RICOH THETA Developer Blog

Zillow 3D Home App and RICOH THETA X

Based on a question on YouTube, I tested the Zillow 3D Home App with the RICOH THETA X. The two technologies work well together. I experienced no problems.
One question dealt with the auto-horizon correction of still images. The Zillow app handles this fine. The THETA X needs to be set into topBottomCorrection with the official mobile app. 

July 06, 2022


HTTP HEAD is a method to request the HTTP headers from an API endpoint. This method is not supported by the RICOH THETA API and should not be used as the behavior across models appears to vary. I recommend you use the instead to check if the camera is connected to your mobile app.

July 12, 2022


The new RICOH THETA API Introduction video shows basic development concepts by showing how to access the API with three different techniques. curl HTTP requests on the command line HTTP testing tool Insomnia (similar to Postman) Testing the HTTP requests inside a barebones mobile app After reading the RICOH THETA API Getting Started article, you…

June 23, 2022

RICOH THETA API Getting Started

Get started with the RICOH THETA API at Companies like Zillow, Matterport, and OpenSpace use the RICOH THETA API to dramatically reduce the time to take pictures and create virtual product and site tours. The boom in development of RICOH THETA API applications is driven both by the rapid move to virtual buying and…

May 13, 2022


The USB API is very popular with RICOH THETA cameras for use cases such as time lapse or high volume pictures with a device such as a Raspberry Pi. Although most people use the USB API from Linux, it is also possible to use it from the MacOS. The main reason people use the USB…

May 11, 2022

RICOH THETA X Development Top 10 Tips

With a new LCD screen and higher resolution images and video, the new RICOH THETA X is a fantastic camera for businesses in real estate, construction, used car sales and many more companies benefiting from the industry-leading RICOH THETA camera line. Although the APIs are largely the same as the previous RICOH THETA V and…

May 10, 2022

Live Stream RICOH THETA X on Ubuntu 22.04

I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish and successfully tested the RICOH THETA X live streaming capability with both Wayland and X11. I’m running the newest firmware for the THETA X, version 1.10.1. I’m running libuvc-theta and libuvc-theta-sample. nvidia driver 510.60 nvidia…

May 9, 2022

Set timeShift API for THETA X

Thank you to community member @mikhail for working with the API for timeShift mode for THETA X. And helping clarify how to implement it! In real estate, the new 11K image resolution for the RICOH THETA X is highly desirable. Real estate agents who are non-professional photographers can easily take exceptional 360° images. Anyone can…

May 5, 2022

THETA X 8K Video for 25 Minutes

THETA X 8K video ran for 25 minute with no problems at 2fps. This appears to be the normal behavior of the camera. This video format is widely used in the construction industry for video frame extraction and conversion to still image job site virtual inspection tours. I didn’t need a fan or any special…

May 3, 2022

360 Camera For Construction: 80 Images in 10 Minute

The RICOH THETA X is an excellent 360 camera for construction. Using RICOH THETA X 8K 2fps video frame extraction, I created an 80 image simulation of a construction job site capture in a few minutes. The images of the job site capture were created by extracted frames from a 8K 2fps video. You can…

May 2, 2022

THETA X Firmware Upgrade to 1.10.1

RICOH recently released firmware 1.10.1 for the THETA X. The official release notes from RICOH indicate these changes. Added a 2K (1920×960)/30 fps live streaming mode resolution, allowing extended operation times. Improved shutter time lag. Playback has been amended so that when shooting still images with [Playback Orientation] set to [AI Auto], playback starts with…