The theta is quite nice. We did a good comparison here to golden standard VR through DSLR.http://www.kolor.com/buy/comparison-vir ... _store=eng
Don't forget the button in the tour to which between Ricoh capture and DSLR capture.
I thought the comparison ridiculous.
In one place it suggests the comparison is with a Nikon D800 with a Sigma 8mm fisheye, a very expensive combination that no-one would recommend for shooting panos. But the prices quoted for this combination is far too low. Elsewhere it suggests that the camera might be a D90 but that's an obsolete camera. See screenshots below.
Nikon D800 body only £1,999 including VAT.
Sigma 8mm 3.5 fisheye £618.99 including VAT.
Nodal Ninja R1 with RD5 £371.81 including VAT.
Autopano £118.80 including VAT.
I've not include the cost of a tripod nor Panotour.
The comparison table suggests a a price of 1,320 Euros ex. tax. apparently including a tripod.
How did Kolor compute that price?
Even the most basic DSLR with the lowest cost fisheye (a Samyang 8mm fisheye for example), and the most basic pano head (say, the Panosaurus Mk2) will produce very much greater image quality than the Theta.
Yes, by the time you've factored in APP/ or APG for stitching the cost is considerably more that the theta but the resolution and quality of images is far superior.
For me the key feature of the Theta is that it's a compact one-shot pano camera so can be used in situations where multi-image panos shooting is difficult or impossible, secondly its small size is a real plus where you wish to take panos discretely without drawing attention to yourself.
And as long as you are happy to restrict online display to a relatively small window on a web page and never expect to be able to display panos/tours fullscreen then IMO it's OK/'good enough'.
If you don't need/require the on-shot capability you'll probably be able get as a good results shooting with a smartphone with an add on fisheye lens:http://fromparis.com/technical/iphone-f ... ramas.html