The Ricoh Theta Z1 can now take 9 raw DNG photos in as little as 0.3 seconds with the new Dual Fisheye Raw plugin, says Yoichi Hirota, the developer of the previous Dual Fisheye plugin. Here are the details and a cautionary note.
Theta Z1 (reviewed here) is a 360 camera with 1-inch sensors, the largest among consumer and prosumer 360 cameras. It is regarded as one of the best virtual tour cameras, with image quality approaching that of mirrorless or DSLR cameras, albeit with a lower resolution.
Theta Z1 is one of only two 360 cameras that supports plugins, which expand its capabilities even further (the only other one is the Theta V). One of the most popular plugins for the Theta Z1 is Yoichi Hirota’s Dual Fisheye Plugin, which enables the Theta Z1 to take multiple unstitched Raw DNG photos, which can be merged with third party HDR software and stitched with Theta Stitcher or with third party stitching software.
Mr. Hirota has developed a new version of the Dual Fisheye plugin called DualFisheye Raw. It is similar to the previous plugin except that it enables the Theta Z1 to capture Raw shots much more quickly. Mr. Hirota says it can capture 9 Raw shots in just 0.3 seconds, which is the fastest Raw capture available for any 360 camera.
The new plugin is available here. Installation requires the Ricoh Theta desktop app.
Here’s a note of caution: I tried to install it with a Mac and the plugin installer just kept loading. After a couple of minutes, I disconnected it and now my Theta Z1 is getting an Error message and won’t startup. I’m going to ask Ricoh for help. Assuming it can be installed correctly, the DualFisheye Raw plugin looks promising.