Ricoh Theta V hands-on: 360 camera goes 4K

Ricoh has revealed its brand new 360-degree camera, the Ricoh Theta V, stepping up to 4K video and 3D spatial surround sound audio. Replacing the Theta S, which topped out at 2K, the new camera also marks a big architecture shift, being the first 360 shooter to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset. Read on for what you need to know.

The big change with the Theta V is the twin camera sensors. Each now captures 12-megapixels, with f/2.0 optics, for up to 4K UHD video at 30fps (in 56 mbps H.264). Alternatively, you can switch to 2K, though with the Theta V’s 19GB of onboard – non-expandable – storage you can save up to 40 minutes of 4K footage. There’s a 360-degree still image mode, of course, and interval shooting that can now capture a shot every four seconds, rather than eight seconds with previous Theta models.

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