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Ricoh Theta Z1 hands-on review, features, sample photos and videos (updated April 19, 2019)

Ricoh Theta Z1 review and hands-on first impressions
Ricoh Theta Z1 review and hands-on first impressions

Ricoh Theta Z1 is Ricoh’s new flagship 360 camera, which features the first 1-inch sensors for consumer 360 cameras, along with other groundbreaking features.  In this hands-on review, I discuss its specifications, features, image quality compared to other 360 cameras, as well as price and availability.  I also show some sample photos and videos.

Executive summary
Specifications and comparison with Theta V
Features
Why is sensor size important
Sample PHOTOS; image quality analysis (updated: April 19, 2019)
Sample VIDEOS; video quality analysis
Low light sample photos and videos (added April 17, 2019)
Theta Z1 Raw DNG Lightroom workflow (updated: April 13, 2019)
Price and availability

Ricoh Theta Z1 low light sample photos and videos
Ricoh Theta Z1 low light sample photos and videos
Theta Z1 dynamic range
Theta Z1 dynamic range
Theta Z1 HDR vs Non-HDR comparison
Theta Z1 HDR vs Non-HDR comparison

 

Executive Summary

Here are my hands-on first impressions:

Here is an analysis of the Theta Z1’s specifications and features, and who this camera is for:

Here are photos shot by Naoto Somese.  With the Theta Z1 side by side with the Theta V, we can see just how incredibly compact the Theta Z1 is for a camera with not one but two 1-inch sensors.

Ricoh Theta Z1 Specifications and Comparison with Ricoh Theta V

Here are the specifications of the Z1, in comparison to the Theta V.  I highlighted improvements in the Z1.

Ricoh Theta Z1Ricoh Theta V
Lens typeTwo fisheye lenses
14 elements in 10 groups
2.57mm focal length
Two fisheye lenses
7 elements in 6 groups
Field of viewFully sphericalFully spherical
Aperturef/2.1, f/3.5, f/5.6f/2.0
Minimum distance40cm to infinity10cm to infinity
SensorsTwo 1-inch BSI-CMOS sensors, 20mp eachTwo 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensors, 12mp each
Photo resolution7296 x 3648 (26.6 mp in DNG Raw)
6720 x 3360 (22.6 mp in JPG)
5376 x 2688 (14.5mp)
Video resolution:3840 x 1920 @ 29.97fps 56 mbps bitrate (H.264)3840 x 1920 @ 29.97fps 56 mbps bitrate (H.264)
Live stream resolutionTBA3840 x 1920 @ 29.97fps 120 mbps bitrate
ISO (photo)80 to 6400 (ISO priority mode)64 to 3200 (ISO priority mode)
ISO (video)80 to 6400 (ISO priority mode)64 to 6400
Shutter speed (photo)1/25,000 to 60 secs1/25,000 to 60 secs
Shutter speed (video)1/25,000 to 1/30 sec.1/25,000 to 1/30 sec.
Exposure modesAperture priority
Auto
- Noise reduction
- DR compensation
- HDR rendering
Manual
Shutter priority
ISO priority
Auto
- Noise reduction
- DR compensation
- HDR rendering
Manual
Shutter priority
ISO priority
Image stabilizationYes (gyro sensor, accelerometer)Yes (gyro sensor, accelerometer)
MicrophoneSpatial audioSpatial audio
Microphone input
Spatial mic accessory
Waterproof?No as of Feb. 2019Dedicated waterproof case
Connectivity20mbps (2.4gh) or 50mbps (5ghz)
USB Type C 3.0
Wi-Fi 20mbps (2.4gh) or 50mbps (5ghz)
Micro USB 2.0
Storage19 GB internal (around 40 mins. of 4K video, or 2400 photos)19 GB internal (around 40 mins. of 4K video, or 4800 photos)
CompatibilityAndroid
iOS
Windows
Mac
Android
iOS
Windows
Mac
Batterynonremovable Li-ionnonremovable Li-ion (260 photos or 65 mins. video)
Weight182 grams121 grams
Dimensions48.2mm x 132.5mm x 29.7mm (24mm)45.2mm x 130.6mm x 22.9mm (17.9mm)
Price and availability$999.95 expected April 11, 2019$399
launched September 24, 2017

Features

1. 1-inch BSI-CMOS sensor (New! First among consumer 360 cameras)

The Theta Z1’s key feature is its large 1-inch sensors, which are around 4.3x larger than the 1/2.3 inch sensors typically used in consumer 360 cameras.  The Z1’s sensor is actually more than half the size of a Micro Four Thirds sensor, and as much as 1/3 the size of an APS-C size sensor.

