The Ricoh Theta S ($350 MSRP, available for $346.95 on
Amazon), a conveniently pocketable spherical photo and video camera, makes it extremely simple to capture original content for your favorite VR headset—so simple, in fact, it only has one button. Its twin, ultra-wide-angle lenses can stitch together spherical images or produce full HD video at 30 frames per second (fps). With f/2.0 lenses, shutter speeds from 1/6400 to 60 seconds, and a 1/2.3-inch image sensor, the cam yields a 14 megapixel (MP) output. You can live stream video via USB or HDMI, or use the camera’s onboard Wi-Fi to transfer footage to your iPhone.
Once there, the
Theta + Video iOS app lets you filter, trim, or alter the view and color of 360-degree photos and videos. Another mobile app, the
Ricoh Theta S, assists with shooting via a live-view feed and remote control. It’s compatible with the Google Street View app, too, so get ready to capture and publish
photo spheres to Google Maps.