The Ltl Acorn 5210A is a wildlife trail camera, it offers long running time, 1080P HD video resolution with audio recording & 12MP photos (interpolated from 5MP). Perfect for capturing video or photos of wildlife in your garden, woodland or anywhere you need to deploy a motion activated camera. Equally usual for security surveillance applications!
Often known as a game camera, scouting camera, hunting camera or wildlife camera trap – this device is also used extensively for security video surveillance in remote areas where connection to mains power is not possible.
Thanks to the built in infrared (night vision), it can capture video footage & photos in complete darkness or daylight and will only do so when motion is detected as it also has built in motion sensors.
The Ltl Acorn 5210A can take photos of 12MP quality (interpolated from 5MP) or record video clips (with sound) at 1080P resolution. You can even set the camera to take a photo then a video clip if you want to, all triggered by movement/heat change within the camera view.
The 5210A has password protection, 16G max SD card storage (SD card not supplied as standard), time & date stamping, timer recording (explained in the next paragraph), password protection and even a time lapse feature that allows you to tell the camera to take a photo/video clip at set intervals regardless of whether any movement has been detected.
The built in Timers on the 5210A trail camera are ideal if you want it to only record between certain hours of the day or night. For instance, you may want it to record in your back garden only at night time, so you can set it to trigger only between 8pm in the evening and 6am the next morning.
The amazing thing is that this feature packed trail camera comes in a palm size casing of just 14cm x 8cm x 6cm!
The Ltl Acorn cameras are very easy to use, all set up is done via the built in LCD screen and the menu system – no software is required to use the non cellular Ltl Acorn cameras.
The camera holds a maximum of 8 AA batteries, but can run off just 4. As you would imagine, the more batteries you fit the longer the running time.
Batteries are not included but battery choice is vital for the efficiency of your camera, do not use Duracell and do not choose any batteries with a capacity lower than 2500mA. We recommend Vapex Instant 2500mA Low Self Discharge Rechargeable AAs which you can purchase directly from us, they work very well with the Ltl Acorn cameras and are excellent value for money.
Infrared (Night Vision) Frequency Options:
The Ltl Acorn 5210A can be purchased with either the standard (850nm) or the covert (940nm) infrared. The 850nm is about 30% more powerful but the leds give off a feint red glow when in operation, the 940nm leds are not as strong but not not glow at all and so are more suitable for covert surveillance applications.
Since February 2018, all Ltl Acorn cameras have the infrared brightness adjustment feature. The user can then choose between 3 different night vision strengths to suit their surveillance location. This feature helps to avoid white out issues when filming animals or human subjects that are close to the camera.
The Ltl Acorn wildlife cameras require an SD card to operate, without one inserted the camera will switch itself off immediately after power up. The 5210A can hold a 16G SD card maximum. Always use SDHC and class 10 cards.
Help & Support
For our full easy set up guide plus guidelines and maintenance information for your Ltl Acorn 5210A trail camera please click here.
Infrared Brightness Adjustment:
Since January 2018, the Ltl Acorn trail cameras now feature infrared brightness adjustment, this helps if you are trying to record video or take photos of subjects that are close to the camera and allows the user to adjust the night vision power in accordance with their own application – so “white out” problems in dark conditions can be eradicated.
Low Power Consumption (in standby mode):
Another new feature added to the Ltl Acorn cameras in early 2018 is the much reduced standby power consumption, this means that your batteries should last a lot longer than previously and puts the Ltl Acorn cameras another step ahead of much of the wildlife camera competition out there!
Other Information & General Maintenance:
Do not leave discharged batteries inside your Ltl Acorn camera for any prolonged length of time. The batteries will leak and this acid will corrode the circuit board. Battery leakage is very easy to spot and is not covered under the manufacturer warranty.
Cleaning the on/test/off switch on your trail camera is excellent ongoing maintenance and it’s a very simple procedure, no need to take the camera apart or anything like that. Click here for how to clean your Ltl Acorn camera switch.
Pakatak Ltd will always beat the prices available on Amazon UK for the Ltl Acorn wildlife camera range. Dealing direct with us also means much faster support and access to help direct from Ltl Acorn themselves should you require it.