All other factors being equal, larger sensors have higher image quality than smaller sensors: greater bit depth, wider dynamic range, and better low light performance.  See below.

2. Compact size; low parallax stitching error

The Theta Z1 is remarkable not only for its large sensors but also for its incredibly compact design, which is barely larger than the Theta V, and indeed thinner than most 360 cameras that have smaller sensors.  The relatively small distance between lenses means that it has less parallax stitching error, and with its optical flow stitching, should have smooth stitching.

Ricoh was able to achieve this through a folded optical path. In conventional designs, the sensors are directly behind the lens, which would have made the camera thicker.  Instead, the Theta Z1 uses prisms to redirect light.  As light enters through its lenses, light is reflected 90 degrees to either side of the camera, where the sensors are.  By placing the sensors on the sides of the camera, Ricoh was able to move the lenses closer to each other.

3. Variable aperture (New! First among consumer 360 cameras)

The Z1 has a variable aperture, the first consumer 360 camera to have such a feature.  It appears to be a true physically variable aperture, not just a digital ND filter because Ricoh states that the image will be sharper with the smaller apertures.   The smaller apertures should also enable longer exposures, up to 3 stops longer than the Theta V.

4. Raw DNG mode with Adobe Lightroom stitching (New! First consumer 360 camera with Lightroom stitching)

The Theta Z1 can not only shoot in DNG Raw mode but Ricoh has created a special plug-in for Adobe Lightroom Classic called Ricoh Theta Stitcher, which for the first time will enable users to edit photos in Lightroom and then stitch them on export, with adjustments for zenith, horizon, and stitching distance.  See workflow below.

5. Improved lens design (New!)

Ricoh stated that the Theta Z1 has a new lens design to reduce ghosts, flares, and purple fringing.  See sample photos and image quality analysis below.

6. OLED display and Fn button (New!)

The Theta Z1 has an OLED display and a new Fn button, which enables the user to switch between normal shooting and self-timer shooting without having to use a smartphone.  You’ll also be able to switch between three plug-ins, or turn off the OLED display or mute the Z1.  You can also access custom settings (one for still images and one for videos).  These controls enable faster shooting with the Z1 compared to previous Thetas.

7. Android plugins; remote playback

Like the Theta V, the Theta Z1 can use Android plugins.  It includes the remote playback plug-in to enable photos and videos to be played wirelessly on compatible devices.

8. More durable (New!)

The Theta Z1 has a tougher build quality with a magnesium body and a metal tripod hole, unlike the plastic body and plastic tripod hole of the Theta V.

9. Exposure modes

The Theta Z1 features a new aperture priority mode, and has a multi-bracket shooting with up to 19 photos, with user-customizable exposure settings for each of the bracketed photos.  The Z1 also has the same exposure features as the Theta V, including DR compensation, HDR rendering, interval composite for star trails.

10.  4-channel Spatial audio

The Theta Z1 has 4-channel spatial audio.  It is able to record both horizontal and vertical direction of sounds.  In a 360 video, the sound will change accordingly, depending on which direction the user is viewing, thus increasing the immersiveness of the video.  However, unlike the Theta V, the Z1 does not have a microphone input and cannot use the optional TA-1 microphone of the Theta V.

11. GPS and Street View

The Theta Z1 can geotag 360 photos if you take a photo with a GPS-enabled smartphone.  The Z1 is compatible with the Street View app, which can be used to control the Z1 to take geotagged photos one at a time, or in intervals.  However, as of April 9, 2019, Z1 videos cannot be uploaded to Street View yet.

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Why is sensor size important?

All other factors being equal, a camera with a larger sensor will have better image quality.  Indeed, sensor size is one of the most important factors for imaqe quality.  Sensor size will affect bit depth, dynamic range, signal to noise ratio (low light performance), and other factors.

It is true that the Theta Z1’s resolution is modest at around 23mp.  However, a 23mp photo from a large-sensor camera will look much better than a 23mp photo from a small-sensor camera.  In fact, a 23mp photo from the Theta Z1 may have higher image quality than a higher resolution photo from a camera with a smaller sensor.

