Ricoh revealed its latest 360-degree camera for people who want to make quick and easy videos and images that can be best appreciated in a virtual reality headset. The Ricoh Theta SC is basically a smaller and lighter version of the earlier Ricoh Theta S, and it is also cheaper at $299.95, compared to the original’s $350 price tag.
Ricoh says that while the Theta S is mean for business or professional use, the new Theta SC is targeting the casual consumer who wants to jump in on this VR trend. It can take 14-megapixel images that can be put into a 360-degree sphere with its F2.0 twin-lens folded optics. It can also record up to five minutes of 1920×1080 video at one time, up to 30fps. The camera itself has about 8GB of storage which can store up to 1,600 still images.
The Ricoh Theta SC also comes with its own Theta+ App Video editing app for Android and iOS, which should allow owners to quickly edit any 360-degree images. The camera also supports the Theta+ Video App, which gives owners a fast way to trim clips, and add filters and background music to their 360-degree videos. Images can be transferred quickly over to smartphones and tablets, which can then be uploaded to the Theta360.com website for anyone to check out. Owners can also share any images on their favorite social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Videos made from the camera can also be quickly uploaded to places like YouTube.
The camera comes with a LED indicator on its front panel that shows when the Ricoh Theta SC is operating and also which modes (still images or video) are in play. The smartphone app supports Live View for still images, which means owners can check things like the camera’s exposure and white balance in real time. The camera itself has four different colors to choose from; blue, beige, pink and white.
What do you think of the Ricoh Theta SC? Will you use it to make your own VR videos and images?