Flagship RICOH THETA Z1 360-Degree Camera Bows
RICOH Imaging Americas Corp. announced today the launch of its latest 360-degree camera: the RICOH THETA Z1, a new flagship model in the THETA series that can shoot 360-degree spherical images in approximately 23-megapixel (MP) resolution (6720 x 3360 pixels) in a single shot. It will be shown on Feb. 28 in Japan at the CP+ 2019 camera and photo imaging show.
The latest model to evolve under the RICOH THETA umbrella, its boasts a compact main body equipped with a one-inch back-illuminated CMOS image sensor – said by the company to be one of the largest for consumer 360-degree cameras, and which enables the near-23-MP spec. The image sensor incorporates two units that can support about 20 MP in effective pixels, for 360-degree high-resolution images equivalent to about 23 MP still image output pixels. It provides for a diverse range of shooting modes, such as aperture priority, allowing the taking of high-quality images regardless of the setting or lighting conditions. It also has the capability of shooting 360-degree videos in 4K (3840x1920 pixels) at 30 frames per second (fps) thanks to its 3-axis rotational stabilization, which compensates for rotational shake.
The main body of the camera includes a 0.93-inch organic EL monitor and a Function (Fn) button, giving users ready access to data, including number of possible shots and exposure settings. In addition to supporting JPG, RICOH THETA Z1 also supports the Adobe DNG format (RAW), so that users can perform professional image editing as with a general digital SLR camera.
This model can attain a shutter speed of up to 1/25000 second, and it has an internal memory of about 19GB, which can store around 2,400 JPG images.
The camera is also outfitted with a four-channel microphone for 360-degree spatial audio recording. It uses Qualcomm Snapdragon, and performance enhancements available through the Android-based system include greater expansion flexibility through the installation of additional plug-ins, says the company. One new plug-in to be available in March, Time-shift Shooting, helps users to avoid having the photographer’s reflection appear in images.