Ricoh Theta Z1 360 camera offers improved image quality and spatial audio recording

Ricoh Imaging has announced the new flagship model in its line of 360-degree cameras — the Theta Z1.

Spec overview

The Ricoh Theta Z1 can shoot 23 MP still images and can record 4K/30p 360-degree video. It features two 1”-type backside-illuminated CMOS sensor with a max sensitivity of ISO 6400. Plus, Ricoh has added a 4-channel microphone that supports 360-degree spatial audio recording.

There’s been improvements made to the camera’s image processing algorithm and its image capture support. An HDR Rendering mode has been added, along with an Interval Composite mode and a multi-bracket mode for capturing the same exact image with different settings. Also, JPEG is supported as is the Adobe DNG RAW format.

As for its lenses, the Ricoh Theta Z1 improves the aperture, allowing users to choose either F2.1, F3.5 or F5.6. The lenses have also been update to reduce ghosting, flaring and purple fringing. Additionally, the camera features 3-axis stabilization.

There’s also more plug-in support, like a new ‘Time-Shift Shooting’ plug-in. This plug-in allows users to remove the person taking the image from the frame. And, the camera can post directly to social media.


The camera has a two-lens design and a single button on its front. There’s also three buttons on the side that control power, Wi-Fi pairing and the selecting the camera mode. The 0.93” OLED screen shows the settings and help navigate through the shooting modes.

Ricoh Theta Z1 from multiple angles
Theta Z1 has three buttons on its side that operate the power, Wi-Fi pairing and the camera modes.

Pricing and availability

The Ricoh Theta Z1 is priced at $999. The camera isn’t out yet. The ‘pre-order’ button at Ricoh’s online shop just brings you to a sign-up page where you can put your email so Ricoh can notify you when the Theta Z1 is open for purchase.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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