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Friday, 13 April 2012

Ltl Acorn upgrades and improvements for the 6210

Acorn 6210 water/condensation problem update 07.07.2012

I'm very happy and relieved to be able to say that the reason for the condensation problem in the Ltl Acorn 6210 Trail Camera has been identified.

After lengthy tests and analysis the cause of water getting into the control panel is, at long last, understood; and some final changes to the case upgrade are now being made.

I don't know exactly how long this will take, but it will be as fast as possible.

I will post a full explanation of the problem and how it was solved at a later date. Users of cameras which have this problem should remove the rubber bung (external power supply input) from the base of the camera.

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Ltl Acorn 6210 series camera
Here's some news I've been eagerly awaiting. 
The manufactures of the Ltl Acorn Trail Cameras have released an upgraded version of the 6210 series.
The list of upgrades and improvements are listed below.

The really good news is that they say they've fixed the water ingress issue ( This did not completely cure the problem and water still enters around the control panel door seal - the skirt modification is intended to correct this issue )  and I quote:
 We found that the water infiltrated from the PIR lens, and now has improved sealing materials.

We are also modifying the mold, adding skirtboard seals, so you can more effectively prevent water flow into when open the bottom cover, it takes about 20 days.(we have also considered to make the LCD can be taken out)
Any stock ordered from now onwards will have all the upgrades apart from the modified skirtboard seals. This modification will be available with stock ordered after the end of April 2012.


Update 21.05.2012


The release of the complete upgrade, including the modified case, has been delayed until the beginning of June. The factory has had some complications with implementing the changes to the mould although I haven't been informed about the detail.



1.  Language Options added;
2.  GPRS function added and tests well;
3.  Trigger time is shortened from 1.5s to 0.8s;
4.  When set to time lapse can also be triggered by movement like Bushnell;
5.  Make improvements to the performance of night vision (increased contrast);
6.  Fixed the problem of the water infiltration from the PIR, improved sealing materials.
7.  Adding skirtboard seals 
(this modification will be available for stock ordered after approx 1st May)
I'm personally, really impressed with the way this company listens to what their customers have to say; also their eagerness to rectify problems and apply improvements to their products.

22 comments:

  1. Hi Ron,

    I brought the 6210 a month ago, bad timing! I'm guessing I'm stuck with the old model? Do you know if they offer any upgrade packages?

    Rob

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  2. Hi Rob. Yes, I know what you mean. The only thing guaranteed in life is change.

    I'm using five Acorn 5210, three Acorn 6210MC and one Acorn 6210MM and they're all out of date already!

    No updates to these cameras that I am aware off, as all the changes are at component level, plus the case changes.

    Looking forward to testing the upgraded 6210 as the improvements listed above should make this a very competitive and usable camera.

    I will be posting a DIY solution to existing cameras with water ingress problems when I've completed my own tests.

    Regards
    Ron

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  3. Hi Ron, is there a firmware update with these upgrades? How do we find out what firmware we are on and where do we get firmware upgrades? Cheers.

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    1. Hi Chris. I think that all the upgrades are at component level (see my comment above) but I will check with the manufacturers.
      Regards Ron

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    2. Hi Chris. Manufacturers have just confirmed as I said above.
      Regards Ron

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  4. The completely upgraded 6210 should be available with all new stock from today and any outstanding orders should be the new camera.

    Will confirm this in the next couple of days.

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    1. I've been told that the upgraded 6210s will be available from next week - 14th May on, and will confirm as soon as I know they are being shipped.

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  5. Contrary to the above, I am now informed that the upgraded 6210 is delayed until nearly the end of this month.

    It seems as if Acorn had more work than they originally anticipated.

    I will keep updating.

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  6. Hi Ron,

    im looking to learn how to do firmware upgrade for 5210a and 6210M that i bought . any links or any tips? pls teach me.

    they are great cameras. im in australia and they give good coverage using 3g prepaid card.

    great website by the way.
    keep up the great work.

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    1. I'm just about to do a post about firmware updates for these cameras, so if you give me a few days and keep an eye on my new posts, I might answer some of your questions.

      I'm also updating the trail camera page as soon as I can to include, among other things, links to all my posts on these cameras plus outside information from other sites.

      Thanks for your comments and glad you find the site useful.

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  7. Hi Ron,

    Just received 6210MM today, has a sticker on the box stating Trigger Time 0.8s - appears to have a seal around the skirtboard.

    Hoping that all this indicates I have the revised 'non-leaking' model.

    Only found out about the problems with the model after placing my order.

    Paul in Australia

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    1. I'm told by the factory agent that the new 6210 with the upgraded case isn't available for shipping until the end of this month so I'm not sure what you have there; unless they're already shipping the new camera to Australia and not telling us.

      I'm afraid I'm only as good as the info' I'm given; but I'm going to email them and find out.

      As soon as I know something I'll post it.

      Best regards
      Ron

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    2. Hi Paul

      The factory is still working on the body upgrade so I can't offer anything on your skirt board seal. You do have the other upgrades hence the sticker saying 0.8 second trigger.

      If you've got time I wouldn't mind seeing a picture of the extra sealing. Might be of interest and use to others.

      All the best
      Ron

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  8. Hi Ron,

    The seal is made of the same material as an o-ring. Not sure if this is a new addition or if the previous version also had an o-ring type seal. Let me know if is is new and I will take a photo and email to you over the weekend.

    Regards,

    Paul

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    1. Hi Paul

      I've checked with the factory and the new case design is definitely not available anywhere yet; but they say around the end of this month if everything goes OK.

      Look at the pictures in this post - http://www.ronburyswildlife.com/2012/03/water-in-ltl-acorn-6210-control-panel.html

      I will be posting another page in a few days which will include ways to mitigate this problem which may help you in the future.

      Regards
      Ron

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  9. Hi Ron
    Iv had the same problem with this camera but I havnt opened the controll pannel in the rain at all,it has been in some heavy rain though. Where are you with the fix for the moisture problem,im not sure if I should send my one back or try your fix,
    Cheers

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    1. I've added some notes to this page and will do a post about this in the next few days. The reason I haven't said much until now is because I was doing tests to determine where the water was entering.

      Regards
      Ron

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  10. Thanks Ron,Ill wait and see what can be done.Looking at mine the join between the front and the back seems to be lacking just a little where it meets the control panel seal.
    Regards
    Chris

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  11. Hi i have the ltl-acorn 6216mm 940nm and find the night video/pics very poor can anyone tell me if there is a firmware upgrade to improve this.

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    1. Hi David

      I believe that this is being corrected now and more news will follow as soon as I get the new fully modified camera; which will hopefully be by the end of next week (18.06.12) at the latest.

      Regards
      Ron

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  12. Hi Ron,

    I purchased the 6210mm a week ago and am really enjoying the results :), the moon phase on the picture is not right, is there a way to change it to the correct one? I have checked the manual and can't find anything on this. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks

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    1. Make sure you've entered the time and date correctly into your cameras set up menu and use the moon phases calendar on my Trail Camera Sales and Data page to confirm its accuracy.

      If it still doesn't look right, send me an email with an image showing the data bar at the bottom.

      Regards
      Ron

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