A camera that shoots 360-degree high-quality spherical images in in a single shot
Achieving 360-degree images in 23MP resolution
LONDON, 25 February 2019 －RICOH COMPANY, LTD. and RICOH IMAGING EUROPE, S.A.S. today announced the launch of the RICOH THETA Z1 the latest model from the family of cutting-edge 360-degree cameras. As the high-end model of the RICOH THETA camera series, the RICOH THETA Z1 supports approximately 23-megapixels resolution (6720 x 3360 pixels) 360-degree still image photo shooting, shooting spherical images in a single shot, giving consumers the opportunity to discover and capture life in 360.
Since RICOH launched the world’s first 360-degree consumer camera*1 in 2013, the company has stayed at the forefront of this emerging technology as it continues to evolve, and become an integral tool for a multitude of activities and industries such as virtual reality (VR), social media, business, real estate + more. Exceptional imaging and sleek design come together to deliver unique visuals offering a seamless integration into any element of everyday life - business or pleasure.
The RICOH THETA Z1 is the flagship model of this series, with RICOH deploying exceptional optical and image processing technologies, cultivated through years of high-performance camera development, to pursue its highest resolution and quality to date. The compact main body is equipped with a 1.0-inch back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, enabling approx. 23MP resolution 360-degree still images. It supports a diverse range of shooting modes, such as aperture priority, allowing users to take high-quality images regardless of the setting: outdoors, nighttime, indoors, beaches or snowy mountain views - nothing is off limits. Moreover, it is possible to shoot considerably smooth and immersive 360-degree videos in 4K (3840x1920 pixels) at 30 frames per second (fps) thanks to powerful 3-axis rotational stabilization to compensate for rotational shake.
The main body of the camera, with a 0.93-inch organic EL monitor and a Function (Fn) button, grants users access to a multitude of information at a glance, including the number of possible shots, exposure settings, and more, thus greatly improving the operability of the camera itself. In addition to JPEG, RICOH THETA Z1 now supports Adobe® DNG format (RAW) so that users can enjoy professional image editing as with a general digital SLR camera. Basic performance improvements are most evident in the AndroidTM-based system, which now offers flexibility in number of expansions one can add to the Z1 through the installation of additional plug-ins. The overall functionality of the latest model from RICOH not only meets the high demands of serious photographers, but also offers an optimal performance for professionals and amateurs alike.
*1 As a mass-produced consumer product capable of capturing the scene around, above and below the device in a fully spherical image (as of October, 2013, based on RICOH research).
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RICOH Theta Z1
Available: April 2019