Prestigious iF Design Committee Honors the Renowned Ricoh GR Compact Camera and Revolutionary Ricoh Theta Spherical Camera with Design Awards

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Superior Design of Two Ricoh Products Recognized with Internationally Respected 2014 iF Design Awards

The respected iF International Forum Design GmbH, based in Germany, has recognized two Ricoh products at the 2014 iF Design Awards. The Ricoh GR compact camera received a 2014 Product Design Award for displaying originality and innovation in design as well as excelling in operability, quality and eco-friendliness. The Ricoh Theta Spherical Camera received a 2014 Communication Design Award for demonstrating creativity and innovation in design, while excelling in target-user-specific communication and content, appearance and usability.

Holding true to the concept that design is where art and science break even, the Ricoh GR combines compact size with outstanding performance. As a recipient of the 2014 iF Product Design Award, the Ricoh GR features a 16-megapixel, APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and a completely redesigned optical path ensuring superb image performance packaged in a highly portable and compact body.

Likewise, the Ricoh Theta creates an immersive imaging experience by producing spherical images with a single shutter release. Featuring an ultra-compact, twin-lens folded optical system, the Theta’s slim, lightweight design makes it a perfect handheld, compact imaging device. Additionally, users can easily transmit images via Wi-Fi to a smartphone using the free, dedicated Theta application which enables users to edit size, shape and compose images on the screen with intuitive fingertip control.

“From button placement, to user menus and materials used, every detail of our products are scrutinized by our highly talented design and engineering teams,” said Brian McIntosh, Director of Marketing, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation. “Thanks to their critical eye and constant drive to improve we are proud to produce products that are recognized not only for their capabilities but for their thoughtful design as well.”

For this year’s award selection, a total of 4,615 products were submitted from 55 countries from around the world.

Established in 1953, the iF Design Awards are presented each year by iF International Forum Design GmbH to industrial products that demonstrate outstanding design quality. Manufacturers from around the globe submit applications for three different categories: product design, communication design, and package design. Winners in these categories gain international respect as superbly designed products.

To learn more about the Ricoh GR Digital compact camera, Ricoh Theta or any other Ricoh Imaging products, please visit

About Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation

Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions.

The company now known as Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation, was originally founded in 1919, under the name Asahi Optical Joint Stock Co. and launched its first SLR camera in the 1950s under the PENTAX name. Today, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation continues to produce the heritage-rich, award-winning line of PENTAX DSLR cameras, lenses and sport optics equipment as well as Ricoh’s offering of stylish and compact digital cameras, known for their wide-ranging, rich set of features.

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Amber Renard
Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation
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