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OM-D E-M10 II Images Leak, SD Card Survives 2+ Years Underwater, Drones Stress Out Bears?| Daily Roundup

By Anthony Thurston on August 17th 2015

Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors and announcements.

First Images of the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Surface

We had been hearing that the Olympus OM-D E-M10 was coming down the pipe, but now it seems almost a sure thing thanks to some leaked images that surfaced online over the weekend.

The images you see below are apparently the upcoming OM-D E-M10 II, which is expected to be announced sometime in the last week of August. It is thought that the new body will feature a 16MP sensor with some sort of electronic shutter.

e-m10_markII_black_f001 e-m10_markII_silver_b001 e-m10_markII_silver_f002 It will be interesting to see if this OM-D E-M10 is the ‘blah’ camera that the rumors are saying it will be, or if Olympus pulls a fast one and announces a really interesting offering. Personally, I think every camera should strive to do something new, something unique, or excel within their price segment and not just be new for the sake of having something new.

Only two weeks left, what would you all like to see from the Olympus OM-D E-M10?

SD Card Survives 2 Years Under Water

We all have nightmares about losing our precious images to one thing or another; be it disk failure, acts of god, or dropping your camera in a lake. Though, on that last point, you might not have to worry as much as you thought you did.

Last week, someone found a camera that had been on the bottom of a lake bed for about two years. Safe and secure inside the old Canon camera was an SD card, and all of the images were still intact. Talk about a nutty story, though not the first time I have heard of something like this.


Thanks to the California drought, a man found the camera on the lake bed and was able to recover the images off the SD card. He was also able to email the photographer thanks to the copyright information that he had input into his camera before its swim in the lake.

What is the craziest image survival story that you have come across?

New Study Find ‘Drones’ Do In Fact Disturb Wildlife

When drones started being banned from state and national parks across the country, pilots let out a collective groan at the idea that these small quadcopters were disturbing the wildlife.


The study in question, run by the University of Minnesota, found that black bears would quadruple their heart rate when a drone was flying overhead, even though they showed no outward signs of being upset. In one case, the bear’s heart rate went from 41 beats per minute to 162 when a quadcopter was overhead, and then returned to normal once it flew away.

So while on the outside the bear seemed to be fine, it was stressed out, and if there is one animal you don’t want to be stressed out, it’s a bear. This new information is really interesting to me (as I was one of those people that was really skeptical of a quadcopter being a disruption to the wildlife), but this study pretty clearly shows that it does, in fact, disturb animals.

What are your thoughts on this?

What Is Coming From Sony In The Rest Of 2015

So the a7R II is here, as well as the RX100 M4 and RX10 II, but what does Sony have up its sleeve for the rest of the year? The honest answer is that I have no clue, but according to this latest rumor post over on Sony Alpha Rumors, we are still in store for some goodies…


September 2015

  • A6100/7000
  • A99 II
  • A few new A-mount Lenses
  • 85mm FE lens
  • 24-70mm FE GM lens

October 2015

  • More Zeiss Loxia brand lenses, likely wide angle

November 2015

Obviously take these for what they are – rumors – but SAR has been pretty on top of the Sony releases this year, so I won’t be surprised if many of the above predictions are fairly accurate.

I am curious to see if the A6100/7000, whatever they decide to call it, will be a toned down as the rumors suggest, or if Sony will make something as disruptive as the current A6000 was.

What are you looking forward to most from Sony for the rest of this year? What is not on this list that you would like to see added?

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Don Weber

    I had no idea drones were that loud. I’m lucky to have not encountered any yet.

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  2. Stephen Jennings

    Drones stress me out too. There’s nothing more annoying in the world relaxing watching a beautiful sunset occasionally taking a few long exposures and then GHRRRRRRRRRREEEGRRRRRR .. effing drone takes off.

    Although it is funny to watch them crash their few grand worth of equipment.. that makes sunsets more enjoyable.

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  3. Peter Nord

    Not surprised that a memory card would survive two years in a lake. Pretty much is the definition of environmentally sealed. I’ve had more than one card go through the washer and dryer in a shirt pocket. What you expect from good coating. Now cosmic rays on frequent high altitude flights might be another matter.

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  4. adam sanford

    Drones wind *everybody* up, not just bears. Nothing’s less innocuous and “Nothing to see here” like a menacing little automaton filming you. :-P

    I love the non-disaster footage drones bring in (esp. landscapes, cityscapes, etc.), but they need to regulated intelligently, fairly and quickly. Here in California in just the last month, we’ve had near misses with drones and emergency vehicles like wildfire-fighting aircraft and rescue helicopters. I want to protect videographer’s rights, but the public needs to be protected as well.

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    • Dustin Baugh

      The buzzing is just so annoying. I was hiking up in the mountains and heard an odd sound and realized it was a drone about half a mile away.

      That noise carries and it’s quite piercing.

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  5. Tom Blair

    My thinking but it looks like alot more cameras coming out??

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