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Ricoh Theta Review

The Ricoh Theta is a camera which allows you to take 360° spherical images, with just one single click. Daniel Bell reviews.

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The Ricoh Theta allows you to take 360° spherical images, either by itself or there are apps available so you can use it with Android and iOS devices. It is available to purchase for £329.99.

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Ricoh Theta Features

  • Simple operation
  • Automatically adjusts the image orientation
  • Register location information by connecting to a smartphone
  • Apps for iPhone and Android to take remote images, view and share
  • Upload images to
  • Ricoh Theta for Windows and Mac available
  • Attachment for strap, available in green, orange, blue, silver and grey
  • Shooting distance approximately 10cm to infinity
  • Automatic exposure control
  • -2.0 to +2.0EV exposure compensation
  • Automatic ISO 100-1600
  • Automatic white balance
  • Shutter speed automatic 1/8000-1/7.5 second
  • Internal 4GB memory (approx 1,200 shots)
  • Weighs 95g
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Ricoh Theta Handling

The Ricoh Theta is quite long and thin and almost identical on both sides, with each side featuring a fisheye lens. On one side there is a shutter release button, with power and Wi-Fi buttons on one side. On the bottom is the tripod socket and a socket for the USB cable, which you use to charge or transfer images to a computer.

When using as a standalone device, picture taking is as simple as holding the Theta and pressing the shutter release. It makes a noise to indicate a picture is being taken, it is then saved on the internal memory. There is no display on the Theta, so you are unable to preview or review your pictures straight away, even if you use either of the iPhone or Android apps.

We also tested the Theta using an iPhone. Connecting the two by Wi-Fi is simple, and the benefit of the app is that you can take pictures remotely. This is significant as when you press the shutter on the Theta, you will be in the shot, but shooting remotely means you can get out of the shot. The app also allows you to adjust the brightness, but all the other settings, such as ISO and white balance, are adjusted automatically. The app also allows you to view your pictures as well as share via Twitter and Tumblr.

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Ricoh Theta Performance

Images are well stitched together, but we did find that sometimes the exposure wasn't consistent from both sensors. Image quality is comparable to a smartphone, they are around 6.4 megapixels in size.

Viewing images either through the desktop software or apps is recommended. Below we've include a couple of JPEG's as examples, with links to the theta360 website to allow you to interact with each one.

Ricoh Theta Review: Outdoor Test Shot | 1/1000 sec | f/2.1 | 0.8 mm | ISO 100
Outdoor Test Shot | 1/1000 sec | f/2.1 | 0.8 mm | ISO 100 -

Ricoh Theta Review: Indoor Test Shot | 1/30 sec | f/2.1 | 0.8 mm | ISO 400
Indoor Test Shot | 1/30 sec | f/2.1 | 0.8 mm | ISO 400 -

Ricoh Theta Review: Studio Shot | 1/30 sec | f/2.1 | 0.8 mm | ISO 100
Studio Shot | 1/30 sec | f/2.1 | 0.8 mm | ISO 100 -

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Ricoh Theta Verdict

The Ricoh Theta is capable of impressive images, particularly when viewed using the interactive methods, such as on the theta360 website and desktop software. The biggest problem is the price - it is currently available for £329.99! To get the most from the Theta, you really need to have an iOS or Android device so you can view and share your images quickly. The Theta is easy to use, and the 4Gb of internal memory is plenty. To be recommended, we'd like to see better image quality for the price, hopefully this will be improved in future releases.

Ricoh Theta Pros

Unique way to take pictures
Easy to use
Images are well stitched together
Has 4Gb of internal memory

Ricoh Theta Cons

Too expensive
Image quality isn't fantastic


Ricoh Theta Specifications

Max Aperturef/2.1
35mm equivalent6mm
Optical Zoom1x
Image Sensor
Pixels6.4Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)3584
Pixels (H)1792
Sensor TypeNo Data
Sensor SizeNo Data
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
    LCD Monitor
    LCD MonitorNo Data
    Screen resolutionNo Data
    Touch ScreenNo Data
    Min Focus10cm
    Focusing modes
      Exposure Control
      Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec
      Shutter speeds longest1/7.5sec
      Bulb modeNo Data
      Exp modes
      • A
        ISO sensitivity100 - 1600
        White balance
        • Auto
        Exposure Comp+/-2
        Shooting Options
        Continuous shootingNo Data
        Movie modeNo Data
        Video Resolution
          Video FPSNo Data
          Stereo SoundNo Data
          Optical Zoom with VideoNo Data
          Other Features
          Image StabilisationNo Data
          USBUSB 2
          Card Type
            File Type
            • JPG
            Power Source
            Battery TypeInternal lithium ion battery, rechargeable via USB cable
            Battery Life (CIPA rating)200shots
            Box Contents
            Box ContentsNo Data

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            29 Dec 2013 10:40AM
            I'd really like one of these, but as you say, too expensive at the moment. It's on my Amazon Wish List though!
            Andy_Cundell 11 1.1k 5 England
            14 Jan 2014 4:13PM
            It looks like one of those 'toys' you would buy and only use once in a blue moon...........but I would get one!!!

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