Back when Ricoh unveiled an omnidirectional camera concept, the whole world has been puzzled by the company’s great idea. Now, that device is here and it is called Ricoh Theta. It bears a different design when compared to the original concept, but underneath it is still a shooter capable of taking 360-degree panorama photos.
Ricoh is keeping itself busy these days, as the company has introduced a compact camera, five new Pentax lenses, and a pair of flash guns. Apparently, more will come in 2013 and later, as the company has just published an updated Pentax K-mount lens roadmap, confirming four new optics and a 1.4x teleconverter.
Outdoor photography is not an easy task, especially when the rain starts pouring in. If you plan on taking photos in a rainy environment, then you will need a weatherproof imaging system, says Ricoh. As a result, the company has introduced the rugged Pentax AF540FGZ II and AF360FGZ II flashes for weathersealed DSLR cameras.
Ricoh has refreshed its APS-C K-mount lens lineup of 24 units with the launch of five new HD Pentax DA Limited lenses. A handful of existing primes have received a “High-Definition” treatment, consisting of new coatings that will significantly reduce optical flaws, while adding beautiful bokeh effect to your photos.
Ricoh is not busy only with the Pentax brand, as the company must look after its own as well. As a result, the Ricoh HZ15 has become the company’s latest compact camera, which will be released in late September. Among the specs that are to attract the customers we can find a 16-megapixel sensor and a 24-360mm 15x zoom lens.
Ricoh GR Digital IV firmware update 2.3 is available for download now. Although the compact camera’s users were not hopeful of ever receiving extra support, Ricoh thought that it would be nice to save the day. The firmware version 2.3 fixes a couple of bugs, while adding more white balance presets and other new features.
A Ricoh GXR successor is rumored to be already in the works. One of the most customizable cameras in the world, the current GXR, is now listed as discontinued at all major retailers, suggesting that the replacement is not only under development, but that it is coming soon to a store near you.
Pentax Ricoh has finally taken the wraps off the Ricoh GR. The compact camera features a 16.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor and it is ready to compete against the Nikon Coolpix A. The Ricoh GR will start shipping as of May 2013, promising a lot of good things to mirrorless fans, who want a good shooter for a small price.
There is no doubt that Ricoh will release a new camera soon. Beside the full specifications list, an insider has leaked the press photos of the so-called Ricoh GR. The digital camera is said to feature a 16.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, along with an 18.3mm lens and is expected to be officially announced on April 17.
Sources in Japan have revealed that Ricoh is working on a new camera, which will be called “GR”. They did not stop there, as plenty of other details, such as specs, price, and release date, have been leaked. The company will resume its digital camera business this April, when the GR is scheduled for an official announcement.
Pentax will extend its camera offerings in the following weeks. The company is rumored to reveal up to five new DSLR shooters and a APS-C format camera very soon. Inside sources claim that it is very likely that Pentax and Ricoh will hold a product announcement event by the end of March 2013, in order to unveil the new cameras.
Smartphones and digital cameras can take beautiful panoramic shots, but what if users want to go a step beyond this? Well, Ricoh has already thought of that and it has revealed an omnidirectional camera, which can take full 360 degree shots in a split second, at the CP+ 2013 digital imaging show.