Ricoh Unveils 360º, 4K Theta Prototype

Ricoh Unveils 360º, 4K Theta Prototype

Newest Theta with Live Streaming to Be Showcased at 2017 NAB Show

Prototype of Ricoh's 4K Theta

West Caldwell, NJ—Ricoh Imaging showcased a prototype of its newest Theta 360º video camera at the 2017 NAB Show. The new model will be capable of capturing high-resolution, 4K video in a single shot. It was featured at the Ricoh booth, C11139, located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 24-27, 2017. The 4K Theta is scheduled to launch later in the year.

In addition to capturing 4K video at 30 frames per second, the new Theta will enable 4K, 360º live streaming. Also, a built-in, 4-channel microphone will record spatial “surround-sound” audio.

Ricoh already offers a full line of spherical imaging cameras, designed for high image quality and ease of use. First introduced in 2013, the sleek Theta cameras allow consumers to record fully spherical images that show the entirety of a scene in photos or videos. Ricoh-Imaging-Logo-2014The camera line, which combines small size with imaging functionality, is a result of Ricoh’s decades of experience in imaging and optical technologies. The company, which has long been a leader in professional printers and copiers, now develops high-quality optics and optical components.

A key achievement with the Theta series is an ultrasmall, twin-lens, folded optical system. It is engineered to capture two wide-angle images and then marry them into a single spherical image.

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, Japan, the Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions.

The company now known as Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation was founded in 1919. It originally operated under the name Asahi Optical Joint Stock Co. It launched its first SLR camera in the 1950s under the Pentax brand name.

Today, Ricoh Imaging Americas continues to produce heritage-rich Pentax DSLR cameras, lenses as well as sport optics equipment. It also offers Ricoh’s lineup of compact digital cameras.