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Ricoh Theta S vs Samsung Gear 360

August 13, 2020

What do you think when we first talk about buying an action cam? Is it budget? Features? Trends? or needs. It always becomes an important thing to compare and consider key points when trying to buy something that has many variants and coming from a lot of brands. They probably launch with thousand value propositions and you need to meet them in order to decide buying things.

It’s not only for retail, furnishings, daily products but even more important when it comes to buy gadget or high technology things which looks is not the only parameter. Just like buying a dress where you see looks, price, and material but for gadget and tech things, It’s way more than that. It even goes to the next level when all the features come in place in your hand when you have used it and meet your requirements. 

Take a phone for example, It’s not just about better to have an iPhone or Android, It’s more about what you’re looking for, what’s that for, and how far you can go with the budget. Let’s say you have more than enough budget to buy an iPhone, but your requirement and your day to day activity actually doesn’t meet with iPhone features.

You’re just someone who only needs a phone for your daily conversation. You can buy it, but then all the features become waste because you’re not going to use what you bought. It’s the same when buying the action cam. Are you someone working in the creative industry, a youtuber or someone who finds action cam as a hobby? It all takes you to different kinds of products with different kinds of prices and variants. Let’s check out two action cam items below, which one is for your needs? 

Ricoh Theta S Overview 

Theta is a 360 degree action cam which is used for photo, video shoot. As It’s 360 degrees that you can get a broad or even entire space in your hand. You can bring a real live picture with a typical movement which shows the entire space and point of your object. It brings your object to the next level with not just a 2 dimension but even 4 dimension. It enlightens the object and you can feel it alive. Read also: LG 360 vs Samsung 360.

Ricoh Theta has many variants and Theta S is one of the latest one before The m15. The other variants that you could probably check out later are Theta Z1, Theta V, Theta SC2, and Theta SC. All with their main features. 

 Ricoh Theta SSamsung Gear 360
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Product Dimensions5.1 x 1.73 x 0.9 inches
1.78 x 1.81 x 3.96 inches
Item Weight4.8 ounces
4.6 ounces

Ricoh Theta S Features 

Okay, now let’s deep dive into the Theta S features and whether It fits your requirements. Four stand out points of this product are high resolution (full HD), so many expressions and possibilities worth trying, high quality body design, and good specifications. It can record almost 25 minutes of video and images with 30fps. It’s supported by HD Live streaming in which you can capture anything in real time, live view with 10fps where you can fix the white balance while using your mobile phone for shooting, long exposure, and has more than enough memory around 8GB. 

In this high tech era, Theta S supports LED indicator and High Speed Wi-Fi as well microphone, speaker, power lamp, USB terminal, HDMI Terminal, and tripod mount hole. You basically can find any newbie would like to have in capturing image and video. 

Look into the design, It definitely gives you a classy vibe and easy to use. Plies It’s also handy and the button embedded in a way that It’s so simple and comfortable. 

Samsung Gear 360

Are you a Samsung product loyal customer? Samsung also launched an action cam which was called Samsung Gear 360. Just like Its nama, this action also offers you 360 degree image and video capture. It launched back in 2017 with a very unique design. It may not be as classy as Ricoh Theta S but has great user experience though. It has 4k video capabilities which allowed you to have more crisp, clear, and high quality video than ever. As It’s made to be as easy as capturing the world, the streaming line is easy as ever before. Super flexible and you can stream in any smart gadget you have. You can always switch up the view with multiple modes choices. So It becomes easier to shoot, view, and share. 

Other cool features that you can look into are aside from 360 degree view, It also has stretched view, round view, dual view, and panoramic view. As It only has around 130g makes It very handy. With almost 130 mins recording time with 2560 x 1280 and 30 fps, the features are clearly more advanced than Ricoh Theta S. For you who are not enough with small size memory can alway insert additional external memory which can handle up to 256 GB. 

Ricoh Theta S vs Samsung Gear 360

- Theta V shoots hi-def smooth 360 Degree video at 30 fps @ 3840 x 1920 pixels or 4K
- Hi-res 360 Degree spherical stills & video with improvements to the image quality.
- Theta has a 4-channel microphone that supports 360 Degree spatial audio recording built in Omnidirectional audio is recorded not just in the horizontal direction but also in the vertical direction
- The world’s-first Remote Playback capable fully spherical camera allows users to wirelessly playback 360 Degree images and videos
- Tell the whole story with the 360° camera that captures every angle in 4K brilliance and share instantly
- Capture life as it happens in stunning 4K video and 15MP photos thanks to dual 180° lenses
- Gear 360 is easy to hold and take with you, and has an IP53 water-resistant rating*
- Preview and edit your videos with an easy-to-use app, or share them straight to social** or Samsung VR with your Galaxy S8 or S8+

What’s to choose between the two? 

After elaborating most of the product overview and feature, now let’s compare the prices. Ricoh Theta S costs around $330 or almost 5.000.000,- IDR while the Samsung Gear 360 degree seems to be a lot cheaper than Ricoh Theta S. Samsung Gear 360 degree only costs you about $140 or around 2.100.000,- IDR. The reason is although Samsung might have a lot of great features but Ricoh Theta has very specific great features like more than one terminal, no smartphone support needed, and a lot of scenes you can choose. And just like we said before, in terms of design, It looks more classy and Pro compared to Samsung Gear who look like for amateur use. 

For those of you who just find an action cam for an additional hobby or this is your first time interest to use it then Samsung Gear is more fit to you. Otherwise, Ricoh Theta S will be your next target when you have more than enough budget and pro in that area. Which one is yours? 

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