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Ricoh 360 Degree camera THETA X, High resolution image of approx 60M, 5.7K 360, Touch screen, Interchageable battery, External memory card

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Theta X firmware update adds 8K mode; Theta Z1 gets new AE Theta X firmware update adds 8K mode; Theta Z1 gets new AE

The Theta X features two 1/2 inch sensors in its dual lenses. It can shoot 360 photos at a maximum resolution of 60 megapixels, which is a huge size compared to other all in one 360 cameras. While the sensor size is a downgrade from the Theta Z1 which features 1 Inch sensors, the resolution of the images is far higher. The number of photos and time are guides only. The actual number differs according to the photography conditions. The bit rate values for 8K videos have been changed. It is now possible to select a more suitable bit rate for various shooting scenes.

Ricoh Theta X vs Ricoh Theta Z1

Image processing has been improved for video conversion, and the differences in brightness in stitched sections of the image have been reduced. To answer the question, the Ricoh Theta X is a great camera for shooting virtual tours, however it is not necessarily a choice for those starting a virtual tour business. You can now shoot 360 video at 5.7K resolution with the Theta X, matching up to other cameras on the market. The video certainly looking sharper and higher quality than previous Theta cameras. If you wanted to incorporate video VR tours into your work then this could certainly handle that.

RICOH THETA X! Introducing the shooting functions of RICOH THETA X!

Like all other Ricoh Theta cameras the Theta X is primarily a photography camera. Most 360 cameras are built with video in mind, such as the action camera orientated Insta360 range, however Ricoh focusses on creating cameras that can shoot good quality 360 images.

The Theta X comes with 42GB of internal memory and a MicroSD card slot, providing ample memory for multiple shoots. You probably wouldn’t need to offload a 256GB microSD card for several months.

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The Ricoh Theta X represents a brand new design with several much needed upgrades compared to their previous 360 cameras. The Ricoh Theta X retains a candy bar shape similar to their previous cameras. You’ll find two protruding lenses at the top of the camera and a large touch screen on the front. This is where the differences between the Z1 and X become most apparent. Ricoh has added several useful features to the design of the new X that users of the Z1 long complained about, so to their credit, Ricoh have listened to their audience. Build your world with incredibly realistic spherical images up to 5.7K 30fps. The Theta X features improved image stabilisation for immersive videos. Ideal for a range of shooting styles from real-estate to VR world creation. We will test the THETA X API and compare it to the Z1 and SC2 API support. Previously, we produced an article on SC2 WebAPI Differences. RICOH THETA X Firmware UpdateWhen shooting videos at 8K (10 fps), 5.7K (30 fps), 5.7K (10 fps), or 4K (60 fps), turn off the wireless LAN function. When turning on the wireless LAN function, remove the battery and supply power to the camera with the AC Adapter Kit K-AC166 (sold separately; the model name varies depending on the country). Audio: The Theta Z1 features 4 microphones and can record impressive sounding audio, including surround sounds ambisonic audio. The Theta X only features a single microphone so won’t be able to record audio as well as the Z1 Theta Z1 (reviewed here) was the first consumer 360 camera to have 1-inch sensors, which made it very popular for virtual tours. Whether the Ricoh Theta X is going to appeal to you will depend on what kind of content creator you are. If you're looking at this 360° camera as an alternative to a GoPro action camera, then bear in mind that its image stabilization – despite working on higher resolutions than on a GoPro – just isn’t as good. Vloggers should also look at the Theta X with suspicion purely because you can’t use an external microphone with it.

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