Ricoh Theta SC2 4K 360 spherical camera officially announced



The previously rumored Ricoh Theta SC2 4K 360 spherical camera is now officially announced (pre-orders are now open). The new features are:

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 main subjects as best a possible even when they are too brightly lit

Lens-by-Lens Exposure Mode

  • The images captured by the front and rear lenses are placed beside each other for a side-by-side display

Underwater Mode

  • In this 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 capture underwater

HDR Algorithm Changes

  • Improvements to the HDR algorithm highly minimized and even removes 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 data transfer that is approximately 4x faster than that of the predecessor THETA SC model




Technical specifications:

Stitching Resolution 4K (Video)
Internal/External Stitching Internal Stitching
Supported Spherical Projection Types Equirectangular
Still Image Resolution : 5376 x 2688
Number of Lenses 2
Sensor 1-Chip 1/2.3″ CMOS
Sensor Resolution 12 MP
Maximum Aperture f/2
Built-In Mic Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Tripod Mount 1/4″ – 20
Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.2 x 1.8 x 0.9″ / 13.1 x 4.5 x 2.3 cm
Weight 3.67 oz / 104 g

Additional information available here.

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