Heads up! Ricoh is releasing its newest 360-degree camera, the THETA X, along with its new custom lens cap, and this is good news for 360° capture. Already known for its THETA series of 360° cameras, Ricoh’s new THETA X brings improved image quality and user functions, making it easier than ever to shoot, view, and share your 360° video and stills.
Slightly larger than previous versions, the THETA X takes full advantage of the increased size with a 2.25" touchscreen display. The large screen provides more image area to aid in setting up your shot and for more comfortable viewing of your footage, as well as more room to use it as a touchscreen for camera settings. All this can now be done directly on the device without needing to connect to a smartphone for control. However, when you do want to connect to a smartphone or a wireless router, to transfer video and stills, update firmware, or add optional plug-ins, the THETA X can now connect directly via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, simplifying your workflow.
The THETA X also incorporates a new 48MP CMOS imager, lens design, and image processor, allowing you to capture 360° video at up to 5.7K30p, with enhanced image stabilization, as well as 60MP stills. The THETA X also lets you livestream 4K footage from its USB port, sharing the 360° moment with your viewers. In addition to the improved image quality and user interface, the THETA X also features a removable battery, a microSDXC card slot, and 46GB of internal memory, so you can easily swap batteries or cards as needed and keep shooting without stopping to recharge the camera or download your footage. The new lens cap protects your camera’s lenses when not shooting, covering the lenses without touching them―to help prevent smearing or scratches―and you can attach the lens cap to the bottom of the THETA X, which acts as a stand on level surfaces for hands-free shooting or reviewing of your footage.
Are you excited by the THETA X and what you can do with it? We sure are. Please feel free to share your thoughts on the THETA X, as well as comments and experiences with other THETA cameras in the Comments section, below.