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Friday, 17 August 2012

Ltl Acorn 6210 Series Trail Camera News and Updates

Fig 1:  Ltl Acorn 6210 MC
Left. 940nm (no glow) - Right. 850nm (red glow)
A week ago I received the two pre-production  6210MC test cameras shown in figure 1; and since then I've been conducting water ingress tests to determine if the new modifications will keep water out of the case, in our climate.

The manufacturers have been working hard to completely redesign, not just the bottom door assembly, but also the main case moulding to accommodate the new door interface.

In my last post about this, I suggested doing away with the seal, but Acorn have decided they want the camera completely waterproof. Consequently the
Fig 2: Modified bottom door assembly
cameras shown
on the left are not finished production units; but were sent for me to test the water shedding ability of the redesign so far.

The good news is that under test conditions identical to those previous, both cameras stayed internally dry throughout.

The not so good news is that we have to wait another four weeks for completion of all the work and for the cameras to start leaving the production line. I know waiting is a frustration, especially for those of you who were expecting your new camera a couple of months ago; but I'm convinced that the wait will be worth it in the long run.

Fig 3: Modified bottom door assembly
For anyone who doesn't want to wait any longer, there is the option of having the June update version, which although not completely waterproof, is marginally better than the original. Personally I would wait for the new camera to be available next month.

The images on the left show various aspects of the new design, in particular the raised control panel, the extra water sinking around the hinge assembly and the inset of the door profile in relation to the bottom of the case body.

Changes still to be made are an increase in the
Fig 4: Modified bottom door assembly
diameter of the rubber door seal from 1.4 to 2. 3mm and a rise of the skirt edge from 1.5 to 3.0mm.

Firmware Updates:
My next post (tomorrow) will be about the poor quality of the infra-red lighting at night and in advance of that I have update file FW6210-940 which I have tested, and improves night image and video exposure.

Email me for a copy of the file if you have this problem.

11 comments:

  1. Hi Ron
    Are the new cameras now in production?
    Thanks
    Janette

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    1. Hi Janette

      Almost! I received an email from the manufacturers two days ago to say that the testing is almost complete with one minor change still to make.

      They say they will send me a new camera to evaluate in about six days, so it looks as if, at long last, we will have the new waterproof camera available.

      They have also been making other improvements to the performance of the camera and the MMS/GPRS module, all of which I will review as quickly as possible.

      Regards
      Ron

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    2. Hi Ron

      Did you receive a new camera and hows the testing going? Are you still looking to shipping the camera at the end of September?

      Regards
      Adrian Jevons

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    3. Hi Adrian

      I've been waiting to hear that the camera is on its way. I asked yesterday and haven't received an answer yet.

      As soon as I know something concrete I'll be posting the news.

      Regards
      Ron

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    4. I'll be posting a news update tomorrow

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  2. Hi Ron
    Dovyou think they will supplyba new one or should I just accept the old version as have been waiting since May?
    Thanks
    Janette

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    1. Hi Janette

      As I've just replied to Adrian above, I'll be posting news tomorrow.

      RegardsRon

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  3. hi Ron

    I recently purchased a 5210mm that had to be returned due to what i think was a fauly shutter speed as the pictures all came out blurred unless the subject was stationary.I am now thinking of getting the"ACORN LTL-6210MM HD Email MMS Trail Hunting Camera with audio"but when i checked the specs there was no mention of the mics capabilities (recording distance ect)just a picture showing where the mic is.Do you know if these models are any good and worth the extra money.

    i look forward to your reply Rob

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    1. Hi Rob

      The 6210 series are certainly worth trying for the HD video which is much better quality than the 5210 VGA; but in a generous mood I would call the audio poor. Loud sounds get picked up but I don't consider it's audio capabilities a selling point at this stage in its development. Other users have commented that it's great being able to hear what sounds animals are making, but I've yet to be impressed. With previous comparisons with the Bushnell equivalent, the Bushnell results have been even worse.

      Fast moving animals will always be blurred with these cameras especially at night, because the shutter speeds are only around a 1/15th to a 1/30th of a second in poor light; and of course, there's no opportunity to pan with a moving animal. In bright daylight the results are much improved.

      Bearing in mind the price of these cameras, they do the job for which they are intended very well; but if your looking for consistent broadcast quality you'll need to add zeros to what you pay.

      Best wishes
      Ron

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    2. hi Rom

      thanks for the reply,i think ill give one a try and if thats any good ill get a few more.
      rob

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    3. Hi Rob

      If you're planning buying more than one, then drop me an email, and I'll give you a quote for quantity.

      I also have special prises for Professional users.

      Best wishes
      Ron

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