New THETA Plug-in Application

New THETA Plug-in Application

New RICOH THETA plug-ins has been released to the public.

The new functions of the plug-ins are as follows.

 

Single Lens Shooting Plug-in

・It is possible to shoot still images just from the THETA front lens (lens on opposite side of the shutter button)

View details here

 

File Cloud Upload V2

・If you connect the RICOH THETA to a router via wireless LAN client mode, videos and still images can be uploaded to Google Drive via the Internet.*

View details here

 

How to set the wireless LAN client mode

 

VR Media Connection

・The plug-in enables wirelessly connection between head mounted display “HMD”, such as Oculus Go or PlayStation® VR, with the RICOH THETA Z1 / V which one can enjoy 360 degree viewing of image data stored in the camera. In addition to HMD, if the devices supports DLNA Media Player function, it also enables to view the images stored in RICOH THETA wirelessly.

View details here

 

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New firmware update v3.00.1 for RICOH THETA V and Plug-ins!

New firmware update v3.00.1 for RICOH THETA V!

We recommend updating to the newest firmware version that includes additional functions and product improvements.

RICOH THETA V firmware update v3.00.1

・Improved a function to correct rotational shake when shooting video. (When transferring to a smartphone with zenith correction turned on)

Comparison with previous version.

・It is now possible to set ISO priority mode, shutter priority mode, and manual mode for shooting video.

・Still image quality has been improved.

・The differences in brightness in the stitched sections of the image during interval shooting has been reduced.

・The interval shooting time with still image  became shorter.

・Display lamp visibility has been improved.

・It is now compatible with Time Shift Shooting plug-in.

・Bug fix.

 

[How to Update your RICOH THETA]

Updating the Camera Firmware

 

 

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RICOH THETA Plug-in Partner Program Goes Live

First-of-its-kind program lets developers access tools and support for developing Android plug-ins that deliver new features and functions for the RICOH THETA V camera

Ricoh announced that the RICOH THETA Plug-in Partner Program (URL: api.ricoh/products/theta-plugin/), including development tools and support for members, has gone live. The program—initially announced in January 2018 and unique in the 360-degree/virtual reality camera industry—allows third-party developers to create their own Android™-based plug-ins for the RICOH THETA V, a camera capable of capturing fully-spherical photos and 4K video.

The RICOH THETA V incorporates an Android-based operation system. Given its open architecture, the camera’s functionality can be further expanded by installing plug-ins.

As part of the program, Ricoh made available the Ricoh THETA V application programming interface (API) and software-development kit (SDK) in April. Now, with the official start of the program, Ricoh is providing additional resources for plug-in development. Once individuals sign up to become members of the RICOH THETA Plug-in Partner Program, they can access tools and online support. RICOH anticipates interest from developers in a variety of vertical markets to create plug-ins that will deliver customized functionality for the THETA V. Members can upload and share plug-ins on the RICOH THETA Plug-in Store, which will open to consumers and businesses in July 2018.

To date, Ricoh has internally developed two plug-ins, which come pre-installed in the RICOH THETA V camera. These are Remote Playback*, which allows mirror playback of 360-degree still images and video data stored on the camera on a large screen monitor; and USB Data Transfer, which enables still images and videos captured by the RICOH THETA V to be transferred to a USB storage device.

In addition, Ricoh will be releasing three additional plug-ins when the Plug-in Store goes live next month. These include “wireless live streaming,” which enables wireless live-streaming on YouTube™; “automatic face blur,” which provides facial recognition and enables faces to be blurred in images to protect the privacy of subjects; and “file cloud upload,” which automatically uploads the images saved on RICOH THETA V to Google Photos™ when connected to a router.

*Other devices are required, including a separate wireless display adapter.

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All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

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New firmware update v2.30.1 for RICOH THETA V

Notification of firmware update for “RICOH THETA V” camera.

RICOH Imaging recommends updating to the newest firmware version that includes additional functions and product improvements.

 

RICOH THETA V

  • It is now possible to use Developers Mode.

*The basic app for PC needs to be updated to the newest version (Version 3.5.0 or higher).

  • You can save shooting conditions set with a smartphone on the camera. Shooting conditions registered in My Settings will be enabled when you turn the camera on while not connected to a smartphone.
    You can only use My Settings for still images.

*Requires the latest version of the smartphone app (iOS 2.1.0 or above, Android 1.19.0 or above).

  • Implemented minor improvements
  • Bug fix.

*App for computer needs to be updated to the latest version (Version 3.5.0 or higher).

RICOH THETA V RELEASE NOTES: Version 2.30.1

<How to Update your RICOH THETA>

  •  You need to install Computer application in order to update your RICOH THETA. Please download it from the link below.

