The brand new Ricoh Theta Z1 51GB is the same old Ricoh Theta Z1

The brand new Ricoh Theta Z1 51GB is the same old Ricoh Theta Z1
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Ricoh has announced the brand new flagship Ricoh Theta Z1 51GB – but before you get too excited, it's literally just the original Theta Z1 360° camera with expanded memory capacity. 

The original Ricoh Theta Z1 was recently discontinued by the manufacturer, though Ricoh promised that a new 360° camera was on the way. Many naturally assumed that this would be a superior-specced camera that would supersede the Z1, but instead it's the same camera from 2019 with 32GB of additional storage.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.