Please do not use "post comments" to ask for camera help and advice. Use phone or Skype IM in the first instance.

Updates and posts to this web site are delayed due to ongoing problems I am having with internet access. This is because of the degradation of the existing phone line infrastructure which it is hoped will be upgraded by the end of 2017.

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Ltl Acorn 5210 and 6210 Trail Camera Problem Solving

Fig 1:  Ltl Acorn 6210MMX and 5210A
Trail Cameras
Latest Page Update: 02.05.2016
Troubleshooting Guide at bottom of page.

Like all cameras of this type, the Ltl Acorn models do have their issues and I answer a large number of emails requesting help. Some problems are just mistakes with menu settings, others are issues with memory cards and some are camera faults.

This post is an attempt to collate and illustrate potential problems which, in most cases, can be corrected by users if they have the right information.

Some issues may require some analysis by the user, but most often a simple procedure or a firmware update will correct the problem.

I hope this post will help you keep your camera running without costly returns and time spent trying to explain problems.



If you have a camera problem which is not answered below please email, Skype or phone.
Do not use the post comments to ask for advice.


Real or Fake (cloned) Ltl Acorn (Firmware upgrade issues):

Before I go into specific issues, one thing which is very important is to determine that you have a genuine

Friday, 14 September 2012

Scottish Wildcat is in imminent danger of extinction

Photo: Laurie Campbell Photography 

Hot on the heels of yesterdays post which included the recent press release from SNH, comes another from the Scottish Wildcat Association.

You'll notice that I've changed their headline for the title of this post, because although I echo their sentiments for urgent action, nobody is certain  how many pure bred wildcats are left in the wild, or in captivity for that matter.

For this to be established genetic testing is an absolute priority and it's high time for SNH to formalise their national conservation action plan for

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Wildcat project comes to end but points the way for future action

Photo:   Cairngorms Wildcat Project

On the same day I was reading the final report on the Cairngorms Wildcat Project, I also received a sighting report of a large cat in this area; of wildcat size and appearance, including the typically thick, blunt and ringed tail.

This was a night time sighting in car headlights and can't be verified but I hope it's a good omen, even though the chances of it being a pure wildcat are extremely slim.

With official estimates of the remaining wildcat population in Scotland being continually down sized, and the latest from The Scottish Wildcat Association suggesting the number might be as low as 35, pure bred Scottish Wildcats could soon be extinct in the wild.

For the past year Dr O’Donoghue at the University of Chester, has been working in collaboration with Dr Ross McEwing at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland WildGenes Lab in Edinburgh, on developing a diagnostic genetic test to provide solid evidence of how many true Scottish wildcats actually

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Acorn 6210 MM/MMX instructions for using SMTP

Fig 1: Ltl Acorn 6210MMX
During the last two weeks a member of a UK squirrel group has been conducting tests with a 6210MMX, to connect through the cell phone network using SMTP, thus enabling the low cost sending of images by email.

This feature of these cameras has been the subject of a lot of discussion recently, with no conclusive practical results until now.

This is a long and detailed post, which analyses the 6210s ability to perform this function, provides camera set up procedure, makes recommendations for improvement and concludes with some useful FAQs. Make a hot drink and get reading.

11.12.2012 Please refer to this guide for a quick SMTP set up. Read carefully and do exactly as I say and I guarantee it will work. If you have a problem, phone or email me for help.

These instructions are intended to help with the setup and operation of a Little Acorn 6210 MMX or MM camera to send emails with a photo over a mobile network using a data service (not MMS) to view on a device (PC, tablet or phone) that has access to email.

General packet radio service (GPRS) is a packet oriented mobile data service on the 2G and 3G cellular communication system's global system for mobile communications (GSM). See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Packet_Radio_Service . GPRS is used to send SMS, MMS and IP traffic over the mobile network. To send emails using data rather than MMS you need to send them via an SMTP server. What is GPRS.


Post update: 13.09.12
The original report has now been updated and the final document is available to download as a pdf file.

Post update: 06.10.12
The Acorn MMS Module does not support 3G at this time, but Acorn have intimated that it may be upgraded in the future.
The person who conducted these tests didn't know if the camera was 3G or 2G and tried to test everything. Any mention of 3G was hypothetical and on the assumption that they may be upgraded to 3G.



Monday, 3 September 2012

Ltl Acorn 6210 daylight still image under exposure

Fig 1:  6210 Image with under exposed foreground.
During my time away I lent a recent 6210MMX to a member of a UK squirrel group who are monitoring for Gray Squirrel incursion into a sensitive Red Squirrel population. The purpose was to test the cameras ability to send emails by SMTP (see tomorrows post for the results).

During the tests a daylight exposure issue was highlighted which I have illustrated here. Figures 1 and 3 are the images sent by email, where the important detail is almost invisible due to under exposure. Figures 2 and 4 are the first frames of the video following each image and are correctly
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This web site is about the wildlife, particularly the mammals, of the Glen Affric National Nature Reserve area in the north west Highlands of Scotland, UK; and the equipment I use to search for them, which is chiefly trail cameras.

I provide a technical support and parts service for the Ltl Acorn range of cameras and the income from this provides for the upkeep of this site and the purchase of cameras for my own surveying.

I hope you find the site useful and informative; and please contact me if you have any questions that I haven't already covered.