The last time Ricoh updated its GR-series of fixed focal length compact cameras, it made big improvements to the cult street shooter including the use of a large DSLR-like APS-C sensor and a slightly bigger body. The firm obviously thinks it got something right back then, because it's just announced its successor, the GR II, and other than the addition of built-in Wi-Fi and a bigger buffer, not a lot seems to have changed.
Ricoh has revealed the Pentax K-S2, a small weather-resistant DSLR which features a number of firsts for the K-series. The new 20-megapixel camera – said to be the world’s smallest dust-proof, weather-resistant DSLR – boasts built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and has a vari-angle LCD monitor. Also announced by Ricoh was the new rugged WG-5 GPS-packing camera.
Ricoh has announced that its Theta 360-degree pocket camera
is about to get some new siblings. The new Thetas are very similar in design and capabilities to the original that Gizmag reviewed last year
, but have an extra trick to show off – the m15 models can now shoot video.
Amateur underwater photographers – or simply anyone who thinks they might get their camera wet – will have a couple of new camera options to choose from in the coming months. That's when Ricoh will be releasing its new WG-30 and WG-30W cameras, both of which are submersible to a depth of 12 meters (39 ft).
The newly announced Ricoh WG-M1 is the latest addition to the WG-series
of rugged adventure cameras. But its quirky form-factor differs from the rest of the line-up, and the new 14-megapixel camera is clearly designed to compete in the action camera market
. It features a wide-angle lens, built-in Wi-Fi and a 1.5-inch LCD screen.
The Pentax K-S1 does not look like your typical DSLR. Not just because the 20 megapixel camera is available in the sort of variety of colors we've come to expect from Pentax
. But because it also features an intriguing illumination interface with LEDs built into the camera body to indicate its current status of operation, count down for a self-timer or show the number of faces identified in a shot.
The Ricoh GR might be more than a year old, but the fixed focal length camera isn't slowing down as it gets older, in fact it's getting faster. Ricoh Imaging has just released a firmware update for the large-sensored compact which promises to deliver improved autofocus times.
Just a few months ago, there were no medium-format cameras with CMOS sensors. Now, it feels like you can't turn around in a camera store without bumping into one. Following hot on the heels of the Hasselblad H5D-50c
and Phase One IQ250
is the Pentax 645Z, from Ricoh Imaging. An update to the Pentax 645D
, the new US$8,500 medium-format DSLR features a 51.4-megapixel CMOS sensor, a wide sensitivity range, and Full HD video recording.
Ricoh has revealed a trio of new ruggedized cameras which are designed to cope with the demands of thrill-seeking photographers. In addition to being tough enough to use in extreme conditions - whether that's underwater, in very cold temperatures, or being subjected to shocks - the new WG-4 GPS, WG-4 and WG-20 cameras will also work with a new action-oriented mounting system.
Starting out as a rather chunky hammerhead concept
shown at CES 2013, the Theta panoramic camera
has since been slimmed down, streamlined and released. Stunning 360 degree views can be instantly captured at the push of a button, the device can be remotely operated via smartphone, and images uploaded to an online photo album and shared on social media. Gizmag has spent the last few weeks generating lots of immersive bubble panoramas with the Theta, and the novelty has yet to wear off. But is the camera worth its rather high price tag?