What kind of image quality can we expect from the Theta Z1?   First, let’s look at the origin of the sensor.  Ricoh Pentax has used Sony sensors on many of its DSLRs, and Sony is one of the few companies that produces a 1-inch 20mp BSI-CMOS sensor, therefore I think it is very likely that Ricoh is using a Sony sensor.  I then looked at DXOMark’s ratings for Sony sensors (including Sony sensors in non-Sony cameras) and compared them against leading 1/2.3-inch sensors.  It appears that a 1-inch sensor could have as much as a 2-stop advantage for low light, and a little more than 1-stop advantage for dynamic range.

Left: 1-inch sensors vs. Right: 1/2.3-inch sensors
Left: 1-inch sensors vs. Right: 1/2.3-inch sensors

One issue with a larger sensor for virtual tours is ensuring an adequate depth of field.  In that regard, the Theta Z1 is able to keep in focus everything from 40cm to infinity (by comparison the Theta V is able to capture everything from 10cm to infinity).  I am not certain if the 40cm is based on a wide open aperture, and if so, I am assuming that using a smaller aperture can decrease the minimum focal distance.

Theta Z1 Sample photos; image quality (updated April 19, 2019)

Theta Z1 Resolution

The Theta Z1’s nominal resolution is not impressive at around 24mp.  However, for 360 cameras, specifications are seldom an accurate indicator of actual image quality.  There are many examples of 360 cameras with lower specifications that outperform 360 cameras with supposedly higher specifications.

Theta Z1 dynamic range, exposure latitude, shadow recovery

The Theta Z1 has amazing dynamic range, especially its shadow range.   It also has exceptional exposure latitude and shadow recovery capabilities:

In the photo above, I underexposed by almost 5 stops to preserve the highlights, and in Lightroom, I pushed the exposure +4.61EV and pulled back the highlights -55.  Even without any noise reduction or other edits, the recovered photo looks remarkably clean even with such extreme adjustments (there is chroma noise that can be mitigated in post).

Theta Z1 shadow recovery
Theta Z1 shadow recovery

To use the Z1’s shadow range to the fullest, I typically expose for the highlights, and normalized the exposure in postprocessing.  The result is HDR-like dynamic range (even including the scene outside the window).

Theta Z1 HDR vs. Non-HDR

For those who prefer not to edit their photos, the Z1 also has an excellent built-in HDR mode hat requires no stitching or HDR fusion.  The HDR image is ready to use straight out of the camera.  Here are comparisons between Theta Z1’s HDR mode vs non-HDR mode:

Theta Z1 vs. Theta V:
First, here are unedited sample photos comparing the Theta Z1 in HDR mode and non-HDR mode:

Here are similar photos taken with its predecessor Theta V (HDR Mode) for comparison, also unedited straight out of the camera:

Here is a link to sample photos by Sam Rohn shot it DNG, edited in Lightroom and stitched in PTGui:

Sample Z1 photos by Sam Rohn
Sample Z1 photos by Sam Rohn

Here are official sample photos, with EXIF information (click on the circle with “i” on the bottom right corner).

You can download sample JPG, DNG and Raw files here.  You can download the official samples here.  Check back for more samples.

Flare resistance of the Z1 appears excellent.  Many 360 cameras have difficulty dealing with flare, with the side of the camera facing the key light often seemingly “brighter” than the other side (in fact, what viewers are seeing is flare).  The Theta Z1 however, seems to have very strong flare resistance.  Many of the samples show a bright light source against a dark background, but no flare is visible in any of the photos.  Moreover, I saw no evidence of the “red dot flare” that plagued the Z1’s predecessors.

Theta Z1 flare resistance
Theta Z1 flare resistance

Stitching on these sample photos looks very smooth, and although there is a drop in sharpness very close to the stitch line, it has far better consistency of sharpness compared to the Theta V or previous Thetas which had a noticeable decrease toward the stitch line.  In this crop from the beach shot, we can see that the stitching is not only smooth, but that you can see fine details such as the threads on the beach towel, even at the stitch line.

The nadir of the beach photo shows excellent stitching
The nadir of the beach photo shows excellent stitching

Chromatic aberration:  one of the previous Thetas’ weaknesses is chromatic aberration (although it is mitigated to some extent by software).  The Z1 still shows some chromatic aberration, but it seems much more controlled than on previous Thetas.

Theta Z1 chromatic aberration
Theta Z1 chromatic aberration

Theta Z1 Sample videos; video quality

Here are sample 360 videos in 4K:

The video quality on the samples seems to be underwhelming.  The detail level is noticeably lower compared to 5.7K cameras in 2019.  The contrast is also quite high, with very deep shadows.  I took test shots in brighter light conditions which did not materially change the appearance of the videos.  On the positive side, the videos can be edited to reduce contrast, which reveals a little more detail in shadows.  However, see below re its low light video quality.

