Ricoh India Ltd., announced the launch of its new digital SLR camera-PENTAX KP. The D-SLR features an APS-C sized CMOS image sensor, supported by approximately 24.32 megapixels and sensitivity ranging up to ISO 819200. It is equipped with a 5-axis shake-reduction system, an electronically controlled shutter unit for super-high-speed shooting at 1/24000 second and an optical viewfinder with nearly 100% field of view. The Pentax KP is dustproof, weather-resistant and can endure temperatures as low as -10°C. It can also capture high-resolution Full HD movie clips in the H-264 recording format. It is equipped with a 3.0-inch LCD monitor with a vertical tilt function, a Real-time Scene Analysis System and a High-speed 27-point autofocus system with the SAFOX 11 module. The PENTAX KP provides a range of customisation features, such as a grip replacement system to personalise the camera's grip to accommodate the photographer's shooting style or a mounted lens. RICOH Pentax KP is available on Ricoh India web store and at retails outlets at INR 88,584. Commenting at the launch, Yuki Uchida, VP and CMO, Ricoh India said, "Ricoh is persistent in its effort to leverage technology to design innovative products that improves the quality of life. The new D-SLR reflects our engineering expertise that weaves design, stateof-the-art features in a compact body that delivers the highest level of experience to customers. Photography enthusiasts will love the outstanding specifications and customizable features of the camera that can shoot great stills and video clips."
Seiko Epson Co. said it will market 12 new projector models for business and home use. The company has readied seven models for business use and five for home use. For the business use, all the models feature brightness range of 3,200lm to 3600lm, keeping high visibility even in a bright room, and resolution from SVGA to WUXGA. All the models are compact and lightweight – less than 3kg. The top of the line, model EB-U42 features full HD resolution (WUXGA 1920 x 1200) and brightness of 3600lm, carrying a suggested price tag of 132,000 yen. The most affordable model EB-S05 features 3200lm and SVGA (800 x 600) resolution, with suggested price of 44,980 yen. The company targets to sell 150,000 units a year. Epson has readied five models as home projectors in two high-quality lines with 2 models and one basic model. The high-quality lines come with the projector itself as a set, with a projector and screen. All the models feature brightness of up to 2500lm enabling viewing in a bright room. The basic model EB-W05 features WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution and 3300lm, selling under expected price of 64,980 yen. The high-quality models, the EH-TW5650 is equipped with a 1080p panel equivalent to full HD resolution, brightness of 2500lm and contrast ratio of 60,000:1. When using a media streaming device, it can be wirelessly connected with AV equipment. It will be available at an expected price of 129,980 yen (without a screen) and 135,980 yen (with a screen). The EH-TW650/TW650S features full HD resolution, brightness 3100lm and contrast of 15,000:1. Expected selling prices are 99,980 yen and 105,980 yen, respectively.
Sony Corp. will boost production of CMOS image sensors from current monthly production capacity of 88,000 wafers in 300mm including those produced by the third party consigned partners to 100,000 wafers per month by March 2018. Demand for the image sensors are mounting for smartphone cameras, digital cameras and on vehicle cameras. As smartphones popular in China are getting feature-driven especially camera features to take better photos that most users post their photos on their SNS sites such as Instagram and Facebook. In China, dual camera models are getting popular with a high-quality front camera as well as the main cameras to take better selfie pictures. In order to take better selfies, the quality of the front camera is getting important. Image sensors are being used now to detect color wavelength or depth information that the human eyes cannot recognize, to be mounted on cars and for IoT devices. Sony will absorb such demand for industrial use to sell 680 billion worth sensors for fiscal 2017 ending March 2018 and its semiconductor business including LSI chips to sell 880 billion yen with profit in operation to 120 billion yen from 7.8 billion loss in the previous year.