- Type: Point & Shoot
- Wi-Fi: Yes
- Battery Type: Lithium-ion
Ricoh Theta M15 360 Degree Spherical Panorama Camera:
Theta M15 360 is a new introduction to the Ricoh family. So named the Theta M15, it is a 360 degree spherical panorama camera. Here is a review on the camera:
The Ricoh theta is a compact camera that has a lens on both the front and back, allowing the user to take full 360 Degree spherical panoramic images in with one shot and 3-minute videos. The camera can shoot Spherical panorama Images and has a dedicated viewing app that is available for download. Furthermore, the camera shoots up to 3 minutes of 1080p video that can be captured at 15 fps, with frame stitching done during post-production using a dedicated Mac and Windows-compatible application. Both images and movies shot through this camera can be saved to the internal 4GB memory and the image files up to 5MB can be wirelessly transferred to social media sites using the built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.
The unique dual lens deign on this camera incorporated lenses on the front and back of the camera to enable full 360° spherical imagery to be recorded with each exposure, along with an automatically adjusted image orientation. Additionally, fixed focus range of 3.9" to infinity renders nearly all subjects in focus. The top still image sensitivity of ISO 1600, or ISO 400 for video permits working in a broad array of lighting conditions. Furthermore, shutter speeds up to 1/8000 sec. benefit shooting in bright lighting. Videos taken with this camera can be stitched together using the dedicated software. The dedicated app with this camera can be used to process video files, with the ability to adjust the image size, shape, and composition using touch controls. The ability to shoot up to 4800 still images and a total of 40 minutes of video can be saved to the 4GB internal memory, this is definitely a pleasing feature considering the creative ideas that one can get while shooting.
Videos up to 5 MB can be uploaded to theta360.com, further up they can also be shared on social media such as Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr. The camera also enables fast and speedy Wi-Fi transfer. The wireless sharing is equipped with an SDK that allows a user to develop his or her own app. The pictures shot with this camera can be shared with Google maps.
The theta M15 is a compact and lightweight camera that measures 12.7 x 4.1 x 2.3 cms. It weighs 113 grams and is pretty handy. This camera comes equipped with 1 Lithium ion battery pack that provides decent battery backup. The camera has a tripod hole on the bottom face as well as a standard strap. This camera comes in 5 different colours such as green, orange, blue, silver as well as gray. This camera has a select and blur function that enables the user to maintain privacy when sharing images on SNS by blurring out areas of concern.
Overall, the Ricoh Theta M 15 360 degree camera is an excellent addition to a panorama photography enthusiast.