Ricoh has recently announced the latest member of its 360-degree camera family, the Theta SC. Like the Theta S, introduced last year, the ($300) Theta SC is aimed at amatuer photographers interested in experimenting with 360-degree shots. It captures high-resolution, and fully spherical videos at Full HD quality (1,920 × 1,080 pixels at 30 frames per second), though each video is limited to 5 minutes to preserve the camera’s 8 gigabyte internal memory. Ricoh says it’ll hold about an hour of the Full HD video or approximately 1,600 photos.

Theta SC Design:

The Theta SC boasts a stylish and sleek design, lending itself to the quick and convenient operation. The camera can be handheld with just one-button operation or placed on a flat surface and tripod to be remotely controlled by a smartphone and the newly updated Theta S app. It comes in a range of very attractive colors including beige, pink, blue and white for a wide range of users.

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Theta SC

Theta SC Sensor:

The SC is essentially a stripped-down version of Theta S. It offers the same twin spherical lenses with 14 megapixel sensors behind them, but with a 5 minute limit on Full HD video capture and no HDMI port.

Theta SC Software:

The Theta SC continues to offer smartphone control with the live view and also sharing on and popular social media sites, and the company is also updating its app to be more user-friendly. Its 360-degree images can be viewed in VR headsets such as the Samsung Gear VR, and the 8 gigabyte of built-in memory can store up to 1600 images.

When paired with a smartphone, tablet, or computer, the Theta SC will also broadcast live footage to the device’s screen. That feature is supposed to make easier to immediately see the effect of an adjustment on image quality.

Theta SC Price:

Theta SC (USA) $300
Theta SC (UK) £250 (approximately)
Theta SC (AUS) AU$400 (approximately)