New Ricoh Theta Z1 in the works with triple the storage

Ricoh’s working on a new Theta Z1 360 camera, increasing the camera’s internal storage. However, if you were hoping for more, you’ll be disappointed.

Since launching in 2018, the Theta Z1’s been capturing 23-megapixel 360-degree video. Its capacity before the update was large enough to hold quite a few 360 images at 6720 x 3360 pixels. Now, the Ricoh Theta Z1 holds even more files. According to Ricoh, the company’s update triples the Z1’s storage capacity. Now, the camera offers up to 51GB, compared to the original’s 19 GB. In total, Ricoh says the camera will hold up to 6,350 JPEGs. Now, 51GB isn’t a lot of storage, especially when recording 4K video. However, it’s still an improvement considering we started with 19 GB

Practically the same as the original

Other than the storage boost, the new Ricoh Theta Z1 looks the same as the original. It houses the same 23-megapixel 1-inch backside-illuminated CMOS image sensor. It still has three apertures (f/2.1, f/3.5, and f/5.6). Additionally, the camera records 4K 360-degree videos with 3-axis rotational stabilization.

Those wanting a massive Thera Z1 upgrade will be disappointed. New releases of older cameras usually bring about updates to multiple areas. Tripling the storage might not cut it for some users.

Ricoh fixes its Z1 stocking issue

The Ricoh Theta Z1 proved to be very popular. Its sales exceeded Ricoh’s expectations, selling out. Ricoh was unable to restock Z1s. The company says it was difficult to obtain parts to make the cameras. This time around, Ricoh seems to have sufficient supplies to make the Z1.

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Sean Berry
Sean Berry
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