Ricoh Theta Z1: The ULTIMATE Virtual Tour Camera? (Theta Z1 Review and Comparison Part 1 of 2)

Ricoh Theta Z1 review and comparison Part 1: How does the Theta Z1 compare to Insta360 One X, GoPro Fusion, Xiaomi Mi Sphere, Ultracker Aleta S2C, and other 360 cameras?
B&H Photo:
Camera case that fits the Z1 (but not the TL-2 lens cap):
Waterproof hardcase (kind of bulky):
The Ricoh Theta Z1 is the first 360 camera for consumers and prosumers to feature a large 1-inch sensor. It is also the first 360 camera to feature Raw DNG stitching in Lightroom, which enables more flexibility in editing without creating seamlines. I show how easy it is to edit 360 photos in Lightroom seamlessly with the new Ricoh Stitcher for the Z1. The Theta Z1 also has exposure bracketing up to 19 shots in Raw + JPEG, which can capture the dynamic range of any scene.

However, its specifications are not that much different from consumer 360 cameras.
Its resolution is only 24mp (7296 x 3648 in Raw, 6720 x 3360 in JPG) and its video is only 3840 x 1920. Is this the ultimate virtual tour 360 camera for photographers? Or is it just an expensive, overpriced 360 camera?

In this 2-part in-depth Theta Z1 review, we’ll look at its features for image quality and workflow. I’ll also show you a comparison against other popular 360 cameras for virtual tours including Insta360 One X, Xiaomi Mi Sphere, GoPro Fusion, Ricoh Theta V, Samsung Gear 360, Panono, Ultracker Aleta S2C, Kandao Qoocam and Vuze XR.