RICOH THETA V – Hands-on photos

“By now, 360-degree cameras are a dime a dozen, even and especially in the consumer market. Almost like smartphones, each will have to compete in their own unique way, from price to performance to features. That analogy seems to be especially appropriate for Ricoh’s latest stab at that market, the Theta V. That’s because, despite looking nearly identical to its predecessor, the Theta V is almost an Android smartphone in hardware and software. Minus the display and the cellular hardware, of course.

The Theta V is perhaps the first 360-degree camera to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625. That is definitely odd for such a camera. Perhaps even odder is that it is actually running a customized, and totally invisible version of Android. That gives the Theta V a unique edge that we’ll get to in a bit. But first, the hardware.

The Theta V is a significant upgrade from the Theta S, boasting of 4K support instead of just 2K. Each of the two cameras has a 12 megapixel sensor, with an f/2.0 aperture, and the ability to record 4K 30 fps video. The camera offers enough room, 19 GB to be exact, to store 360-degree still images and videos. The Theta V also supports 4-channel spatial audio mics, which you can augment using an all new and all optional TA-1 3D microphone that plugs into the 3.5 mm audio hole at the bottom, which, coincidentally, replaces the old HDMI port.”

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