Twin lens captures entire scene
Ricoh has introduced the Theta, a camera that captures fully spherical images in a single shot. The pocketable camera uses a folded optical system with twin lenses to encapsulate an entire scene, which can be viewed and edited on an iPhone. Resulting images can then be experienced via an interactive viewer on the company's website.
Cameras waterproof to 45 feet, protected from drops of up to 6.6 feet
Pentax Ricoh has introduced the 15th generation in its ruggedized line-up of point-and-shoot cameras, the WG-3 GPS and WG-3. Its newly-designed 4x optical zoom lens with a maximum aperture of F2.0 at wide-angle, back-illuminated 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor, and sensor-shift shake reduction system helps to deliver sharp, high-quality, low-noise images, according to the company.
Unusual burst of updates
In an unusual move, Apple has released simultaneous OS X driver updates for eight different brands. These include Canon, Samsung, Gestetner, Ricoh, Infotec, Lanier, InfoPrint, and NRG. Filesizes range from just under 17MB for the InfoPrint drivers to almost 330MB for Canon.
Module integrates APS-C sensor
As expected, Ricoh has finally introduced a new 24-85mm, f3.5-5.5 lens module for its GXR camera. The A16 module, which was announced late last year, pairs a wide-angle zoom lens with an APS-C sized, 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and image processing engine.
Ricoh to bring out 16MP, modular lens to GXR cam
Ricoh will soon add a new lens module to its GXR camera, the company's Japanese website and roadmap revealed. It will be based on an APS-C sized CMOS sensor and use a 24-85mm equivalent zoom lens. The sensor is likely to use a Sony 16-megapixel chip for the module like that in the NEX-C3.
Features 35mm optical zoom of 28mm to 300mm
Ricoh has unveiled the CX6 compact camera. The device focuses on speed and features a hybrid autofocus system with lock-in times as short as 0.1 seconds. The autofocus system is the same one as used in Ricoh's CX5, launched earlier this year, and can keep up the speed not only through the whole zoom range but give a 3FPS shooting speed even with moving subjects.
Adds support for over 20 more cameras
Adobe has posted the final editions of the Lightroom 3.5 and Camera Raw 6.5 updates. In both circumstances the software adds support for over 20 cameras. Consumer-level additions include the Fuji FinePix F600EXR, Nikon Coolpix P7100, Pentax Q, and Ricoh GXR Mount A12, as well as Olympus' E-P3, E-PL3 and E-PM1, Panasonic's DMC-FZ150, DMC-G3 and DMC-GF3, and Sony's NEX-C3, NEX-5N, SLT-A35, SLT-A65 and SLT-A77.
First GR with image-sensor shift stabilization
Ricoh has announced a new compact high end camera with a fixed focal length lens, the GR Digital IV. The GR Digital IV improves on the the GR Digital III with the quicker Hybrid AF focusing system, a new image engine and an improved optical filter. The improved autofocus system is up to twice as fast as the previous model. The camera also has a new high brightness 3-inch VGA LCD monitor.
Mount module includes sensor and shutter
Ricoh has brought out a new mount module, the A12, for its GXR camera. The module lets a photographer use Leica M series lenses with the GXR body. The mount incorporates an APS-C sized, 12.3-megapixel CMOS sensor as well as a focal plane shutter, which can be used instead of the camera's electronic shutter.
Ricoh will focus on DSLR segment
Japanese optical equipment maker Hoya has announced the sale of its Pentax camera unit to rival manufacturer Ricoh. The Nikkei business daily reports the deal is worth 10 billion yen ($124 million). The selloff of the camera business was widely expected. Hoya bought Pentax in 2007 mainly for its medical technology.
Ricoh shows rugged, waterproof PX camera
Ricoh has added a new rugged and waterproof camera to its lineup with the PX. It gets a 16-megapixel sensor and is waterproof up to 10 feet of water. The lens gets a 5x optical zoom while the rear LCD is 2.7 inches in size.
Ricoh CX5 doubles autofocus speeds of CX4
Ricoh's new CX5 point and shoot camera gets a 10-megapixel sensor along with a 10.7x, 28-300mm zoom lens. Its centerpiece is a new, ultra-fast autofocus speed up to just two-tenths of a second thanks to a hybrid autofocus system. The system uses a passive distance sensor along with usual contrast AF and can lock on in about half the time of the previous CX4 shooter.
Ricoh G700SE camera gets Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, more
Camera and office equipment maker Ricoh has revealed a new camera, with the G700SE recently. Its body is resistant to water and dust, and gets an optional GPS sensor of its own for geotagging photos. There is also a Wi-Fi link in addition to Bluetooth 2.1 for connecting wirelessly to other devices in order to transfer photos or get location information from external GPS sensors.
Ricoh intros new 10MP CX4 camera for Japan
Ricoh has introduced a new camera in Japan, the 10-megapixel CX4. It sports an equivalent 28-300mm lens and a rear-illuminated CMOS sensor. The camera also has a new image sensor-shift stabilization feature that reduces blur by an average of 3.7 shutter speed stops.
Ricoh GXR 28-300mm module adds long zoom
Ricoh on Friday added its first real telephoto-ranged lens to its unusual GXR camera. The P10 includes both a 28-300mm, f3.5-5.6 lens and a 10-megapixel, back-illuminated CMOS sensor that should cover longer ranges than the existing kits. Equally new are the additions of 720p video recording and continuous RAW shooting at up to 5 frames per second.
