Ltl Acorn 6210MC PLUS Wildlife Trail Camera – Information & Set Up Guide

Product Instructions

Ltl Acorn 6210MC PLUS / 6210WMC PLUS Trail Camera

Box contents:

trail camera

strap

these instructions

warranty card (for your own records)

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Please note, your 6210MC PLUS has a SIM card slot hidden behind the secondary battery door, please ignore it. It is non functional and cannot be used as the 6210MC PLUS model is not a cellular camera and so does not have a modem built in or an antenna fitting.

Camera Set Up

Remove any PIR sensor protectors before using your camera.

Recording:

Open the hatch at bottom of the camera and insert an SDHC Card (32G max) and 4 x AA batteries in the primary slots to the front of the camera. There is space for another 8 AA batteries in the secondary slots to the rear of the camera, using these will allow the camera to run for longer.

Please read the section further down this page with regards to which batteries to use, battery choice is vital to the performance of your Ltl Acorn camera!


Move the ON/OFF/TEST switch on bottom of camera to the TEST position
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 and change settings.

The various menu options are explained later in these pages.

Remember to push the OK button after each setting change.

Move the ON/OFF/TEST switch to the ON position, the LCD screen will now switch off & camera is now ready to be deployed.

Close the bottom hatch and lock in place with the clips.

PLAYBACK on Cameras Built in LCD screen:

(or simply remove the SD card from the camera & insert into your computers SD card slot, or use a USB SD card reader, to playback recordings)

In TEST mode push the 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 again 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.

On Screen Icons & Information:

(from top left, moving clockwise around the screen)

Camera, Camera+ or Video Camera: letting you know which recording mode you currently have the camera set to.

2M / 5M / 12M: photo megapixel resolution you have the camera currently set to.

[00014/07611m]: the number to the left of the / tells you how many recorded clips the SD card has stored currently, the number to the right of the / tells you how many it could store in total at the current settings.

SD: SD card icon confirms that you have a compatible SD card inserted in the camera.

Battery Indicator: estimated current strength of your batteries – this is just an estimate and not to be taken as 100% accurate.

Menu Settings

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 2MP, 5MP & 12MP.

Video Size: choose the video recording resolution, options are VGA, 720P & 1440×1080.

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.

Beep Sound: allows you to turn the function button beep sound on or off.

SD Cycle: 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.

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.

Batteries:

Batteries are not included but battery choice is vital for the performance of your camera, do not use Duracell and do not choose any batteries with an output power lower than 2500mA.

We recommend Energizer Ultimate Lithium 3000mA AA batteries or, if you want to use rechargeables, then opt for the Panasonic Eneloop Pro 2500mA Rechargeable AA. Our second and less expensive choice for rechargeable AA batteries would be the Vapex Instant 2500mA.

We use the above mentioned batteries every day and so can vouch for their compatibility.

Power issues can bring about many strange glitches and problems with any trail camera so it’s very important to use a recommend brand and type before assuming you have a fault with the camera itself.

Do not use Duracell or other “of the shelf” Alkaline batteries. Duracell batteries have power saving qualities which lead the camera to believe that there is not enough power available. The camera will then either not record at all or will only record a very short video clip before dropping back into standby mode and waiting to be triggered again.

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!

SD Card:

Always use genuine branded SDHC cards (SDHC, class 10), there have been in the past 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 via your computer.

Manual Reset:

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.
Reset the camera to default settings via the built in menu before testing.

Infrared:

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.

ON/OFF/TEST Switch

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 working as if in ON mode then it may be that the switch contacts have become dirty. There is information on the Pakatak website which explains how to carry our a quick clean of the electronic switch contacts – a very simple process.

This is something that is worth doing periodically anyway to ensure the best performance and longevity of your Ltl Acorn camera.

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.

With a wide angle lens version camera the entire 100 degrees is a “shooting” sensor area.

Heat Sensors:

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:

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