) 1/25000 to 1/eight seconds

(Guide mode) 1/25000 to 60 seconds

Video: (Auto) 1/25000 to 1/30 seconds

(Shutter precedence, Guide) 1/25000 to 1/30 seconds

Reside streaming: (Auto) 1/25000 to 1/30 seconds

Nonetheless picture/Video: Guide compensation(-2.Zero to +2.Zero EV, 1/three EV steps)
48mm (W) × 132.5mm (H) × 29.7mm (D)
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Theta Z1 Instance Pictures

The German model of the Ricoh web site options some instance pictures shot with the Theta Z1 and for probably the most half they appear nice.

A number of the pictures have been taken in London in locations the place I’ve shot with different cameras and I can already see that the Theta Z1 is ready to shoot a lot top quality pictures than any of them. The dynamic vary is fairly superb in all of the pictures however significantly within the second to final picture that includes the River Thames. The stitching accuracy appears to be excellent as there isn’t any seen sew line.

Over on the web site AV Watch I discovered a number of extra pictures taken on the Ricoh occasion the place the digicam was introduced. Included within the article are a number of instance pictures shot with the Ricoh Theta Z1.

Ricoh Theta Z1: Specs, Instance Pictures & Worth

In line with the article the picture above was taken with the Theta Z1 in a Bolivian desert. Whereas it’s tough to see the standard of the particular picture from a photograph of a display screen, it’s apparent that the Z1 was able to capturing the celebs within the night time sky, which is one thing that has not been attainable with another 30 digicam that I do know of.

Ricoh Theta Z1: Specs, Instance Pictures & Worth

Right here is one other low gentle instance shot with the Theta Z1, this time in London. You’ll be able to see the distinction in high quality in comparison with the Theta V in addition to the distinction between capturing in JPEG and RAW. You’ll be able to instantly see that the Theta Z1 shoots a lot better pictures than the Theta V in JPEG mode, however when shot in RAW mode the Theta Z1 is leagues forward. The RAW mode picture shows vastly improved dynamic vary with far higher particulars revealed within the shadows.

Right here’s a more in-depth have a look at a picture shot with the Theta V and Theta Z1 present in JPEG and RAW mode:

Ricoh Theta Z1: Specs, Instance Pictures & Worth

The Theta Z1 in RAW mode is as near DSLR high quality as I’ve seen from any multi functional 360 digicam.

Ricoh Theta Z1: Specs, Instance Pictures & Worth

Ricoh appears eager to show how nicely the digicam works low gentle with one other nightfall picture. It does appear to be doing an excellent job of capturing gentle and coloration with wonderful dynamic vary. We should await some higher examples earlier than we will make any conclusions!

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Finest 360 Digicam for Low Mild?

The big 1 inch sensors contained in the lenses of the Theta Z1 are undoubtedly nicely positioned to seize a lot improved low gentle pictures. The bigger the sensor the extra gentle the lens has to work with; because of this DSLR’s are a lot better at capturing in low gentle than your telephone.

Ricoh Theta Z1: Specs, Instance Pictures & Worth

The bigger sensors (that are roughly four occasions the dimensions of the Theta V sensors) ought to end in top quality pictures in daytime, low gentle, indoors however the latter two ought to see an enormous enchancment in comparison with different 360 cameras.

The dimensions of the sensors is especially spectacular contemplating the small dimension of the digicam. Whereas it’s bigger and thicker than the Theta V, it’s nonetheless a remarkably small kind issue for a digicam with two 1 inch sensors.

Ricoh Theta Z1: Specs, Instance Pictures & Worth

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The Theta Z1 appears to be primarily designed as a 360 pictures digicam, nonetheless it will possibly additionally shoot video at 4K decision. In 2019 4K isn’t significantly spectacular given the bigger variety of 5K 360 digicam out proper now, however the superior lenses will enable the Z1 to shoot higher high quality video whatever the variety of pixels concerned.

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Different Options

Lightroom CC Plugin

Ricoh Theta Z1: Specs, Instance Pictures & Worth

Ricoh has developed quite a lot of plugins for its 360 digicam vary and it appears the subsequent one will enable the Ricoh Theta Z1 to attach with lightroom CC for a extra seamless workflow and stitching course of.


Sadly the Z1 will retain the 19GB of inside reminiscence with no possibility of increasing. This in all probability gained’t be a difficulty if you’re capturing pictures, however 360 movies take lot of house and 19GB will shortly refill.

Taking pictures Modes 

A number of the capturing modes that shall be accessible on the Theta Z1 embrace auto HDR, bracketing and noise discount – all good for anybody trying to make use of this digicam professionally.

Variable Aperture 

Not like all different 360 digicam that are caught on a single aperture mode the Theta Z1 could have three aperture settings for greater decision in numerous conditions.


You’ll be capable to shoot DNG Uncooked and JPEG pictures concurrently permitting you to edit your pictures and retain as a lot element as attainable.

360 Audio

Just like the Theta V, the Theta Z1 will function four microphone able to creating ambisonic encompass audio which creates a way more immersive expertise when mixed with 360 video.

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The Theta Z1 is fairly costly at slightly below $1000 however when you think about who it’s geared toward, the value doesn’t appear so dangerous. Individuals in lots of professions, from architects to actual property brokers, have been begging for a 360 digicam that’s small, straightforward to make use of, not too costly that may shoot excellent high quality pictures. The Theta Z1 solutions that decision with its small physique and superior lenses; the truth is the entire gadget appears constructed to seize the best high quality 360 pictures attainable as simply as attainable.

You’ll be able to pre-order the Theta Z from amazon and will probably be absolutely launched in March.