JAXA and Ricoh release 360-degree spherical pictures and videos captured in outer space

JAXA and Ricoh release 360-degree spherical pictures and videos captured in outer space

Ricoh Company, Ltd., (Tokyo, Japan) announced that the 360-degree spherical camera jointly developed with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully captured 360-degree spherical pictures and videos in outer space.

The camera was installed to monitor the operation of the biaxial gimbal of the SOLISS (Small Optical Link for International Space Station)*1. It was carried aboard the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV8) “KOUNOTORI-8”, the cargo transporter to the International Space Station (ISS), which was launched on September 25th, 2019. The camera shot spherical pictures and videos from the Exposed Facility of the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) “Kibo” and which were then sent to ground stations. This camera was developed from a consumer product and is the world’s smallest 360-degree camera that can be used in outer space. This is the first time that this 360-degree camera took spherical images in outer space.

The camera was based on Ricoh’s compact spherical camera RICOH THETA*2, and JAXA has modified this camera so it could be used in space and withstand the heat and radiation. Given the camera’s compact size and light weight, as well as the fact that the camera can shoot 360-degree spherical images in a single shot, it has proved very useful when capturing a lot of visual information whilst in outer space.

The pictures and videos will be available via the JAXA Digital Archives (JDA). Also in Ricoh’s THETA LAB, the pictures and videos can be viewed as 360-degree images via a web browser. You can also simulate the experience of being in outer space using a VR headset.

Ricoh will continue expand the use of its 360-degree cameras and related services to a wide variety of industries. It will also contribute to the development of science and society, including space development, through technology research and development.

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1 Small Optical Link for International Space Station: JAXA and Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. jointly developed a long-distance laser communication system under the Request for Proposal (RFP) joint study framework of the JAXA Space Exploration Innovation HUB Center3, with the aim of establishing a real-time, mass-data communication system for future inter-satellite communications and communications with ground stations.
2 RICOH THETA external dimensions (excluding lens): 44mm (W) x 130mm (H) x 22.9mm (17.9mm) (D)
3 A project which JAXA has been commissioned by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) under its innovation hub start-up program. (“Open Innovation Hub for Expanding Humanosphere and the Domain of Human Activity through Solar System Frontier Development”)

 

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New firmware update v1.30 for RICOH GR III

New firmware update v1.30 for RICOH GR III

Release of the firmware version 1.20 for RICOH GR III

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. wishes to announce the release of Firmware Update Software Version 1.30 for GR III.

 

Changes to V1.30

Add the following enhanced features

  • [Cross Processing] has been added to [Image control] of the [6] [Image Process Setting] menu in the [Still Image Settings].
  • [Cross Processing] has been added to [Image control] of the [6] [Image Process Setting] menu in the [Movie Settings].
  • [Crop] and [Touch AF] can be registered to [ADJ Mode Setting] of the C [2] [Customize Control] menu in the [Customize Settings].
  • [Touch AF] can be registered to [Fn Button Setting] of the C [2]  [Customize Control] menu in the [Customize Settings].

For more details click here.

 

Improved Contents

  • Improved the AF performance of [Macro Mode] in dark places and low contrast.
  • Changed to take over as the initial value after the next time when developing with [JPEG Recorded Pixels] setting changed in RAW development.
  • When preparing to shoot with the shutter button, change the point that the electronic level is hidden by the guide display.
  • Improved stability for general performance.

 

Caution! Only GRIII users are permitted to download the firmware update!
How to check version
  1. Turn ON the camera.
  2. Press MENU button.
  3. Operate 4-way button and display [About This Device] of [Setup menus]
  4. Operate 4-way button and select [Firmware Info / Options] then press 4-way button right.
  5. The firmware version for camera is displayed on the [Firmware Info / Options] screen.

 

Preparation of update
  • GR III camera body.
  • Blank, formatted SD card. (formatted by GR III) (32MB or more)
  • Computer with a SD card slot.
    *If the computer does not have a SD card slot, SD card reader/writer is needed.
  • Fully charged battery (DB-110) or AC adapter kit K-AC166J.
    *Be sure to use fully charged battery If the camera turns off during updating due to lack of battery power, the camera will become inoperable. If this happens, a charge will be made for repairs even if within the warranty period.

