By Lisa Johnston
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Berlin, Germany – Ricoh used IFA 2013 here Thursday to introduce its Ricoh Theta handheld 360-degree-spherical image camera.
The Theta, which will be available for pre-order on Ricoh’s Web site at a $399 suggested retail starting this month, uses a newly developed ultra-small twin-lens folded optical system designed to capture a scene from a 360-degree spherical perspective around the camera.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Melville, N.Y. – Nikon introduced Thursday three additions to the Coolpix point-&-shoot camera family.
The new models include: the advanced Coolpix P7800 ($549 suggested retail), which features full manual controls and a new electronic viewfinder; a ultra-compact and stylish Coolpix S02 ($179) and the LD-1000 ($99) LED movie light attachment for Coolpix and Nikon 1 compact system cameras.
Both Nikon cameras will go on sale this month and the LED movie lamp will drop in October.
New York – Sony formally unveiled Wednesday three camcorders and a pair of new additions to the Cyber-shot family, called “lens-style cameras,” that combine the functionality of an advanced Cyber-shot point-and-shoot camera with a smartphone.
Sony’s new camcorder models include the FDR-AX1 4K Handycam, the HDR-AS30V Action Cam and the HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder.
Melville, N.Y. – Canon today tied the introduction of several cameras and printers to the grand opening of its new headquarters on Tuesday, located here.
The new products were officially introduced by Elliot Peck, Canon’s senior VP and general manager of imaging technology, and his staff at the 700,000-square-foot office building on Long Island.
Canon is emphasizing connectivity and social media with its newest models, all of which have the ability to quickly and wirelessly share images to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and other social-media sites.
Melville, N.Y. - Nikon launched Tuesday its Nikon Ambassador Program, billed as “a collective initiative dedicated to recognizing the most influential leaders in modern photography.”
The diverse group of individuals “has shown a commitment to empowering photographers with knowledge, providing guidance for the imaging community and a mastery of technology and trends,” Nikon said.
In a statement the company said the program will it anticipate the needs of professional customers, while paying homage to some of the best photographers today.
Olathe, Kan. – Garmin International revealed Tuesday that it has entered the action video camera category, offering what it calls its “first true HD 1080p action camera series,” including a model with built-in GPS functionality.
The two-model Garmin VIRB action video camera series is part of the GPS-product company’s expanding lineup of outdoor devices.
Miramar, Florida — SIM2 USA is using a stop in Los Angeles on its World Road Show Tour for custom installers to formally introduce its Superlumis 3D video projector.
Newark, N.J. – Panasonic this week launched a new social community for “hybrid photographers” called the Lumix Luminary Lounge.
Hybrid photography and other photo content will be hosted by select elite photographers and sponsored by Panasonic.
Panasonic defined hybrid photography as combining the capture of still and video imagery and audio for photographic display around social media experiences.
Mountain View, Calif. — Online photo-sharing site SmugMug said Tuesday it has launched a new easy-to-use version of its service.
The new SmugMug is said to feature a new look while offering 15-plus design templates for personal pages.
Photographers of all experience levels are urged to safely store and share their photos on the site through a SmugMug subscription ($40/year).
Tokyo – A global economic slowdown, especially in China, forced Canon to cut its profit forecast for the year Wednesday as it lowered sales targets on high-end and point-and-shoot cameras.
In its quarterly earnings report, Canon lowered its operating profit forecast 16 percent to $3.81 billion (380 billion yen), from its April estimate.
Net income was forecast at 260 billion yen in 2013, down 10 percent from projections of 290 billion yen in April.