Ricoh Theta X has a hidden 8K mode and Ricoh is asking if you want it. UPDATE: another hidden feature here.
Here is the poll. More info below.
Ricoh Theta X (reviewed here) is a new 360 camera that can shoot 11k photos and stabilized 5.7k videos with no stitching needed. I also found that it has one of the most detailed photos and has the most detailed videos, which I found to be more detailed than some 8K 360 cameras.
Apparently, Theta X has a trick up its sleeve: a hidden 8K 10fps mode that is accessible only to developers. 10fps videos are virtually unusable for normal videos (unless you want a Charlie Chaplin effect), but they could be usable for Google Street View.
As you know, Google sends out its cars to take photos of streets, which you can use to navigate on Google Maps. But some photographers also add these “blue line” Google Street View paths of their own. This is a useful service when an area is difficult to access and hasn’t been updated by Google in a long time. It is also useful for facilities that have recently been renovated or have changed owners or brands, who may want Google Street View to reflect the change immediately.
There are several ways to create Google Street View blue lines, such as through a 360 camera equipped with a timelapse function. Another way is to record a 360 video with GPS metadata. It is for this function that an 8K 10fps mode could be useful. Ricoh has also stated that it is possible to add StreetView-compatible CAMM metadata to the video, which would add tracking data to the video once per second.
But Ricoh is wondering if there are enough people interested in this feature or not. If there is “strong demand” then they can consider adding it via a future firmware update. In the past, Ricoh has added features when enough people have asked for it, such as the standalone stitcher for Theta Z1. Please help out by voting in this poll.
Some people have asked, what is the point of the poll because no one would refuse such a feature. That’s true, but this is a matter of priorities. Ricoh Theta division has a limited number of people and a long list of things they want to do. If not a lot of people express interest, then this feature would be low priority for them. So participating in the poll and letting them know if you DO want it can encourage them to move it up on their list and help us get it sooner.