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Ricoh - Theta V 360-Degree Digital Camera - Metallic Gray

  • Model: THETA V 4K SPHERICAL VR CAMERA
  • SKU: 6096201
Shoot 360-degree video for virtual reality applications with this Ricoh Theta V spherical camera. High-speed data transfer lets you upload stills and video wirelessly for immediate sharing and viewing, and downloadable software plug-ins let you add functions including remote playback. Connect this Ricoh Theta V spherical camera to your iOS or Android device for seamless control.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Instruction manual
    • Ricoh Theta V 360-Degree Digital Camera
    • Soft case
    • USB cable

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    87% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (13 out of 15)

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    Features


    360-degree video and photo capable

    From still images to movies, this camera records your memories in ultra HD resolution.

    Two 14MP 1/2.3-type image sensors

    Provide stunning detail and clarity with both video and still images.

    Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ main processor

    Provides high-resolution 360° spherical images and video.

    Ultra HD 4K 360° live streaming

    Shoot high-definition smooth 360° video at 30 fps at a resolution of 3840 x 1920 pixels.

    Record 360-degree spatial audio with a four-channel microphone

    Enjoy a completely new, realistic experience with linked video and audio.

    Built-in 19GB memory

    Store digital photos and videos.

    Bluetooth and Wi-Fi communication

    Enjoy instant remote shooting and change shooting settings wherever you are.

    Faster data transfer speed

    Upload your video and pictures to social media sites to share with friends and family via Wi-Fi.

    USB interface

    Offers convenient charging.

    Ricoh Theta mobile application

    Offers live view, camera control and sharing functions.

    Compatible with Google Street View app

    Allows you to capture and publish your photo spheres instantly to Google Maps for people all over the world to explore.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 15 reviews

    87%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Probably the best under $500, but not perfect

      Posted
      SK69
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I purchased the Ricoh Theta V and Insta360 One at the same time to try them both out with the intention to return the unit that I liked less. There are definitely pluses and minuses to each unit: Ricoh Theta V * Superior form factor, probably best of all 360 cameras - Easy to hold and point with or without a selfie stick. Unit will stand on a flat surface on its own without a tripod. However, the plastic casing is slick, and the unit can be easy to drop. The buttons are tiny, and are recessed into the body, so it can be difficult to find the right button by touch in the dark. The Insta360 One on the other hand is even worse. The little round pill case form is slippery and hard to hold without dropping. As many other users note, it's nearly impossible to not hit the power/shoot button by accident and start shooting video, or worse yet, turn on the unit by accident and drain the whole battery. The Insta360 One connects to Apple devices via Lightning port, but the connector is too short, so you will proably have to remove your iPhone or tablet case to plug the One in. Once plugged in, the unit wobbles around. Ricoh Theta V definitely wins out here. * The only unit under $500 with an external mic input - To me, this is crucial because I use the camera to record loud live rock band practices, and no internal set of mics is going to be able to handle the sound pressure levels. The Theta V also has a custom 4 directional external mic for sale, but I haven't tried or purchased it. My one complaint is that they put the mic jack in a stupid place; on the bottom of the unit. So to plug in a 3rd party external mic, Theta V must be mounted on a tripod. But wait! If you attach Theta V to a standard tripod mount, it completely blocks the mic port! You'll have to get an adapter to be able to mount the Theta V and use an external mic at the same time. The custom 4-way mic is ridiculously expensive. Insta360 One does not have an external mic jack. Comparing both unit's internal mic sound, with low to mid level sounds the Theta wins because of its 4 built in stereo directional mics. The sound is also clearer. However, when the sound level increases, Theta V seems to distort faster, while One attenuates bass frequencies in an attempt to not distort the preamp. As the sound gets louder, Theta V is completely distorted. One shows some signs of clipping at the highest peaks, but still retains the general character of the sound being recorded, altough all bass gets attenuated out of the sound. * Great 4k picture for videos in good light - Outstanding in good light, but like all other cameras, performance drops a lot in low light. Both Theta V and Insta360 have great 4k in good light with Theta V probably being better. In low light, both suck, but maybe the Theta V is better. * Stitching is very good - Works pretty well, but can still see distortions once in a while. The Theta V's stitching seems to be better in general to my eyes. *Theta V utilizes internal storage which is a big minus. You'll have to keep transferring huge 4k files off the camera during video sessions which is stupid. Using internal memory perhaps improves response time, but who cares when you run out of space so quickly?? Insta360 one uses Micro SD, so if you run out of space, just pop in another card. *Live Streaming - Theta V claims it supports live streaming, but you have to connect the unit to a computer via USB cable or some nonsense. Didn't bother to even try this feature, as there is no way to spontaneously live stream a 360 degree video. Insta360 One live streaming works pretty good. You connect the unit to your iPhone or iPad then choose live stream in the app. After giving the proper social media permissions, live streaming works terrific. App Software - Theta V has very basic editing app. Insta360 One has one of the best editing apps of all 360 degree cameras. It allow you to change positions within the 360 degree field of view and do Matrix-like "bullet time" video sequences. The One is far more robust in its software and features. Battery Life - I haven't tested how long each unit lasts, but both units seem to drain their rechargable batteries pretty quick. Both can be charged while in use via mini USB cable. The caveat for Theta V is if you have the unit standing or on a standard tripod mount - the USB port will be blocked. Would I but the Ricoh Theta V if it was stolen? Yes, reluctantly. In fact, I did get my first Theta V stolen, and that's why I'm here buying another one.. reluctantly. It's good enough that you miss it a lot when you don't have it, but spending another $399 on this thing with it's little quirks and subpar low light video makes it a luxury replacement if you have the extra cash. I would not buy another Insta360 One if it were lost or stolen. But it is good enough to keep the one I have in addition to the Theta V, as it does some things the Theta V is bad at, or doesn't feature at all such as live streaming and "Bullet Time", and pivotal editing in software.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Not ready for primetime.

