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Ricoh Theta m15 hands on review

Ricoh Theta m15 hands on review

| On 12, May 2015

Ricoh’s email to announce the new Theta m15 sounded interesting, so I asked if they would send me a review unit for a few weeks.

The overall experience was a pleasant one, and family and friends really enjoyed the images – the Theta is a great parlour trick, and very useful at the dinner table. I used a table tripod and a long selfie stick, using the app to control the camera using my phone. Opening and closing at Toronto’s Sugar Beach. My bike rides are along Toronto’s Martin Goodman Trail, west of the Humber – one of my favourite scenic rides. Argo dancers at Yonge and Dundas.

I typically post images on flickr – that doesn’t seem appropriate here. If you’d like to look at some files, send me a DM and I’ll share a dropbox folder with some samples. The theta viewer (available for multiple platforms) can be downloaded from the theta web site.

My on-camera bits recorded with the Sony NEX VG20 with the SEL16-70 lens. On camera audio Sennheiser ew100 g2 kit. The on camera video and audio in the second shot is from the theta. Voice over recorded using the Rode NT-USB. The theta video (.mov ,H.264, 1920×1080 with LPCM) was imported, transcoded upon opening by the theta player (.mp4, H.264, 1920×1080 with AAC) – the .mp4 file is marginally smaller. Recorded from the screen using quicktime, (2036×1476 – the onscreen size and dimensions of the player) imported and fit into Final Cut 10.2. Ambient audio replaced from the original theta file. I have the feeling all that processing may reduce the quality of the playback by the time it gets to you. Feel free to ask me for originals, as above.

Thanks to Doug White for his behind the camera and prompter work, he also took several of the theta images in the video.

The camera was on loan, and has been returned. I am not affiliated with or compensated by Ricoh, or any camera or other device manufacturer.

As always, if there are any details I’ve overlooked, I welcome (and reply to) your comments and questions.


  1. Christian

    Great overview video. I am wondering if this would be a good solution for real estate photography but then I think, how do you show the photos?

    A dedicated viewer that needs to be downloaded doesn’t sound feasible. Is there a solution to show the files on the web somehow?

    • Maarten

      Good question – first, I think the quality is likely less than suitable for real estate use – I’ve seen the pro virtual view solutions, and although this would be much less expensive, it’s also considerably less resolution and detail, at least for now.
      The issue of the viewer is a good one – there’s no embeddable web player on Ricoh’s web site, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t one.

      • Christian

        You can’t argue with the price, that’s for sure. Thanks for your comments.

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