Ricoh Announces new Theta Model

Ricoh, the company behind the practical and portable Theta m15 and Theta S 360-degree panoramic cameras, has announced a new mid-range model called the Theta SC.

3Ricoh intends this model to appeal to customers who like the top-range Theta S’s specifications but don’t need the capability to stream video live. Its features reflect this – with a 12 MP sensor coupled with dual f/2.0 lens, 8GB of storage, a 1600 ISO maximum, and 260 photo battery capacity, and the deletion of the Theta S’s micro-HDMI socket.

2This cuts $50 from the top model’s $350 price – definitely a good deal if you have no intention of streaming 360 degree videos. For the price, you get a 360 degree camera capable of taking up to 171 minutes of video, (in 5-minute length clips) or 9000 photos, (both numbers will be reduced if higher resolutions are used), which can be shared using Ricoh’s theta360.com site or directly uploaded to social media, all in a slim, unobtrusive chassis. The Theta SC also comes in 4 colors – blue, beige, pink and white – although I’d have to say that the “pink” color in Ricoh’s site looks a lot like orange to me. And the blue is.. well, never mind.

Specifications List

  • Object distance
  • Approx. 10cm – ∞ (from front of lens)
  • Shooting mode
  • Still image: Auto, Shutter Priority, ISO Priority *5, Manual
    Video: Auto
  • Exposure control mode
  • Program AE, Shutter speed priority AE, ISO sensitivity AE, Manual exposure
  • Exposure compensation
  • Still image: Manual compensation (-2.0 – +2.0EV, 1/3EV step) *5
  • ISO sensitivity (standard output sensitivity)
  • Still image: ISO 100 to 1600,
    Video: ISO 100 to 1600
  • White balance mode
  • Still image: Auto, Outdoor, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent light 1, Incandescent light 2, Daylight color fluorescent light, Natural white fluorescent light, White fluorescent light, Light bulb color fluorescent light *5
    Video: Auto
  • Shutter speed
  • Still image: (Excluding Manual Mode) 1/8000 seconds to 1/8 seconds, (Manual Mode) 1/8000 seconds to 60 seconds
    Video: (L) 1/8000 seconds to 1/30 seconds, (M) 1/8000 seconds to 1/15 seconds
  • Recording medium
  • Internal, approximately 8GB
  • Number of photos that can be recorded, time *1
  • Still image: (L) Approx. 1600 images, (M) 9000 images
    Video (timer per recording): Max. 5 minutes *6
    Video (total recording time): (L) Approx. 63minutes, (M) Approx. 171 minutes *6
  • Power source
  • Lithium ion battery (built in) *2
  • Battery life
  • Approx. 260 photos *3
  • Image file format
  • Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant,
    Video: MP4 (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC)
  • External interface
  • Micro USB terminal: USB 2.0
  • Exterior/external dimensions
  • 45.2 mm (W) x 130.6 mm (H) x 22.9 mm (17.9 mm *4) (D)
  • Weight
  • Approx. 102g
  • Lens_F value
  • F2.0
  • Image sensor_size
  • 1/2.3 CMOS (x2)
  • Effective pixels
  • Approx. 12 megapixels (x2)
  • Output pixels
  • Equivalent to approx. 14 megapixels (x2)
  • Still image resolution
  • L: 5376 x 2688, M: 2048 x 1024
  • Video resolution/frame rate/bit rate
  • L: 1920 x 1080/30 fps/16 Mbps
    M: 1280 x 720/15 fps/6 Mbps
  • Bundled items
  • Soft case and USB cable
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