Ltl Acorn 6310MC & 6310WMC Wildlife Camera Trap – Info & Set Up Guide

Product Instructions

Ltl Acorn 6310MC / 6310WMC Trail Camera

Box contents:

trail camera

strap

these instructions

warranty card (for your own records)

Please note, if your 6310MC / 6310WMC has a SIM card slot hidden behind the secondary battery door please ignore it. It is non functional and cannot be used as the 6310MC model is not a cellular version camera, it does not have a modem or an antenna.

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 (32G max) and 4xAA batteries in the primary battery slots behind the spring loaded door positioned towards the front of the camera.
There is space for another 8 AA batteries behind the secondary battery door positioned further to the rear of the camera should you wish to use them – this will mean that your camera lasts for longer “in the field” before you will need to change or recharge the batteries.

Please read the section further down the page about which batteries to choose, your battery choice is vital to the performance of your Ltl Acorn camera.

Once you have inserted your SD card and batteries, open the hatch on the back of your camera behind which you will see the LCD screen and function buttons.

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

LCD screen will come on (the screen will go straight off again if you have not inserted a compatible SD card).

Push the MENU button & use the arrow buttons to select and change settings. Remember to push OK button after each setting charge.

Press the MENU button again to leave the menu when you have finished adjusting the settings.

Move the ON/OFF/TEST switch to the ON position, the LCD screen will switch off & the camera is now ready to be deployed. You may notice a light flashing on the front of the camera for about 10 seconds, this is just the camera preparing itself, once the light stops flashing the camera is in operation and will start recording as per your settings.

Close bottom hatch and lock with the clip.

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 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 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:

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

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

NO MM1: you may see this message displayed on the screen and it is just letting you know that this camera is a non cellular model.

[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.

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, do not expect it to be 100% correct. It’s better to gradually get a feel for how long the batteries will last in your camera by checking the time & date stamp on your recordings for when the card ran out of space etc.

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 or 12MP.

Video Size: choose the video recording resolution, options are VGA, 720P or 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.

This option will be unavailable if you have the 6310WMC wide angle lens version.

Beep Sound: when you push a function button on the camera you will hear a beep sound. This option allows you to turn this sound on and 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 Ltl Acorn camera, do not choose any batteries with a capacity 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.

DO NOT use “off the shelf in the supermarket” Alkaline batteries (unless you are sure from the specifications that they are 2500mA or more) as they are unlikely to be powerful enough and so will reduce the performance level of your camera.

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 and 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!

SD Card:

Always use genuine branded SDHC (class 10) cards, there have been in the past many fake cards on the market (especially being sold on eBay & Amazon etc.)

Also, always format your SD card using the “format” option in the camera menu or you can format the card in your own computer.

SD cards do not last forever unfortunately, if you think your card may have developed a fault please try a new one before assuming your Ltl Acorn camera has a fault.

Battery & SD card issues are the cause of 95% of camera problems reported.

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.
In TEST mode go into the Menu and select Default to return the camera to factory settings.

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.

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 etc, there are 3 levels available (high, medium and low) and your camera is likely to be set to high as default.

Infrared Cut Filter (filter lens situated in front of the main 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.

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.

Please on the link below (link accessible via our website if you’re reading this as a hard copy) and have a read of the post as this issue is easily solved and may save you the cost & time of returning a camera:

Cleaning Dirty Switch Contacts

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:

For product support please email alan@pakatak.co.uk – you can also use the Live Chat on our website at www.pakatak.co.uk

Thank you for purchasing from Pakatak Ltd!

Pakatak Ltd are the largest UK distributor of the Ltl Acorn range of wildlife trail cameras and deal directly with the manufacturer (we’re the only UK based company to do so!).  To see the full range of trail cameras please click here.

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