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Ricoh Theta camera update brings spherical image uploading to Google Maps and Plus

Ricoh Theta camera update brings spherical image uploading to Google Maps and Plus

Spherical panorama images have become a popular stitching activity among photo-takers, and as a result some smartphones and applications have cropped up that can make them. The process can still be tricky, however, and that's where Ricoh's Theta camera came in, making the process simple. Starting today, an apps update for the camera simplifies another process: posting images to Google+ and Google Maps.

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Ricoh Theta aims for early pre-order: 360-degree photos for Europe and USA

Ricoh Theta aims for early pre-order: 360-degree photos for Europe and USA

Continuing to claim that they present the world's first mass-produced imaging device that's able to capture "fully spherical scenes" in one shot, the team behind Ricoh Theta have announced that this device will be up for pre-order next week. This is just 12 days after the device was originally announced - a rather short amount of time between one and the other for a company as new as this. Ricoh Company, Ltd. showed the device off for the first time at IFA 2013 where SlashGear got its first Ricoh Theta hands-on experience.

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Ricoh Theta hands-on: 360 panoramas in a single shot

Ricoh Theta hands-on: 360 panoramas in a single shot

Just about any modern smartphone can shoot a panoramic photo these days, and some even a 360-degree photo, but it's a time-consuming process; Ricoh wants to change all that with the Theta, capable of capturing a full spherical image in a single snap. Rather than the ponderous snap-and-stitch that builds up a 360 shot from individual frames, the Theta pairs two 5-megapixel sensors on either side of a slim bar that can collectively grab all the data simultaneously. We grabbed some hands-on time at IFA 2013; read on for our first impressions.

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Ricoh unveils new PJ Projector line

Ricoh unveils new PJ Projector line

Ricoh has unveiled a new line of projectors that is called the PJ series. The series has five different models including the PJ X3131, PJ WX3231N, PJ WX3131, PJ X3241N and PJ X3241. The range of projectors has many of the same features and they are all aimed at the business user needing high-performance. The projectors will sell for $800 to $1200 each and they vary with different resolutions, network connectivity, and USB features.

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Ricoh GR Digital IV camera breaks cover

Ricoh GR Digital IV camera breaks cover

Ricoh has announced the launch of a new digital camera that has Quick Shooting capability. The new camera is called the GR Digital IV and it is the latest evolution of the line. The new GR Digital IV has a new image engine and a refined optical filer that exceeds the past models and offers the best image quality in the history of the GR Digital line. The camera uses a Hybrid AF system and has image-sensor-shift Image Stabilization.

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Ricoh GXR Module Lets You Swap Leica Lenses

Ricoh GXR Module Lets You Swap Leica Lenses

Many of us may be familiar with lightweight interchangeable lens cameras such as with the micro four-thirds technology. But Ricoh has been offering something slightly different since 2009, when it introduced its GXR series modular cameras that swap out not only the lens but also the camera sensor. The company today announced a new module for the GXR series that will work with Leica M-mount lenses.

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