      Posted
      Tizeye
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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Purchased after researching and reviews noting the Theta was consistently the best 360 camera. Photographically, does stitch the pano well but has some of the worst purple fringing have ever seen. On the photo attached, notice edge along the sliding glass door. Knowing what to look for, glas it wasn't me as saw consistenly on photos posted on the Flickr 360 group where the exif info identified the camera a Theta. Other major issue was the weak range of the internal wifi connection. On that same photo when set up outside and hiding myself along the exterior wall there was no connection, but if I stepped inside the door where there was line of sight, then it communicated. Likewise with front of house, camera set at street and wouldn't communicate when stepped around the corner of the garage. Finally returned it following similar experience at second house. Completed 3 internal, but failed first outside when I was only 3 feet away! Next issue is the software and there is a reason it is poorly rated on the app store. Those problems reported are real. The software will freeze up. To resolve, have to delete and re-download and install. Works good until the nest time. One time outside cellular coverage and had to ask the client what their password was to log onto their home network to re-download. NOT GOOD!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best go-to 360 camera.

      Posted
      CGJ11
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      We decided to buy the V after reading the available reviews . It had only just become available in a pre-order capacity . I like the technology, though it has been somewhat hampered by slow-to-come software upgrades.I haven't been successful in transferring or viewing video on my MacBook Pro.( I may need to upgrade). iPad and iPhone are good for the basics. The main objective is that we are upgrading our memorable experiences for the future with the best available technology. It's slim design makes it a great go-to camera, but use a tripod to get away, or out of the picture.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Compact 360 camera

      Posted
      Yiski
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      I purchased the newest version due to 4K feature. Took this camera on my vacation and learned that 4K is video mode only, which is disappointing. I could have saved $200 by purchasing the last model which has the same photo lense. However this unit will hold more photos & videos.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      EXCELLENT!!

      Posted
      SaintMovius
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      I love this camera!! Takes excellent pictures, excellent video - both are crisp, vibrant - just sharp as a tack!! I bought the Garmin Virb 360, too, but returned it because the stitching on it was TERRIBLE and worked horribly in low light!! The Theta V just works - bright light, low light, you name it! I would definitely recommend this camera!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best 360* Photo/Video Camera on the Market

      Posted
      dmcart
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      Ricoh has designed and manufactured an incredible media creation tool that is as useful in a personal capacity as it is a money maker for business. 4K high definition all around now is a now available in an easy to use device that works flawlessly!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Get 4K, 360 degree video in your pocket

      Posted
      lightplay
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      Got this camera to make 360 degree video for VR experiments and for Real Estate marketing. Easy to use. Control from an app on your phone. great video and stills. Edit right in Premiere Pro. If you want to get started in immersive video this is the place to begin.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Excellent camera...but...

      Posted
      COmtnMist
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      The only thing this camera is lacking is image stabilization. The stitching is excellent and the image resolution is amazing.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews

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    • cnet.co.ukJoshua Goldman on May 23, 2018
      Ricoh Theta V gives 360-degree video the audio it deserves
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