Some gadgets are known for what they do, and on the other hand, some are known for doing something before anyone does. On that lines, if you manufacture something that helps consumers get a job which otherwise would be difficult to do, then you are simply on the top. In the case of Ricoh’s Theta S, it’s the creation of spherical photos and videos. Ricoh was ahead of the curve when the Theta debuted in 2013, and this experience shows in the Theta S. It is slim and features a candy bar form factor just like its predecessor. Using it is straightforward. All you have to do is, turn it on, press the shutter release and you are done. The way it works is also fairly similar. It takes two simultaneous shots with the two fish eye lenses and stitches them together. But the best part is, all this is done within the camera, without the need of a powerful computer or a smartphone separately. You don’t even need any editing software. Just hit the mode button on the side, and you can record HD videos instead of photos. Well, the trade-off for this simplicity is image quality. It is not the worst one out since it is perfectly fine for sharing with friends and family and if that is all you need, then you should be just fine. Also, the lens sticks out a bit and resting it on the table might be an issue since there is a risk of scratching them. Other cameras mange to deal with them quite nicely but here, you have to rely on the provided pouch to save it from any scratches or scuffs, etc.
The lens on the Ricoh Theta S sticks out a bit and resting it on the table might be an issue since there is a risk of scratching them. Other cameras mange to deal with them quite nicely but here, you have to rely on the provided pouch to save it from any scratches or scuffs, etc. You can also use the built-in Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to connect to a phone or a tablet and use an app to not only transfer your snap but also control the camera. Just tap what you want to share voila! It will transfer, and you will be ready to post to Facebook or Twitter. There is another app which is available if you need to edit your photos or videos and also there is a separate app for iOS for editing your videos. Ricoh also has a developer program, so you will easily find another third party app for other things like HDR photos. But, if all you want to do is take the ultimate spherical photos and selfies, just go with this one, and you will be just fine. On the other hand, if you want something more professional, then you can take a look at Gear 360 camera from Samsung or maybe even the LG 360 cam if you want to start getting used to the 360-degree for the first time. But then again, the Ricoh is one of the most affordable 360-degree cameras available in the market right now.