Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ricoh Theta with 4K video and 4K live streaming to be showcased at NAB Show 2017!

Ricoh just announced that it will be showcasing a prototype of its Ricoh Theta with 4K video (at 30fps) and 4K live streaming at NAB Show 2017!  The new Theta will also have 4-channel surround sound audio and is expected to be released later this year.

The Ricoh Theta is still the most popular 360 camera, not only because it was the first 360 camera but also because of its best-in-class stitching.  But its video resolution of 1920 x 960 has lagged behind its competitors, and Theta fans have been yearning for a 4K version Theta.  Now it's finally here!

I will be going to NAB and will be posting more info about the 4K Theta.

(Some people have asked if this is real.  I made an April Fool's joke about a 4K Theta but this is real.  Here is the press release.  Here is the announcement.)

Thank you very much to tech vlogger Pepe Vazquez for bringing this to my attention!


  1. Looking forward to your take on the product at NAB.

  2. I found this on one of the Big Retailer sites. "A sophisticated follow-up to its Theta predecessors, the Ricoh Theta 360 4K Camera is capable of capturing 4K resolution video at 30 fps in a single shot and allows for 4K 360° live streaming. Also equipped with a built-in 4-channel microphone that records spatial surround-sound audio, the Theta 360 provides a comprehensive, all-in-one 4K spherical VR solution in a compact form factor.
    The Theta 360 features a small twin-lens folded-optical system that captures two wide-angle images and automatically combines them into one complete spherical image with minimal stitching artifacts."

    1. I would like to know more about the new Theta's photo resolution. If that's on a par with the best in the market, then I'm going to buy it.

  3. It would be nice if Ricoh- Theta 360 looked at a higher res then 4K, 4k was so 2016. You have the likes of GoPro entering the market now with Fusion which has 5.2k. I consider this to be the min. for VR environments. Ricoh need to be the leaders again in this niche market otherwise they will be the Nokia of the smart phone world - Left behind.


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