Meet The New 4K, 360-Degree Video Capable Ricoh THETA V Action Cam

by on September 2, 2017

Stephan Jukic – Sept 2, 2017

Ricoh is one of the more popular brands in the field of 360-degree cameras and now the Japanese tech company has unveiled the THETA V, a new, high-end model 4K UHD action camera in the 360-degree “RICOH THETA” series, which supports features such as 360-degree 4K video capture, spatial audio recording, and a significantly higher data transfer speed than its predecessors.

This new model also offers improvement on the still shots and video recording while power consumption has been reduced by adopting a Qualcomm SnapdragonTM. The THETA’s two 12-megapixel CMOS sensors capture a 360-degree circles of 4K UHD footage using two f2.0 lenses, shooting 2K videos (1920×960) at 30FPS with a 56Mbps bitrate, and 4k (3840×2160) at 30FPS with a 16Mbps bitrate; both in the H264 format. Support for the newer and more 4K compression-friendly H.265 compression standard will be added later as well as “software plug-ins” and firmware updates to add further functionality.

The spatial sound of the V is recorded using a separate, attachable four-channel microphone with omnidirectional audio. This means that it can record horizontally and vertically, providing a more immersive sound experience. In addition, the 3D Microphone TA-1 accessory (sold separately) can pick up deep sounds at high to low frequencies, making it perfect for shooting during musical performances or situations where the sound is coming from multiple directions.

Ricoh Theta V 4K 360-degree action camera

Due to its slim, compact design, the Theta V doesn’t provide a card slot, but it has a reasonable 19 GB of internal storage, which is enough for 40 minutes of 4K video, 130 minutes of 1080p video or around 4800 still images.

The camera can be connected to a smartphone or tablet using either Bluetooth or wireless LAN and the THETA V app can be used as a Bluetooth remote or to transfer files over Wi-Fi. 360-degree videos can be streamed on Facebook Live, while recorded videos can be shared on YouTube and spherical images on Google Maps. We should also mention the THETA’s fairly cool plastic waterproofing case, which gives this little action camera protection from splashes and full immersion.

The Ricoh Theta V will sell for $430 at Ricoh’s website. The microphone is also on sale now if you plop down an additional $200.

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