 

Updating Procedure
  1. Provide a formatted SD memory card for the update software.
    The download file is self-extracting. The following file is extracted.

    • fwdc239b.bin: This is the updated firmware
      Copy the above Firmware file [fwdc239b.bin] to the root directory in the SD card.
  2. Insert the battery into the camera and confirm the battery is full by battery level indicator then turn the camera off.
  3. Insert the update SD card (prepared in step 1) into the camera and close card cover.
  4. Turn the camera power on while pressing [Menu] button.
  5. [Update the camera firmware] is displayed
    Select [Execute] by 4-way button and press [OK] button.
  6. The firmware update will start and [Updating] is displayed.
    *Do not turn OFF the camera while updating.
  7. When update is completed, “Update completed” will be displayed
  8. Turn OFF the camera and remove the SD card from camera.
    *Confirm the version of firmware with above [How to check version].
    [Caution]
    When updating is finished, the update SD card still contains the Firmware file.
    If you want to use this card to take pictures, format the card by the camera to delete firmware file first.
  1. This software may only be used by users who own the GR III
  2. This software is covered by a software license agreement. Please read the software license agreement before downloading the software.
  3. You will have agreed with this software license agreement when the download starts.

 

RICOH III (v1.30)
  • Direct download link for Software Updater (Windows/Machintosh) -> v1.30

 

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New and Improved PENTAX Photo Gallery ready now!!!

New and Improved PENTAX Photo Gallery ready now!!!

Ricoh Imaging Americas is happy to announce the re-launch of the PENTAX Photo Gallery.

Ricoh welcome you back to share your images with your fellow PENTAXIANS.

All of your previous images have been automatically ported over to the new site.

If you previously had an account on the PENTAX photo gallery please take a moment to click the link below and re-authenticate your account.

This will allow you start sharing your images once again.

Re-activate your email now

 

If you don’t re-authenticate your account by November 30, 2019 it will be purged from PentaxPhotoGallery.com.
Copyright © 2019 Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation, All rights reserved.

PENTAX Photo Gallery

New K-mount APS-C DSLR flagship under development!

New K-mount APS-C DSLR flagship under development!

The K series digital SLR camera currently under development will be exhibited at the PENTAX fan event.

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce a preview showing of the PENTAX K mount digital SLR camera at the “PENTAX Meeting 100th Anniversary Special” scheduled to be held Japan from September 21st.

Overview of reference product

PENTAX K mount digital SLR cameras

・Model name: to be announced later
・Flagship model of our K-mount digital SLR camera equipped with an APS-C size image sensor
・Currently under development for market launch in 2020
・Price: Not decided

Notes:
・ The designs and specifications are identical to those first announced publicly about the camera’s development, and subject to change without notice.

 

 

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PENTAX K-1 II internal movie samples with HD PENTAX-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR

PENTAX K-1 II internal movie samples with HD PENTAX-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR

Two internal movie samples published by official Ricoh Imaging Youtube account.

Milky way

It shows clear Milky way movement.

Focal length: 15.0, Shutter speed: 30sec., Aperture: F2.8, Shooting mode: Manual, White balance: Auto, ISO sensitivity: 3200, Exposure compensation: 0EV, Finishing touch: Landscape.

 

Northern lights

Please enjoy beautiful Northern lights in Whitehorse Canada.

Focal length: 15.0mm, Shutter speed: 15sec., Aperture: F2.8, Shooting mode: Manual, White balance: Color Temperature Specified, ISO: 6400, Exposure compensation: 0EV, Finishing touch: Natural.

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New accessories and PENTAX 100YEARS OF HISTORY original goods announced

New accessories and PENTAX 100 YEARS OF HISTORY original goods announced

1. RICOH THETA Stick TM-2 and RICOH THETA Stick TM-3 selfie sticks

The lineup includes two models specially designed for use with the RICOH THETA series; a long type and a compact, lightweight short type, that you can choose based on your photography and videography needs. Using a lock mechanism developed by Velbon Corporation, the RICOH THETA Sticks are not flimsy and do not bend much, allowing for stable use.

