Testing the Ricoh Theta V

Testing the Ricoh Theta V360° Camera by Mark D Phillips

Testing the Ricoh Theta V

Walking the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn is one of my favorite pass times. Yesterday, I did it with a Ricoh Theta V 360° immersive camera to see what kind of results I would have using this new piece of technology.

It was fun.

The camera makes you think in a completely different way from a traditional SLR.

 

The EPA pilot project continues in the Fourth Street basin of the Gowanus Canal. Even it creates ludicrous scenes as what looks like the Tardus from Doctor Who hangs from the cable of the crane flying through the air. - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

The EPA pilot project continues in the Fourth Street basin of the Gowanus Canal. Even it creates ludicrous scenes as what looks like the Tardus from Doctor Who hangs from the cable of the crane flying through the air.

 

 

The cameras unique design makes it feel like a toy more than a camera, but the results are impressive. The quality level of the images are surprising. With a maximum resolution of 5376 x 2688 pixels, you can move deeply into the images. It is a remarkable piece of technology.

Yesterday, I began a 360° tour of the Gowanus Canal, a project I have been working on for 25 years. Take a minute to see more of "25 Years of Gowanus: As it WAS, As it IS"

The only complaint I have so far is the amount of post processing time involved with multiple apps on my iphone plus using my laptop with Photoshop and the web. It is time consuming.

As I play with the camera over the next few weeks, I will be expanding on this review. I haven't even tried the 4K video yet.

 

So I'm at the Gowanus Canal trying out my new 360 camera when over my head flies the Tardis from Doctor Who!
Of course that's when you realize it's a port-a-potty being moved from one side of the Superfund site to the other...

 

 

The Carroll Street bridge over the Gowanus Canal is one of only four retractible drawbridges left in the United States. Crossing the Superfund waterway, the bridge is a reminder of the canal’s industrial past. - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

 

The Carroll Street bridge over the Gowanus Canal is one of only four retractible drawbridges left in the United States. Crossing the Superfund waterway, the bridge is a reminder of the canal’s industrial past.