Overview

Overview

The RICOH THETA camera model differs depending on when the camera was sold. The models are refered to as below. There are certain functional differences between each model.

  1. RICOH THETA
  2. RICOH THETA m15
  3. RICOH THETA S
  4. RICOH THETA SC
  5. RICOH THETA V
  6. RICOH THETA Z1
  7. RICOH THETA X

The following operations can be performed using the RICOH THETA interface.

RICOH THETA

I/F Capturing images Video shooting Image reading Delete Clock adjust Wireless LAN OFF Switching capture mode
(Still image / Video)
Live View Others
Manual supported not supported not supported not supported not supported supported not supported not supported Power ON/OFF, Wireless LAN ON
Via Wireless LAN supported not supported supported supported supported supported not supported not supported Assumptions of this Document
Via USB connection (MTP) not supported not supported supported supported not supported not supported not supported not supported Assumptions of this Document
Via Bluetooth connection not supported not supported not supported not supported not supported not supported not supported not supported Power ON/OFF, Wireless LAN ON
Assumptions of this Document

supported: All versions support
not supported: Not supported

RICOH THETA m15

I/F Capturing images Video shooting Image reading Delete Clock adjust Wireless LAN OFF Switching capture mode
(Still image / Video)
Live View Others
Manual supported supported not supported not supported not supported supported supported not supported Power ON/OFF, Wireless LAN ON
Via Wireless LAN supported supported supported supported supported supported not supported not supported Assumptions of this Document
Via USB connection (MTP) not supported not supported supported supported not supported not supported not supported not supported Assumptions of this Document
Via Bluetooth connection not supported not supported not supported not supported not supported not supported not supported not supported Power ON/OFF, Wireless LAN ON
Assumptions of this Document

supported: All versions support
not supported: Not supported

RICOH THETA S firmware v1.41 or prior

I/F Capturing images Video shooting Image reading Delete Clock adjust Wireless LAN OFF Switching capture mode
(Still image / Video)
Live View Others
Manual supported supported not supported not supported not supported supported supported not supported Power ON/OFF, Wireless LAN ON
Via Wireless LAN supported supported supported supported supported supported supported supported Assumptions of this Document
Via USB connection (MTP) not supported not supported supported supported not supported not supported not supported not supported Assumptions of this Document
Via Bluetooth connection not supported not supported not supported not supported not supported not supported not supported not supported Power ON/OFF, Wireless LAN ON
Assumptions of this Document

supported: All versions support
not supported: Not supported

RICOH THETA S firmware v1.42 or later, RICOH THETA SC

I/F Capturing images Video shooting Image reading Delete Clock adjust Wireless LAN OFF Switching capture mode
(Still image / Video)
Live View Others
Manual supported supported not supported not supported not supported supported supported not supported Power ON/OFF, Wireless LAN ON
Via Wireless LAN supported supported supported supported supported supported supported supported Assumptions of this Document
Via USB connection (MTP) supported supported supported supported supported not supported supported not supported Assumptions of this Document
Via Bluetooth connection not supported not supported not supported not supported not supported not supported not supported not supported Power ON/OFF, Wireless LAN ON
Assumptions of this Document

supported: All versions support
not supported: Not supported

RICOH THETA V, RICOH THETA Z1

I/F Capturing images Video shooting Image reading Delete Clock adjust Wireless LAN OFF Switching capture mode
(Still image / Video)
Live View Others
Manual supported supported not supported not supported not supported supported supported not supported Power ON/OFF, Wireless LAN ON
Via Wireless LAN supported supported supported supported supported supported supported supported Assumptions of this Document
Via USB connection (MTP) supported supported supported supported supported supported supported not supported Assumptions of this Document
Via Bluetooth connection supported supported not supported not supported supported supported supported not supported Power ON/OFF, Wireless LAN ON
Assumptions of this Document

supported: All versions support
not supported: Not supported

RICOH THETA X

I/F Capturing images Video shooting Image reading Delete Clock adjust Wireless LAN OFF Switching capture mode
(Still image / Video)
Live View Others
Manual supported supported not supported not supported not supported supported supported not supported Power ON/OFF, Wireless LAN ON
Via Wireless LAN supported partially-supported supported supported supported supported supported supported Assumptions of this Document
Via USB connection (MTP) supported supported supported supported supported not supported supported not supported Assumptions of this Document
Via Bluetooth connection supported supported not supported not supported supported supported supported not supported Power ON/OFF, Wireless LAN ON
Assumptions of this Document

supported: All versions support
not supported: Not supported
partially-supported: When shooting video while connected to a wireless LAN, shooting is force-stopped when the battery charge drops to below 20%.

It is assumed in this document that the camera will be connected via Wireless LAN, USB connection (MTP) or Bluetooth connection.

Development is done at your own risk.

Generated image

RICOH THETA generates two types of images.

  • Equirectangular

Example:
Equi.png Equirectangular (Screen capture)

The image is pasted to a sphere in the RICOH THETA apps.

  • Dual-Fisheye

Example:
DualFisheye.png Dual-Fisheye (Screen capture)

Still image

A JPEG or RAW+ image is generated.
RAW+ image is stored as a DNG file.