Ricoh CX3 gets new sensor, 720p HD recording
Ricoh has added a new model to its digital point and shoot cameras with the CX3. The camera improves upon the existing CX2 with the capability to record 720p HD video and has a 10-megapixel CMOS sensor that is back-illuminated for capturing more detail in low-light environments. Its special construction also means it can reduce noise and has greater sensitivity.
Ricoh GXR to come to US
Ricoh in confirming the full details of its GXR camera system also made the rare move of bringing its cameras to the US. As promised, the approach goes one step further than most interchangeable lens cameras by relying on modular units that contain the lens, image sensor and processor in a single package. Taking this step theoretically gives users the best possible performance for the task at hand: a CMOS sensor accompanies a prime lens to let in as much light as possible, while a CCD can accompany a typical zoom lens.
Ricoh GXR system has multiple sensors, lenses
Ricoh will release a new camera system sometime in December that promises to be smaller than either Olympus' or Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds Cameras. Called GXR, the key feature of the system will be to make both the sensor and lens interchangeable. Photographers will have the option of replacing both the lens and sensor as a package instead of just the lens alone.
Ricoh CX2 Camera
Ricoh this morning revamped its most important non-pro camera by launching the CX2. The point-and-shoot has one of the longest reaches of any camera its size with a 10.7X zoom (28-300mm equivalent) lens; at its closest zoom, it's considered a wide-angle camera. Continuous shooting has also been sped up to 5 frames per second at full detail, while less professional photographers also get improved face detection and new shooting modes that replicate high-contrast black-and-white and miniature (tilt-shift) photography.
Ricoh GR Digital III
Ricoh on Monday improved on its flagship point-and-shoot model and rolled out the GR Digital III. Sharing the same basic body design as the GR Digital II, it still outputs 10-megapixel shots but generates less noise and also shoots up to a much wider aperture of f1.9, producing a more DSLR-like shallow depth of field as well as allowing more light in. It also brings shutter priority to supplement the existing aperture priority mode and has a 3-inch, 920,000-pixel LCD with more than three times the resolution of the camera's predecessor.
Ricoh CX1 Camera
Ricoh has taken its turn at pre-PMA introductions today and has unveiled the CX1. Rather than solely increase the resolution, the company has opted to give the 9.3-megapixel camera an emphasis on image quality. By using a 1/2.3" CMOS sensor instead of a typical CCD and including a new imaging engine, Ricoh hopes to significantly reduce the amount of noise and also to expand the dynamic range. An algorithm that interpolates pixel color values from the sensor gives the camera about 1 EV (exposure value) more of range than typical cameras.
Ricoh's R10 digital camera
Ricoh's newly introduced R10 digital camera uses a 10-megapixel CCD sensor, like the R8 it replaces,. The R10 ups the size of the LCD screen, now sized at 3 inches versus the R8's 2.7-inch version, with resolution pegged at 480 by 320 pixels. The camera features Ricoh's 3rd generation of face recognition software and a range of easy shooting functions that automatically optimize settings based on the shooting environment.
Ricoh on Tuesday updated its Caplio GX camera line through the GX200. The sequel to the GX100 boosts the resolution from 10 to 12 megapixels and adds a new image processing engine that allegedly cuts down on noise without affecting the sharpness or color of images. It also has a newer 2.7-inch preview LCD, better RAW shooting with up to five continuous shots and better bracketing, and more room for customized presets.
Ricoh G600 outdoor camera
Ricoh on Tuesday announced its newest digital camera, the G600, which is water- and dust-resistant. The camera is meant for outdoor sports use and as such, is rugged enough to withstand a near five-foot drop. To earn a MIL Standard 810F rating, the 5x optical zoom lens is all internal so it never protrudes from the body, making it invulnerable to damage when dropped. The 10-megapixel G600 is otherwise optimized for harsh conditions, with big buttons that can be operated with gloved hands and a rating for use in temperatures ranging from 14F to 104F. The new camera is also able to shoot movies and take photos at under up to 3.3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes.
Ricoh R8 and R50
Ricoh this morning used the relative lull in the weeks after the PMA photo show to introduce two new Caplio models. The 10-megapixel R8 serves as one of the firm's new top-end models and bridges some of the gap between point-and-shoot and semi-pro cameras through its lens: the wide-angle glass not only has a 28-200mm focus range that helps compose more difficult shots but also zooms out by a 7.1X factor for long distance images.
Ricoh's new printers, MFPs
Ricoh today introduced the Aficio SP C222DN color laser printer alongside the Aficio SP C222SF series of color laser multifunction products (MFPs, shown at right). The six new models feature a sleek and compact design to provide a more personal look and feel for small offices requiring color documents, according to Ricoh. The SP C220DN, SP C221DN, and SP C222DN are priced at $530, $630 and $760, respectively. The Aficio SP C220S is available for $830, while the SP C221SF is priced at $950 and the SP C222SF sells for $1,050.
Ricoh GX2500 gel printer
Ricoh recently introduced the GelSprinter GX2500, the first in its line of gel printers meant for workgroups of up to three users. The GX2500 is capable of printing 28 pages per minute in both color, and black and white, using a viscous ink formulation to provide waterproof, smear-less images that don't bleed through paper. Ricoh says the printer is ideal for cost conscious organizations such as schools, real estate firms, and insurance offices. The GX2500 is currently available for $170 through Ricoh's online store, and through select retailers nationwide.