The stabilization is a bit unusual.  If the camera is held vertically, then it appears more stable than the Theta V.  However, the camera can exhibit jittery movement, which seems to occur most often when the camera is at an angle (such as a 45 degree angle).  I’m hoping Ricoh can fix this issue.


Theta Z1 Low Light Sample Photos and Videos

One of the benefits of a larger sensor is better low light performance.  Here are low light sample photos and videos from the Z1.  First, here are low light photos:


The photos at base ISO show excellent dynamic range and are able to capture details even in shadows, such as the distant buildings in the background.  However, there is some noise in shadows (which can be cleaned in post).  Please note the slight banding in the sky is primarily due to re-compression when I uploaded the photos to Kuula.

As I mentioned above, the Z1’s 360 video quality has too low of a resolution to be competitive with other leading 360 cameras in 2019.  However, in low light, the Z1’s video quality makes it useful even with lower resolution.

Theta Z1 Raw DNG Workflow (Lightroom or PTGui)

The Theta Z1 can shoot Raw+DNG.  The DNG photos are saved as double circular fisheye photos, which can be edited in Lightroom using a Lightroom plugin and a program called Ricoh Stitcher, the first of its kind in the 360 camera industry.  Alternatively, the DNG photos can also be stitched in PTGui 11.3 or later.

Lightroom workflow in 3 Steps

The Ricoh Stitcher plugin works with Lightroom Classic CC (not Lightroom CC), and works by using Ricoh Stitcher for roundtrip editing.   The benefit of this workflow is that it allows the user greater flexibility in editing the photos in Lightroom and avoids seams in editing.  Ordinarily, applying edits such as adjusting highlights, clarity or dehaze will result in a seam between the left edge and right edge of the 360 photo.  With this workflow, the stitching is applied after the edits, thus reducing the possibility of a seam in the stitched photo, compared to a photo that is stitched first and then edited afterward.

Step 0. Install Ricoh Stitcher

In Lightroom, add Ricoh Stitcher as an external editor by going to Edit… Preferences… and then selecting Ricoh Stitcher.

Add Ricoh Stitcher as an external editor
Add Ricoh Stitcher as an external editor

Step 1: Edit your photo

Edit your photo as normal, with a few restrictions:
– never crop the photo or change the aspect ratio;
– never apply lens distortion corrections.  You can however apply lens corrections for fringing;
– if you make a local change to the left edge, you should do it to the right edge as well (because the photo will wrap around).

Step 2: when you’re ready to stitch, launch Ricoh Stitcher

After the file is edited in Lightroom, use the Ricoh Stitcher as an external editor (right click on the photo, select Edit in… and choose Ricoh Stitcher).  You can choose to stitch the original file, a copy of the original file, or a copy of the file with Lightroom edits.

Step 2: launch Ricoh Stitcher
Step 2: launch Ricoh Stitcher

Step 3: adjust Ricoh Stitcher settings

When Ricoh Stitcher launches, it will show a low-res equirectangular stitched preview of your DNG photo.  You can then adjust the pitch, yaw, or roll to straighten the image.  Remember that whatever part of the image is in the middle of the frame will be the ‘front’ of the 360 image, i.e., the first thing that your audience will see when they open the photo in a 360 viewer.  You can also adjust the stitching distance from the default.  When you save the file, it will be automatically added to your Lightroom library.  By default, the photo will be stacked with the original.  If you don’t want them stacked, then uncheck the “Stack with Original” checkbox in Step 0.

Here is a video by Naoto Somese showing the Lightroom workflow.

HDR workflow

The Lightroom workflow also adds a new way to make HDR photos.  The Theta cameras are all capable of taking bracketed photos.  The problem is that each photo is stitched differently, so that if you try to merge them, there will be serious misalignments between the photos.

With the new Lightroom DNG workflow, it is now possible to shoot a manual HDR, with as many photos as you want, using any exposure intervals you want, and be able to stitch them in Lightroom.  The Theta Z1 can shoot a Raw+DNG bracket (with seemingly no limit as to number of shots). You can then fuse the unstitched DNG photos within Lightroom using the built-in Photo Merge, and then stitch the merged DNG photo using Ricoh Stitcher.

