Ricoh Theta S vs Ricoh Theta SC Review

Ricoh Theta S vs Ricoh Theta SC Introduction

By many accounts, Ricoh’s line of Theta VR devices includes two of the most accessible, affordable and best 360 cameras that are currently on the market.

Still, this begs a few questions: what exactly is the difference between the Ricoh Theta S and the Ricoh Theta SC? Which is the better choice?


Ricoh Theta S Review

Ricoh Theta S Digital Camera (Black)
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Ricoh Theta S Digital Camera (Black)
  • 360 Degree Spherical Panorama images and Spherical Videos up to 25 minutes
  • Live view function on mobile device
  • Transfer videos directly to your mobile device without the need of a computer
  • Full HD Video at 30fps , 360 Degree Spherical Video Supported by YouTube
  • Charge the battery by connecting it to a PC using the supplied USB cable

Let’s begin with the features of the slightly more expensive option, the Ricoh Theta S. First of all, the mobile support is commendable, for both taking photos and editing. Generally, the device is much better for taking photos than it is for taking videos. Still, the Ricoh website has decent support for video viewing, which is very good for photos, and the plugin can be downloaded and embedded on other websites.

The stylish design is optimal for portability, but the device isn’t as sturdy as it could be– it’s a little bit fragile, so be careful if you decide to purchase this camera. There is time-lapse support, which is a positive aspect of the device, and there has also been third party app support which is worth being enthusiastic about…

The Wifi signal could be better, but the effective self-timer feature makes an effort to compensate for that. Finally, the battery is not removable, which is a minor issue that could be better. In general, this is an imperfect device, but when you consider the price it is delivering amazing value for a relatively new piece of technology.

Ricoh Theta SC Review

Ricoh Theta SC 360° video and still camera (White)
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Ricoh Theta SC 360° video and still camera (White)
  • High resolution, fully spherical 360 Degree images & video
  • Bright F2.0 lens, Intuitive operation
  • New & improved User Interface makes sharing a breeze
  • Compatibility with both iOS and Android,till 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
  • Theta+ App for editing spherical images, Theta+V App for editing spherical videos

The SC is similar in many ways. As the less expensive option, it makes sense that it is not quite as thorough and extensive in its set of features, but it is still an admirable device. In general, it is almost the same as the Theta S, but with only a few minor differences.

The resolution, for both photos (5376×2688), and videos (Full HD), is actually the same. Unfortunately, there is a 5 minute limit on full HD video recording, whereas the Theta S features 25 minutes, and there is a noticeable lack of a live streaming feature.

The device comes in four different colors (blue, beige, pink, white), and it is actually even lighter than the ultra portable Theta S; the SC is 102 grams while the S is 125 … In general, it does almost everything that the S does, with a comparable level of quality, but is about $50 cheaper.


Ricoh Theta S and SC Conclusion

They both offer AAC audio, as well as a full 360-degree photo and video due to their twin, spherical 14 MP sensors.  The memory is an equal 8 GB on both, too. Neither is especially waterproof, but both have affordable cases that provide that feature skilfully. Both feature a built-in lithium battery with life of 260 photos.

In general, the Ricoh Theta S is $50 more expensive, and whether that extra amount is worth spending depends fully on which features you prioritize.

Ricoh Theta S Digital Camera (Black)
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Ricoh Theta SC 360° video and still camera (Blue)
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