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Ricoh Theta S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 630 reviews of Ricoh Theta S. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the size and performance are generally positive. The portability and image quality also get good views, but there are some mixed comments about the glare. Some have doubts about the zoom and contrast.

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lens, storage, 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 by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Ricoh Theta S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 80 user reviews of Ricoh Theta S from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the performance and design are overall positive. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. There are mixed views on the size and glare, and the durability and price get less positive reviews.

usability, portability, image quality, design, performance

price, durability

94% 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

2017-10

Consumer review by: (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. Views about the performance and price are on the whole positive. The portability and image quality also get good feedback. Reviews about the glare and low light performance are different. There are some less positive opinions about the zoom and contrast.

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)

2017-10

Consumer review by: (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

2017-10

Expert review by: Karthekayan Iyer (indianexpress.com)

Ricoh Theta S #ExpressReview: A paradigm shift in photo and videography

 

Ricoh Theta S will be the torch bearer for 360-degree cameras but it is still not ready for consumer use

2016-03

Expert review by: (gadgets.ndtv.com)

Ricoh Theta S Review

 

Compact and well built Quality of 360-degree content is good Supports 1080p video

No storage expansion A bit expensive Sharing videos involves many steps

The Ricoh Theta S is one of the few (if not the only) 360-degree cameras available in the country right now, and it comes at an understandable premium. Rs. 39,000 is a lot of money for a device that is essentially a one-trick pony, but to give credit...

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...

2016-05

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.

2016-04

Expert review by: Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

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.

2016-04

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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.

2016-04

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...

2016-02

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...

2016-02

Expert review by: Nick Barber (pcworld.com)

Hands on with Ricoh's spherical video and photo shooting Theta S

 

Ricoh Theta S review

2015-11

Expert review by: Michael Palmer (steves-digicams.com)

Ricoh Theta

 

Ricoh Imaging has released the Theta (also called the Theta M15), a unique little digicam that captures 360° Spherical still images and videos up to 3 minutes in length. The camera works by syncing itself to a free smartphone or tablet app (available...

2014-12

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

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