(Requires Chrome browser or the YouTube mobile app to view properly)

After waiting for the Ricoh Theta S I ordered to be in stock and ship, I finally got it right before our family trip to Colonial Williamsburg, VA to shoot it in 360° Virtual Reality. This VR tour will briefly let you see the fife and drum a horse drawn carriage and take you with us on a tour of the Governor’s Palace, Bruton Parish Church, the Colonial Gardens and the Magazine.

I wanted to do an unboxing video of it, but there was no time – so I will do a review based on my first experience with it instead. It’s really small and easy to use, but could I think it could use a few more manual features for video mode – specifically the ability to adjust exposure and lock exposure/white balance. It’s way easier to use than the multiple GoPro route and the software stitching of 2 lenses is done by the software and doesn’t require any assistance to do it. The resolution isn’t as high, but the user experience is pretty fantastic. It is like the Flip camera of VR. If this can be improved upon slightly, it would be a fantastic option for YouTube VR – actually it currently is since the format is still so new.

After 2 days of use, I’m having a blast with it and like the new world of video it opens up for me. The 360 Heros option is expensive and time consuming. I was able to shoot this video with little effort this afternoon, then import, convert, edit and upload in a few hours. Consider me impressed Ricoh.

Americana – Aspiring by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1200092
Artist: http://incompetech.com/