RICOH THETA for Windows(R)
RICOH THETA for Mac

*Changed the app platform from Air to Electron.( After September 1, 2017)
Uninstall any older version of the basic app for PC (version 2.3.4 and earlier) if installed.

For details on how to update using Computer application, see
Updating the Camera Firmware from the Computer Application” in the User Guide .

  • It is now possible to upgrade firmware for the RICOH THETA V camera from the smartphone app.
    Please note that there are times when the firmware file will be around 700MB in size resulting in a lot of data traffic and it will take some time to complete.

 

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Ricoh wins iF DESIGN AWARD for the RICOH THETA V

Ricoh and Ricoh Imaging today announced that they have won an award in this year’s iF DESIGN AWARD 2018 for the RICOH THETA V, the newest model of the spherical cameras that capture 360-degree scenes surrounding the user.

The RICOH THETA won in the discipline of “Product” in the “TV/Cameras” category at the annual world-renowned design prize event in Hannover, Germany.

RICOH THETA V

RICOH THETA V was launched in late 2017 as a high-end model of the “RICOH THETA” camera series that capture 360-degree scenes surrounding the user. While retaining the easy-to-use feature and a lightweight portability of the current model, the RICOH THETA V supports features that include 360-degree 4K video capture, immersive spatial audio recording, and high-speed transfer. Also, the operating system is based on Android™ which allows customized capabilities that enhance the RICOH THETA V’s use for specialty applications and in vertical markets. As a flagship model of the series, the RICOH THETA V is designed in metallic gray color that suggests high spec. The body surface is processed to give a highly textured feel which supports usability and provides an elegant finish. The usability of the camera also continues to be improved throughout the series.

About iF DESIGN AWARD

For 65 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been recognized as an arbiter of quality for exceptional design. The iF label is renowned worldwide for outstanding design services, and the iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the most important design prizes in the world. Submissions are awarded in the following disciplines: Product, Packaging, Communication and Service Design/UX, Architecture and Interior Architecture as well as Professional Concept. This year 6,401 products from 54 countries were entered for consideration.

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Some extra PENTAX CP+ 2018 booth photos from Flickr!

Photos from two different Flickr users and both have used PENTAX Q system cameras (PENTAX Q7 with 02 Standard Zoom and PENTAX Q-S1 with 08 Wide Zoom).  (Only PENTAX K-1 II photo was taken with PENTAX 645Z. :) Maybe that 09 Telephoto Macro would come!?.

Probably Mr. Mitsuo Suzuki during his presentation about the charm of GR

Thank you Ken-san and [email protected]!

CP+ 2018 photos from PENTAXforums.com!

News from CP+ 2018 about PENTAX K-1 II, new K-mount lens roadmap, upcoming GR re-launch and something more published under “Ricoh Imaging Exhibits at CP+ 2018” title on pentaxforums.com with an informative and short content! There is detailed an informaton with photos about upgraded PENTAX K-1 (II) also!

“Ricoh Imaging has exhibited the latest in Pentax and Ricoh cameras at the annual CP+ trade show near Tokyo.  This year’s booth focused on the recently-launched Pentax K-1 II and the Theta V; there was also an area for presentations and a “touch and try” counter allowing visitors to test the full lineup of Pentax lenses.

We have conducted our annual interview with Ricoh representatives, during which we asked a wide range of Pentax-related products.  We expect to publish the interview in the coming days.”

Read more at: pentaxforums.com

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PENTAX at WPPI 2018

Photos from PENTAX booth published by pentaxforums.com. There is no RICOH logo this year!? Also interesting to see that new HD PENTAX-DA11-18mm F2.8ED DC AW lens has a focus clamp!

“Ricoh Imaging is currently exhibiting the latest in Pentax gear at the WPPI 2018 photography trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The expo started on Monday and will last until the end of the day on Wednesday, February 28th.

This year’s booth saw a stark redesign compared to what we saw during the past few years.  Most notably, the Ricoh branding is all but gone, replaced with the big classic red Pentax logos which dominated Pentax displays many years prior.  We suspect this is a part of Ricoh’s shifting marketing strategy to better embody the Pentax name; a similar thing happened with Ricoh Imaging social media pages late last year.  We feel that this is a step in the right direction and will help make Pentax products more visible and more accessible to consumers.

The booth also appeared to attract a larger crowd than in the past several years, perhaps thanks to the updated look.”

