UPDATE: Here is the announcement.
There will be a new Ricoh Theta Z1 released on March 25, says Nokishita Digital Camera Report, a Japanese rumor site known for accurate leaks.
リコーの「THETA Z1 51GB」は3月25日に予約開始されるらしい。#噂
— 軒下デジカメ情報局 (@nokishita_c) March 22, 2021
The new Theta Z1 will supposedly have 51GB internal storage capacity. If that is true, it would be a substantial increase from the current version’s 19GB capacity.
The Theta Z1 is one of the most highly regarded 360 cameras for virtual tours (it was tied with Xphase for top honors in my most recent comparison for virtual tour cameras). However, one limitation of the Z1 is that its storage is not removable and is limited to 19GB, which could be an issue for some professionals who need to take many photos for virtual tours.
The rumored increase in capacity seems to make sense. The current version has 19GB capacity, which probably means an internal storage of 32GB, of which 13GB is used for ROM. If the new version has 64GB storage and 13GB are allocated for ROM, then it would have 51GB capacity.
What do you think of the larger capacity? Let me know in the comments!
All become nicer with more memory 😉
It is important but we are starving for new specs!!!!
For me the storage capacity it’s not a problem, maybe it will help if the 360 video option gets better. But for taking pictures 19gb are enough for me for one day work, because the battery consumption also doesn’t let you take more of that.
Crossing my fingers for great video…
Yes we’re all wishing for that 😀
Just few more hours… Hoping lot more than bigger storage
Do you think this will be the only new features from them this year?
I was rather hoping for a Z2 rather than a Z1.1, but I appreciate what’s happening around the world at the moment may prevent this.
Yes good point – covid may be affecting their timing.
Add the new TR-1 controller and they are getting there. Would have liked more improvements, but they had to do something when the run of Z1s ran out. Not a good look to have no stock at all and the prices going up and up.
Umm… they announced and the only difference is bigger storage. Everything else exactly the same. WTH?
So if you were longing for a 360 camera from 2019 but wanted more internal storage, today’s your day!
If there is not improved battery life (mine won’t even hold a full charge powered down in my bag!), there is no point in more storage.