Pentax Ricoh Developing a 360-degree Lens

A gadget almost gone unnoticed at the exhibit

By PF Staff in Photokina 2012 on Sep 29, 2012
Pentax Ricoh Developing a 360-degree Lens

Pentax displayed a 360 degree prototype lens ("the yo-yo") at Photokina. Not many noticed it, probably because it was off to the side in its own small display case.

360 degree lens take 2

Once the images are captured, you can use a computer to pan in all directions and center/zoom in on any point of interest in the spherical image.

Some examples:

360 screen 1

360 screen 2

screen take 3

How to mount this lens on a camera? Well, there's a challenge for the engineers in R&D! The unit on display was an early prototype, and while we're not sure it will even become a part of the Pentax camera lineup, it's certainly an interesting and potentially-useful concept!

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