Ricoh Introduces Theta S

Pros are always looking for new ways to image the world around them. Ricoh’s new Theta S is the latest version of the company’s 360° camera that captures 360° spherical stills and videos of the scenes surrounding the user. Featuring a new, larger sensor and faster f/2.0 lenses, the Theta S can deliver nearly 14MP still images and 1080/30p video (as well as live streaming), along with faster f/2.0 lenses (there’s a lens on each side of the device, each taking in a 180° angle of view). The tiny (1.7×5.1×0.9-inches, 4.4-ounce) device can be handheld or mounted on a tripod, and can focus down to within four inches of the front of the lens. The images and videos can be uploaded to theta360.com, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, and posted to Google Maps, Google and YouTube 360°Channel. The new Ricoh Theta S app for smartphones and tablets can be used to make camera settings and view the spherical photos and video wirelessly via improved built-in Wi-Fi that transfers data 4X faster than the current Theta model. The battery is good for about 260 shots per charge, and files are stored on 8GB of internal memory. Estimated Street price: $349. Contact: Ricoh, theta360.com.

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