Read more: pentaxforums.com

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RICOH announces Plug-in Partner Program for RICOH THETA V

Launching spring 2018, initiative includes an online marketplace where third parties can upload and share their Android-based plug-ins for the popular consumer 360-degree camera

LAS VEGAS (CES 2018, South Plaza, Booth #64704), January 8, 2018 – Ricoh today announced the RICOH THETA V Partner Program, which will launch in spring 2018. The new program will support third-party developers interested in creating their own Android™-based plug-ins for the RICOH THETA V, the top-of-the-line Ricoh 360-degree camera capable of capturing fully-spherical photos and 4K video. The program will be featured at CES 2018, where attendees will be able to get a hands on experience creating their own plug-in, resulting in the creation of a new feature for the RICOH THETA V camera.

Overview of the Plug-in Partner Program

Based on the Android operating system, the RICOH THETA V provides a user-friendly way for third-parties to not only create apps and software that extend and enhance the capabilities of 360-degree imaging but also new features and functionality for the camera itself. These can include customized capabilities that enhance the RICOH THETA V’s use for specialty applications and in vertical markets. As part of the program, Ricoh is making available the RICOH THETA V’s application program interface (API) and software development kit (SDK) and will provide tools and guidance to support plug-in development. It will also open an online RICOH THETA V partner marketplace, where plug-ins can be uploaded and shared.

A unique plug-in preinstalled in the RICOH THETA V enables “Remote Playback,”*1 which makes it possible, using a compatible wireless display adapter, to mirror playback of 360-degree still images and video data stored on the camera on a large screen monitor.

“By opening the platform for application development, we are enabling the RICOH THETA V to be a constantly evolving product. For this reason, we are very excited about the new partner program,” said Wataru Ohtani, Corporate Associate Vice President and General Manager of Smart Vision Business Group, Ricoh Company Ltd. “The RICOH THETA V Plug-in Partner Program will enable third-party companies and developers to create custom features and services. Our goal is for consumers and businesses alike to benefit from RICOH THETA V and to become a standard platform for the 360-degree imagery.”

When launched in 2013, the RICOH THETA was the world’s first 360-degree*2, single-shot camera, enabling users to express themselves in new and unique ways. 360-degree still photos and videos redefined photography by giving the viewer the ability to control what he or she sees in a scene. In addition, the resulting 360-degree images were easily shared with others, allowing them to virtually experience a scene as if they were there.

Today, the RICOH THETA cameras are being used for a broad range of consumer and business applications, ranging from documenting vacation memories to photojournalism, law enforcement, real estate listings and virtual tours, and much more.

*1. Other devices are required, including the separate wireless display adapter.
*2. In the consumer products category, a camera capable of capturing fully spherical scenes surrounding the user in one shot. (as of October, 2013 investigated by Ricoh)

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RICOH THETA V update roadmap

RICOH THETA V update roadmap

– RICOH THETA V Evolution –

RICOH THETA V differs greatly from the existing THETA product-series because it is configured using a system with high expandability.
When you purchase the camera, it is a very simple and basic 360° camera. However, it can be evolved in a number of directions to match how the customer wants to use it. It is a “360° device with infinite possibilities”.
RICOH will continue to provide updates to promote the versatility of THETA V so please stay tuned.

Three directions of evolution

A new Android platform system was adopted for RICOH THETA V. It not only improves basic functions but also allows a variety of function expansions to be used by installing additional “plug-ins”.
We will also release several API/SDK’s and create an environment that allows developers to collaborate on various devices and platforms.

(1) Upgrading the camera firmware and app

Updating the firmware provides improvements to the basic performance of THETA V as a 360° camera such as image quality, stitching and communication.
Also, constantly upgrading the smartphone app will improve functions and usability.

(2) Installing various types of additional plug-ins

Installing additional plug-ins on the Android platform will continue to provide various types of features “plug-ins” that will expand the range of use in many different directions such as camera functions, functions to link with external equipment and network connection functions. The user can choose the function they want and evolve THETA V to fit their needs.

(3) Publishing various types of API/SDK

Developers all over the world will be able to participate in the THETA V evolution project after we publish API and SDK that allows them to freely develop “plug-ins” and smartphone apps.
This will increasingly expand the possibilities for evolution and allow users to get greater use out of their THETA V.

Towards A multi-purpose spherical platform

RICOH THETA V will begin to evolve into something new from the moment you acquire it. In the near future, we will build an eco-system that can utilize existing libraries and application assets so that the camera can grow into a “multi-purpose spherical platform” that surpasses its state as a 360° camera.

  • Providing a development environment using general-purpose tools
  • Promoting the development of applications that use spherical images

RICOH THETA V expansion roadmap

Since RICOH THETA V went on sale in September 2017, it has already experienced a number of evolutions.
We have also planned more specific expansions in the near future as shown below.

* The details shown below have not been finalized, and are subject to change without prior notice.
* The “Wireless LAN client mode” and “USB data transfer plug-in” that were scheduled for release during 2017 at the time the product was first announced are expected to be released between January to March, 2018.

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