Ricoh Theta Z1 360 camera is announced

Ricoh has revealed full details of the company’s new 360 camera, ahead of the CP+ 2019 photo trade fair in Japan. The big story is the new Theta Z1 use of twin 1.0-inch sensors, which are much larger than the 1/2.3-inch sensors used in the Theta V and other consumer-level 360 cameras.

The two 20-megapixel sensor are mounted back to back behind ‘overlapping’ 180+ degree lenses to produce merged 360-degree still images and video footage.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at