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Ricoh Theta S Camcorder

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14MP 1/2.3 125g CMOS Oct 2015
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23 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This big sensor size camcorder received a "Silver" from Gadgetgear.nl who wrote that this video camera was great.

Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on four expert reviews from sites including Expert Reviews, diskidee.nl, straitstimes.com and alphr.com this Ricoh camcorder has an overall expert rating of 80 out of 100.

Good User Reviews

On average, based on 73 user reviews the average user rating of this big sensor size camcorder is 87%.

Reasonably Priced

Several Ricoh Theta S owners thought the product was good value for money. Amazon Customer scored it 80 out of 100 and wrote on Amazon “Great camera for the price have had lots of fun”. Amazon Customer also said “For what its doing and in this consumer price range it's pretty amazing”. Amazon Customer also said “This camera is good value for what you get”.

A number of people who reviewed it agreed that it was cheap. A. I. S. wrote on Amazon “Rear cameras so you dont have to buy expensive software to do the stitching its all done for you whether video or stills” in their review. P. I. Maclean said on Amazon “A cheerful and relatively inexpensive entry into 360 degree photography” in their review of the Ricoh Theta S and gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

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Easy to Use

A few customers said in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to use. This month Amazon Customer said on Amazon “App is explained easily enought to use.” in their review of the Ricoh Theta S nonetheless they scored it 60 out of 100. This year Jason mentioned “Brillant camera, easy to use”. M. Tapping mentioned “Design + Industry leading practical/portable format”.

One Ricoh Theta S reviewer thought it was easy to handle. One Ricoh Theta S reviewer who purchased it thought it was easy to setup. T. Jones wrote on Amazon this year “1st day, feels nice, looks nice, easy to setup and use” and rated it 80 out of 100.

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Robust

Several customers who bought this camcorder agreed that it was well made. Jason wrote a few weeks ago “Great quality build and pictures” in his review of the Ricoh Theta S and scored the product 5 stars. Mikesmiles gave the product a rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon in December this year “They require very gentle handling as although well made they are delicate”.

One Ricoh Theta S reviewer mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to damage or scratch. Mrs K Harding mentioned in her review a few weeks ago “The lenses are very easy to damage” .

One customer who bought the Ricoh Theta S mentioned that it was reliable. A few weeks ago Umbugnet gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “It still feels a little experimental although it works reliably”.

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Nice Design

A number of customers mentioned that it was good looking. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “Pretty good considering” but despite that they gave this camcorder a rating of 60 out of 100. Amazon Customer also wrote “The finished picture is pretty good.”. In December Sjc said in their review of the Ricoh Theta S on Amazon “The quality is pretty good too”.

Some people considered that it was a good design. Shaz scored the Ricoh Theta S very highly and wrote on Amazon a few weeks ago “Good quality design and photos taken and”. Several customers wrote in their reviews that the product was neat. Lewin wrote in their review “Neat and good all-round stills”. Lewin also wrote “Great still shots from a very neat package”.

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Good Product Quality

A few customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was good quality. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “Photo quality is 'reasonably good' for StreetView - there's some loss of focus in parts.” in their review of this camcorder and gave it a score of 4 stars. Amazon Customer also wrote “The photo quality is ace.”. Amazon Customer also said “And an underwater case wouldn't go a miss either! So in summary - there are better quality devices around.”.

Good Size

Two Ricoh Theta S owners wrote that this camcorder was compact. In December this year Amazon Customer wrote in their review on Amazon “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 “It is extremely compact and will easily fit in pockets in jacket or trousers” in their review of the Ricoh Theta S.

One Ricoh Theta S reviewer thought it was thin. In December this year Shaz wrote on Amazon “Slick slim design” and gave the Ricoh Theta S a rating of 5 stars. One customer who purchased this camcorder thought it was good physically. T. Jones mentioned in their Ricoh Theta S review on Amazon “Physically it's nice”.

One customer who reviewed the product concluded that it was tight. T. Jones wrote on Amazon a few weeks ago “This thing is very tight (not too tight) so it seems to wipe the lenses clean on putting in/taking out” in their Ricoh Theta S review.

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A Top Selling Camcorder

According to sales data from Amazon, the Theta S is one the best selling video camera currently available for purchase.

Ricoh Has Good Camcorder Reviews

Ricoh has good average reviews for its big sensor size video cameras as well as across its entire camcorder range.

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Good Technical Features

A number of Ricoh Theta S owners said in their reviews that the Ricoh Theta S had good features. A few weeks ago S. Dean wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “Many good features”. Also a few weeks ago Strider mentioned on Amazon “I am still looking for the best combination of features” in their review of the Ricoh Theta S.