Please read all information below (especially the section about batteries & switch cleaning) before reporting any faults or missing items! Thank you.
The information contained in this post is applicable to the Ltl Acorn 5210A wildlife camera model (both 850nm and 940nm infrared array styles).
Ltl Acorn 5210A Trail Camera – Box Contents:
5210A Wildlife Camera Trap
TV Out Cable
Ltl Acorn Manufacturers Instruction Manual
Ltl Acorn 5210A – Quick Start Guide
(Information written by Pakatak Ltd)
RECORDING SET UP:
Open the hatch at the base of the camera & insert an SD Card (16G max) and AA batteries (at least 4). Please read the section further down on this page for information on which batteries to use – your battery choice is vital to the performance of your camera.
Carefully remove back plate from camera body using the clips on each side and hand-tightening screw on the back.
Move the switch on the bottom of your camera to the TEST position.
The LCD screen will come on (it 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 the OK button after each setting change to save it.
Flick switch to ON position, LCD screen will now switch off & your camera is ready to be deployed. When you first put the switch into the ON position you may notice a red light flashing on the front of the camera, this light just denotes that the camera is readying itself and it will stop flashing after about 10-20 seconds.
Close the bottom hatch & re-fit the back plate before putting the camera in your chosen location. Remember to close the side clips and tighten the screw on the back of the camera by hand – this screw helps take some of the pressure off of the side clips.
PLAYBACK on Camera:
(You can also connect to PC or TV for playback)
In TEST mode push the Replay/OK button to enter Playback mode.
Use the up & down arrow buttons to scroll through your recordings.
Press the Shot/Right Arrow button to play a video clip.
Press the OK button again to leave Playback mode.
You can push the “menu” button when looking at any particular recording in playback mode and you’ll have the option to delete that file or delete all files on the card. You can also use the “format” option in the main menu to delete and clear everything from your SD card if you wish to.
Product Support & Warranty:
For email product support please contact: email@example.com (English language messages only)
You can also find a wealth of knowledge, information & troubleshooting guides at:
Please note, your 1 year warranty is always with your retailer. However, here at Pakatak Ltd, we carry & sell Ltl Acorn spare parts and are always happy to test your camera for you if you think it has developed a fault.
HINTS, TIPS, Do’s & Don’ts!
Batteries are not included but battery choice is vital for the performance of your Ltl Acorn 5210A camera, do not choose any batteries with a capacity lower than 2500mA.
We recommend Vapex Instant 2500mA Low Self Discharge Rechargeable AAs or, even better, Panasonic Eneloop Pro 2500mA Rechargeable AAs which you can purchase directly from us, they work very well with the Ltl Acorn cameras and are excellent value for money too. We use these 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!
Always use genuine branded SD cards, there have been in the past many fake cards on the market (especially being sold on Ebay etc). Also, always format your SD card using the “format” option in the camera menu, do not format your SD card in your PC for use with the Acorn cameras. Always use SDHC, Class 10 cards.
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.
Also reset your camera to default settings via the Menu when in TEST mode.
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 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.
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 si working as if in ON mode then it may be that the switch contacts have become dirty.
Please click on the link below 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 to ensure the best performance and longevity of your Ltl Acorn camera.
If your Ltl Acorn 5210A camera has a serial number beginning with 5210, for instance 52106000634, then it will have the option of choosing from 9 different languages. The options are English, Danish, Dutch, Italian, German, French, Russian, Czech or Finnish.
When you have the camera in TEST mode, push the left arrow key to run through the various language options.
Infrared Brightness Adjustment
(applies to cameras out of the factory from around March 2018 onwards)
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.
Please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (English language messages only please) if you think of any other useful information that should be added to this guide.
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!).
Useful links and other language guides:
Pakataks’ Ltl Acorn 5210A Easy Set Up Guide & Information (Spanish version)
Pakataks’ Ltl Acorn 5210A Easy Set Up Guide & Information (Italian version)
Pakataks’ Ltl Acorn 5210A Easy Set Up Guide & Information (German version)
Pakataks’ Ltl Acorn 5210A Easy Set Up Guide & Information (French version)
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