RICOH Theta Z1

I got a RICOH Theta Z1. I researched almost any 360 camera that is out there. OK, I did limit my budget to max 1500.-

The Theta Z1 became my choice mainly because of the 1 inch sensor. As good as the images from an iPhone (or alike) look, this only applies if there’s enough lights. The main 2 reasons for this is the small sensor and the tiny lens.

Here’s a unbiased review of the man himself, Mic Ty, which helped me a lot to make the decision. Mic is the source for all things 360. And his responsiveness is awesome. I encourage you to check out his YouTube channel, like and subscribe, or don’t, it’s up to you.

I will be using the Theta Z1 mainly for photography, so video was not my concern.

And when the 51 GB version landed I hit the «Buy Now» button.


  • Sensor Size
  • Shoots in DNG
  • Image quality
  • Manual modes
  • Sturdy Body
  • Plugins
  • Variable aperture
  • Standalone Stitcher (Windows & Mac)


  • Chromatic Aberration
  • No removable Battery!
  • Fixed Storage
  • Video not up to par
  • Screen is small (But quite irrelevant, since there’s a good app)

Xaelander Hardware photos

I pulled out my 30 year old 16’000 w/s Broncolor 404 studio flash light system today and shot a few product photos.

I used a Nikon D700 from a friend and set the light table up for the accessories. The table unfortunately was not big enough for the shots of the bars but by rotating the plastic surface around 90 degrees I was able to create a panoramic white surface behind the object i photographed.

Here’s a shot of the setup using the light table. I occupied my boys room and converted it to a photo studio for the weekend.

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