Good Battery Life

Several Ricoh Theta S reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it had a good battery life. Amazon Customer said in their review of the Ricoh Theta S in December “The battery life is good and it charges from a high power USB charger” and scored it very highly. This month Nicholas rated it 80 out of 100 and he wrote on Amazon “I am SUPER careful with my cameras (always in the case, etc), so I assumed it was just a tired battery” in his review.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Some Ricoh Theta S owners who purchased it wrote that it had a good screen. S. Dean mentioned in their review of this camcorder “This is because the video is HD quality - fine for a small screen” .

Good Quality Lens

One person wrote in their reviews that it had a good lens. Mr. T. A. Jeffs mentioned in their Ricoh Theta S review on Amazon in December this year “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

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Theta S, the Theta S has an HDMI port.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative video cameras with an HDMI port currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HC-V770[plb_2778988_price].

Alternative camcorders which also have an HDMI port that you might also want to consider include the Panasonic HC-WX970[plb_2749737_price].

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Has One Exposure Mode

The Theta S has a greater number of exposure modes than most video cameras that were released more than a year ago. The most frequently found exposure mode is Auto, but this exposure mode is not found on this video camera. The exposure modes Manual are also found on this Ricoh video camera.

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Has Eight White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Theta S is more than most big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on camcorders of this age and type. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent", "Lamp", "Outdoor" and "Shade" are also found on this Ricoh video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Theta S supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution which is higher than the 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution supported by most camcorders of a similar age and type to it.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Theta S.

Amongst similar types of camcorder the worst supported video resolution is 1280 x 720 pixels.

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400 ISO Sensitivity

The Ricoh Theta S has a 400 ISO sensitivity which is higher than the 200 ISO sensitivity found on most similar spec camcorders that have been around for more than a year. This Ricoh camcorder also have 100, 125, 160, 250, 320, 640, 800, 1, 000, 1, 250 and 1 and 600 ISO sensitivities. The worst ISO sensitivity of all camcorders of a similar type and age to the Theta S is Auto and the best is 51,200.

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Very Light

With a weight of only 125 grams, the Theta S is fairly light compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the Theta S. Across all the comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the Theta S the weights range from 120g to 1.8kg, and the average weight is 730g.

Camcorders with a heavier weight that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-V770[plb_2778988_price] (353g and higher rated).

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Very Small

The smallest camcorder of this age and spec is 44mm wide and the biggest is 180mm. At only 44 millimeters, the Theta S is quite small compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than a year.

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Very Small

The Theta S is one of the smaller camcorders of a similar age and type to the Theta S (only 22.9 millimeters) amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. The average depth of camcorders that are a comparable age to the Theta S is 180mm.

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11 Reasons Against

Poor Support

One Ricoh Theta S owner said in their reviews that it did not have good technical guidance. In December Amazon Customer said on Amazon “The instructions aren't brilliant either” in their review of this camcorder.

Unacceptable Noise Level

One Ricoh Theta S owner who reviewed it considered that it was not noisy. This month Mr. T. A. Jeffs wrote in their review “Image quality is excellent, although things get a bit noisy in low light” although they still gave the product a score of 4 stars.

Poor Connectivity

One Ricoh Theta S owner who purchased the product concluded that it was not wifi compatible. Amazon Customer scored the product 3 stars and said on Amazon “It needs to be linked to a phone by WiFi, because it has no viewfinder of its own” in their review of this camcorder.

Very Slow Maximum Frame Rate

The Theta S has a quite slow maximum frame rate (only 30 frames per second) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Theta S. The maximum frame rates of video cameras of this type and age range from 30fps to 60fps.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Ricoh Theta S does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that came out more than a year ago also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Theta S is not 3D compatible. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Theta S are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Theta S do not have a night mode. The Theta S is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The Ricoh Theta S is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the Theta S are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

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

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Very Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The average bitrate at maximum video resolution of camcorders of a similar age and type to the Theta S is 53 Mbit/s. With a bitrate at maximum video resolution of only 16 megabits per second, the Ricoh Theta S has one of the smaller bitrates at maximum video resolution amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age.

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Only Auto Shooting Mode

This camcorder has an Auto|Manual|Shutter priority shooting mode, which is typical of many camcorders of this type and age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Ricoh Theta S

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this big sensor size camcorder was released.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and type.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many camcorders of this spec and age.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Specification

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Lens System
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Focusing
Light Exposure
Exposure Mode
ISO Sensitivity
Light Exposure Correction
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Shooting Mode
Design
Tripod Mountable
LED Indicator
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
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Micro-USB 2.0 Port
Networking
Battery
Battery
Battery Life
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Other Features
Projector
Technical Details
Relative Aperture F-Number
Technical Details

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

(70)
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 Part Numbers ricoh 910720, ricoh thetas, ricoh n163690, ricoh 6018240b, ricoh 10145924, ricoh n163690w, ricoh manufacurer
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