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Sorry, only just seen your post!
The Z1 has two 1-inch sensors I believe, so the picture quality should be better than the Insta clan. The end resolution is something like 7350 pixels on the horizontal which isn't amazing, but ok for casual web viewing. I'm always going to comparing the detail I could achieve manually with my Phantom 4 Pro (now sold) which was 23000 x 11500 pixels!
Straight out of the camera the jpegs are perfectly shareable online and there is mobile editing software available from Ricoh. I've share a few recently on Facebook straight after they've been taken. I use manual settings and when not in interval shooting mode the camera shares straight to your phone so you can fire off to whatever social media you like. The software self-levels the 360 which is very handy.
There are frustrations with the Z1 though:
- Internal memory, limited to approx 19GB. This equates to just 357 jpeg and dng images when shooting raw. You cannot just shoot raw files. Video files munch GBs. I think you can shoot up to about 30 minutes of 360 video before using up the memory.
- You have to use a Ricoh app to offload the files to your PC. The files are only visible in the app and then you have to drag them across into your Windows or Mac folder window. The Z1 does not show as a removeable drive in Windows Explorer or Finder.
- Battery time isn't fantastic. But it does charge quickly. A 15-20 minute zap on a portable charger will get you maybe 60% back.
I may have an opportunity to snag an XPhase Pro S in the near future which has 25 x 8MP sensors and is actually a similar price to the Z1. The beauty of the Z1 is that the turnaround of dng/raw material on your home computer is really quick once you've got the files transferred. The workflow for the XPhase Pro S is more involved, but of course you'll get much better detail. If you're going to spend Theta Z1 money then seriously consider going for the XPhase.
My 360 image odyssey continues.....
I suggest to take a look of this comparison on YOUTUBE, models are coming and being discontinued at a speed rate difficult to follow, this seems to me a good update
SMAC from Italy
Thanks for sharing, SMAC.
Ben Claremont is a prolific 360 reviewer. For those interested, also keep an eye on 360rumors.com. I think it is the prime source of everything 360.
A link or 2 to Theta Z1 KAP over the summer:
Sark's Harbour Hill on its east coast.
Alderney's far NE point with Normandy on the horizon just 9 miles away.
Sark west coast with a view towards Brecqhou (Google the Barclay brothers fighting with Sark!)
Fort Hommet, Guernsey west coast.
Just sharing my latest 2nd hand 360 camera purchase. Arguably the best yet. XPhase Pro S2. 25 x 8MP cameras on one device, all shooting DNG (raw) files. It's a bit gusty today but a test flight must be done!
First result here for any of you interested in 360 imagery.
One lens suffered from fogging unfortunately, but otherwise I am quite pleased with this test flight. The output is always 16384x8192 pixels which is conveniently the maximum file size that Kuula accepts.
Manual settings were used ISO 100 and 1/800sec shutter speed. Aperture is fixed at f/2.2, I think (maybe f/2.8). The wind actually relented quite a bit once the kite was up and so I have a very high ratio of keepers as the camera was very steady below the line.
The workflow for this camera is truly odd IMO. I guess it is early days though and what I find hard to get to grips with now will be second nature on time.
Now that I have this functioning I need to decide whether to sell my Theta Z1 to recoup some costs.