The Ltl Acorn 6210MC PLUS trail camera is the upgraded version from the previous customer favourite, the 6210MC but also takes the best bits from the 6310 series trail cameras. This popular wildlife trail camera from the Ltl Acorn range offers HD video recording at 1440 x 1080 with audio, 12MP images, IP68 weatherproofing and an SD card capacity of 32G. The 6210MC PLUS trail camera has a drop down forward facing LCD screen which makes camera positioning very easy as you can see exactly what the camera lens is “seeing” whilst your setting it up.
Often known as a wildlife camera, game camera, scouting camera, hunting camera or wildlife camera trap – this device is also used extensively for cable free, video security surveillance in remote areas where connection to mains power is not possible or practical such as fly tipping hot spots or other locations where anti social behaviour may be a problem.
Thanks to the built in covert (940nm frequency) infrared array, it can capture video footage or photos in complete darkness (colour footage during the day, black & white at night) and will only do so when motion/heat change is detected using the 3 built in motion/heat sensors.
How does it work?
The 6210MC PLUS wildlife trail camera has 3 heat sensors. 2 of these are known as side sensors or prep sensors, they cover a total range of 100 degrees. So if you imagine drawing the letter V with the bottom point being the camera lens and the V having a 100 degree angle then you start getting a feel for the area that the sensors will cover in front of the camera.
The third (and most important) of the 3 sensors is the central “shooting” sensor. This sensor has a V of 35 degrees. The camera will only actually record a video or capture an image when this sensor is triggered. The side sensors act to prepare the camera in advance of the central shooting sensor being triggered. The reason for this is so that the majority of your videos or images will begin with the subject fairly central within the camera view.
All 3 sensors are heat sensors. They take the ambient air temperature and if they notice a different heat signature that’s what triggers the camera into action. For example, it’s 15 degrees outside and a human or creature with a body temperature of much higher than 15 degrees moves into the sensing area then the camera will come alive!
Please note, with the wide angle lens version (6210WMC PLUS) the entire 100 degrees is the shooting/recording area.
Time lapse & other features:
The Ltl Acorn 6210MC PLUS has password protection, 32G max SD card storage, time & date stamping, timer recording and even a time lapse feature that allows you to tell the camera to take a shot/video at set intervals regardless of whether any movement has been detected (you can use the time lapse feature in conjunction with the standard motion detection triggering or completely on it’s own without any recording triggered by movement).
There are 2 built in Timers so, should you wish to, you can set the camera to record only between certain hours of the day/night.
Trail camera size:
The amazing thing is that this feature packed trail camera comes in a palm size casing of just 14cm x 8cm x 6cm!
No glow, covert night vision:
The 6210MC PLUS uses the 940nm “no glow” infrared leds for covert night vision recording.
SD Card required:
All Ltl Acorn wildlife cameras require an SD card to operate and the 6210MC can take a 32G SD card max. (we recommend using a Class 10 card and make sure it is genuine i.e. not purchased cheaply via eBay etc)
Which batteries do I need to use?
The camera holds a maximum of 12 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 and performance of your camera, we recommend using rechargeable batteries as these will save you money in the long run.
Our top recommendation for rechargeable batteries would be the Panasonic Eneloop Pro 2500mA, we use these on a daily basis for testing trail cameras and they offer the longest running time of all of the rechargeables we have tested.
For non rechargeables we recommend the Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries, these offer the longest running time of all batteries we have tested (rechargeable & non rechargeable) and will also work better in more extreme low temperatures.
Avoid alkaline batteries, avoid Duracell and never use any battery with a mA rating of less than 2500mA as they will struggle to power the camera (especially at night) and you are likely to find little glitches in your camera performance.
How long will my batteries last before I need to change or recharge them?
We get asked this question at lot with regards to trail cameras and it’s always very difficult to answer as it depends upon many different variables such as:
- How many batteries are being used in the camera?
- Which type of battery is being used?
- Is the camera set to record video or capture still images?
- Is the camera recording a lot at night time when the more power hungry infrared is being used?
- If recording video, what video length have you set for each clip?
- Is the camera working in very low temperatures? (will use up more battery power in extreme temperatures)
These variables could mean your batteries might last anything from 4 days to 4 months!
What is Trigger Speed?
Trigger speed determines how quickly after detection by the sensor, will the camera then start actually recording.
Trigger speed is always likely to be faster when capturing images/photos than it is for recording video due to it taking the camera a little longer to “wake up” and prepare for video recording than it does for it to “wake up” and take a quick snap.
So if you want to make sure you don’t miss anything then it’s recommended to either set the camera to take images or use the camera+video setting to take a photo first and then start recording the video clip.
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 feature unique to the Ltl Acorn cameras is the much reduced standby power consumption, this means that your batteries should last a lot longer before needing a recharge and puts Ltl Acorn cameras one step ahead of much of the wildlife trail camera competition out there!
Super Moisture Proofing Process:
Ltl Acorn soak all components on the PCBA (main board inside the camera) with a moisture proofing liquid during manufacturer. This gives Ltl Acorn cameras longevity over other brands of trail camera.
Is there a security box for the Ltl Acorn 6210MC PLUS trail camera?
Yes there is, you can see it by clicking here.
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.
Ltl Acorn 6210MC PLUS / 6210WMC PLUS Trail Camera
warranty card (for your own records)
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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