RICOH THETA S is the newest model in the RICOH THETA series of spherical cameras that capture 360-degree scenes surrounding the user. The camera features faster lenses, enlarged image sensor for extra-high resolution full HD video capabilities, a live preview function, and even greater compatibility with social media platforms.
While retaining the lightweight portability of the RICOH THETA m15, the new model captures high-resolution spherical images of up to nearly 14 megapixels. It can also record spherical video in full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels at 30 fps) with a maximum recording time of 25 minutes. The better quality images are enabled by an enlarged image sensor and fast F2.0 lenses to allow more light through Ricoh’s proprietary ultra-small twin-lens folded-optical system.
Also, superior image processing technology and bulb mode for long exposures produce spherical still images with less visual static, even in low-light settings.
Coinciding with the launch of the RICOH THETA S, Google Maps today introduced the new Google Street View app that allows you to capture and publish your photo spheres instantly to Google Maps for people all over the world to explore. The app also offers the ability to shoot photo spheres and to connect to spherical cameras.This new capability to connect to spherical cameras makes it easier than ever to create Google Street View experiences.
The new RICOH THETA S app for smartphones and tablets can be used to configure settings and instantly view spherical photos and video via wirelessly connected devices. An improved wi-fi module transfers data four times faster than the current RICOH THETA model.
The camera also boasts a fully updated design and user interface. Usability has been improved with an elegant but practical sure-grip black rubber coating and handy face-mounted LED mode indicator. Internal memory has been increased to 8 GB.
The original RICOH THETA was launched in 2013 as the world’s first mass-produced camera to capture fully spherical images. With it, Ricoh pioneered the spherical camera market and thereby revolutionised how people view the world. Since then, the series has inspired a unique genre of visual creativity for capturing everyday scenes from an all-new perspective. The new model offers even higher image quality than before to satisfy both early adopters and people who enjoy communicating creatively through social media.
The RICOH THETA S is expected to be available in India by November 2015.