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Ricoh Theta S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 584 reviews of Ricoh Theta S. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the size and performance. The portability and image quality also get good views, but reviews about the low light performance and storage are different. Many are negative about the zoom and contrast.

usability, image quality, portability, performance, size

lens, glare, viewfinder, contrast, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Ricoh Theta S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Ricoh Theta S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 60 user reviews of Ricoh Theta S from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the performance and screen. The portability and image quality also get good feedback. There are some mixed views about the design. The size and glare get negative reviews.

usability, image quality, portability, screen, performance

price, durability, glare, size

95% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Ricoh Theta S Camera - BlackRicoh Theta S Camera - Black

Sep, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Ricoh Theta S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 240 user reviews of Ricoh Theta S from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the performance and price. The portability and image quality are also appreciated, but the glare and low light performance get mixed views. The zoom and contrast get critical views.

usability, image quality, portability, price, performance

screen, lens, viewfinder, contrast, zoom

85% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Ricoh Theta S Digital Camera (Black)Ricoh Theta S Digital Camera (Black)

Sep, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Ricoh Theta S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Ricoh Theta S from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.ca.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: RICOH Theta S Digital Camera, BlackRICOH Theta S Digital Camera, Black

Sep, 2018

Recommended by TR

Expert review by : James Morris (trustedreviews.com)

Ricoh Theta S

 

The Ricoh Theta S is the third generation of Ricoh's 360-degree shooting camera, which we first got our hands on at IFA 2015 – and it's the first to offer decent video abilities. The VR craze is very much in full swing right now, but the focus is still...

The Ricoh Theta S provides decent 360 photos and acceptable 360 video for early adopters, but it’s likely to be superseded soon.

Apr, 2016

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.co.uk)

Ricoh Theta S review

 

Unless you're really into cameras, it's probably a surprise that Japanese electronics manufacturer Ricoh -- a company best known for its copiers, printers and other office equipment -- was the first to launch a consumer point-and-shoot camera for...

The Ricoh Theta S takes the complex process of capturing and creating spherical photos and videos down to a single button press. Using its Wi-Fi and mobile apps, you can control the camera, and edit and share photos and video. Addition of self-timer...

Processing takes its toll on photo and video quality, so just don't look too closely. Having separate apps for capture and editing hurts the user experience. You need to upload to Ricoh's site before sharing to other sites. Because of the twin-lens...

Whether you're looking to create content for your VR headset or just love cool camera gadgetry, the Ricoh Theta S is an excellent way to start creating spherical images.

Apr, 2016

Expert review by : Seth Barton (expertreviews.co.uk)

Ricoh Theta review

 

More than a novelty, the Theta creates instant panoramas that capture the moment in a unique way

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.co.uk)

Ricoh puts 360-degree video capture in your pocket with new Theta camera

 

The sci-fi-looking camera can capture panoramic photos in a single shot as well as video that can be endlessly manipulated with your fingertips on your iOS or Android device.

Expert review by : paul_smart (gadgetspeak.com)

RICOH THETA S

 

Ricoh and Pentax are both names in quality DSLR and even some smaller but high quality cameras often cruelly called point and shoot. This offering is somewhat different as you only know what you have when you have it stored.

The RICOH THETA S is available in black from the first link below for £299 with free delivery.

Apr, 2016

Recommended

Expert review by : ePHOTOzine (ephotozine.com)

Ricoh Theta S Review

 

We take a look at the latest 360 camera from Ricoh with a 12 megapixel stills capability.

Good image quality ; Full 360 x 360 images ; Easily take and explore your images ; Full HD 30fps video capture ; 8GB built in memory

App can be glitchy on Android ; Uploading images to Theta360.com profile can be confusing

The Ricoh Theta S is a compact and handy camera that takes good quality images. It's especially ideal for situations where you want to capture the whole scene including everyone and everything, without omission.

Feb, 2016

DT Recommended Product

Expert review by : Les Shu (digitaltrends.com)

Ricoh Theta S review

 

Ricoh's Theta S is the simplest and most elegant 360 cam you can buy.

The Theta S isn’t a primary camera, but a secondary device for creating 360-degree photos and videos. Because it’s highly portable, it shouldn’t be an issue to carry it alongside a regular camera or smartphone. It’s ideal for events like concerts and...