Shared features

  • Distancing the user’s hands from the THETA body allows the user to take 360° images without their fingers interfering with the shot
  • Utilizes a lock mechanism developed by Velbon Corporation, allowing the THETA to be used in a stable state even when the stick is at full extension, despite its slim configuration
  • Easy-to-hold rubber type grip with matte black color

 

Ricoh Theta Stick TM-2 (longer type)

A selfie stick designed for use with the RICOH THETA series, that distances the user’s hands from the THETA body, allowing the user to take 360° images without their fingers interfering with the shot. Approximately 83 cm long when extended, the TM-2 can be used for shooting in a wide range of scenarios, such as when traveling or at events, or when shooting the surrounding scenery. It features a specially designed tilting camera platform that prevents the camera platform itself from appearing in shot, and reduces the amount the pipe section is captured in the shot to a minimum when using the TM-2 without tilting it. Conversely, the camera platform can be tilted at an angle to the pipe, allowing the subject to be shot front-on to the lens. The TM-2 is also equipped with a dial that reduces wear on the THETA tripod mount holes, and utilizes a lock mechanism developed by Velbon Corporation, a leading Japanese tripod manufacturer, allowing the THETA to be used in a stable state even when the stick is at full extension, despite its slim design. Adopted an easy-to-hold rubber type grip in matte black, the TM-2 boasts an exterior with a luxurious finish, with the aluminum alloy pipe section also coated in black so that it does not stand out.

Compatible models: All RICOH THETA series models

  • Number of stages: 5
  • Camera platform: Tilt-type camera platform (compact enough to not appear in the shot)
  • Maximum extension: 836mm
  • Folded-up length: 229mm
  • Maximum diameter: 21mm
  • Camera screw: UNC1/4
  • Tripod mounting screw hole: UNC1/4
  • Camera platform: Tilt-type camera platform
  • Material (pipe/camera platform): Aluminum alloy/resin
  • Weight: 155g

 

Ricoh Theta Stick TM-3 (shorter type)

A compact selfie stick designed for use with the RICOH THETA series, that distances the user’s hands from the THETA body, allowing the user to take 360° images without their fingers interfering with the shot. Approximately 42 cm long when fully extended, the TM-3 features a design that allows users to capture subjects with ease for selfies or pleasure scenes, focusing on people. The folded up length is just 18 cm long, the TM-3 is convenient and easy to use on a tabletop when combined with products such as mini-tripods. Compact, lightweight and easy to carry, it features a design that keeps the camera platform out of shot. The TM-3 is also equipped with a dial that reduces wear on the THETA tripod mount holes, and utilizes a lock mechanism developed by Velbon Corporation, a leading Japanese tripod manufacturer, allowing the THETA to be used in a stable state even when the stick is at full extension, despite its slim design. Adopted an easy-to-hold rubber type grip in matte black, the TM-3 boasts an exterior with a luxurious finish, with the aluminum alloy pipe section also coated in black so that it does not stand out.

Compatible models: All RICOH THETA series models

  • Number of stages: 3
  • Camera platform: Direct mount camera stand (compact enough to not appear in the shot)
  • maximum extension: 423mm
  • folded-up length: 177mm
  • maximum diameter: 15.5mm
  • Camera screw: UNC1/4
  • Tripod mounting screw hole: UNC1/4
  • Material (pipe/camera platform): Aluminum alloy/resin
  • Weight: 80g

 

2. Two wrapping clothes for Pentax DSLRs

Easy Wrapper O-CC179-M (smaller type)
  • Designed for APS-C DSLRs
  • Size: 350mm x 350mm
  • Color: Black with green finish
  • Tentative availability date: 9 August 2019
Easy Wrapper O-CC179-L (bigger type)
  • Designed for FF DSLRs
  • Size: 470mm x 470mm
  • Color: Black with red finish
  • Tentative availability date: 9 August 2019

 

3. PENTAX 100YEARS OF HISTORY Mugs

 

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New RICOH WG-6 sample images and movies

New RICOH WG-6 sample images and videos

5 new sample images and 6 sample videos are online now!