I’ve also been able to use the Ricoh Stitcher for photos that have been edited on other programs.  For example, I shot a 10-shot Raw+DNG bracket, then combined the DNG photos into an HDR photo using Photomatix HDR.  I then imported the HDR photo into Lightroom.  From there, I stitched the photo in Ricoh Stitcher.

One drawback is that Lightroom does not have a feature for patching 360 photos (such as to remove objects or to add text).  However, Lightroom can do roundtrip editing to Photoshop or Affinity Photo, where a photo can be patched if necessary.

Raw DNG stitching without Lightroom

In addition to Lightroom, it is now also possible to stitch the Z1 DNG Raw photos with PTGui, which added a Z1 stitching template in version 11.3.   PTGui supports a variety of imaging formats for import, including TIFF, PNG, Photoshop PSD format, OpenEXR, HDR Radiance, and of course JPG.   In addition to supporting more formats than Ricoh Stitcher, I also found that PTGui’s stitched files have a higher nominal resolution, although I haven’t completed my analysis on whether this yields more detail.

Price and availability

The Theta Z1 is available for $999.95 from Amazon or B&H Photo.  It will be available late March 2019.   I believe the Theta Z1 is a very good value at $999.95, assuming the photos are as good as the specs suggest.  It appears ideal for virtual tour photographers.  However, the price probably puts it out of reach for many consumers, which is why I don’t think this is a replacement for the Ricoh Theta V.  I am expecting that there will be a Theta V2 in the future with 5.6K video.

If you’d like to get the Theta Z1, I recommend ordering from Amazon, because you can get a 4-year accident protection plan for just $66.77 with “no deductible or hidden fees,” shipping included on all repairs, fully transferable.  However, please note I have no experience dealing with claims with Asurion, LLC.  Thanks for using these links to support 360Rumors at no additional cost to you so I can do more tests and reviews.

Amazon offers a 4-yr accident protection plan for Theta Z1
Amazon offers a 4-yr accident protection plan for Theta Z1

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  • “I am expecting that there will be a Theta V2 in the future with 5.6K video.” A missed opportunity, the V1 should have this feature.

  • I REALLY want to get as excited as you about this camera, it could potentially be very useful for doing inside car shots and other low light, tight space, quick turn around 360 photography.

    For the samples shared so far I’m currently wondering about a) dynamic range – eg. behind the guy taking the photo / on his phone in the Leicester Square shot, and b) the softness of the flag and building edge above the girl with the red coat about to cross the road (ie. just to the right and above the traffic lights).

    I agree with others that it’s a bit noisy and a little soft for a daytime shot too.

    @Mic – I’ll send you a couple of screen grabs to show you what I mean.

    Thanks as always for the great information and heads up on new kit! Keep up the good work.

  • Unless the 4k video has game-changing low-light/dynamic range capabilities and stabilization comparable to insta360 One X, I don’t see how they can justify that price point, especially with no removeable battery or expandable storage.

    • It seems they intended the Z1 for virtual tours. For that purpose it needs to have high bit depth, high dynamic range vs other one-shot 360 cameras in this price range. If it can do that, then it can pay for itself with virtual tour jobs.

    • Usually there are diminishing returns, so even insta360 pro for example is thousands of dollars more than one X but there is not a big difference in their image quality

    • It has two 1inch sensors thats why it is very expensive. Indiecam with two 2/3 inch sensors (much smaller than 1 inch) was 9500 euros.

      • Yeah 1 inch is exciting, but still it gives less than 8K photo and Aleta S2C boosts it up-to 12k and it’s also have 8K timelapse upto 2fps so it can be used for for videography too. But I will wait with purchase until I see samples from you 🙂 It would be awesome to compare it with Aleta because they almost in same price point

      • I think some people are missing the point of this camera. It is clearly designed to be used primarily for PHOTOS, not videos…The 19gb storage, built in battery, and 3-axis stabilization are a dead giveaway that video is not the primary function of this camera.

        • Yeah it’s definitely Photo camera. But I use TimeLapse a lot which makes any photo camera usable for video production.

          By the way I’ve looked at photos in Oculus Go and I can tell these are best photos I’ve seen from camera under $1000

    • Theta V can do better only in HDR mode, which takes 3 exposures. The samples here are single exposures, and Z1 also has HDR mode. If Z1 takes an HDR photo it will exceed what Theta V can do.

