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Ricoh Theta S Camcorder

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14MP 1/2.3 125g CMOS Oct 2015
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- HD Live streaming- Live View 10fps- Long exposure- 8 GB Memory More
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22 Reasons For

One Industry Award

One expert review site said that this Ricoh camcorder was great. Gadgetgear.nl gave this Ricoh video camera a "Silver" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on four expert reviews from sites including Expert Reviews, diskidee.nl, straitstimes.com and alphr.com this video camera has an overall expert rating of 80%.

Owner Reviews Are Good

Users have rated this video camera on average 87 out of 100.

Easy to Use

Thirteen customers who bought the product thought it was easy to use. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon this month “App is explained easily enought to use.” in their Ricoh Theta S review although they scored it 60 out of 100. Jason wrote in November “Brillant camera, easy to use” in his review. M. Tapping said in their review of the Ricoh Theta S “Design + Industry leading practical/portable format” .

One Ricoh Theta S reviewer who purchased this camcorder considered that it was easy to handle. One person who purchased it concluded that it was easy to setup. This year T. Jones said “1st day, feels nice, looks nice, easy to setup and use” in their review.

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Robust

A few Ricoh Theta S reviewers said in their reviews that the product was well made. Jason scored the product very highly and he said in his review of this camcorder a few weeks ago “Great quality build and pictures”. This year Mikesmiles wrote “They require very gentle handling as although well made they are delicate” and scored the product 5 stars.

One person reckoned that the product was easy to damage or scratch. This year Mrs K Harding she wrote on Amazon “The lenses are very easy to damage”. One Ricoh Theta S owner reckoned that it was reliable. This month Umbugnet wrote in their review of the Ricoh Theta S “It still feels a little experimental although it works reliably”.

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Nice Design

A few customers who bought the Ricoh Theta S wrote that it was good looking. Amazon Customer mentioned “Pretty good considering” nonetheless they gave it a score of 3 stars. Amazon Customer also mentioned “The finished picture is pretty good.”. Sjc mentioned “The quality is pretty good too” in their review of the Ricoh Theta S.

Some Ricoh Theta S reviewers who purchased the Ricoh Theta S thought it was a good design. In November Shaz mentioned on Amazon “Good quality design and photos taken and”. Some people mentioned in their reviews that the product was neat. Lewin said “Neat and good all-round stills” in their Ricoh Theta S review. Lewin also wrote “Great still shots from a very neat package”.

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Good Product Quality

Several customers said in their reviews that the Ricoh Theta S was good quality. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon in November “Photo quality is 'reasonably good' for StreetView - there's some loss of focus in parts.”. Amazon Customer also mentioned “The photo quality is ace.”. Amazon Customer also mentioned “And an underwater case wouldn't go a miss either! So in summary - there are better quality devices around.”.

A Top Selling Product

Across all camcorders, the Theta S is one the fastest selling products currently available for purchase.

Good Size

A number of Ricoh Theta S reviewers concluded that it was compact. Amazon Customer wrote in their review of the Ricoh Theta S “It's also a very compact size smaller than my phone so you can easily take it out”. H. Eales rated it 5 stars and mentioned in their review of the Ricoh Theta S this year “It is extremely compact and will easily fit in pockets in jacket or trousers”.

One Ricoh Theta S reviewer concluded that it was thin. This year Shaz said in their review of this camcorder “Slick slim design”. One customer concluded that the product was good physically. In November T. Jones mentioned “Physically it's nice” in their review and rated the product 4 stars.

One Ricoh Theta S owner concluded that the Ricoh Theta S was tight. T. Jones said on Amazon this month “This thing is very tight (not too tight) so it seems to wipe the lenses clean on putting in/taking out” in their review of this camcorder.

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Good Brand

Big sensor size video cameras manufactured by Ricoh have good reviews on average. We also checked the reviews for all video cameras (not just big sensor size video cameras) and found that Ricoh also has good reviews across its entire range.

