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Ricoh THETA V 360 4K Spherical VR Camera (Refurbished)

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Focus Camera has Ricoh THETA V 360 4K Spherical VR Camera (Certified Refurbished) on sale for $289 - extra $50 off using discount code THETA (apply on the payment screen during checkout) = $239. Shipping is free. Thanks iconian

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Ricoh THETA V 360 4K Spherical VR Camera [focuscamera.com] (Certified Refurbished)
  • Certified refurbished with 90-day warranty
$239 + free s/h w/ code THETA

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This is a great deal. Been using this and Cloudpano.com to deliver virtual tours during the pandemic.
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Can the GoPro Fusion be used in the mobile app similar to the GoPro Max with in-app stitching and overcapture?
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Can the GoPro Fusion be used in the mobile app similar to the GoPro Max with in-app stitching and overcapture?
No, you must use a computer with the Fusion.
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No, you must use a computer with the Fusion.
I don't believe that is correct. I think with an updated version of the GoPro app, it supports editing Fusion source files.

I believe it's mentioned here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgJy-pG8hFU

If I remember correctly he says the quality of the new app is one of the great features of the new Max, but since the app can now edit Fusion files, upgrading to the Max from the Fusion isn't as compelling as it might be otherwise.
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I don't have the 4K version but I used the HD version, the Theta S. I like it. The image stitching has very minimal error, just in the area where the camera is (lower portion). Compared to other 360 camera it is above average. The size is really good in hand, rubber surface, not easy to slip, also easy to be controlled with the phone through the app. I recommended it to a friend and he won Formula 1 picture contest with Theta S, got free ticket to see Singapore F1 race, met with Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton, and Kimi Raikkonen. Awesome. This was when there was no 360 4K camera.
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The images are flat, not stereoscopic. I would not call this "VR" since it only produces flat, 3-DOF images.
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This or worth waiting for a Insta360 One X deal? Or neither and just save up for GoPro Max or Insta360 R?
I have look at it all and alot of these camera have small sensor. They do the tricks of taking more shots and to stacking, etc etc to increase the dynamic range.

Get the Theta Z1. For outdoor and cloudy days, one shot is good enough.
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FYI the GoPro Fusion is on sale at Amazon for $209. It was panned at launch due to the very high price and the pain of the workflow. The price is obviously down, and if you have a high performance laptop/desktop then the workflow is manageable with free tools (stitch using GoPro's own software, then edit with Da Vinci Resolve).

GoPro Fusion is still considered to have some of the best stabilization and image quality. WIth the 2019 firmware update it records at 5.8k in 24 fps which gives you more resolution than this camera.

Not saying this post is a bad deal - but for those who can deal with the slow workflow, want to pay less, and value the image quality, GoPro Fusion is a better choice.
The gopro fusion is a piece of sh1t. I returned mine so fast. Constant freezing.. freezing while recording and losing videos... freezing while charging so when you take it out at location you then realize it was frozen have to remove and reinsert battery to discover its at 5% even when charged overnight. The software is handicapped.. cant share a sinple 360 photo via Facebook messenger.. it only allows public posting on wall (other cams let you fb message them). There were other issues im not remembering. My pc was plenty fast... i recall wanting it to record in hevc for smaller file sizes but could be wrong there. The blending was terrible on camera.. you need to do everything on PC
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If you have a powerful pc to handle the stitching (at least 4+ cores with smt, ideally 6+, and a recent GPU with 6+ GB of VRAM) there are some incredible deals out there. The gopro fusion brand new for around $200 is one. Just be sure to get TWO high quality micro SD cards to avoid problems. The spare batteries are also branded new for $5 at best buy and other places.

EDIT: Disregard the below, looks like they sold the last of the 17 of them a couple of days ago.

If you're looking to create content for vr headset though, the best option is the Vuze + camera. It has 8 lenses to capture full stereoscopic 360 video, which is unique option among consumer cameras. I know this site frowns on mentioning auction sites, but there's a seller that has a stockpile of these vuze plus cameras for less than $200. If it interests you I'd grab one, as it's hard for me to imagine any company is ever going to make a similar consumer product again do to the high cost/complication.
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I don't believe that is correct. I think with an updated version of the GoPro app, it supports editing Fusion source files.

I believe it's mentioned here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgJy-pG8hFU

If I remember correctly he says the quality of the new app is one of the great features of the new Max, but since the app can now edit Fusion files, upgrading to the Max from the Fusion isn't as compelling as it might be otherwise.
You're right that you don't have to use a computer, but the stitching quality is a little better on PC.
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You're right that you don't have to use a computer, but the stitching quality is a little better on PC.
Interesting. Hadn't considered that.
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Don't Ricoh make copiers? lol oh man this zombie company is starting to be like Polaroid...
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Don't Ricoh make copiers? lol oh man this zombie company is starting to be like Polaroid...
They're also the parent company of Pentax, so they're top shelf when it comes to lenses and optical technology.
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Ricoh THETA V 360 4K Spherical VR Camera [focuscamera.com] (Certified Refurbished)
  • Certified refurbished with 90-day warranty
$239 + free s/h w/ code THETA

amazon reviews [amazon.com]
I recently researched and bought a 360 cam and maybe my experience will help others avoid disappointment:
1. The resolution is spread over a full sphere; even at a wide 90 degree view the resolution is <1080p even for a 5.7k cam. I found all the 5.2k and 4k cams noticeably poor quality. For the 5.7k, you will see blockiness or smoothing but its not bad.
2. At least a couple months ago, no one stitched 5.7k in camera or in the mobile app. Most didn't admit that. Mobile app stitching? Yes. 5.7k? Yes. Stitching at 5.7k in mobile app? Not so much.
3. Look at the youtube VR for different cams you are considering. Not the reviews but the user videos. Many of the highly touted cams are pretty terrible.
4. I wouldn't consider a Theta V a this pricing. 4k/100Mbps video uses a lot of storage and 12GB is not enough, at least for me.

I bought a Yi 360 VR, currently $159 at Amazon. Yi seriously improved the cam with updated firmware making it both cheap and effective. For example:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2n8ID9uceU

Yi 360 for $159:
https://www.amazon.com/YI-Dual-Le...B01CW4C2HU
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Don't Ricoh make copiers? lol oh man this zombie company is starting to be like Polaroid...
Ricoh has been making cameras since 1937. The Ricohflex was a popular series of TLR cameras. Later they made SLR cameras compatible with Pentax lenses. The Ricoh GR1 high-end pocket camera (1997) was very highly regarded - I have fond memories of using mine. They started making digital cameras in 2001 (the Caplio series). All this was before they bought out Pentax. Now they sell cameras under both Ricoh and Pentax brand names.
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