Recently Ricoh has announced a new 360 degree camera to its Theta 360 cameras line – Theta Z1 51GB is finally available to pre-order in the US. This is the same Theta Z1 model that has been on the market for a long time, only with an increased amount of internal memory, which, as the model name says, is 51 GB. Support for memory cards, which many users have been asking for a long time.
Introducing the new product, the company said that the new model will provide the same performance as the previous one released in 2019. Ricoh also emphasizes that the built-in memory is now 51 GB, which is enough to shoot 6,350 360° images with a resolution of 23 megapixels (6720 x 3360 pixels) each or 900 photos in RAW format.
The release of the new 360 VR camera is because all stocks in the warehouses of the Theta Z1 have already ended, and there is a demand for 360 cameras. Even though due to the well-known events of recent times, the company had huge difficulties with the supply of components, now it has managed to normalize production, and an updated version of Theta Z1 51GB now appears on online stores.
In addition to the increased capacity of the built-in memory up to 51 GB, the camera has all the characteristics of the previous model – a 23-megapixel 1-inch CMOS sensor with back illumination, three fixed apertures: f/2.1, f/3.5, and f/5.6. The camera allows you to shoot 4K 360° video with 3-axis rotation stabilization. The ergonomics and appearance of the device have also remained the same.
In the fact that Theta Z1 51GB did not receive any changes in technology and filling, some experts saw a deadlock in the development of the 360 degree camera branch, even though RICOH even created a new company Vecnos to develop and implement its 360-degree technologies, nothing new has been released. 2 years after the announcement of the previous model, the same camera comes out, under a slightly changed name, as if it had just come out of the blueprints of engineers and technologists.
51GB is still not enough for 4K video, although it’s better than the 19GB in the previous model, and a micro SD card slot could make things better.
Theta Z1 51GB price and availability
The cost of the new 360-degree camera is $1,049.95 and is now available to pre-order on the Amazon.com, Bhphotovideo.com, and Adorama.com online stores. The camera is expected to ship on May 25, 2021.
Recently, Insta360 has also introduced the Insta360 GO 2 is the new, thumb-sized, and ultra-light Insta 360 camera that weighs less than 27 grams. Thanks to its stabilization, the 360 2 enables high-resolution, hands-free recordings and allows you to capture extraordinary perspectives while shooting videos, and is priced at $299.99.