Okay, I'm starting this thread now because I just got tracking information, The Ricoh Theta Z1
is being delivered today.
The latest generation of 360 cameras have already captured my imagination. I'm already thrilled with how the GoPro Fusion performs when capturing footage for Google Street view. The Insta360 One X Amazes me with how easily it captures sharp video that can be re-rendered as conventional video with that software, with smooth and sophisticated camera moves. I also enjoy the quality of outdoor 360 stills from the One X, and it does a good job with HDR.
But... the Ricoh Theta Z1 promises to bring the extended dynamic range capture capability of 1 inch sensors to the table, and in a package that remains pocketable. First impressions indicate that it's not exactly a hi-res video powerhouse. In fact with only 4K 360 video it gets beaten by the One X and Fusion in that department. But that's not what I'm looking forward to. It's the hi-res still photo shooting capability, and the low light shooting capability, and the extended dynamic range that has me excited.
Tomorrow I'm headed to New York City for an event with Epson, and (as long as it is actually delivered today) I'll have the Theta Z1 with me. I should have an opportunity to grab some B-roll footage from that visit the city.
Anyhow, please standby, because example imagery from this exciting new camera is coming very soon.