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Good Technical Features

A number of Ricoh Theta S owners considered that this camcorder had good features. S. Dean said in their Ricoh Theta S review on Amazon in November this year “Many good features” but they gave the Ricoh Theta S a score of 2 stars. Strider said on Amazon this month “I am still looking for the best combination of features” in their review.

Good Battery Life

Several customers who reviewed the product thought it had a good battery life. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon this year “The battery life is good and it charges from a high power USB charger”. Nicholas wrote on Amazon in the same month “I am SUPER careful with my cameras (always in the case, etc), so I assumed it was just a tired battery” in his review of the Ricoh Theta S and scored it 4 stars.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several customers mentioned in their reviews that it had a good screen. S. Dean said on Amazon “This is because the video is HD quality - fine for a small screen” in their Ricoh Theta S review.

Good Quality Lens

One Ricoh Theta S owner mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good lens. Mr. T. A. Jeffs rated the product 4 stars and mentioned this month “The buttons are easy to access, as is the lens, which is something I think should have a simple clip-on protector that goes in your pocket when you're shooting”.

Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Ricoh Theta S has an HDMI port, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

Alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HC-V770[plb_2778988_price].

There are a number of other video cameras which also have an HDMI port that you might also want to look at including the Panasonic HC-WX970[plb_2749737_price].

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Has One Exposure Mode

The number of exposure modes found on the Ricoh Theta S is more than most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. The most frequently found exposure mode is Auto, but this exposure mode is not found on this Ricoh camcorder. The exposure modes Manual are also found on this Ricoh video camera.

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5376 X 2688 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Theta S has a maximum maximum image resolution of 5376 x 2688 pixels. That's 58% more maximum image resolution than a 4032 x 2272 pixels video camera, which is the most common maximum image resolution. The maximum image resolution of all camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Theta S ranges from 3840 x 2160 pixels (worst) to 6784 x 3816 pixels (best).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Theta S supports a higher video resolution than most camcorders of a similar age and type to it. This video camera supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution, whereas most camcorders of this type and age support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution.

This video camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the Theta S.

The worst supported video resolution across similar types of video camera is 1280 x 720 pixels.

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Very Light

At only 125 grams, the Ricoh Theta S is fairly light compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Theta S. The lightest big sensor size camcorder that is a similar age to the Theta S is 120g weight, the heaviest is 1.8kg, and the average weight is 730g.

Video cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic HC-V770[plb_2778988_price] (353g) which also has a higher rating.

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400 ISO Sensitivity

The Ricoh Theta S has a 400 ISO sensitivity which is higher than most similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. Most camcorders that have been around for a similar time to it have a 200 ISO sensitivity. This video camera also have 100, 125, 160, 250, 320, 640, 800, 1, 000, 1, 250 and 1 and 600 ISO sensitivities. Across all comparable spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the Theta S the ISO sensitivity ranges from Auto to 51,200.

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Very Small

With a width of only 44 millimeters, the Theta S is fairly small compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Theta S. The average width of video cameras of a similar spec and age to the Theta S is 98mm.

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Very Small

Across all the camcorders that were released around the same time as the Theta S the depths range from 22mm to 380mm, and the average depth is 180mm. At only 22.9 millimeters, the Theta S is fairly small compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Theta S.

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11 Reasons Against

Poor Support

One Ricoh Theta S owner who reviewed it reckoned that it did not have good technical guidance. This year Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “The instructions aren't brilliant either”.

Unacceptable Noise Level

One Ricoh Theta S reviewer said in their reviews that it was not noisy. This month Mr. T. A. Jeffs mentioned on Amazon “Image quality is excellent, although things get a bit noisy in low light”.

Poor Connectivity

One Ricoh Theta S owner wrote in their reviews that the product was not wifi compatible. Amazon Customer gave this camcorder a score of 3 stars and wrote on Amazon a few weeks ago “It needs to be linked to a phone by WiFi, because it has no viewfinder of its own” in their review.

