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Ricoh Theta SC2 Overview

The Ricoh Theta SC2 in pink is the perfect model for the casual user who loves to take selfies. It's easy to use for beginners and experts alike, and it's so small it can fit in your pocket. With the self-timer button, you can set up and capture creative 360 group shots. Plus, you can record 4K videos and photos in spherical 360º. Get the Ricoh Theta SC2 and start capturing your world in 360º!

A follow-up to the predecessor SC model, the Theta SC2 is highly improved with 4K video recording capability and intuitive image enhancement features. For example, Face Mode detects when faces are in a weird location in the frame, or if the faces are slanted too much, and it centres them. It also brightens the faces by applying exposure compensation and noise reduction for the skin and faces to look brighter and better. Other new features include Night View and Underwater Mode, both of which help you get the kind of shot that you'll be glad to share instantly. Other key features of the camera include easy sharing of 360 photos and videos to social media directly from the companion iOS/Android app.

How does it all work? The Theta SC2 features two ultra-wide lenses, each with a 1/2.3" CMOS sensor behind it. Whatever you shoot is captured by both lenses at the same time, resulting in two images. The camera then automatically stitches these images internally in real-time (so you don't have to do so in post-production), and what you get is a 360 spherical image. In a 360 image, pretty much everything in front, back, top, bottom, and sides of the camera is captured. Then, you can view the image in the companion app. By swiping the image in different directions, you can see all the different angles captured. But even before you start swiping, the angle you see at first also comes out very wide and immersive.

Keeping the same form factor as the previous SC model, the Theta SC2 supports virtually all the same accessories as the predecessor model and can be used in the same ways, so it allows for a smooth transition for SC owners who want to upgrade and enjoy 4K capture capability and all the other new features.

4K Video

The Theta SC2 is capable of recording 360° 4K video thanks to its use of the same high-speed image sensors that the advanced Theta V model has. Additionally, a supporting image processing engine allows for real-time internal stitching of the 4K video. Moreover, shake correction helps stabilize the 4K image. Up to 3-minute clips of 4K video can be recorded at a time at real-time 30 fps to the internal 14GB of memory.

Face Mode

  • Faces are detected and centred in the image-if they're located in a high position in the image frame or are slanted in some way, the Theta SC2 corrects them and brings them to the centre
  • Exposure compensation and noise reduction brighten faces so the skin looks brighter and better
  • Images are processed to smooth skin regardless of whether or not faces are successfully detected

Night View

  • This mode combines noise reduction with dynamic range correction and face detection to capture shots with low image noise-this feature is intended for use with a tripod
  • This preset independently controls automatic exposure (AE) and automatic white balance (AWB) for the front and rear lenses in scenes with extreme differences in contrast
  • Highlight priority automatic exposure in dark scenes captures main subjects as best as possible even when they are too brightly lit

Lens-by-Lens Exposure Mode

  • The images captured by the front and rear lenses are placed beside each other for a side-by-side display

Underwater Mode

  • In this mode, the white balance settings are specifically designed for underwater shooting in depths of 16 to 33', to compensate for how Colours are captured underwater

HDR Algorithm Changes

  • Improvements to the HDR algorithm highly minimized and even removes chromatic aberration and fringing, as well as unnatural effects normally caused by Colour saturation
  • Contrast is high in the highlights
  • Processing time is 9.5 seconds, a huge improvement over the 23-second time of the predecessor SC model
  • Three images are composited in the Theta SC2, whereas the predecessor SC model used four images; the result of the improvement is a narrower dynamic range in the highlights

High-Speed Image Data Transfer

  • The high-speed data transfer is approximately 4x faster than that of the predecessor Theta SC model
Stitching Resolution 4K (Video)
Internal/External Stitching Internal Stitching
Supported Spherical Projection Types Equirectangular
360 Stitched Video Format Internal:
3840 x 1920 at 29.97 fps (32, 54 Mb/s MP4 via H.264)
1920 x 960 at 29.97 fps (8, 16 Mb/s MP4 via H.264)
Still Image Support JPEG
(5376 x 2688)
Number of Lenses 2
Sensor Type 1/2.3"-Type CMOS Sensor
Sensor Resolution Effective: 12 Megapixel
Maximum Aperture f/2
Lens Elements 7
Minimum Focus Distance 10.0 cm
Internal Storage 14 GB
Built-In Mic Yes
Audio Format AAC-LC
Shutter Speed 1/25000 to 60 Seconds in Photo Mode
1/25000 to 1/30 Seconds in Video Mode
ISO Sensitivity Photo
64 to 3200 in Manual Mode
64 to 6400 in Auto Mode
Wi-Fi Yes
Tripod Mounting Thread 1/4"-20 Female
Outputs 1 x USB Micro-B
Microphone Input Via Dedicated Port
Battery Built-In Lithium-Ion Battery
Charging Method USB
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Humidity: 90%
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.52 x 13.06 x 2.3 cm
Weight 0.10 kg

* Specifications subject to change by the manufacturer without notice

  • Ricoh Theta SC2 4K 360 Spherical Camera - Pink
  • Soft Case
  • Micro-USB Cable

Manufacturer Warranty

This product comes with a

12  month Australian warranty

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