A 360° camera? Nope, we haven’t got our hands on the CIA’s wish-list. But this is something travel and adventure enthusiasts would drool over
The Ricoh Theta S ain’t your common or garden point-and-shoot camera. With wide angle lenses on the front and back, its forte isn’t shooting cutesy puppy pics, but rather, getting a 360° view of the world. It’s slim size and velvety finish might make it look a lot like a chocolate bar and it’s just as easy to tuck into your jeans as you deal with a pesky rock-face. But with no LCD, you won’t be stopping mid-climb to check out what you’ve been shooting. However,
Ricoh has a couple of apps out for the Theta S. Connect it via Wi-Fi and then use liveview mode to see what you’re shooting, or even edit and share your creations with the world.
As for the camera(s), 12MP, f/2.0 sensors with shutter speeds ranging from 1/6400s to 60s means your low-light and long-exposure travel shots suddenly got more interesting than the artisanal chocolate you picked up from a farmers’ market in Berlin’s hipster quarter. You also get the ability to shoot Full HD, 30fps video, making it quite the essential accessory for anyone who thinks a spot of parkour or rock climbing before evening tea is what builds character.
At ₹39,995 it’s not exactly cheap but as videos shot on the Theta are compatible with Google Maps, Photosphere, YouTube’s 360° videos and even Facebook, it’s easy for you to flood your friends’ social feeds with pics and videos of you doing cool, exciting things - something you can’t put a price on.