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Ricoh Theta S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 586 reviews of Ricoh Theta S. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the size and performance are overall positive. The portability and image quality also get good feedback, but there are some less positive opinions about the zoom and contrast. There are mixed views on the low light performance and storage.

usability, image quality, portability, performance, size

lens, glare, viewfinder, contrast, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Ricoh Theta S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Les Shu (

Ricoh Theta S review


Ricoh's Theta S is the simplest and most elegant 360 cam you can buy.

The Theta S isn’t a primary camera, but a secondary device for creating 360-degree photos and videos. Because it’s highly portable, it shouldn’t be an issue to carry it alongside a regular camera or smartphone. It’s ideal for events like concerts and...

May, 2016

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (

Ricoh Theta S


The Ricoh Theta S is a solid 360-degree camera for capturing still images and smooth video.

Captures 360-degree images and video. Remote control via smartphone app. Cloud service for image sharing. Compact.

Non-rugged design. Video on the soft side. Finicky Mac software. Wi-Fi video transfer can take a while.

Uses and Conclusions Normally when I review a product, I won't go into too much detail on use cases. There are some obvious exceptions—with a long telephoto lens you discuss its usability for wildlife and sports photography. A spherical camera like the...

Feb, 2016

Expert review by : Chris Burns (

Ricoh Theta S Review: the true VR camera trailblazer


In a few years from now, cameras like the Ricoh Theta S will be standard. Maybe not even a few years. Maybe this year. Samsung just released their VR camera, the [Gear 360] , and LG just released a VR camera called [LG 360 CAM] as well. LG's camera is,...

While video quality is wanting, the photos this device captures now are quite nice. I expect that a year down the line this model will look slightly less impressive – especially now that players like Samsung and LG are jumping in on the party – but for...

Feb, 2016

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Ricoh Theta S Review


Most cameras seem a lot alike, but not so the Ricoh Theta S. With twin fisheye lenses, each with its own image sensor, this sleek camera can capture complete 360-degree spherical panoramas in a single shot, handling all the stitching for you...

360-degree spherical panoramas at the click of a button; Puts you back in the moment like no other camera; Good ergonomics and control layout; Great still image quality, and can shoot videos too; Upload panoramas to Google Street View

Very reliant on your smartphone or tablet; Battery and storage can't be replaced or upgraded; Handheld shots suffer from Gigantic Hand Syndrome; Hard to get yourself out of the shot; Video image quality is only modest; Interval timer has a long shot delay

Most cameras seem a lot alike, but not so the Ricoh Theta S. With twin fisheye lenses, each with its own image sensor, this sleek camera can capture complete 360-degree spherical panoramas in a single shot, handling all the stitching for you...

Expert review by : Jeff Carlson (

The Best 360-Degree Camera


After 30 hours of research and hands-on testing, the Ricoh Theta S is the best camera for most people who want to create 360-degree stills and video.

Sep, 2017

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (

Ricoh Theta S Camera Review: 360-Degree Freedom, So-So Quality


The Theta S does what it is supposed to, producing 360-degree photos and videos that can be shared online. And the results look pretty good: You can move around them and zoom in and out in a way that feels very immersive. But although sharing photos is...

Simple to use ; Produces nice-looking 360-degree photos that can be shared ; Works with Samsung Gear VR

Video quality is poor, especially if the camera moves ; App is basic and awkward to use

Aspiring 360-degree photographers and the curious will find some fun in the Theta S, but serious shooters should look elsewhere.

Mar, 2016

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Expert review by : James Morris (

Ricoh Theta S


The Ricoh Theta S is the third generation of Ricoh's 360-degree shooting camera, which we first got our hands on at IFA 2015 – and it's the first to offer decent video abilities. The VR craze is very much in full swing right now, but the focus is still...

The Ricoh Theta S provides decent 360 photos and acceptable 360 video for early adopters, but it’s likely to be superseded soon.

Apr, 2016

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (

Ricoh Theta S review: Creating spherical images doesn't get easier than this


It might not be the absolute future of photography, but this point-and-shoot 360 camera is damn cool.

The Ricoh Theta S takes the complex process of capturing and creating spherical photos and videos down to a single button press. Using its Wi-Fi and mobile apps, you can control the camera, and edit and share photos and video. Addition of self-timer...

Processing takes its toll on photo and video quality, so just don't look too closely. Having separate apps for capture and editing hurts the user experience. You need to upload to Ricoh's site before sharing to other sites. Because of the twin-lens...

Whether you're looking to create content for your VR headset or just love cool camera gadgetry, the Ricoh Theta S is an excellent way to start creating spherical images.

Apr, 2016

Expert review by : Seth Barton (

Ricoh Theta review


More than a novelty, the Theta creates instant panoramas that capture the moment in a unique way

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (

Ricoh puts 360-degree video capture in your pocket with new Theta camera


The sci-fi-looking camera can capture panoramic photos in a single shot as well as video that can be endlessly manipulated with your fingertips on your iOS or Android device.

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:AAC
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes


Battery life (CIPA standard):260
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Video recording time:2.9


3D compatibility: No
Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Remote controlled: Yes
Remotely operated:Y
Shooting modes:Auto / Auto, Manual, Shutter priority
Smartphone remote support: Yes


Color of product:Black
LED Indicators:Status, WLAN / Yes
Tripod mountable: Yes
Tripod mounting supported:Y


Built-in display: No
Flip-out screen:N


Built-in flash: No
Built-in light: Yes


Closest Focusing Distance:3.94

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (image):12
Effective megapixels (movie):12
Optical sensor size:1 / 2.3
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:12 / 14

Lens System

Image Stabilizer: No
Interchangeable Lens: No
Maximum aperture number:2

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600 / 100, 125, 200, 250, 320, 400, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600 / 100, 1600
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE / Manual


Wi-Fi: Yes

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:0 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60

Packaging Content

Cables included:Micro-USB / USB
Pouch: Yes

Ports & interfaces

HDMI version:1.4
Micro-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
PictBridge: No
S-Video out: No


Camera shutter speed:1/8000 - 1/8
Shutter speed (photo):1/6400 - 1/8 / 1/8000 - 60
Shutter speed (video):1/8000 - 1/30 / 1/8000 - 1/30, 1/8000 - 1/15

Still Image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:5376 x 2688
Still image resolution(s):5376 x 2688, 2048 x 1024 / 5376x2688, 2048x1024


Camcorder tape type: No
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3
Compatible memory cards:Not supported
Disc types supported: No
Internal storage capacity:8

Technical Details

F-number (relative aperture):2


Bitrate at maximum video resolution:16
HD type:Full HD
Maximum frame rate:30
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:720p, 1080p
Video compression format:AVC, H.264, MP4, MPEG4 / M-JPEG, MP4
Video formats supported:AVC,H.264,MP4,MPEG4 / M-JPEG,MP4
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 / 720 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080


Camera viewfinder:Not available
Viewfinder type:Not available

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.705 / 0.902

White Balance

White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Lamp, Outdoor, Shade / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Outdoor, Shade