Ricoh Imaging: Launch of the RICOH THETA in Japan

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the RICOH THETA in Japan, the world’s first imaging device that encapsulates fully spherical scenes surrounding the photographer with a single shutter release.*

The RICOH THETA features a proprietary ultra-small twin-lens folded optical system that captures the scene around, above and below the device for an unprecedented, fully spherical image. Its slim, lightweight (approx. 95 grams) design makes it a perfect handheld, go-anywhere imaging device.

The RICOH THETA synchronizes with smartphones, so captured images can be immediately transmitted via Wi-Fi and viewed on the smartphone screen using a dedicated free application. This application also allows images to be pinched, swiped or rotated to edit size, shape and composition on the screen. In addition, the user can upload the images to the dedicated website ( to share on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, as well as on Microsoft’s Photosynth®.

At launch time, the RICOH THETA will be compatible with iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 models running iOS 6.0 or later, as well as the iPhone 5s and 5c. RICOH THETA, a dedicated application for iPhone, can be downloaded from the App Store. Android™ smartphone compatibility is expected by the end of 2013.

The RICOH THETA allows users to capture, explore and share their creativity and unique visual experiences with people around the world using unconventional, fully spherical images. Its simple operation makes these benefits available to everyone, regardless of age or photographic skills.

* As a mass-produced, consumer product capable of capturing the scene around, above and below the device in a fully spherical image (as of October 2013, based on RICOH IMAGING research).

Main Features

1.Simple, user-friendly operation

  • ・Captures a fully spherical image surrounding the photographer with a single shutter release.
  • ・ Automatically corrects for camera tilt, to allow the user to shoot an image from any position without precise framing.

2. Position data recording

  • ・Records position data on captured images, using the GPS function of an iPhone synchronized wirelessly with the RICOH THETA.

3. Dedicated free applications

RICOH THETA for iPhone

  • ・Downloadable from the App Store.
  • ・Transmits captured images to the RICOH THETA for iPhone application installed on an iPhone, via Wi-Fi synchronization.
  • ・Provides a remote shutter-release function to release the shutter from a distance.
  • ・Allows the viewing of captured images on a smartphone or personal computer using their URLs uploaded to the dedicated website (, even without installing an application.

RICOH THETA for Windows®/Mac

  • ・Downloadable from the dedicated website ( (Adobe® AIR® is required to install this application.)
  • ・Allows the user to transfer fully spherical images captured by the RICOH THETA to a personal computer using the accompanying USB cable, then to save and view them on the computer using the RICOH THETA for Windows®/Mac application.
  • ・Allows the user to share images on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, just like the iPhone application.
  • ・Provides RICOH THETA firmware updates.


Shooting distanceApproximately 10cm to infinity (from front of lens)
Exposure controlAutomatic
Exposure compensationManual (-2.0 to +2.0EV 1/3EV Step)
ISO sensitivityAutomatic ISO 100~1600
White balanceAutomatic
Shutter speedAutomatic 1/8000~1/7.5 second
MemoryInternal, approximately 4GB
Storage capacityApproximately 1,200 images (subject to shooting conditions)
PowerInternal lithium ion battery, rechargeable via USB cable
Battery life200 captures per full charge (with Wi-Fi® on, transmitting images at 30-second intervals; duration varies with usage conditions)
Image file formatJPEG (Exif Ver2.3) DCF2.0-compliant
External interfaceMicro-USB: USB 2.0
Dimensions (LxWxD)42 mm (approx.1.65 inches) x 129 mm (approx. 5.08 inches) x 22.8 mm (approx. 0.9 inches)
Depth 17.4 mm/approx. 0.69 inches without lenses
WeightApprox. 95 grams (approx. 3.35 ounces)
Operating temperatures0 to 40 degrees Celsius (32 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit)
Operating humidityUnder 90%
Storage temperatures-20 to 60 degrees Celsius (-4 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit)
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