RICOH announces its newest 360 degree camera, Theta Z1 51GB

RICOH THETA Z1 51GB (Image source: Official Press Release)

RICOH announced the launch of the RICOH THETA Z1 51GB, the latest model of RICOH’s 360-degree cameras. Its new model increased the internal storage capacity from 19GB to 51GB and equipped 23-megapixels resolution (6720 x 3360 pixels) 360-degree still images.

Since 2013, RICOH maintained its influential impact as a producer of 360 degree cameras for consumers, in rising industries of virtual reality, social media, business, real estate, and more. The usage further expanded to new purposes like remote view and monitoring, as social distancing became the new normal for the society.

The compact main body is equipped with a 1.0-inch back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, enabling approx. 23MP resolution 360-degree still images. It supports a diverse range of shooting modes, such as aperture priority, allowing users to take high-quality images regardless of the setting—outdoors, nighttime, indoors, tropical beaches, or snowy mountain views—nothing is off-limits. Moreover, it is possible to shoot considerably smooth and immersive 360-degree videos in 4K (3840×1920 pixels) and 30 frames per second, with its exceptional 3-axis rotational stabilization to compensate for rotational shake.

With a 0.93-inch organic EL monitor and a Function (Fn) button, the main body of the camera grants users access to a multitude of information at a glance, including the number of possible shots, exposure settings, and more, thus greatly improving the operability of the camera itself. In addition to JPEG, RICOH THETA Z1 now supports Adobe® DNG format (RAW) so that users can enjoy professional image editing as with a typical digital SLR camera. The Android™-based operating system now offers performance improvements by providing flexibility in the number of expansion plug-ins a user can install on the Z1. The overall functionality of the latest model from RICOH meets the high demands of serious photographers and offers optimal performance for both professionals and amateurs alike.