I have my Ricoh Theta S for four weeks now and it is time to share my thoughts. I photographed intersections and bridges. I used it on a tripod, a pole, a selfie stick and my bare hand. I never moved and used the automatic exposure settings with the highest resolution. On the bottom of the camera there is a micro USB, a quarter inch screw and a HDMI socket. I measured the heart to heart distance to be 12 mm. So you need plugs with a small footprint if you want to load the battery while it is attached. I have not found a streaming application yet.
One picture takes 4MB disk space and the optional XMP data demands another 300 KB. The Theta desktop program needs 4 seconds to decompress it. I don’t know if Mly has a use for the XMP data. Anyway, if you want it, you have to write it afterwards, file by file.
The wifi on the Theta S works rather well. But of course as so many devices want to wifi with my smartphone, it happens that I have to restart the smartphone. The temptation to take a not geotagged picture without all the hassle of preparing two devices is high.
This is an Open Street Map node, a postbox.
Look in the data for the node, the tag “source_ref” links to
Allow me to be negative and to show bad pictures as a lesson for us all.
Here the pole was not held straight and we have a bit of slant. It is possible to straighten that afterwards.
The longitudinal form of the Theta S had the advantage that you can easily stick it through meshes. But behind the mesh the device has to be vertical as Mly does not correct this.
The quality of the Theta S pictures is acceptable. You can read the letters on the streets signs if you zoom in from not too far.
But look at how Mly deteriorates the image quality. The letters are illegible and the landscape hurts the eye.
I tried to get better pictures of some objects with a HDR app, but that did not help.
I thought the ground distance between the pictures could be longer for them to connect in Mly. But strangely, that is not the case.
With the Mly web upload, all files must be geotagged, or the upload will stall. Usually I uploaded 5 files at a time, but 29 files is also possible (on a good day?).
There is still a lot to tell which is not Mapillary related. I suggest you have a look on Facebook.
As a courtesy to all of you, I wrote the text on Microsoft Word in order not to give you spelling errors.