New Ricoh Theta 360 degree camera announced

Ricoh-Theta-360-degree-camera

Ricoh announced a new version of their Theta 360-degree camera. Here are the specifications:

Shooting distance Approximately 10cm to infinity (from front of lens)
Shooting mode Still image: Auto, shutter priority, ISO priority, Video: Auto
Exposure control Automatic
Exposure compensation Still image: Manual compensation (-2.0 - +2.0EV, 1/3EV step)
ISO sensitivity
(standard output sensitivity)
Still image: ISO 100 to 1600, Video: ISO 100 to 400
White balance Still image: Auto, indoors, outdoors, cloudy, incandescent lamp 1, incandescent lamp 2, daylight color fluorescent lamp, natural white fluorescent lamp, white fluorescent lamp, light bulb color fluorescent lamp, Video: Auto
Shutter speed Still: Automatic 1/8000~1/7.5 second
Movie: Automatic 1/8000~1/15 second
Recording medium Internal memory: Approx. 4GB
Number of photos that can be recorded, time Still image: Approx. 1200, Video (time per recording): Max. 3 minutes, Video (total recording time): Approx. 40 minutes.
Power source Lithium ion battery (built in)
Battery life Approx. 200 photos
Image file format Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant, MOV (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: LinearPCM)
External interface Micro-USB: USB 2.0
Exterior/external dimensions 42mm (W) x 129mm (H) x 22.8mm (17.4 mm) (D)
Weight Approx. 95 grams
Usage temperature range 0 to 40 degrees Celsius
Usage humidity range 90% or less
Storage temperature range -20 to 60 degrees Celsius

Press release:

Tokyo, October 28, 2014--Ricoh Company, Ltd. announced today that it has developed a new model of the RICOH THETA(Model code: RICOH THETA m15), an input device that allows users to capture the area all around them in a single spherical image. The new spherical camera, which can also capture spherical videos, will be marketed by RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.

Since its launch last year as the world's first image input device, the RICOH THETA has opened a new world of imaging possibilities. Users can shoot game changing new spherical images at any time, capturing more than they ever imagined. In response to popular demand, the new model enables Wi-Fi transfer that is almost twice as fast as the previous model as well as spherical video capture, all with the same small, lightweight and easy-to-carry design as before. Video image conversion processing can be performed on a computer after shooting, enabling users to enjoy up to 3 minutes of spherical video footage that will make them feel like they're right there. Users can also choose from four body colors, providing a more fun and attractive tool to carry around every day.

An API (Application Programming Interface) and SDK (Software Development Kit) (beta version) will be released on theta360.com along with the release of the new RICOH THETA. Users can now develop their own original apps to configure various settings and perform various operations using the RICOH THETA. By developing their own apps, users will be able to add new exciting capabilities to their RICOH THETA. Ricoh looks forward to broadening the range of enjoyment available through this unique device.

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