spherorama wrote:Destiny you're right 100%. Ricoh wants to create a panorama community to share interactive panoramas worldwide. For this purpose the Theta simply costs too much.
The App to control the Theta is very basic. There could be a lot more functions implemented, e. g. automatic HDR. Basic HDR is possible by using built in slider in the App.
Anyway I got an agreement with Ricoh that I have two more weeks to return the camera.The technician from Ricoh told me that they plan to release a new firmware update soon. It's a pity that they lose a great potential. I mean the stitch of the two half spheres is very good and the footprint of the device is very small. It has much better results than the French tree-lens-camera that had Autopano built in.
spherorama wrote:I just made this test-shot. It is a real poor result. So much noise in plain sunlight. The Theta will definitely go back to Ricoh. Just look at the massive noise in the sky.
Destiny wrote:Well, silly on Ricoh's part.. They should asked keen pano photographers to road test their new product long before it was released onto the market..
People have a long memory when it comes to a dud.. Its a real shame. First impressions for me were, wow what a nice looking product.. Thats a positive.. Another positive is the Nadir. But none of this matters if the camera produces a terrible result, which it seems to.
They need to look at the lenses and the software. As far as I am concerned Ricoh missed a really great opportunity.. The market is calling out for a well made, high performing one shot lens/camera combination... I would love to test one out but not at that prices with that quality of image... I look forward to seeing the New Improved Ricoh MK2... Hopefully with HDR/LDR options too... It also needs to output in RAW and JPG..
Destiny wrote:A while back I suggested that its now time where we will begin to see many more new technologies enter the market in both 360 pano images and 360 video.. This is just one of them.. Very exciting and I am sure there will be many more.. To me, the shape of this unit is obvious, one where I thought as being the way to go...
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bub ... r-everyone
spherorama wrote:Hi folks,
I posted a review of the Theta. I also got a rather cynical reply from Ricoh stating that the Theta is intended only to be a Lifestyle Product for sharing pictures on twitter or facebook. They say the quality isn't intended for professional use. I think they won't sell much Thetas at it is way too expensive for the targeted group.
Destiny wrote:Ya.. $200 Aus, and then its ok'ish as a social share camera.... But three times that.. Nope..
As far as I am concerned, Santa can keep it in his bag.. Those so called cool people that might want to share a 360 image or 360 video on the el'cheap'o quality wise would already have an iPhone or other phone
so they would be better off saving their money and buying one of the many 360 lens attachment for $50 or less.. and share their results on the social media networks..
http://www.google.com.au/search?q=iphon ... 87&bih=814
... and they can then share their efforts on their own phone.. The Rich is JUST a camera.. No Show and Tell.... They can also upload their results onto their FaceBook page..
mediavets wrote:Destiny wrote:Ya.. $200 Aus, and then its ok'ish as a social share camera.... But three times that.. Nope..
Yet you are happy to spend a LOT more on a long zoom lens., with no immediate prospect of any payback.
And how much are you planning to spend on a Mac Pro?As far as I am concerned, Santa can keep it in his bag.. Those so called cool people that might want to share a 360 image or 360 video on the el'cheap'o quality wise would already have an iPhone or other phone
Theta doesn't do video AFAIK.so they would be better off saving their money and buying one of the many 360 lens attachment for $50 or less.. and share their results on the social media networks..
http://www.google.com.au/search?q=iphon ... 87&bih=814
But would the results be as good or any better than those produced by the Theta?
And Theta is easier to use don't you think, and 360x180 coverage is very nearly complete.... and they can then share their efforts on their own phone.. The Rich is JUST a camera.. No Show and Tell.... They can also upload their results onto their FaceBook page..
I thought the Theta i-Device app had social networking upload?
spherorama wrote:Hi Destiny,
here I have a translation of an email I received from Ricoh this morning (sorry for the bad English it comes from Google):
"Thank you for your FEEDBACK .
The sample photos we received.
Please be aware of that the Ricoh Theta is not intended for professional use.
It was developed as a product of the " digital lifestyle " .
Therefore, the integration of functions with social networks like Twitter and Facebook.
This is also the reason for it , why in the product description less emphasis is placed on technical data.
The picture quality is enough not professional exigencies . As raw data for further processing , the images are only of limited use .
Basically, the works! Theta such that 2 FishEye lenses are used . Already in the camera itself , a single image is created from this.
If something does with future firmware on the image quality , we unfortunately can not say the part of technical support.
We hope to have been helpful with our response .
Please do not hesitate to contact us again in case of questions .
Pentax Ricoh Imaging Technical Support"
I don't know if they get that much success as the Theta is way too expensive as a product for "Digital Lifestyle". They don't seem to be interested to improve the product at the moment.
spherorama wrote:I will try always to sell the best quality possible. But nowadays it becomes more and more difficult to get a fair pay for your work. So instead of selling best quality at a low price I prefer to sell the quality corresponding to what my customer is willing to pay.
I just tested the self-leveling. It seems that you're right. It should work only on the theta360 site.
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