With the release of the new Ricoh Theta X, there have been people asking how it compares to the Insta360 One X2, one of the most popular 360 cameras. At least two YouTube channels (so far) are trying to capitalize on this by posting completely fake side-by-side comparisons of the Theta X and One X2. Naturally, they both feature models with short shorts on the thumbnail.
How do I know the comparisons are fake? I’ll let these truly facepalm-worthy samples speak for themselves for your amusement:
360 photographers would immediately recognize the images as fake because of — among other things — the totally impossible bokeh (the blurry blackground) but the Theta X market includes people who are completely new to 360 and don’t know what real 360 photos look like (and neither do these assholes), so people are being fooled, as evidenced by these videos appearing in searches.
Not only is this spreading misinformation, but it is also incredibly annoying to me because I put in a lot of effort in each of my videos and these bastards are just stealing views from honest YouTubers. Meanwhile, some people think the end justifies the means and it’s totally ok to lie or mislead if you can profit from it.
Stay tuned for my brutally honest comparison of the Theta X with the One X2. Meanwhile, if you want to see actual full resolution Theta X sample photos, check out my review.