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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
camera manufactured by Ltl Acorn. There is at least one company that I am aware of, who stole the case design and who, I believe, are currently the subject of a law suit in China. They manufacture a range of lookalikes which are available from a variety of internet sources.

Fig 1a:  Genuine Acorn
5210 packaging showing
the Acorn logo top left.
The bottom box is the oldest
and similar to the box in
figure 1b.
The two boxes above show
the 0.8 second trigger speed
label which was introduced
in June 2012.
How alike the internal electronics are to the genuine Acorns I have no idea, but if you are unfortunate enough to have one of these cameras it is unlikely that it will respond well to a genuine Acorn firmware update. In a situation like this it would be impossible to reload the camera with the original software, and the camera would be useless.


Fig 1b: Fake packaging shown by an Amazon seller.
Note that there is no Acorn logo on the box.

















How to tell the difference:
Fig 2: Embossed badge on all models

All models of the Ltl Acorn range of trail cameras have a badge (Figure 2) embossed into the case front below the PIR side detector windows. This is a registered trademark.

Fig 2a: Acorn clone without trademark 

Distributors and retailers of cloned cameras have
Fig 3: 5210A Bar Code Label
apparently been known to show images of cameras with the badge, even though the cameras they are selling do not have this.



Bar code labels and approval marks with nine figure serial numbers similar to those shown in figure 3 (5210A) and figure 4 (6210MM) will always be found on genuine cameras.
I have seen images of cloned cameras, apparently without labels and marks.

Fig 4: 6210MM Bar Code Label
With the 6210 the label is found on the lower outside back of the camera body and with the 5210 the label is found lower back of the camera after removing the backpack.


The splash screen is always as seen in figure 5 and appears when the camera is switched on to the test switch position.

The splash screen picture is the same for all Ltl Acorn Camera models.

Fig 5: Acorn Splash Screen all Models

Clone Models that I have seen usually have a splash screen which displays flowers (fig 5a) and is predominantly blue in colour.



Fig 5a: 5210A clone


















None of the above is guaranteed not to change but if you can tick all the boxes, you can be fairly certain that your camera is genuine as at the date of this post.



Getting Started:

Make sure you always switch the camera OFF before switching to ON or TEST. Don't switch directly from test to on or visa versa.

SD Cards are the camera's memory and without one loaded into the card slot, the camera simply won't work. If you switch the camera (5210 and 6210) onto test without inserting an SD card, the camera will beep, show the splash screen and then go dead. This will also happen if the SD card is faulty (see troubleshooting note below)

Maximum card sizes: 5210 models 16GB - 6210 models 32GB.

Don't try to force the card into the slot. With both models the contact side of the card is always towards the front of the camera. Card and slot can both be damaged by using force.


Fig 6: Loading SD card into a 5210




Fig 7: 6210 Battery compartments
Battery Cells are AA (LR6) size and can be Lithium, Alkaline or NiMH. See this post for more information about internal and external power sources, plus SD cards and interfaces.


Cells are easy to load (fig 7) and polarities are stamped on the metal contact plates inside the battery covers. If you insert a cell the wrong way round it will overheat, may catch fire and possibly stop the camera from working.

When you first close the battery cover, the blue/red diode in the LED array will flash briefly although the camera is not switched on. This is normal.

The power switch has three positions. Off is position one which is nearest the centre of the camera with both models. To switch the camera to test and access the setup menu, move the switch to the third position which is nearest the outside of the camera. The middle position switches the camera on for normal operation.

Fig 8: 6210 Menu screen - first page

Switch the camera to the test position.
When the camera fires up it will beep, flash the blue/red diode in the LED array and activate the information/monitor screen.

Format the SD card in the camera (as instructed below) before you do anything else.

Important: Do not format your SD card in Windows. Either format in the camera or use SDFormatter which you can download here.


Fig 9: 5210 Menu screen - first page
To access the menu press the menu button once. On the 5210 it is the far left button and on the 6210 it is the top left button.


The first page of the menu on both cameras is the same. Navigate to the second item down which is the format command. With it highlighted as in figures 8 and 9, press the OK button. The OK button is far right on the 5210 and bottom left on the 6210. When you press the OK button the screen will ask for confirmation. Navigate to YES and press OK.

The screen will then ask you to wait and when the SD card is formatted, the camera will automatically exit the menu and return to the information screen.

Without turning the camera off, you can now check that the camera's PIR detectors are working properly. Set the camera down on a flat surface and move your hand across the front of the camera at about a metre distance. As you move from side to side the camera's blue/red diode will flash from blue through red and back to blue. The blue diode indicates that the side PIR sensors are working and the red diode indicates that the main PIR sensor is working. This function can be useful for setting and aiming the camera in the field

At this point the camera is ready to operate normally and is set to the manufacturer's default settings. You can set your own personal settings later but first I would suggest you test the camera for correct function as follows.

Turn the camera off and then move the switch back to the middle position. You'll know that the switch is in the correct position because instead of the beep and splash screen, the control panel screen will stay inactive and the the red diode in the LED array will flash seven (7) or thirteen (13) on later models (5210); and fourteen (14) (6210) times; after which you may hear a faint click as the IR filter moves across the lens.

In daylight mode the IR filter is across the lens, while in night mode it moves away.
See Infra Red filter notes in trouble shooting below.