Very Slow Maximum Frame Rate

The slowest maximum frame rate of big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Theta S is 30fps and the fastest is 60fps. With a maximum frame rate of only 30 frames per second, the Theta S has one of the slower maximum frame rates amongst similar spec camcorders of this age.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than a year, the Theta S does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most camcorders that have been around for more than a year are not 3D compatible. The Theta S is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Theta S does not have a night mode, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than a year also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for more than a year, the Ricoh Theta S is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Ricoh Theta S does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Theta S also do not have a built-in projector.

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Very Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

At only 16 megabits per second, the Theta S has a quite small bitrate at maximum video resolution compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Theta S. The average bitrate at maximum video resolution of similar spec video cameras that were released one year ago is 53 Mbit/s.

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Only Auto Shooting Mode

This video camera has an Auto|Manual|Shutter priority shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode on video cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Ricoh Theta S

Released Over a Year Ago

Ricoh released the Theta S over a year ago.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on big sensor size video cameras that came out more than a year ago.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on camcorders of a similar age and type to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Light Exposure
Exposure Mode
ISO Sensitivity
Light Exposure Correction
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Camera
Camcorder Type
Shooting Mode
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Ports & Interfaces
Micro-USB 2.0 Port
Battery
Battery
Battery Life
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Technical Details
Relative Aperture F-Number

1 Award

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Expert Reviews

(13)
25 October 2016

Absolute GizmosRicoh India, which is the leader in Imaging Solution and IT services, Unveils a brand new product named Ricoh Theta SC. It's a 360 Degree shooter camera. 2016 is the year where lots... Read more…

23 December 2015

The previously reviewed Ricoh Theta m15 ($478) is probably the cheapest camera you can find to take 360-degree spherical pictures.There is now a new Theta. Called Theta S, it uses two 12-megapixel... Read more…

22 December 2015

If you have a good reason to own a 360-degree video and stills camera, the Ricoh Theta S is a must have. Estate agents, location scouts, VR enthusiasts and anyone who puts on live events will love...

11 December 2015

Still the best way to take 360-degree photos and videos but sharing options need to be improved...

13 November 2015

The Ricoh Theta S can shoot cool 360-degree photos and videos for $350...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 23 November 2015 by PhotoTech
PhotoTech would recommend the Ricoh Theta S

I'm rating this based on what the camera is, not what I'd like it to be. I have pro DSLR gear and my expectations on image quality typically exceeds what any small sensor point and shoot device is... Read more…

Reviewed 8 December 2015 by Bobster
Bobster would recommend the Ricoh Theta S

I am a professional Photo/videographer and decided that I wanted to add 360 imaging to my line up of services. After about a year of research I felt like the new Theta S would be able to deliver... Read more…

Reviewed 21 November 2015 by IamDorian
IamDorian would recommend the Ricoh Theta S

REVIEW UPDATE: Ricoh Releases New Theta S App - Works Fine We posted the first 3-star review on Nov. 14th. We had tested the only available iPhone app the night of the 13th. It was apparently the... Read more…

Reviewed 18 December 2015 by Orcatek
(Verified Purchase)

For stills it is pretty good, images could be sharper in the distance, suspect lens is not really focused at hyperfocal distance. Close items look great, but the background is a tiny bit soft for... Read more…

Reviewed 9 December 2015 by LeventMagic
LeventMagic would recommend the Ricoh Theta S

I've owned the two previous versions of this camera (Theta and Theta M15) and I must say that this new version is an order of magnitude better in every way. Lower noise, better resolution and a... Read more…

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+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers ricoh 910720, ricoh thetas, ricoh n163690, ricoh 6018240b, ricoh 10145924, ricoh n163690w, ricoh 10145924pcw, ricoh manufacurer
Barcodes 00000010145924, 00026649107207, 00780746884729, 04961311901577

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