warranty card (for your own records)
Set Up & Recording:
Remove any PIR sensor protectors before using your camera.
Open the hatch at the base of the camera & insert an SD Card (class 10, 16G max) and AA batteries (at least 4). The camera can hold a maximum of 8 batteries so you can choose to add an extra 4 in the back pack should you wish to – this would give your camera longer running time in the field.
Please read the section later in these pages about which batteries to use, battery choice is vital to the performance of your Ltl Acorn trail camera and batteries are always the first place to start if you think there is a problem with your camera!
Carefully remove back plate from camera body using the clips on each side and hand-tightening screw on the back. The safest way to do this to avoid putting unnecessary stress on the side clips is to hold the 2 parts of the camera together firmly with one hand whilst releasing the clips, one at a time, with the other.
Move the ON/OFF/TEST switch on the bottom of camera to the TEST position.
The LCD screen will come on (will go straight off again if you have not inserted a compatible SD card).
Push the MENU button & use the arrow keys to select & change settings.
Remember to push OK button after each setting change to save it.
Move the ON/OFF/TEST switch to the ON position, the LCD screen will now switch off & the camera is now ready to start recording whenever motion/heat change is detected. You will see a red light blink on the front of the camera for about 10 seconds after switching the camera into ON mode, this is to give you time to move out of the sensor range to avoid recording yourself.
Close bottom hatch & re-fit back plate before putting camera in chosen location. Use the side clips and the screw on the back to best seal the camera from the elements. The screw also takes some of the strain off the side clips.
Batteries are not included but battery choice is vital for the performance of your Ltl Acorn camera, do not choose any batteries with a capacity lower than 2500mA.
We only recommend Energizer Ultimate Lithium 3000mA AA batteries or, if you want to use rechargeables, then opt for the Panasonic Eneloop Pro 2500mA Rechargeable AA.
We use the above mentioned batteries every day and so can vouch for their compatibility.
DO NOT use Duracell or other “off the shelf in the supermarket” Alkaline batteries as they are unlikely to be powerful enough and so will reduce the performance level of your camera or cause problems.
Using batteries that are not powerful enough will often cause a problem with video recording at night time in dark or low light conditions. So you may find that your camera works perfectly during the day but then only records 1 second videos at night time (even if you have it set to record 10 or 20 second videos) for instance. This is due to the extra power required to run the infrared array, so the camera triggers to record and starts the recording, it then realises it does not have enough power to run the infrared for any length of time and so shuts down back into standby mode. This can happen over and over again whenever the camera is triggered, leaving you with lots of very short videos!
Do not use any battery with a mA rating of less than 2500mA.
Power issues can bring about many different, strange glitches and problems with any trail camera so it’s very important to use a battery that outputs enough power before assuming you have a fault with the camera itself.
IMPORTANT – Do not leave batteries inside the camera if you are not using it, this could result in acid leak and ruin the camera – this is not covered under warranty!
Pushing the MENU button when in TEST mode will take you into the built in Menu.
You can use the UP & DOWN arrow buttons to move up and down through the menu options and you can use the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the various different settings available for each selected menu option.
If you change a setting remember to push the OK button to save the change!
The following are the menu options available:
Mode: Camera, Video or Cam+Video
Camera – record images only. Video – record videos only. Cam+Video records an image then video.
Format: will erase everything on the SD card.
Photo Size: choose the quality of the image the camera will record, options are 5MP or 12MP.
Video Size: choose the video recording resolution, options are 320×240, 640×480, 1280×720 or 1920×1080.
Set Clock: set date and time plus the date format using the up/down arrow keys to change the number and the right/left arrow keys to move to the next parameter.
Photo No.: if you have the camera set to record images you can choose whether you want a single image or a burst of 2 or 3 images.
Video Length: set the length of video that’s recorded each time the camera is triggered from 0-60 seconds, remember the longer the video recording the more battery life will be used (especially if recording in dark or low light periods as the infrared is the most power hungry component).
Interval: choose how long the camera will wait after finishing one recording before it will start a new one.
Sense Level: set the trigger sensitivity level, options are Off, Low, Normal, High. You can find out more about the sensitivity levels later in these instruction sheets under the heading “Heat Sensors”.
Time Stamp: choose On or Off dependent upon whether you want the date & time showing on each recording or not.
Timer 1 & Timer 2: these Timers allow you to set the camera to only record between certain times of day. For instance you may want the camera to record only between 6pm and 4am. Use the left/right arrow keys to change the setting from Off to On and then push the OK button. Now you can enter the start and stop recording times of your choice. You can choose to use just one or both of the Timers.
Password Set: here you can set a 4 digit password that would then need to be entered whenever you switch the camera into TEST mode. If you choose to set a password do not lose it! We can reset it but you’ll need to send your camera back to us and there is a £20 charge for this.
Serial No.: this is a number or name for your camera and, if set, will show in the information bar at the bottom of each recorded image.
Timelapse: this feature allows you to set you camera to record a video or capture an image every X amount of hours, minutes or seconds regardless of whether or not there is any subject triggering the camera at that moment in time. For instance you may want to record the changes on a construction project and so take a new image every 12 hours to monitor progress over time.
If you do not want the camera to also trigger automatically using the sensors then you will need to switch the Sense Level to OFF.
Side PIR: switch the side sensors on/off, recommended to leave these on as they allow the camera to prepare in advance of a subject being central within the image.
Recycle: if set to ON the camera will start recording over the oldest recordings when the micro SD card runs out of space. If set to OFF then the camera will stop recording any new images or video as soon as the card becomes full.