Download/view full sized (5184x3888px) samples (on Google Drive)

 

Video samples

Here you can find old samples. (Those images are not exist on official product page right now; somehow mixed with WG-50 sample shots.)

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New firmware update v1.11 for PENTAX KP

New firmware update v1.11 for PENTAX KP

Release of the Firmware Version 1.11 for PENTAX KP

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. wishes to announce the release of Firmware Update Software Version 1.11 for PENTAX KP.

Changes to V1.11
  • Improved stability for general performance.
Caution
  • Only PENTAX KP users are permitted to download the firmware update.
How to check version
  1. Turn ON the camera.
  2. Press MENU button to display MENU screen.
  3. Press the four-way controller right to display [Set-up 5] menu screen.
  4. Select [Firmware Info/Options] in the [Set-up 5] menu then press the four-way controller right.

The firmware version for camera is displayed on the [Firmware Info/Options] screen.

Preparation of update
  • Blank, formatted SD/SDHC card (32MB or more)
  • USB cable 3.0 (micro B)
    If you are copying the firmware update file to the SD card by connecting the camera directly to your computer.
  • SD card reader or a computer with a SD card slot.
    If you are copying the firmware update file to the SD card using a memory card reader / writer.
  • Fully charged battery (D-LI109)

*Be sure to use fully charged battery (D-LI109). If the camera turns off during updating due to lack of battery power, the camera will become inoperable. If this happens, a charge will be made for repairs even if within the warranty period.

Download the updated firmware file
  • For Windows/Macintosh : kp_v111.zip 9,117 Kbytes, zip type
Updating Procedure
  1. Provide a formatted SD memory card for the update software.
    The download file is self-extracting. The following file is extracted.
    Fwdc232b.bin: This is the updated firmware.
    Copy the above Firmware file [Fwdc232b.bin] to the root directory in the SD card.
    If your computer does not have a card slot, you can copy the firmware update file by inserting the SD card into your camera and then connecting the camera directly to your computer.
  2. Insert the D-LI109 battery into the camera and confirm the battery is full by battery level indicator then turn the camera off.
  3. Insert the update SD card (prepared in step 1) into the camera and close card cover.
  4. Turn the camera power on while pressing the MENU button.
  5. “Updates the camera firmware” appears in the LCD monitor.
    Ver: 1.00→1.10 will be displayed.
  6. Press the four-way controller to select “Start” and press the “OK” button.
  7. “NOW LOADING” appears on the LCD monitor and updating starts.
    Please do not under any circumstances switch off the power before the update is completed.
  8. When update is completed, the “COMPLETE” will be displayed at the left bottom of the LCD monitor, then turn the camera off.
  9. Remove the update SD card from the camera.
    *Confirm the version of firmware with above [How to check version].
[Caution]

When updating is finished, the update SD card still contains the Firmware file.
If you want to use this card to take pictures, format the card by the camera to delete firmware file first.

  1. This software may only be used by users who own the PENTAX KP
  2. This software is covered by a software license agreement. Please read the software license agreement before downloading the software.
  3. You will have agreed with this software license agreement when the download starts.
PENTAX KP (v1.11)
  • Direct download link for Software Updater (Windows/Machintosh) -> v1.11

 

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Preview photos of HD PENTAX-DA FISH-EYE 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED!

First 3rd user photos of HD PENTAX-DA FISH-EYE 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED!

First 3rd user (preview/hands-on) photos and a demonstration video (which shows removing the newly designed removable lens hood with lens cap) of HD PENTAX-DA FISH-EYE 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED published on yaotomi.co.jp.

 

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HD PENTAX-DA FISH-EYE 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED announced!

HD PENTAX-DA FISH-EYE 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED announced!

A fish-eye zoom lens for use with K-mount digital SLR cameras,featuring the latest HD Coating to further upgrade image quality, and a totally redesigned body

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. are pleased to announce the launch of the HD PENTAX-DA FISH-EYE 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED. Designed for use with PENTAX K-mount digital SLR cameras, this fish-eye zoom lens provides a zoom range covering the fish-eye to ultra-wide angles.

