Ricoh Theta S

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I hate Ricoh, this japanese camera company just makes awful cameras these years. But I gave Ricoh one more shot on Theta S, the new Spherical camera. This really might be my final chance to a Ricoh product.

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The package is not a big one, a brick. There is no plastic film, even no tape seal. Everyone can easily open it, I don’t understand why a product like this does not use a safer package.

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Get all the stuff out, from left: protect soft case, quick start guide, Theta S body, message to customers, micro-USB cable.

The protect soft case is totally useless! too tight to grab the camera into it. You can use force to complete this, but it takes a risk of damaging the two convex lenses.

The quick start guide and  message to customers are rubbish, everyone knows.

The micro-USB cable is extremely short, with a length of 10 cm I think, so I will not even open the plastic package.

The accessories, overall, all rubbish!

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So obviously the only valuable thing is the camera body itself. However in my first hands-on minute, I began to suspect if there is a Initial failure.

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The left (when I hold the shutter faces to me) side, the gray bar without any buttons is very loose! A simple push on it can lead to a flexible collapse. Totally poor quality control or bad structural design. Remember what I have said, I hate Ricoh!

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On the opposite side, on the car there are three buttons: power on/off, WiFi on/off, still photo and movie switch. No problem here, and the response rate of the buttons are all nice.

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From the top of the camera, the two fish-eye lens can be seen clearly, each of them takes one half side of 180° images and stitch into a 360° Spherical image. Also, on the top there is a stereo mic, no expect too much on them however the test shows a nice perform of recording the sounds indoor.

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The bottom side is a cramped space, Ricoh put a Micro-USB port, a standard tripod port and a Micro-HDMI port here.

Good news is: by link the Micro-USB cable, the camera can even charging during power on. Also the HDMI output support a full HD live stream.

Bad news is obviously very hard to plug the cables when using a tripod. I will try to figure it later.

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By linking to a smartphone via WiFi, the control to the Theta S can be fully unleashed. Ricoh gives a Auto, ISO priority, Shutter speed priority, Manual modes in Theta S. Because of no aperture inside these fish-eye lens, the controls except the aperture can be all manual, very happy to see this.

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To me, another important function is the linkage between Google street view app and Theta S. Since Theta S is officially authorized by Google, a direct upload by putting the spherical photos to google street view is allowed. Explore the world!

Sample shots:

これは面白い! – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Mita line #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

exploring the city #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

See all max quality photos in my Google Photos: google photos

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