Model Projection type Format Image size
RICOH THETA / RICOH THETA m15 EquirectangularJPEG 3584x1792
RICOH THETA S / RICOH THETA SC EquirectangularJPEG 5376x2688 / 2048x1024
RICOH THETA V Equirectangular JPEG5376x2688
Dual-Fisheye * JPEG5792x2896
RICOH THETA Z1 Equirectangular JPEG 6720x3360
Dual-Fisheye JPEG 7296x3648
Dual-Fisheye RAW+ 7296x3648
RICOH THETA X or later Equirectangular JPEG11008×5504 / 5504×2752
Dual-Fisheye JPEG11008×5504 / 5504×2752

* RICOH THETA V firmware v3.00.1 or later

Video

A MOV or MP4 file is generated.

Model Projection type Format Image size
RICOH THETA m15 Dual-Fisheye MOV 1920x1080
RICOH THETA S / RICOH THETA SC Dual-Fisheye MP4 1920x1080 / 1280x720
RICOH THETA V / RICOH THETA Z1 Equirectangular / Dual-Fisheye MP4 3840x1920 / 1920x960
RICOH THETA X or later Equirectangular / Dual-Fisheye MP4 7680x3840 / 5760x2880 / 3840x1920 / 1920x960

Top/bottom Correction

The two kinds of top/bottom correction information described below are included in images shot/acquired from RICOH THETA.

  • EXIF
  • XMP that conforms to Photo Sphere XMP Metadata

Furthermore, each version is supported as shown below.

Model EXIF XMP
RICOH THETA supported not supported
RICOH THETA m15 or later supported supported

When images are shot using the RICOH THETA model, top/bottom correction information can be output in XMP format using the official app.

Wireless LAN Specifications

Standards: IEEE802.11a*1/b/g/n*2/ac*1 (2.4GHz, 5GHz*1)

Channels: 1CH, 6CH, 11CH, 13CH*3 (2.4GHz), 36CH, 38CH*3, 40CH, 42CH*3, 44CH, 46CH*3, 48CH (5GHz*1)

Simultaneous connections: Maximum 1 wireless LAN device

*1 IEEE802.11a, IEEE802.11ac, 5GHz are supported by RICOH THETA V or later. Note that availability depends on the destination setting. Check for the standard in the target region before using this option.
*2 IEEE802.11n is supported by only RICOH THETA S or later.
*3 RICOH THETA X or later.

Protocol Specifications

RICOH THETA APIs are reffered to as below:

Model Standards IP address Port Reference
RICOH THETA / RICOH THETA m15 PTP over TCP-IP (PTP-IP) 192.168.1.1 15740 RICOH THETA API v1 Reference
RICOH THETA S / RICOH THETA SC extended OSC Protocol 192.168.1.1 80 RICOH THETA API v2 Reference
RICOH THETA S (firmware v01.62 or later) / RICOH THETA SC or later extended OSC Protocol 192.168.1.1 80 RICOH THETA API v2.1 Reference

Live View Specifications (Only still image capture mode) (RICOH THETA S or later)

Equirectangular data in MotionJPEG format is output.

Image size: 640x320*1, 1024x512*2, 1920x960*3

*1 RICOH THETA X is not supported
*2 RICOH THETA V or later
*3 RICOH THETA V, Z1

USB Live Streaming Specifications (RICOH THETA S)

Dual-Fisheye data in MotionJPEG format or H.264 format (firmware version 01.82 or later) is output.

MotionJPEG

Image size: 1280x720

Frame rate: 15fps

H.264 (version 01.82 or later)

Image size: 1920x1080

Frame rate: 30fps

Device Standards Format Details
Video USB Video Class 1.1 MotionJPEG Universal Serial Bus Device Class Definition for Video Devices Revision 1.1
USB Video Class 1.5
(version 01.82 or later)
MotionJPEG / H.264 Universal Serial Bus Device Class Definition for Video Devices Revision 1.5
Audio USB Audio Class 1.0 --- Universal Serial Bus Device Class Definition for Audio Devices Release 1.0

USB Live Streaming Specifications (RICOH THETA V or later)

Equirectangular data in H.264 format is output.

Image size: 3840x1920, 1920x960*

Frame rate: 30fps

*RICOH THETA X is not supported.

Device Standards Details
Video USB Video Class 1.5 Universal Serial Bus Device Class Definition for Video Devices Revision 1.5
Audio USB Audio Class 2.0 Universal Serial Bus Device Class Definition for Audio Devices Release 2.0

HDMI Live Streaming Specifications (RICOH THETA S only)

Dual-Fisheye data in uncompressed YCbCr format is output.

Image size: 1920x1080 / 1280x720 / 720x480

Frame rate: 30fps

USB connection (MTP) Specifications

RICOH THETA S or later APIs using USB connection (MTP) are referred to as “v2 USB”.
Camera operations as shooting with a USB connection is supported by RICOH THETA S firmware version 01.42 or later.

Model Standards Details
RICOH THETA S or later Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) v2 USB Reference