A camera that can shoot 360° spherical images in a single shot

 

Top of the range model that delivers 4K 360° video and spatial audio recording

 

RICOH COMPANY, LTD and RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. announce the launch of the “RICOH THETA V”, which supports features that include 360° 4K video capture, immersive spatial audio recording, and high-speed image transfer. The RICOH THETA V is the new top of the range model in the 360° “RICOH THETA” camera series.

Since the RICOH THETA was first launched in 2013 as the world’s first 360° single shot camera*1, this exceptional imaging tool has been used to capture exciting and unique fully-spherical images in a variety of situations. The 360° visual space has defied the conventions of traditional photography and allowed users to capture their entire surrounding in one image. These can even be shared with others using a VR headset, allowing them be fully immersed in the scene, as though they were actually with there.

The rapid growth of the virtual reality (VR) market, the expansion of SNS (Social Networking Services) supporting 360° and the ever-increasing demand from the B2B sector, means that the opportunities to utilize the extensive capabilities of THETA are expected to expand further in the near future.

The RICOH THETA V has a compact, lightweight body, so it’s portable enough to take anywhere, anytime. Featuring the sleek design and handling THETA users have come to expect, it takes the 360° photo and video experience to a whole new level.  It’s packed full of performance-enhancing features, but some striking additions to its armory, put this device at the cutting edge of 360° innovation.

Furthermore, it achieves high-speed transfer that can comfortably exchange large volumes of data, high sound quality recording compatible with 360° spatial audio, and shoot equivalent 360° 4K video. The camera can also connect to a Smartphone or tablet using either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, for flexible operation. In addition, the Ricoh Theta V features an open source Android operating system, allowing for future performance enhancements through firmware updates, whilst also opening up the platform to even more developers

*1. As a mass-produced consumer product capable of capturing the scene around, above and below the device in a fully spherical image (as of October, 2013, based on Ricoh research).

 Optional Accessories

3D Microphone TA-1 - RRP

Underwater Housing TW-1 - RRP

 

Available: End October

Announcing the launch of the PENTAX K-1 Limited Silver 

A Limited Edition Silver 35mm Full-frame Digital SLR Camera that matches the Silver FA Limited Lens Series 

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD is pleased to announce a special edition of the PENTAX K series digital SLR camera, the PENTAX K-1 Limited Silver. There are only 2,000 units available worldwide!

The PENTAX K-1 (launched in April 2016) features a 35.9mm x 24.0mm large, high-performance CMOS image sensor, achieving ultra-high definition approx. 36.4 effective mega pixels and superb gradation recreation, along with high-sensitivity performance for the ultimate K series digital SLR camera model. This limited edition model was designed to meet overwhelming user demand for a camera body and battery grip in a refined silver color that perfectly matches the silver FA Limited Lens Series. The model also features a limited edition metal hot shoe cover with logo. These features show our commitment to the finest details and make this a truly special model.                                                                                            

Main Features

·         A high-grade silver-color coating is used on the camera body and battery grip to perfectly match the silver FA Limited Lens, along with a special silver type SR badge on the front of the camera

·         The metal hot shoe cover features a beautiful , mirror finish PENTAX K-1 Limited Silver logo

·         Two exclusive batteries are included and can be used simultaneously in the camera body and battery grip

·         Exclusively designed product box

·         The camera body comes pre-installed with the latest firmware (ver. 1.41)

Note: The camera body’s features and specifications are identical with those of the standard model, except for the firmware. 

K-1 Limited Silver includes: Battery Grip D-BG6,. 2 x D-LI90 lithium battery, Metal Hot shoe Cover

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WEST CALDWELL, NJ, April 20, 2017 — Ricoh today announced it will be showcasing a prototype of its newest Theta 360-degree camera, capable of capturing high-resolution 4K video in a single shot, at the upcoming 2017 NAB Show, April 24-27, in Las Vegas. The camera will be featured at the Ricoh booth C11139, located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

In addition to capturing 4K video at 30 frames per second, the new camera will enable 4K 360-degree livestreaming, and a built-in 4-channel microphone will record spatial “surround-sound” audio. 

The new camera is expected to be launched later in the year.

The new THETA camera

Ricoh offers the industry’s most extensive line of spherical imaging cameras, known for their high image quality, sleek design and ease of use. First introduced in 2013, Theta cameras allow consumers to record fully spherical images that show the entirety of a scene in photos or videos. The camera line’s combination of small size, high-quality imagery, and incredible functionality are a result of Ricoh’s many decades of experience in advanced imaging and optical technologies. The company has long been a leader in professional printers and copiers and is known for its high-quality optics and optical components. A key achievement with the Theta series is an ultra-small twin-lens folded-optical system capable of capturing two wide-angle images and then marrying them into a single spherical image.

 

| About Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation |

Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions.

The company now known as Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation was originally founded in 1919, under the name Asahi Optical Joint Stock Co. and launched its first SLR camera in the 1950s under the PENTAX name. Today, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation continues to produce the heritage-rich, award-winning line of PENTAX DSLR cameraslenses and sport optics equipment as well as Ricoh’s offering of stylish and compact digital cameras, known for their wide-ranging, rich set of features.

For further information, please visit www.ricohimaging.com

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© 2017 Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation. All rights reserved. All referenced product names are the trademarks of their respective companies.

 

For More Information, Contact:

Barbara Hagin

Breakaway Communications for Ricoh

(408) 832-7626 - mobile

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

West Caldwell, NJ, April 14, 2017—Ricoh Imaging today issued a statement to clarify misinformation shared in an article posted by a business media outlet earlier this week. The article claimed that Ricoh was considering shrinking its camera business and withdrawing from consumer products.

