Ricoh THETA SC2 4K 360 Spherical Camera (White)

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Ricoh THETA SC2 4K 360 Spherical Camera (White)
Key Features
  • Easy-to-Use Enthusiast 4K 360 Camera
  • Internal Stitching, 4K Shake Correction
  • 360 4K30 Video & 5376 x 2688 360 Photos
  • Face Correction, Night Mode, 14GB Memory
The Ricoh THETA SC2, in white, is the enthusiast model of the THETA lineup, designed for casual use, for those selfie shooters who would rather capture everything in spherical 360° and in 4K. The THETA SC2 is simple to operate for beginners and everyone else, and it's so compact it can be kept in your pocket at all times and pulled out in any situation to capture 360 photos and videos. 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.
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Ricoh THETA SC2 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2
  • 3
  • 44K Video
  • 5Face Mode
  • 6Night View
  • 7Underwater Mode
  • 8Lens-by-Lens Exposure Mode
  • 9HDR Algorithm Changes
  • 10High-Speed Image Data Transfer
By B&H Photo's
The Ricoh THETA SC2, in white, is the enthusiast model of the THETA lineup, designed for casual use, for those selfie shooters who would rather capture everything in spherical 360° and in 4K. The THETA SC2 is simple to operate for beginners and everyone else, and it's so compact it can be kept in your pocket at all times and pulled out in any situation to capture 360 photos and videos. 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 centered 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 center. 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 in order 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 the main subjects as best as possible, even when they are too brightly lit.
Underwater Mode
In underwater mode, the white balance settings are specifically designed for underwater shooting in depths of 16 to 33', in order to compensate for how colors are captured underwater
Lens-by-Lens Exposure Mode
This mode controls two lenses individually to provide clear, bright footage of subjects in scenarios where there are significant variations in brightness levels, such as inside and outside vehicles or on a stage.
HDR Algorithm Changes
Improvements to the HDR algorithm highly minimized and even remove chromatic aberration and fringing, as well as unnatural effects normally caused by color 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 THETA SC2 can be connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth. Smartphones can now be used for shooting with just a Bluetooth connection, and when the camera has entered the sleep state, it can be powered on from the basic app. With a wireless LAN connection, all functions can be used, including live view display and image transfer on a smartphone, which can be used separately as appropriate to the shooting circumstances.

Ricoh THETA SC2 Specs

Key Specs
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)
Image Sensor
1/2.3"-Type CMOS
Media/Memory Card Slot
No
Internal Storage
14 GB
Built-In Mic
Yes
Mobile App Compatible
No
Tripod Mounting Thread
1/4"-20 Female
Microphone Input
Via Dedicated Port
Battery
Built-In Lithium-Ion Battery
360 Stitched Video Recording
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
Camera per Lens
Image Sensor
1/2.3"-Type CMOS
Sensor Resolution
Effective: 12 Megapixel
Optics per Lens
Maximum Aperture
f/2
Lens Elements
7
Minimum Focus Distance
3.9" / 10.0 cm
Recording
Media/Memory Card Slot
No
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
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Range
Photo
64 to 3200 in Manual Mode
Video
64 to 6400 in Auto Mode
Display
Display Size
Not Specified by Manufacturer
Features
Built-In Speaker
No
Environmental Protection
No
Wireless
Wi-Fi 
Mobile App Compatible
No
Tripod Mounting Thread
1/4"-20 Female
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs
1x Micro-USB
Microphone Input
Via Dedicated Port
General
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)
1.78 x 5.14 x 0.9" / 4.52 x 13.06 x 2.3 cm
Weight
3.67 oz / 104 g (Body Only)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
7.1 x 4 x 2.9"

Ricoh THETA SC2 Reviews

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Recently purchased five of the Theta SC2 in July ...

Recently purchased five of the Theta SC2 in July 2022 because we purchased a bunch months prior. The most recent ones received do not offer time shift shooting. Was there a change? Do any of the Theta's still offer time shift shooting? Please advise. Thank you.
Asked by: Gary
According to the Theta 360 website the Ricoh THETA SC2 4K 360 Spherical Camera (White) is capable of interval shooting and self timer shooting.
Answered by: Paige K
Date published: 2022-08-29

Will this version work with Matterport?

Will this version work with Matterport?
Asked by: brad
Unfortunately no. The Matterport capture is listed to work with the Ricoh Theta Z1 and V models.
Answered by: Whitney H
Date published: 2020-10-23

Can this live stream wirelessly or via the USB ...

Can this live stream wirelessly or via the USB output to a connected tablet or computer?
Asked by: Jeremy
The Ricoh THETA SC2 4K 360 Spherical Camera will not have live streaming capabilities.
Answered by: Whitney H
Date published: 2023-03-13

Is this compatible with the Google 360?

Is this compatible with the Google 360?
Asked by: Ewox
Yes. The Ricoh THETA SC2 is compatible for google street view.
Answered by: Whitney H
Date published: 2023-07-12

Does the SC2 come with the THETA iOS/Android app?

Does the SC2 come with the THETA iOS/Android app?
Asked by: Bob
The Apps are available for download from the Ricoh Theta website: https://support.theta360.com/en/download/.
Answered by: Eric
Date published: 2022-08-11

Will this model be compatible with Zillow 3D? On ...

Will this model be compatible with Zillow 3D? On zillow's FAQ it states Theta V and Z are compatible, but I don't see why these models wouldn't be. Any help is appreciated!
Asked by: Gregory
At this time Ricoh only recommends using their Ricoh Theta V and Theta Z1 cameras for use with Zillow 3D. https://theta360.com/en/solutions/zillow_3d_home.html . Compatibility for other cameras may be supported in future updates, but at this time are not recommended for this use.
Answered by: Eric
Date published: 2020-06-25
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