Ricoh Theta Z1 assessment | Motorbike Paradise


While I cease every time I can to take pictures typically it’s not possible or the view from the bike deserves it’s personal picture.

On bike pictures grew to become a passion of mine and I’ve tried varied units. You possibly can examine my efforts with motion cams and lens solely cameras elsewhere within the weblog. Nonetheless my success fee has been low.

It’s simple sufficient to shoot the highway forward however I discover that POV boring – like Youtube helmet movies. However attempting to border surroundings taking pictures blind with a hand-held digicam I miss practically each time.

The distinction with a 360 cam is I can body the shot after taking it. Being two 180 diploma lenses all the things is captured and with the Ricoh cams you’ll be able to rotate the spherical picture of their software program and select the place to border your picture.

Theta cams are additionally photographer pleasant in that they don’t default to video when turned on like each motion cam thus requiring altering settings to take a photograph which renders them ineffective for my job. The Theta remembers what mode you final used and powers as much as that together with any customized settings.

I feel the form works nicely additionally in comparison with little boxy issues however the picture high quality with the usual mannequin was missing.

The Z1 and my previous SC at rear

Theta Z1

I knew of this digicam since launch and thought it’d ship what I wished however the value was eye watering. Nonetheless watching the web for a yr I discovered a show mannequin with full guarantee promoting at cheaper price.

That is Ricoh’s semi skilled cam made for actual property digital excursions. It makes use of 1 inch sensor which is exclusive in a 360 digicam. Additional extra it may well seize in uncooked mode and even HDR DNG information so there are prospects for higher dynamic vary.

It captures pictures at 23MP 7K which is presently the most effective in transportable 360 cameras. (I attempted the Qoocam 8K and it was unable to ship as marketed and returned for refund) The Z1 additionally claims to have superior optics optimized to scale back lens flare.

The Z1 runs on Android and has customized person modes to increase how you utilize the gadget.

Theta SC Vs Theta Z1

Above from the SC again in 2018 and under from the Z1 in 2021.

My expertise up to now is the Z1 handles shiny skies higher however shadows about the identical because the SC. I can recuperate a little bit further from the Z1’s uncooked file however it’s a small achieve. Photographs are a modest enchancment in dynamic vary from the older mannequin cam and I really feel the standard might be a little bit higher.

The SC pictures had been all the time gentle which I assumed was it’s decision thus was anticipating a lot from the Z1 nevertheless it’s also gentle. Compounding that is Topaz Sharpen software program labored wonders with SC information however can’t get the Z1 pictures to enhance as a lot.

The Z1 has IBIS and appears to be selecting quick shutter. It’s smallest aperture is barely f5.6 which may be a part of subject nevertheless it’s gentle in foreground not simply distance. Off the bike standing nonetheless the pictures usually seem much more gentle and have laborious be part of line which the SC by no means had.

I can’t assist however assume the gadget is let down by it’s software program – Japan values {hardware} growth not software program which is why cameras are up to now behind telephones and lots of issues within the nation are caught within the 90’s.

Above from the Z1 is worse than the SC and has a be part of line that ought to not exist. I discover most scenes I tackle selfie stick utilizing self timer prove poor like this.

No information on it’s video – zero curiosity in that format however I counsel you desire a Insta360.

Ricoh Theta Z1 Vs Casio EXILM FR100

The earlier winner with my on bike pictures was the EXILM FR100, an obscure digicam launched again in 2016 I picked up for subsequent to nothing.

The FR100 indirectly appears splendid. Small, waterproof it may well sit on standby all day then immediately awake whereas the Z1 takes some time as well. The FR blows out shiny skies and is affected by lens flare however it takes a a lot sharper picture than the Z1 regardless of a small sensor with half the pixels.

The 140 diploma lens of the FR100 is a greater perspective for taking pictures surroundings. The Z1 180 levels lenses push all the things far-off. Nonetheless getting a scene accurately framed whereas driving with the FR100 is a lottery.

I shot the lake above with each cams, driving the identical highway twice and I might have posted 4 or 5 totally different places from the Z1 as all had been useable whereas not one of the FR100 pictures had been framed nicely sufficient.

The Z1 ought to be the winner right here attributable to it’s success fee however every so often I get the scene framed proper with the FR100 and bam! a pointy picture is all the things – it’s the rationale I bought my Lumix LX100M2 which in any other case was the proper digicam for me.


Regardless of greater decision and larger sensor the Theta Z1 pictures are solely a modest enchancment. Little question it has extra potential than I’m accessing (like each digicam I take advantage of) however up to now I’m not satisfied it may well produce a really sharp picture.

For me the Z1 is difficult to justify retaining nevertheless there may be nothing else attempting to supply high quality 360 pictures so I’m grateful Ricoh even makes such a tool. I proceed to withstand doing video as I desire the format of running a blog and nonetheless pictures however whereas this pleases me it clearly limits what I current.