 

This article was not based on an official Ricoh announcement.


The official Ricoh statement on the future of its camera business is that the company is focusing its resources on products that are unique and bring high value-add to its customers, such as PENTAX and GR cameras, which are appreciated by professional photographers and photo hobbyists. Ricoh is also investing in and will continue to expand its business in input devices for virtual reality and augmented reality—where the company sees rapid growth—with its industry-leading Ricoh Theta line of 360-degree cameras.

 

In addition, Ricoh will develop and expand its solutions-based businesses in imaging, pursuing opportunities in vertical markets using Ricoh camera technology.

 

 

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Ricoh Unveils Ultra-Compact PENTAX KP, a Weatherproof DSLR That Provides Outdoor Photographers with New Standard for Quality, Customization and Ease of Use

Heir to K-3 legacy, Slim-Body Camera Incorporates New Features and Controls Optimized to Deliver Outstanding Images, Even in the Most Challenging Conditions

 First PENTAX APS-C Camera to offer Shake Reduction II

    

WEST CALDWELL, NJ, January 25, 2017—Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation today announced the PENTAX KP, an ultra-compact and highly portable DSLR with features and controls that facilitate capturing outstanding images, even in the most demanding conditions. The PENTAX KP packs many of the advanced capabilities of the award-winning PENTAX K-3 series into a modern, slim body design that lends itself to applications from casual snapshots to serious outdoor photography while mountain climbing or trekking. The PENTAX KP also adds a new generation of innovations including a new, highly sensitive APS-C CMOS sensor and is the first PENTAX APS-C camera to incorporate Shake Reduction II (SR II), which features a five-axis mechanism to compensate for camera shake up to 5 steps.

The new 24-megapixel CMOS sensor enables shooting in extremely low-light conditions, with sensitivity to ISO 819200, making the camera ideal for night photography. The PENTAX KP features an electronic shutter option in live-view to enable high-speed shooting up to 1/24,000-second, which greatly broadens shooting capabilities when using large aperture lenses to achieve a shallow depth of field on a bright sunny day.

 The PENTAX KP’s compact body is the result of a complete internal re-design to produce an advanced DSLR camera with an extremely slim profile for optimal comfort and handling. The KP’s rugged exterior is dustproof and weather-sealed to enable use in the most challenging outdoor conditions. The camera will perform in temperatures as low as 14 degrees F (-10 degrees C).

The PENTAX KP incorporates additional advanced technologies and ease-of-use features that have long been the hallmark of PENTAX cameras and enable them to be used comfortably and reliably in a wide range of conditions. These include:

·       5-Axis Shake Reduction System: The PENTAX KP is the first PENTAX APS-C DSLR to offer the new generation SR II system, which uses a five-axis mechanism to compensate for camera shake caused by horizontal and vertical shift (often generated in macro photography), roll (difficult to handle by lens-installed shake reduction mechanisms), as well as pitch and yaw. The SR II unit is controlled with great precision as soon as the camera’s power is turned on, providing a wide compensation range—as much as five shutter steps—to further expand the limits of handheld shooting. With the addition of an optional accessory GPS module (O-GPS1 GPS unit), the PENTAX KP, simplifies astro-photography, making it possible to record stars as points of light rather than star trails during extremely long exposures.

·       Pixel Shift Resolution: This acclaimed PENTAX technology enables producing color-accurate still-life subjects with the highest resolving power. The technology uses the KP’s in-body Shake Reduction System to move the image sensor in single-pixel increments, to capture four separate images that are subsequently combined into a single, high-definition image.

·       A vertical tilt LCD monitor that facilitates high- and low-angle shooting.

·       A grip replacement system that lets photographers choose their preference of grip based on shooting style or lens choice. In addition to the standard grip that comes with the PENTAX KP, accessory grips include medium (M) and large (L) grips (these will come packaged with KP bodies sold in North America), as well as the optional D-BG7 Battery Grip.

·       Control panels, button settings and dial controls that can all be customized, based on a user’s preference.

“We designed the PENTAX KP to appeal to the world’s most discerning outdoor photographers, who will appreciate its rich and powerful feature set and rugged, compact design, whether they are shooting a landscape on a trek in Patagonia or capturing an eclipse,” said Kaz Eguchi, president, Ricoh Imaging Americas. “From Pixel Shift Resolution to our new generation of Shake Reduction, PENTAX proudly continues to lead the way in photographer-friendly innovation.”

 

| Pricing and Availability | 

The PENTAX KP camera will be available on February 25 for a suggested list price of $1,099.95 at www.us.ricoh-imaging.com as well as at Ricoh Imaging-authorized retail outlets throughout North America.

 

| About Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation|


Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services.  Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions.

The company now known as Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation was originally founded in 1919, under the name Asahi Optical Joint Stock Co. and launched its first SLR camera in the 1950s under the PENTAX name. Today, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation continues to produce the heritage-rich, award-winning line of PENTAX DSLR cameras, lenses and sport optics equipment as well as Ricoh’s offering of stylish and compact digital cameras, known for their wide-ranging, rich set of features.

For further information, please visit 
www.ricohimaging.com


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© 2017 Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation. All rights reserved. All referenced product names are the trademarks of their respective companies.


 

For More Information, Contact:
Barbara Hagin
Breakaway Communications for Ricoh
(415) 358-2484
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.