Ricoh has announced the launch of the Ricoh Theta X, an advanced model in its Theta series of 360-degree cameras. The Theta cameras can shoot 360-degree still images and videos in a single shot.
The Ricoh Theta X has a compact, lightweight body as with previous models in the range, which makes it very portable. The new camera is the first Theta model with a large 2.25-inch full-color touchscreen display. You can preview your scene before capture, adjust shooting settings, and view captured images via the screen. This makes it much easier to use as a standalone camera, unlike earlier models, which you needed to use with a smartphone.
According to Richo, the Richo Theta X has a renewed CMOS image sensor, main processor, and lens design. With the new 48 megapixel (MP) sensor, you can capture 360-degree stills with a maximum output of approximately 60 MP. Two image sizes are available to match your needs. You can shoot at 11 K for high-resolution bright-light indoor photography or 5.5 K to capture images easily in other scenarios.
The Richo Theta X has enhanced image stabilization for shooting smooth 360-degree videos. You can capture video at up to a 5.7K-equivalent resolution of 5760 ×2880 pixels at 30 frames per second.
Another first for the Theta X is the inclusion of an interchangeable battery. In addition, you can use an external memory card to increase storage capacity. This means you can continue shooting without worrying about the remaining battery levels or storage capacity.
Ricoh has increased the compatibility of the Ricoh Theta X with smartphones. You can now connect your smartphone via Bluetooth without the need to enter an SSID. You can also transfer your still images and videos from the camera to your smartphone at higher speeds.
The Ricoh Theta X has a magnesium alloy body exterior — which is great for strength and heat-dissipating properties. In addition, the camera has built-in GPS for accurate positional data.
Pricing and availability
The Ricoh Theta X will release in March 2022 for $799.