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.
Not as much as the iPhone you need to control it?
And it's considerably less expensive, more lightweight and more compact than any good mirrorless system camera, fisheye lens and pano head combo. And more capable that any of the 360 mirror 'lenses'.
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.
If stitching is performed in the camera then I suspect that the processing power need to handle HDR, not to mention anti-ghost processing, would be beyond that incorporated in the Theta.
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.
It seems to produce 'snapshot panos' that are 'good enough', in circumstances where image quality is secondary to camera size/weight, and speed and simplicity of shooting and processing.
Inspired by this article - http://www.nikonschool.it/experience/im ... -p5000.php
- I have a 'snapshot pano' set up comprising a Nikon P5100, Nikon FC-E8 fisheye conversion lens and UR-E20 adapter, Bophoto pano bracket, walking pole/monopod, and Manfrotto pole level. With care it can produce better panos shooting 4-around and stitching with APP/APG but it's certainly not as handy as the Ricoh Theta appears to be. I put this together some years back and despite buying camera and fisheye secondhand I doubt it cost much less altogether than the Ricoh Theta, especially if you include the stitching software.