TV Mode: PAL or NTSC, UK mode is always PAL.
Version: gives you information of the firmware version your camera is using.
Default Set: returns the camera back to factory default settings, this can be useful if you think your camera is not performing correctly. Acts as a reset tool.
You have two main options here, you can playback recorded files on the built in LCD screen (explained below) or you can remove the SD card and insert into your home computer. If your computer does not have an SD card slot then you can use a USB SD Card Reader to connect.
Playback on built in LCD screen:
In TEST mode push the Replay/OK button to enter Playback mode.
Use the up & down arrow buttons to scroll through your recorded files. In the top left hand corner of each file you will see a symbol denoting whether that file is an image or a video. A white arrow is an image, for a video a green video reel symbol that looks a bit like a # will show.
If you are looking at a video clip, push the right arrow (SHOT) button to play it.
Press the OK button to leave Playback mode.
Deleting recordings when in the Playback Screen:
Whilst in the Playback screen you can push the Menu button to bring up the option to delete files, you can either choose to delete the current clip/photo or delete all of them.
Always use genuine branded SDHC (class 10 & 16G max) cards, there are often many fake cards on the market (especially being sold on Amazon & eBay). Also, always format your SD card using the “format” option in the camera menu, or format the card on your home computer.
SD cards do not last forever, if you think that yours may have developed a fault then try a new card before assuming your camera is faulty.
If you think your camera has developed a fault, try a system reset as below:
Remove all batteries & SD Card, bring the camera inside for 24hrs then test again.
When in TEST mode, push the menu button and scroll down to “Default”, push OK to return your camera back to factory settings.
The infrared beam is powerful so don’t position the camera too close to any solid objects as your night shots could suffer “white out” issues. For cameras that came out of the factory from around early 2018 onwards you may have the Infrared Brightness Adjustment feature too. This feature allows you to adjust the strength of your cameras infrared beam and can help reduce white out problems with night time images or video.
Infrared Cut Filter (situated in front of the lens):
When moving the camera in your hand you may notice the IR cut filter moving in front of the lens, this is perfectly normal. When the camera is in operation, it will decide if the cut filter is needed automatically depending upon light levels.
We take a lot of calls & messages from customers thinking that they have a broken part on their camera but this is not the case!
Infrared Brightness Adjustment
If your camera has this feature then you can adjust the power of the infrared, great if you are getting some white out issues on your night vision video footage or photos. When in TEST mode just push the downward arrow button on the camera, your current infrared brightness level will be displayed on the screen, push the downward arrow key again to change the setting, there are 3 levels available (high, medium & low) and your camera is likely to be set to high as default.
If you find that your camera is not responding correctly to the switch position you have selected, for instance the LCD screen does not come on in TEST mode but the camera works fine in ON mode, or if you have the camera in TEST mode but it is acting as if in ON mode then it may be that the switch contacts have become dirty.
Please click on the link below (this link is accessible from the main product page on our website if you are currently reading this from a hard copy) and have a read of the post as this issue is easily solved and may save you the cost of returning a camera:
This is something that is worth doing periodically anyway to ensure the best performance and longevity of your Ltl Acorn camera.
When you have the camera in TEST mode, push the left arrow key to run through the various language options.
Trail Camera Triggering & Placement – Best Practice & Information:
Your trail camera records when triggered, the trigger occurs when the camera senses heat change within the image that is different to the ambient air temperature. This increased heat signature within the image is usually (but not always) caused by something new entering the camera view such as a human or creature.
In most cases optimal camera placement is at 45-90 degrees from the area you expect the subject to enter the image from. This way you are most likely to get the best picture/video possible of the subject entering the camera view.
When a subject moves across the camera’s field of view at 45-90 degrees to the lens axis the camera will be much more sensitive to this movement than if the subject is moving directly towards or away from the camera.
The reason for the lack of sensitivity in the latter is because the size of the subject will only change slowly as the cameras view of the subject expands or contracts against the background.
Whereas, if the camera is positioned at a 45 or 90 degree angle from where the subject enters the view, the entire subject will appear as “new” heat change from the cameras’ point of view.
As you can imagine trail camera placement is not an exact science as we cannot always rely on any subject to enter the camera trigger area from where we want/expect them to! Trial and error is often the best way to find out where to place your camera.
Central Shooting Sensor & Side PIR Sensors
A recording will only be triggered when the subject is within the 35 degrees central “shooting” sensor area. With the side PIRs the total sensing range is 100 degrees but the side PIRs will only prepare the camera to record, it will not actually start recording until the subject enters the 35 degree central shooting sensor area.
If the air temperature is 20C and a human with a body temperature of 37C moves in front of the camera then the camera will be sensitive to the change because of the 17C difference between the two. If the air temperature is 30C then the camera will be less sensitive because the difference is only 7C. With a small temperature difference between the air and subject temperatures it can be advantageous to set the cameras sensitivity to HIGH although this could also lead to some false triggers in some circumstances, such as a tree branch warming in the sun and then moving in the breeze for example.
Conversely, if a 37C object moves across a subzero air temperature of say -10C the camera will be very sensitive to this because the temperature difference of 47C is much greater. In these circumstances it may be advantageous to set the camera sensitivity to LOW.
Product Support & Warranty:
For email product support please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, alternatively you can get in touch via the website live chat facility.
Please note, your 1 year warranty is always looked after by your retailer.
However, here at Pakatak Ltd, we carry Ltl Acorn spare parts and are always happy to test your camera for you if you think it has developed a fault.
Thank you & we hope you enjoy your trail camera!
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