Ricoh's new 360 camera adds surround sound to 4K, for ultimate VR immersion

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Ricoh Theta V 360 4K delivers 360 sound

There are quite a few 360 cameras on the market, many of them great for making VR video, but not all of them record surround sound to go along with your 360-degree footage. And the ones that do often don't give you 4K recording abilities. The new Ricoh Theta V, however, does both.

The Theta V comes with four microphones dotted around it that can record spatial audio. They don't just record the four directions around the camera either, because two cameras are on the side and two are closer to the top they can record audio by height as well. And if that's not enough audio for you there's a $269.99, 360-degree microphone accessory - available now - that plugs into the bottom.

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As for the camera, the Theta V can both record and livestream 4K 360 video. Ricoh also says still images will be superior to that of the Ricoh Theta S - which ranks of our top 360 cameras right now. The Theta V also has support for wireless playback via wireless display adapters, so you can broadcast your content onto a TV or other monitors. You can even use the Theta as a remote control by holding the shutter button and moving the camera around.

That broadcast ability is the first in a line of new software plug-ins that Ricoh says can add functionality to the Theta V over time. While that's a neat perk that can help make the camera better, it's unclear how often the Theta V will get updated and how many new abilities it'll gain.

As for the specs, there's 19GB of internal storage and a battery that'll get you about 45 minutes of 4K video recording or about 4,800 still images. It's not waterproof, but if you're looking to take the Theta V on some aquatic adventures for some submersed VR, there's an optional $199.95 underwater case that'll be available in October.

The Ricoh Theta V is available to buy now for $429.95 and will begin shipping in September.

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