The new RICOH THETA SC2 is an easy-to-use model, perfect for the 360 enthusiast, allowing anyone to capture high-quality spherical images. It snaps photos at approximately 14 megapixels, and smooth , immersive 360° spherical video at 30 frames per second in 4K (3840 x 1920 pixels). Additionally, the RICOH THETA SC2 comes with a variety of shooting modes such as '' Face '' mode, which recognizes human faces and applies skin smoothing, and '' Night View '' mode for shooting low-noise footage after the sun goes down. These modes allow the photographer to configure the camera with minimal effort.
In addition to the status OLED display ( Organic EL Display) in the lower section of the body, that allows at-a-glance checking of a range of information such as setting modes and battery power remaining, the RICOH THETA SC2 also features a new button that lets the user to switch to self-timer mode, making the camera much easier to operate in a standalone manner. Staying true to the product concept of a compact, lightweight body, the RICOH THETA SC2 can be use as a live blogging camera that people can carry with them to record the events of their day. The lineup features four different Fresh Colors, allowing users to choose a color variation to suit the scenario in which they will use it or their preferences. This is a perfect camera for the people who enjoy sharing pictures and videos on social media, or for those who wish to start using 360° camera.
A bright wide-aperture F2.0 large-diameter compact twin lens folded optics system and the latest image sensor delivers detailed 360° spherical images at an output resolution approximately 14 megapixels. Exposure accuracy and the white balance algorithms have been completely revamped from previous RICOH TEHTA SC models, and offer accurate, natural exppresion when shooting in Auto mode. Furthermore, an improved image sensor and image processing engine now allows shooting high-resolution 4K ( 3840 x 1920 pixels) video at 30 fps (frames pre second) for up to three minutes, equivalent to high-end cameras.
Equipped with a range of preset modes that deliver the perfect footage for specific subjects and shooting scenarios. An all new underwater mode, that allows the user to adjust to the ideal white balance when shooting underwater*, has also been added.
* A dedicated underwater housing is required when shooting underwater.
A mode that detects human faces and automatically places them at the center of the image. This mode is also using exposure compesation and noise reduction to apply skin smooting.
A mode that utilizes dynamic range compesation and noise reduction through image compositing to deliver beautiful night-time shooting.
A mode that 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 stage.
The lower area of the camera body is equipped with a OLED status display that displays icons indicating the setting mode, smartphone connection state, remaining battery power, and other useful information. A self-timer button makes operation more convenient when shooting with the camera in a standalone configuration.
The RICOH THETA SC2 can be connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth. Improvements to ease of use have also been made. Smartphones can now been using 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.
The process has been changed such that the ''top/bottom'' correction is performed when videos are played back instead of when data is transferred, making the video transfer rate approximately 4x faster the the previous Ricoh Theta SC model.
**Actual measured value compared with RICOH THETA SC when transferring identical amounts of data to iOS devices. According to Ricoh research.
Still images taken with a smartphone camera and 360° spherical images taken with RICOH THETA can be composited in a dedicated app to generate an ''Animation Photo'' in which a spherical image is diplayed as an animation when the image is tapped. Since these images can be played back and shares as Live Photos (iOS) or videos (AndroidTM), even people who do not have a 360°viewer app can play and share these files easily.
The Ricoh THETA SC2 comes in four different Fresh Colors that users can choose from pink, blue, beige and white.