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Theta Z1 standalone stitcher on the way (no Lightroom needed): here’s how you can help!

Ricoh Theta Z1 standalone Theta Stitcher without Lightroom
Ricoh Theta Z1 standalone Theta Stitcher without Lightroom 

Ricoh informed me that they are now considering a standalone version of the Theta Stitcher for the Theta Z1 — one that can be used without Lightroom Classic.  Here’s how you can help.

The Ricoh Theta Z1 (reviewed here) is one of the best 360 cameras for virtual tours, and was tied for top recommendation in my comparison last year.  One issue is that to stitch the Z1’s RAW photos, you need to use Theta Stitcher, which only works with Adobe Lightroom Classic.  Although Adobe Lightroom Classic is an excellent photo editing program, it requires an expensive monthly subscription.

In my interview with Ricoh Theta General Manager Mr. Shinobu Fujiki, I asked if Ricoh would create a standalone version of the Theta Stitcher.  Mr. Fujiki said that Ricoh believes that the majority of photographers who use Raw use Lightroom Classic, therefore they designed the Stitcher to work with Lightroom.  However, if there is sufficient interest in a standalone Lightroom, then they would consider it.  I invited viewers of the video to comment and let Ricoh know if they wanted to have a standalone Stitcher.

You guys did respond with dozens of comments requesting the standalone Stitcher.  Ricoh has seen those comments and thanks to your help, Ricoh informed me that they are now going to consider the standalone Stitcher.

Ricoh is considering a standalone Theta Stitcher
Ricoh is considering a standalone Theta Stitcher

To help move the ball forward, they want to understand those who want a standalone Stitcher.  Please respond to this survey.  Ricoh wants to know 2 things:

  1. Who are those who want a standalone Stitcher?  Pls. let Ricoh know if you are a professional, hobbyist, or hobbyist who wants to turn professional?
  2. For those who want a standalone stitcher, which Raw processing software are they using?   (e.g. Affinity Photo, RawTherapee, Capture One, Silkypix, Photo Director, Luminar?)  Please name the specific software.

Thanks for supporting this endeavor.  Let’s keep this going.  If we work together, the 360 community can accomplish more than you think!