      • It seams to be a poor choice to post such bad pics, as the first impression of a new $1,000 device. Definitely should have gone HDR with the low sun. I was quite excited for the camera, but much tempered now. I’ll keep watching though. I think I read the Z1 will do AEB. That’s what I am really interested in, to get some dynamic range indoors. No dark spots, and no blown out windows, is what I am on the hunt for in a prosumer 360 camera

        • It can do a 19-shot bracket (you can customize the bracket settings for each one) so I have no doubt it will have enough DR for any situation 😀

  • The Z1 looks like a solidly well built and possibly great camera, but mainly for stills. Video can benefit from the Z1’s bigger sensor, higher DR, bettter low-light and also (hopefully) from better optics, but the resolution is just not there. At this time in technology, the biggest issue with 360 cameras and one of the reasons pro’s can use them as much as they could otherwise, is the lack of resolution. With better sensors, processing and HDR capture, even smaller 2/3″ sensors can bring great DR to the table and perform very well. What NO sensor, big or small, can improve upon, is providing better resolution if the pixel count is not there. before there is 12K-16K video 360 video capture, all cropped, flat, VR footage from 360 video will never look anywhere like acceptable 4K. Ive used consumer, prosumer and pro 360 gear extensively and by the end of the day the breakdown of quality is as simple as this:

    – 1080p captured 360 video looks like SD
    – 4K captured 360 video looks like something between DVD and 720p
    – 8K 360 video looks just about like 1080p
    – 16K 360 video capture will hopefully look something like 4K

    My hopes are to see someone release a 360 prosumer camera under $1000 that can shoot (at least) 8K allied to fast processing and HDR.. and I DONT care about the sensor size, I dont care about battery life and I dont care about how many other tricks it can do as long as its pocketable. All I care is about video that doesn’t look worse that 2 decades ago when “HD” started becoming mainstream. We need get out of out this “4K” 360 cameras groundhog day.

    All this said (and I applaud the efforts of Ricoh), the Z1 is a small step forward for stills, a big step backwards for video and a huge step up for price.

  • Smart strategy. 1-inch sensor is rather camera-tech product than smartphone-tech product. Only Ricoh, which is traditional camera company, could handle 1-inch sensor and complicated optical system among 360 camera companies at this time. As a first-generation theta user, I’m very excited about z1.

    • yes i think they had a great idea, and no doubt they came up with it because of their camera expertise! my first DSLR was a pentax k100D 😀

  • An expensive toy. The video bitrate is appalling, looking at the rate most likely 8-bit 4:2:0. Squeezing 4K into that bitrate is a huge mistake.
    I expect at least 4:2:2 or even 10 bit with a 200-400kbit compression, depending on HEVC or H264. Also not impressed by the dynamic range. No proper LOG either. Who in gods name is this for?

    Secondly 4K is nice but still not a lot. These manufacturers need to accept the fact 360 video failed and the primary use is going to be a flexible camera for post production (crop to regular video). For that 6-8K resolution is needed. For a tiny 1” chip it should be possible to read the entire sensor without pixel binning.

    $900 gets you a Fuji XT-30, a proper ASPC camera. No 360, but at least the image quality is great.

    • Hi Jeroen. As you said, the question is “who is it for?” It is not for videographers. It is for virtual tour photographers, that’s why its specs don’t meet videographers’ expectations.
      BTW for 360 cameras, it is very rare to have 10bit video until you get to pro level cameras such as the $15,000 Insta360 Titan, or if you create your own rig (and deal with the workflow nightmare).
      Analogizing to a Fuji XT30 is not really appropriate because they have completely different purposes. It’s like saying why would I buy a Ferrari if I can buy a Cadillac Escalade, which can carry more people for much less. Fuji XT30 can take a 360 photo with a panoramic head but you’ll never be able to capture a 3rd person view with it.

    • I never had a matterport so i’m not sure, but matterport is 134mp, so it’s probably much better than z1, but also much more expensive and much slower.

  • Does anyone notice in the sample with 3 people on the beach, the girl image is definitely less sharp compare to the other 2 guys. It is like dropping back to the “theta sc” 12-14mp level. My guess is the girl is very close to the stitch line that is optically much worse in lens resolution. Looks like this will be a inevitable result when a fish-eyes lens is accompanied with a high mp sensor especially when there is subject in close range!! 🤔🤔

  • Things are moving on – great to have such good news and so frequently ! Thanks, Mic !

    Please advise how the Ricoh stitcher is distributed – can’t see it on their download page.

    Cheers!, Roy

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