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RICOH Tours Announces its Most Advanced 360° Camera for Creating Virtual Tours

February 25, 2019

CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RICOH Tours, the industry’s only complete and affordable 360° virtual tour solution under one global brand, introduces the RICOH THETA Z1, the latest and most advanced 360° camera yet. With 23MP resolution, the RICOH THETA Z1 makes virtual tours even more realistic than ever before. The RICOH THETA Z1 delivers the same quick and easy-to-use, all-in-one, automated DIY virtual tour solution for every agent or brokerage which requires no professional, technical, or photography experience.

Unlike conventional ‘video game’ like virtual tour experiences, which often come with a hefty price tag, require professional photographers and demand days to see a finished product, RICOH Tours virtual tours solution with interactive floor plan and tour path walkthroughs offers an affordable, quick and easy-to-use alternative thereby simplifying the whole process and putting virtual tour creation in the hands of all regardless of budget, time and skill.

The key differences between the RICOH THETA Z1 and the RICOH THETA V are a 1.0-inch or x4.36 bigger back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, much improved IS0 high-sensitivity especially in dark indoor spaces, a multi-level aperture mechanism allowing users to set the F-number and support for RAW file format. The RICOH THETA Z1 is the perfect option for those who want increased image quality and more control over content so to offer clients the best virtual tour experience possible.

RICOH Tours provides a marketing edge by leveraging the power of the Theta camera and RICOH Tours software platform. With the camera, mobile app and web app all developed by Ricoh, if questions arise, there’s only one place a person will need to go for support – further simplifying the user experience.

Register now to reserve your RICOH THETA Z1 here: https://www.ricohtours.com/?p=1047

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

1. 23MP resolution 360-degree still images using a large sensor and a new type of lens unit

-- The camera is equipped with a 1.0-inch back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, one of the largest for consumer 360-degree cameras. It incorporates two units that can support about 20M effective pixels, achieving high-resolution 360-degree images equivalent to about 23M still image output pixels. Moreover, it supports the best of ISO6400 high-sensitivity shots, showing its strength in night and dark indoor shots. The lens unit uses Ricoh’s original tri-fold structure technology, allowing for a slim body of just 24mm despite the large image sensor. -- A multi-level aperture mechanism is newly equipped, allowing users to set the F-number to one of the three levels of F2.1, F3.5, and F5.6. In places where the camera can take in a lot of light, the resolution of surrounding areas increases. Moreover, the newly designed lens unit keeps ghosts, flares, and purple fringing down.

2. A new image processing algorithm and shooting modes to suit the scene

-- Renewed the image processing algorithm achieved to get low- and high-sensitivity, low-noise, and high-resolution images. Moreover, Dynamic Range (DR) compensation is automatically made for normal shooting, effectively reducing blown out and pitch-black shadows for outdoor locations with brightness contrasts. The camera offers a range of shooting modes, including HDR Rendering, Interval Composite [A3] [A4] shooting that can be used to record star trails, and Multi-bracket shooting that can take continuous shots with up to 19 settings.

3. High-quality 4K 360-degree videos using the latest image stabilization technology

-- The camera has added 3-axis rotational stabilization while shooting videos to show superior image stabilization. This makes it possible to shoot high-resolution, smooth 360-degree videos in 3840 x 1920 pixels, equivalent to 4K size, and 30 fps (frames per second). Aperture-priority automatic exposure (Av), Shutter-priority automatic exposure (Tv), ISO sensitivity automatic exposure (ISO), and Manual (M) have also been added to the exposure settings, allowing for more meticulous video settings. -- The camera has a 4-channel microphone that supports 360-degree spatial audio recording built into its body. Recording omnidirectional audio including both horizontal and vertical directions makes it possible to reproduce sound and video as it was in the environment where the video was shot by linking 360-degree video and audio together. This delivers the enjoyment of creating immersive VR video content and watching videos on large monitors more realistically.

4. Intuitive main body user interface (UI)

-- The camera has a 0.93-inch organic EL (OLED) monitor that displays shooting information in the lower part of the main body. With nothing but the camera itself, shooting information can be checked at a glance, including remaining battery, shooting mode, the number of possible shots, F-number, and ISO sensitivity. -- The new function (Fn) button can be used to switch what is displayed on the organic EL monitor, switch between normal shooting and self-timer shooting, switching between three plug-ins, and switching light out and silent mode. -- Shooting settings from a smartphone can be saved as My Settings in the camera (one for still images and one for videos).

5. Support for RAW file format, increasing the joy of editing

-- In addition to the existing JPEG format, RAW (Adobe(R) DNG) and JPEG files can be saved in the camera. RICOH THETA Stitcher, an application for stitching in Adobe(R) Photoshop(R) Lightroom(R) Classic CC, will be provided free. After processing files recorded as RAW, the plug-in can be used to generate spherical images in which the seams are invisible. Details about zenith corrections, directional corrections, and stitch distance setting can be freely changed. As with a general single-lens reflex camera, users can enjoy professional editing of hues and image quality.

6. Variety of ways of sharing

-- Users can directly post 360-degree spherical images shot using the camera to Facebook or upload them to the theta360.com dedicated website and share them on social networks such as Twitter and Tumblr. Unique cropped images can also be shared with Instagram. It is also possible to submit captured spherical videos to YouTubeTM 360-degree channel and images to Google MapsTM. -- “Remote Playback[A5]” for 360-degree video is installed as a plug-in. Using a general-purpose receiver equipment such as compatible wireless display adapters it is possible to mirror playback of 360-degree still images and video data stored on the camera. This allows users to enjoy powerful 360-degree video on large displays or over projectors by operating the camera.

7. Robust and luxurious design

-- The camera employs a lightweight and robust magnesium alloy for the body materials. It not only ensures robustness that can withstand severe use, but texture casting on the surface gives a luxurious texture that is suitable for a high-end model. -- Metal tripod screw holes are set in anticipation of use in harsh environments. Moreover, the external connector uses the next-generation standard of USB 3.0 (Type-C) to allow for even smoother transfer speeds. The shape is top–down symmetrical, so it can be inserted either way.

8. Superior scalability through updates and plug-ins

-- Following on from the RICOH THETA V, the camera uses Qualcomm’s SnapdragonTM and an Android-based operating system. Firmware updates facilitate continuous functional expansions and performance improvements. -- Users can access a variety of expanded functions by installing various plug-ins. Besides Ricoh genuine plug-ins, an environment was built for adding and using plug-ins releases by general developers through the RICOH THETA Plug-in Partner Program.

9. Other features

-- Can shoot using a high shutter speed of up to 1/25000 seconds -- Internal large capacity memory of approximately 19GB which can shoot around 2400 still Images (JPEG) -- The THETA+ application can be used to edit still images and export image data files for printing -- Dual communication using Bluetooth and wireless LAN -- Easy wireless connection from the basic apps for smartphones -- The new plug-in “Time-Shift Shooting” enables[A6] users to avoid having the photographer’s reflection in images

| About Ricoh Innovations Corporation |Ricoh Innovations Corporation is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company, Ltd. To learn more about Ricoh Innovations, visit ric.ricoh.com

Contacts:Martin ShockRicoh Innovations Corporation(650) 391-8010 martin@ricohtours.com

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