Why Ricoh Theta SC

October 2016 is the birth month of the third member of the Ricoh Theta family. After the successful model Ricoh Theta S and the little brother Ricoh Theta m15, Ricoh is bringing a third member in the family. But is it a third member or a replacement of the little brother m15? Sorry little brother, I think you are out.

The Ricoh website only features the two models as of October 17 2016. If you want to see a full comparison spec between all three Ricoh Theta models, check out our Ricoh Theta Models Comparison page.

Main Differences

RICOH THETA SC RICOH THETA m15
Dimensions (in) 1.77 x 5.14 x 0.90 in 1.65 x 5.07 x 0.89
Dimensions (mm) 45.2 x 130.6 x 22.9 mm 42 x 129 x 22.8 mm
Weight (oz) 3.59 3.35
Weight (grams) 102 95
Internal Memory 8 Gb 4 Gb
One video record time 5 min 3 min

I think a small upgrade of the m15 was to be expected. the major improvements over the m15 are the increase of internal memory from 4 Gb to 8Gb and the increase of the maximum video duration from 3 minutes to 5 minutes.

There is a slight weight increase (7 grams) and a bump in size. The appearance is also changed by replacing the not so popular yellow with a beige color. Doesn’t seem much but it is a welcomed refresh.

Ricoh Theta m15 colors Ricoh Theta SC colors
ricoh-theta-m15-colors ricoh-theta-sc-colors

Images are still roughly 14 megapixels (5376×2688), while videos are 1080p at 30 frames per second, or 720p at 15 fps. The battery life seems to be the same as the m15.

So, there it is, a great improvement over the little brother of the Ricoh Theta family. The good news is that, for a little while, you could score a great deal on the m15 if you are still in the market for that.

The Ricoh Theta SC 360 is selling on Amazon USA for a little less than 300$ while the m15 is selling right now for 235$

For Canada, RICOH THETA SC goes for 399$CND at the time when this article was written.