The development of this new zoom lens was based on the currently marketed smc PENTAX-DA FISH-EYE 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED (IF), while conducting a thorough review of lens coatings. The high-grade, multi-layer HD Coating has been applied to the optical elements for high-contrast images with edge-to-edge sharpness and free of flare and ghost images. The exterior has been totally redesigned to match the design of the latest PENTAX K-mount digital SLR models, and also to make its lens hood removable. When mounted on a PENTAX K-1 or PENTAX K-1 Mark II camera body, the photographer can remove the lens hood to produce nearly circular fish-eye images.

 

 

Main Features of the new HD PENTAX-DA FISH-EYE 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED

1. HD Coating to enhance imaging power

After a thorough review of lens coatings, PENTAX applied HD Coating* — PENTAX’s latest multi-layer coating — to the lens. Compared to conventional multi-layer coatings, this high-performance, multi-layer coating reduces average reflectance in the visible light range by more than 50 percent and improves light transmittance, to minimize the adverse effects of flare and ghost images even in demanding lighting conditions such as backlighting. This zoom lens also incorporates an Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass element to effectively compensate for chromatic aberration for extra-clear, high-contrast images.

* HD is the abbreviation of High Definition.

2. Zoom range covering the fish-eye angle

When mounted on a PENTAX digital SLR camera body, this zoom lens provides a 180-degree diagonal angle of view in the APS-C format at a focal length of 10mm to deliver eye-catching fish-eye images. Since the angle of view shifts dramatically with a slight change of focal length, the photographer can easily create visual expressions typical of an ultra-wide-angle lens, such as exaggerated perspective, deformed subjects and a pan-focus effect to capture the entire image field in focus.

3. New exterior design to match latest digital SLR models

While retaining the overall size of the original smc PENTAX-DA10-17mmF3.5-4.5ED(IF), this zoom lens features a totally new exterior design, similar to that of the latest DA- and D FA-series lenses. This new appearance also makes it a perfect partner for the newest K-series digital SLR models. Although it is an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, it has been designed to be extremely compact and lightweight. The removeable lens hood allows for nearly circular fish-eye images* to expand the range of photographic expressions, when mounted on a PENTAX K-1 or PENTAX K-1 Mark II camera body.

* When the lens hood is removed with the Crop Function set to FF mode, there may be vignetting and/or lowered imaging performance at the edges of the image field, because the resulting image contains elements outside the lens’s image circle.

4. SP Coating to repel stains

SP (Super Protect) Coating, highly repellent to water, grease and dirt, has been applied to the lens’s front surface using a PENTAX-exclusive fluorine deposition process, making it easy to wipe off any stains such as fingerprints. This frees the photographer from worries in outdoor photography.

5. Other features

・Quick-Shift Focus System, to provide instant shift to manual-focus operation after locking the subject in focus during AF operation by pressing the shutter-release button halfway down; usable at any time during AF operation

・A minimum focusing distance of 14 centimeters, allowing the photographer to move in as close as approximately 2.5 centimeters from the front end of the lens to the subject, for ultra-close-up photography

 

Specification
Focal Length 10-17mm
Maximum Aperture F3.5-4.5
Minimum Aperture F22-32
Lens Construction 10 elements in 8 groups
Angle of View (Diagonal) 180-100°
(when attached to PENTAX APS-C size DSLR cameras)
Mount KAF
Minimum Focusing Distance 0.14m (0.46ft.)
Maximum Magnification 0.39x
Filter Diameter N/A
Diaphragm Control Fully automatic
Number of Diaphragm Blades 6
Aperture Ring N/A
Tripod Mount N/A
Lens Hood PH-RBA60 (included)
Lens Cap O-LW70A (included)
Lens Case S80-120 (included)
Maximum Diameter x Length approx. 67.5mm x 70mm (approx. 2.7in. x 2.8in.)
Weight approx. 317g / with hood approx. 323g
(approx. 11.2oz./ with hood approx. 11.4oz.)
Temperature -10°C~40°C (14°F~104°F)
Humidity 85% or less (no condensation)

 

Sample Images

Download/view hi-res (6016x4000px) photos (on product page)

 

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