So after multiple camera purchases, a drone, 3 GoPro’s, and more equipment then I should admit I own, I decided to try the Ricoh Theta 360 Camera. I purchased it just before a trip to Las Vegas in June and tried it out. Unfortunately it was 47C in Vegas the week were there so we weren’t outside as much as we usually are. We also didn’t venture outside of Vegas either.
After experimenting with the camera, I regret not getting it sooner. It would have been really cool to shot some 360 photos in Lower Antelope Canyon on our last trip. I’m hoping to get to Coyote Butte and the Wave this fall. Hopefully I win the lottery and get a chance.
Bellagio Lobby. Another 360 image for anyone using their VR headset. or viewing on their phone/tablet. #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
The Bellagio Lobby
The Camera was very easy to operate. I’m not a big fan of having to interface with my phone for everything. But the Theta let’s you click and shoot and gives you the option of viewing and downloading at a later time. The wireless syncing was easy. Overall it just worked. There is no onboard GPS, viewfinder, or other features. Just choose between photo or video, point, and click.
The resolution quality is pretty good. This is one specialty area that needs to really amp up the resolution. I also wish there were more options for posting the content. The Theta site will only store your still images, not video. You have to use YouTube if you want your 360 videos. You can use Facebook but it downgrades so badly, YouTube is a much better option.
Plug the images in the VR Viewer apps on your Android phone and use a cheap VR headset and you can relive the moments in 360 relatively easy. The VR headset and your vacation images are a great way to immerse someone who has never travelled to the there, and get a far better appreciation for the space then they would with a 2D flat image.
GoPro’s Fusion VR camera looks very interesting, 5.2K resolution.
Garmin’s VIRB 360 looks equally cool, complete with GPS, and image stabilization.
Post from RICOH THETA. #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
Bellagio Conservatory Another 360 image for anyone using their VR headset. or viewing on their phone/tablet. #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
The Bellagio Conservatory
The Park Another 360 image for anyone using their VR headset. or viewing on their phone/tablet. #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA