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Ricoh Theta M15 360 Degree Spherical Panorama Camera (Blue) by Review Summary ,  Sep 28, 2015

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Ricoh Theta M15 360 Degree Spherical Panorama Camera (Blue)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 85 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 1.2%

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Quality2.6   mediocre


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Image

Image:
"If you put it edgewise, the two halves of the image will have inconsistent lighting at the seam which makes it more visible."
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"Also, at this time, uploading to Ricoh's website is the only way to get your spherical video online to share, and you can only upload 10 seconds of video (but you can record up to 3 minutes of video per recording session)I bought this with the hope that this model would be HD since it now records video, but am slightly disappointed with the image quality."
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"Adjusting the ISO exposure helps, but the images produced are still pretty grainy."
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"If you don't use the app you get a pretty good photo of your thumb."
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"The camera itself is fantastic and the images are great but the software lets it down."
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"Good, the image quality may be better and the image calibration might be automatic (it has to be set up manually)."
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Quality

Quality:
"Go for an upgraded version of 360 models - this one has terrible quality."
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"The video and still quality aren't super great, but if you're looking for a platform to test with or maybe do some simple tour videos, this would be the camera."
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"Not the best quality, but fun nonetheless."
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"This is a really cool gadget but has little practical use its mostly for fun and the quality is not good enough to be used outside of social media."
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"If it gets knocked over then you are done2) If you need a quick shot and you don't want to have a giant hand in the shot, you need a tripod or monopod3) the WiFi takes some time to set up with your smartphone4) The picture quality is not the greatest, but it's not that bad either5) It's a little pricey, but considering there aren't any alternatives that can do a pano that quickly available yetPros1) fits in your pocket so it can go where you go like on roller coasters2) Has some lighting adjustments if you use the smartphone App (which is FREE) so you have some control3) You can take a quick shot but your hand is big4) DOES 360 Video!"
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"In short, it is very useful for instant photosphere capture, but not quite good in picture quality."
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"There is now an even better model out now, but this camera still takes photos of decent quality."
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"Definitely a camera to use for fun, doesn't really give quality of detail like expected (Real Estate Photography Tours)."
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"Picture quality is great."
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"Better image quality and remove the need for an app and this camera would be great.2 stars for a cool idea."
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"This camera would be great if the quality was any good."
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Resolution

Resolution:
"The resolution is fairly poor, and unfortunately there is not much out there that fills the gap between the Theta and professional solutions involving DSLRs, special pano heads and more complicated software."
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"To be fair the resolution is not awesome but it is decent."
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"You will be disappointed by the low resolution and lacking of apps to view these pictures."
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"The only problem is that resolution is a bit 20th century and kinda small."
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"Though the resolution is not fantastic, the ability to have a spherical view is priceless."
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"It is decent resolution, but highly degraded in low light."
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"Traditional 360 cameras provide greater resolution; however that comes at the cost of taking between 12 and 24 photos at each locations and stitching them with third party software."
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"Could use a little higher resolution, but very easy to use and nice results."
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"I would have liked to see at least twice the resolution given that the image is made by distorting a fish eye image."
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"It is decent resolution, but highly degraded in low light."
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Video

Video:
"Its a toy I used it a few times and all I got was grainny videos not that good and the 360 video recording is not very easy to understand."
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"And the 3-minute video limit is a bit confusing, as you can immediately start another recording when the first ends, so there isn't any processing delay I've seen."
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"The video and still quality aren't super great, but if you're looking for a platform to test with or maybe do some simple tour videos, this would be the camera."
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"I was also a little disappointed in the 3 minute time limit on the video time."
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"The video and picture quality isn't the greatest; however this is the most convenient and easy way to get 360 pictures."
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"If it only had better resolution, and could record a higher frame rate video, it would be perfect (and, the newly released Ricoh Theta S seems to address all of those concerns -- I'd spend the extra $50 or so and get that model if you are looking for a 360 camera)."
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"( You should be able to view it like viewing the 360 video on youtube app) And I can't find any apps on iOS to view these picture that way."
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"Whats good about this camera is that the videos taken are compatible with youtube."
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"Taking a picture, or a video is as easy as pushing a button or tapping my smartphone screen."
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