May, 2016

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Ricoh Theta S

 

The Ricoh Theta S is a solid 360-degree camera for capturing still images and smooth video.

Captures 360-degree images and video. Remote control via smartphone app. Cloud service for image sharing. Compact.

Non-rugged design. Video on the soft side. Finicky Mac software. Wi-Fi video transfer can take a while.

Uses and Conclusions Normally when I review a product, I won't go into too much detail on use cases. There are some obvious exceptions—with a long telephoto lens you discuss its usability for wildlife and sports photography. A spherical camera like the...

Feb, 2016

Expert review by : Chris Burns (slashgear.com)

Ricoh Theta S Review: the true VR camera trailblazer

 

In a few years from now, cameras like the Ricoh Theta S will be standard. Maybe not even a few years. Maybe this year. Samsung just released their VR camera, the [Gear 360] , and LG just released a VR camera called [LG 360 CAM] as well. LG's camera is,...

While video quality is wanting, the photos this device captures now are quite nice. I expect that a year down the line this model will look slightly less impressive – especially now that players like Samsung and LG are jumping in on the party – but for...

Feb, 2016

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

Ricoh Theta S Review

 

Most cameras seem a lot alike, but not so the Ricoh Theta S. With twin fisheye lenses, each with its own image sensor, this sleek camera can capture complete 360-degree spherical panoramas in a single shot, handling all the stitching for you...

360-degree spherical panoramas at the click of a button; Puts you back in the moment like no other camera; Good ergonomics and control layout; Great still image quality, and can shoot videos too; Upload panoramas to Google Street View

Very reliant on your smartphone or tablet; Battery and storage can't be replaced or upgraded; Handheld shots suffer from Gigantic Hand Syndrome; Hard to get yourself out of the shot; Video image quality is only modest; Interval timer has a long shot delay

Most cameras seem a lot alike, but not so the Ricoh Theta S. With twin fisheye lenses, each with its own image sensor, this sleek camera can capture complete 360-degree spherical panoramas in a single shot, handling all the stitching for you...

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:AAC
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):260
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Video recording time:2.9

Camera

3D: No
3D compatibility: No
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Remotely operated:Y
Shooting modes:Auto / Auto, Manual, Shutter priority
Smartphone remote support:Y

Design

Colour of product:Black
LED indicators:Status, WLAN / Yes
Tripod mountable: Yes
Tripod mounting supported:Y

Display

Built-in Display:N / No
Flip-out screen:N

Flash

Built-in Flash:N / No
Built-in light:Y / Yes

Focusing

Closest focusing distance:0.1

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):12
Effective megapixels (movie):12
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.3
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:12 / 14

Lens System

Image stabilizer:N / No
Interchangeable lens:N
Maximum aperture number:2

Light exposure

ISO sensitivity:100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600 / 100, 125, 200, 250, 320, 400, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600 / 100, 1600
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE / Manual

Networking

Wi-Fi:Y

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60

Packaging Content

Cables included:MICRO-USB / USB
Pouch: Yes

Ports & interfaces

HDMI:Y / Yes
HDMI Version:1.4
Micro-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
PictBridge:N
S-Video Out:N / No

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/8000 - 1/8
Shutter speed (photo):1/6400 - 1/8 / 1/8000 - 60
Shutter speed (video):1/8000 - 1/30 / 1/8000 - 1/30, 1/8000 - 1/15

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:5376 x 2688
Still image resolution(s):5376 x 2688, 2048 x 1024 / 5376x2688, 2048x1024

Storage

Camcorder tape type:N
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3
Compatible memory cards:Not supported
Disc types supported:N / No
Internal storage capacity:8

Technical Details

F-number (relative aperture):2

Video

Bitrate at maximum video resolution:16
HD type:Full HD
Maximum frame rate:30
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:720p, 1080p
Video formats supported:AVC, H.264, MP4, MPEG4 / M-JPEG, MP4
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 / 720 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type:Not available

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:17.9 / 2.29
Height :13 / 130
Weight:125
Width:4.4 / 44

White balance

White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Lamp, Outdoor, Shade / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Outdoor, Shade