If you are looking for the best solution for real estate walkthrough videos, the Ricoh Theta Z1 360 Spherical Camera is the ticket! With more and more people shopping online for rentals and property purchases, the real estate industry has to lift its game. By far, the best way to meet the growing demand for online real estate content is with interactive and compelling video. Fortunately, the Ricoh Theta Z1 360 Spherical Camera is a high-spec solution to capture genuinely immersive 360-degree video footage. Real estate photographers need this camera to capitalise on the market demand.
Watch The Ricoh Theta Z1 360 on Georges Cameras TV
In our latest video on Georges Cameras TV, Nathan looks at the most essential pieces of kit for any real estate photographer or videographer. He covers the use of the Ricoh Theta Z1 360 Camera and the Manfrotto VR PIXI EVO Kit to capture stunning videos of venues and real estate listings. What’s more, Nathan demonstrates how the Matterport Capture app for iOS and Android creates stunning 3D walkthrough videos. The Matterport Capture app is simple to set up and pair with the Ricoh Theta Z1. Plus, the app allows you to scan every inch of your internal space to build an actual 3D model. Once you have completed scanning your interior, use the Matterport desktop app to refine your model and tag critical elements. The final 360/3D content is now ready to share with your customers and clients.
Ricoh Theta Z1 360 Spherical Camera Specifications
- Dual 6720 x 3360 1″ Type 23MP CMOS Sensors
- 360° 4K Videos and 23MP Photos
- Selectable f/2.1, 3.5, 5.6 Aperture
- 360° Live Streaming in 4Kor 2K
- Twin-Lens System with 4-Channel Mics
- ISO 80 to 6400
- Dimensions: 48mm(W) × 132.5mm(H) × 29.7mm(24mm) (D)
- Weight: 182g
Ricoh Theta Z1 360 Built Tough
The Ricoh Theta Z1 360 Spherical Camera is a fantastic pocket-sized camera that delivers phenomenal video and audio output. And when we say pocket-sized, it is smaller than most smartphones. Despite being only 182g, the Theta Z1 features a magnesium alloy body for optimal durability. The camera base includes a USB-C charging port and a standard threaded tripod mount for connecting to a tabletop tripod like the Manfrotto VR PIXI EVO Kit. One side of the camera houses control buttons, including power, Bluetooth/WiFi connectivity, Mode and Function. The front face has a small Status Display to provide critical function information. While the Ricoh Theta Z1 360 Spherical Camera has 19GB of internal memory, you can boost the capacity with a fast microSD card such as the Lexar 128GB Professional 667x UHS-I microSDXC Memory Card.
Ricoh’s Superior Optics
In terms of optical performance, the Ricoh Theta Z1 360 Spherical Camera houses a pair of optically sharp lenses that reduce ghosting, flare, and other aberrations. To manage varying lighting conditions, the lens features selectable apertures of F2.1, F3.5 and F5.6. The Dual 1″ Type 23MP Back-Illuminated CMOS Sensors and an ISO range of 80 to 6400 capture stunning images and video. It is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery delivering 300 still images and 60 minutes of video footage.
Video Performance of the Ricoh Theta Z1
To capture stunning video content for your real estate listings, the Ricoh Theta Z1 360 Spherical Camera captures 4K 3840×1920 at 29.97fps/56Mbps or 2K 1920×960 at 29.97fps/16Mbps. What’s more, you can use the connectivity features to deliver live open for inspections in 360-degree, 4K at 29.97fps via live streaming. High-quality audio is also assured thanks to the 4-channel microphone system to record audio from four different directions. When paired with 4K 360-degree video, the experience is rich and immersive.
Take Creative Control With Ricoh
Edit and share your rich content with clients thanks to the dedicated apps for smartphone and desktop. THETA+ is a smartphone app perfect for editing your 360-degree video and audio captured by the Ricoh Theta Z1 360 Spherical Camera. The app also supports sharing your videos and images directly to social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. If you edit your photos with Adobe Photoshop, the RICOH THETA Stitcher is a dedicated plug-in to optimise the editing process.
Essential Accessory for the Theta Z1 360
While the Ricoh Theta Z1 360 Spherical Camera comes bundled with a soft carry case, it is well worth looking at a couple of essential accessories to complete your kit. The pair of convex glass elements on the Ricoh Theta Z1 protrude just a few millimetres on each side of the camera. It is to accommodate the wide 360-degree view of the camera. The best way to protect the lenses is with the Ricoh Lens Cap TL-2. What’s more, by attaching the Ricoh Lens Cap TL-2 to the base of the Theta Z1, it creates a flat base for tabletop use.
Manfrotto VR PIXI EVO Kit
The final element for your Ricoh Theta Z1 360 Spherical Camera is a flexible and reliable monopod. The Manfrotto VR PIXI EVO Kit is the ideal solution for conducting a real estate walkthrough. The Manfrotto VR PIXI EVO is a slim and extendable monopod with a set of unique features. The central pole is made of four sections with a locking clamp at each section. As a result, with the Theta Z1 360 mounted to the top, you can extend the pole from 52.5cm up to 143cm. With this height, it’s easy to achieve top-down shots of floor plans or to capture high-ceiling rooms.
At the VR PIXI EVO base, a rubber grip ensures you have a firm hold of the monopod, making it ideal for walking through spaces with the camera. Finally, the base features a sturdy folding tripod base. With this, you can set the VR PIXI EVO on a tabletop or floor level with the pole extended so the camera sits at eye level. What’s more, any view of the pole can easily be hidden with stitching.
Real estate photography is a booming industry that is rapidly expanding. Be sure to check out our guide to Real Estate Photography Equipment. To keep up with the fast pace and produce truly exceptional video and image content, you need the Ricoh Theta Z1 360 Spherical Camera. Stand out from the pack of photographers delivering run of the mill content to their clients. Head in-store to or online at Georges Cameras now to pick up your Ricoh Theta Z1.