Thursday, July 14, 2016

ID&T Technology Review: Ricoh Theta S spherical camera

Ricoh Theta S spherical camera
Theta M15 shown

Ordering info
~$350 at major retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy,  or WalMart 


  • Takes 360 degree images and video that capture up, down, left, and right in a single shot. 
  • The view within images and video can be manipulated by dragging the input device (mouse, pointer or finger) to change the angle of view.

Possible classroom uses

  • Virtual field trips
  • Simulation lab orientations
  • Other uses where the learning experience would improve with the ability to manipulate the image orientation

The next step with images and video. The camera itself is the epitome of simplicity with the camera
Bottom with mini-USB input
smaller than most remote controls. The camera power and wireless buttons are on the side. A mini-USB port and standard tripod mounting hole are on the camera bottom. 

The camera can be used stand-alone. However, a much improved user experience is available by downloading the free app available for Android and iOS devices as well as Windows and Mac. The app interface allows for remote shooting of both images and video. Images can be immediately seen on the smart device or transferred to a desktop via the desktop app.

Taking a picture or starting a video is done by pressing the large button on the face of the camera. The camera beeps once after each image is taken or when starting a video. The app also features “Live view”, for checking white balance and exposure while shooting, as well as live streaming using a separate app.


  • Light weight
    Dual fish-eye lenses
  • Good battery life
  • Great storage (up to 25 minutes of video)
  • Clear directions available on the Ricoh website


  • Interface between camera and app leaves a lot to be desired. 
  • App is not intuitive 
  • Wireless connection rather than Bluetooth used to connect camera and smart device

The Theta S isn’t perfect but an amazing bargain for the money. A great way of adding immersive images and video to the learning experience.

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