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

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.

Three 360 Cameras for YouTube

You probably saw 360 videos and are wondering how are they created. The ones you see on YouTube, are uploaded by 360 video creators that meet the YouTube conditions. As of September 2016, YouTube supports uploading and playback of 360° spherical videos on computers in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera browsers. In order to upload a 360° video file, you’ll need to modify the file with an app or script before uploading.

You can also watch 360° videos on YouTube apps for Android and iOS.  For an immersive experience, you can even watch 360° videos with Cardboard and the YouTube Android app. 

A full guide of how to upload your 360 video can be found here.

How to Upload Your 360 Video

It is interesting that YouTube supports only Three 360 cameras as of September 2016. I’m sure there will be more in the future, but for now, this is a new field and the Hardware is catching up.

The 3 cameras are:

Ricoh Theta

with Ricoh Theta, you can capture the entire 360° space with a single shot. You can use a PC or smartphone to have fun with the space! This is a new world that revolutionizes conventional photos and videos. 

Buy Ricoh Theta from Amazon

Kodak SP360 – is more of an action camera. Sold by itself or in 3 bundles (Aqua Sport, Explorer and Extreme), Kodak SP360 is for the adventurer in you. It comes with FREE desktop editing software that is available for Mac and PCs to start editing your own 360° videos with plenty of flair. Also, comes with a mobile app

Buy Kodak SP360 with Explorer Accessory Pack from Amazon


IC Real Tech Allie

Looking like a nanny cam, the Allie Camera can stream live in 360 over YouTube or other platforms. 

Buy ALLie Home 360 from Amazon