Ricoh Launches Pre-Orders for THETA Z1 360-Degree Camera


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Ricoh has launched pre-orders for its newest digital camera device. The new THETA Z1 is a 360-degree camera model with support for 23MP still capture and 4K video recording.

Geared toward virtual reality, social media, business, and real estate applications, the THETA Z1 is powered by dual 1"-type back-illuminated CMOS sensors and a twin-lens system -- enabling the camera to capture two wide-angle images and then automatically combine them into one spherical 360-degree image or video. Still photos can be captured in JPEG or the Adobe DNG RAW format with support for up to 6720×3360 resolution images. In addition, the device also offers an Automatic DR (dynamic range) function to help improve shadow detail and minimize blown-out highlights. Likewise, the lens system features selectable f2.1, 3.5, and 5.6 apertures to adjust depth of field.

Meanwhile, when it comes to video support, the camera includes 360-degree recording capabilities at 30 fps in 4K (3840×1920 pixels) with 3-axis rotational stabilization and live streaming support.  Individual 4K clips have a maximum recording time of about 5 minutes each while 2K clips can be a maximum of about 25 minutes each. Finally, a 0.93" OLED status display panel and a function control button are integrated as well, along with 19GB of internal memory. 

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Here's a full rundown of key specs per Ricoh and B&H Photo-Video:

• Highly Accurate 360° Image Stitching
• Dual 6720 x 3360 1" Type CMOS Sensors
• 360° 4K Videos and 23MP Photos
• Selectable f/2.1, 3.5, 5.6 Aperture
• 360° Live Streaming in 4K or 2K
• Twin-Lens System with 4-Channel Mics
• 19GB of Internal Memory
• Edit with Lightroom Classic CC & Plug-In
• THETA+ Android App
• Status Display, Magnesium Alloy Body

The Ricoh THETA Z1 360-Degree Camera is now available for pre-order for an MSRP of $999.95. Shipments are expected to launch in early April.