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First Look: Ricoh's Theta captures the world around you in one shot
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First Look: Ricoh's Theta captures the world around you in one shot

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The ultracompact twin-lens imaging device creates fully spherical images you can zoom, swipe, and rotate.

Hey, there. I'm Josh Goldman with CNET and if you're crazy for 360-degree panoramas or cool photography gadgets meet the Ricoh Theta. It's an imaging device with a proprietary twin-lens system there with a single press of the shutter release captures fully spherical images. Since there's no screen in order to view your shots the Theta connects wirelessly to an iPhone 4S or 5 or a 4th or 5th gen iPod Touch. Android support is expected before the year is out. Just launch the free app and you can download shots stored on the Theta's internal memory or you can use the app as a shutter release and the images will automatically download to your mobile device. It can also use your device's GPS to geotag the images. Once transferred you can open the image and pinch, swipe, and rotate it. You can then upload them to a dedicated Theta site for sharing on social networks and on Microsoft's Photosynth and Bing map sites. A desktop version for Mac and Windows allows high-res images to be saved, viewed, and shared from there too. It is a lot of fun to use and a bit addictive since it requires no effort beyond pressing the shutter, but all of this fun comes at a cost, $400. That's a lot for something that does just one thing, but again if you're crazy for panoramas or unusual cameras, this is for you. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the Ricoh Theta.

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