Ricoh has launched a new version of their extremely popular Ricoh Theta Z1 360 camera. The Ricoh Theta Z1 features dual 1 inch sensors which makes it the best all-in-one 360 cameras for quality for under $1000. The new version is an incremental upgrade that fixes one of the biggest downsides of the original camera.
The new version of the Ricoh Theta Z1 features boosted memory capacity, up from 19GB to 51GB. This will allows users to store many times more images and videos without having to offload them onto a desktop. This is the only change on the original, with the rest of the hardware being identical.
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I reported on the likelihood of a new version of the Ricoh Theta Z1 a few weeks ago; there was some hope that it would be a Ricoh Theta Z2 featuring upgraded hardware & specs, however this seems to be some time away. Some upgrades that I would have liked to see include higher resolution images, better battery life, removable storage and a touch screen.
Even though the Ricoh Theta Z1 is now a couple of years old it still holds its own as the top all in one 360 camera for photos. No other company has developed a camera with dual 1 inch lenses, which allows this camera to produce very high quality 360 images.
The new version will fix a weak point of this camera which users struggled with. Shooting virtual tours is the primary use of this camera and these usually require many images. A camera limited to 19GB may not be able to hold enough images for several virtual tours, particularly if you are also shooting video.
The updated Theta Z1 will cost just over $1000 (with a similar price in £ & Euros), which makes it more expensive than all consumer 360 cameras but cheaper than the professional models.
While its disappointing not to see a full upgrade of the Z1 it’s good to see that Ricoh is backing the camera into the future. I have no doubt that a future Ricoh Theta Z2 is in the pipeline, particularly as the Z1 has been nearly constantly sold out for a year, but exactly when this is coming is yet to be seen.
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