Ricoh announces pre-ordering for the 360-degree, live streaming video camera

Ricoh announces pre-ordering for the 360-degree, live streaming video camera

Announced at CES 2017, RICOH R Development Kit delivers up 24 hours of fully spherical live streams
Revised on Monday, 24 April, 2017.
TOKYO and BARCELONA (Mobile World Congress 2017, Hall 8.0 J3), February 27, 2017-Ricoh today announced it is taking  pre-orders of the RICOH R Development Kit, featuring camera capable of delivering up to 24 continuous hours of fully spherical, 360-degree live video streams. Showcased at Mobile World Congress 2017, the camera can be pre-ordered from, with shipments scheduled to start in June 2017. The sales price will be $499.

Using Ricoh’s fully spherical imaging technology, the RICOH R Development Kit can live-stream fully spherical, 360-degree images in 2K resolution at 30 frames per second. Unique to RICOH R technology is the stitching of video within the camera in real time to the Equirectangular Projection Format, which is the standard format for fully spherical images. Video is then output via HDMI® or USB, and—by using an AC power adapter– continuous, live streaming up to 24 hours is possible. The camera records onto a micro SD card, which enables the body to be extremely thin and lightweight.

The RICOH R Development Kit consists of the camera, camera stand, downloadable software development kit (SDK), plus image-control tools and source code. Using the camera’s open API and the “RICOH R Console” image-control tool source code available through GitHub, the camera can be controlled via USB, which will enable its use in a variety of environments and industries such as telepresence and computer vision.

RICOH R Development Kit*2
RICOH R Development Kit*2

*1. Using AC adaptor
*2. This image is 3D CG for illustrative purposes and may differ from the actual product.  

Video quality 1920 x 960, Equirectangular Projection Format, 30 fps
Video out connector Micro HDMI® Type-D, Micro USB
HDMI® video out Full HD, 59.94i
Actual size mode (1920 x 960 + 120), Full HD mode
USB video out*1UVC 1.5/H.264, 29.97 fps
Actual size mode (1920 x 960 + 120), Full HD mode
Audio out Built-in monaural microphone
Video recording media MicroSD card up to 32GB
Video file format MP4
Video recording time*2Normal mode        approx. 30 minutes
Extended mode    approx. 60 minutes
External power input USB Micro B
AC adapter Uses a USB AC adapter of 5 V/1.5 A or greater
Usage temperature range*3*4*5*60 degree Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius*7
External dimensions*846 mm (W) x 118 mm (H) x 23 mm (D)
Weight 125g
What’s in the box Stand, carrying case, and USB cable x2
*1. Dedicated driver needs to be installed (Windows® /Mac).
*2. The maximum file size that can be recorded is 4 GB.
*3. Using the stand or a tripod is recommended.
*4. Please be careful when handling the camera directly since the camera will get hot after long hours of usage.
*5. Please do not touch the camera for a long period of time to prevent from getting low temperature burn.
*6. The camera may automatically shut down if it is overheated by certain usage.
*7. 30 degrees Celsius or less for 24-hour non-stop operation.
*8. Including the lens.       
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