If all is correct the camera will now be taking still images, every time (1 minute interval on default) the PIR is activated. Set the camera on a flat surface like a table top and walk about in front of the lens. Then move away behind the camera for a few minutes, before moving back in front of the lens. The result should be one or two images, then a time gap before one or two more. This tells you that the camera is firing when triggered but not when there is no trigger (trigger instability).

You can check the images the camera has taken, by viewing them on the camera's internal screen; but I find it a lot easier to turn the camera off, remove the card and stick it in the desk or lap top's SD card slot. Open up Windows Explorer and viewing, and checking basic image data is straightforward.

The reason I've gone through this preliminary setting up procedure is because if you've followed the above exactly you will have confirmed that all the camera's basic functions are working correctly before you get more deeply involved.

Visit my menu settings page for a complete description of the 5210 and 6210 camera menus and how to use them. The paper manual will also walk you through the menu options. There are however, some operational issues which can arise because of incorrect menu settings so I'll go through those now.

Manuals can be downloaded from the Camera Data Page.

Using the menu:


Fig 11: 5210 menu - Page 4
All 5210 and 6210 models before October 2012 have the same basic menu (excluding MMS menu) apart from the 6210 which has two additional items. These are Beep Sound on/off and SD Card Cycle on/off.
Fig 12: 6210 menu - Page 3

The 5210 has four pages and the 6210 has five pages.

Both menus are natural and easy to use but you must remember to press the OK button after each individual menu function change, otherwise the chosen function will revert to its original setting.

When setting the Time Lapse or Timer to ON you must set times for both functions, otherwise the camera will fail to operate.

If you think you've scrambled the menu settings, one option is to use the Default Set instruction which will return all settings apart from the clock, to the manufacturer's default settings. You can then try entering your personalised settings again.

Setting a password can lead to a problem. See troubleshooting below.




The following section can also be found on the Camera Technical Support Page

Troubleshooting: 


Do not use comments below to ask for help.
Please use email, Skype or phone. 

Like all modern electronic items such as satellite receivers, routers, phones et.c, these cameras have on-board processors, which store a basic programme set plus all additional menu commands made by the user.

Sometimes all these instructions get scrambled and the equipment starts to behave erratically or not at all.

If your camera develops a problem which doesn't have an obvious answer, then the best course of action is to force a system reset. You can do this by removing the SD Card and all the Battery Cells; and then leaving the camera for at least 24 hours, which will allow all volatile memory to discharge.

Afterwards, you start to set the camera up again as from new providing this appears to have cured the problem.

If this doesn't work it may be that the camera has developed a component fault and will need to be returned to your supplier for repair or replacement, providing it's within the one year warranty period.

Before you contact your supplier read all below.

Wireless Cameras (Series 2) Manufactured from December 2012 to February 2013:
GPRS Module and PCB problems. Please read this post.


General all cameras:

Camera Menu Reset. Camera doesn't behave as expected after changing menu settings. Select Default in the menu, click OK and start again.

Dirty switch contacts. If your camera refuses to switch on (either switch position) or when in the test position, comes on then dies and then comes back on again. Remove all the batteries and try spraying a small amount of switch cleaner into the body of the OFF/ON/TEST switch and then gently work the switch back and forth through its positions. Using switch cleaner will clean and lubricate the switch contacts which can become dirty over time. Switch cleaner can be used as a maintenance measure before any problem occurs but don't overspray.

Dirty card contacts. SD and SIM card contacts, on the cards and inside the camera can get dirty over time. If the camera suddenly starts to behave unusually when it's worked OK previously, try cleaning the card contacts by lightly spraying the card contact face with CD or screen cleaner and then gently working the card in and out of its slot a few times. This will clean the contact areas between card and camera.

6210MC SD card lost inside camera. The reason the card is able to go in at an angle is because the non wireless MC only has a plastic blanking tray where the module would normally be fitted. This leaves a small gap at the back of the card slot. If the card is accidentally pushed through this gap it lands in the blanking tray, which in itself should not cause any problems. To remove the card open the back battery cover and you will see the front of the blanking tray, directly below the card slot. To the middle left of the blank is the SIM card slot and to the right of this and above is a lip which can be levered with your finger nail to pull the blanking tray out of the camera. Do it carefully and the SD card should come out with it. Keep the camera normally orientated while you do this and gravity will keep the card at the bottom of the tray. Once you've removed the card you can either choose to leave the tray out or refit it.

Cellular models refuse to switch on in test position with SIM card inserted.  Try cleaning the SIM card contacts. This may work otherwise see dirty switch contacts above.

6210MG No wireless network connection information on screen. This was a problem with cameras produced during December 2012 and January 2013. Please read this post.

5210 Microcontroller (MCU) problem. Some recent cameras have occasionally shown a fault where, although the menu sets up OK and all functions work in TEST mode, when set to ON the camera will take one image and then fail to respond to the PIR trigger. If you are unfortunate enough to receive a camera with this problem, you will need to return it, through your supplier for replacement/repair.

6210 All versions.
Screen white/black or abnormal display. White ribbon cable creased where it passes from the main case to the control panel. This causes a disconnect in one or more of the wires and requires replacement of the ribbon cable.
Control panel buttons not working correctly. This may be caused by the ribbon cable or by contamination of the switch contacts most probably due to moisture entering the control panel in which case the control panel will need to be dismantled and dried out. Use compressed air on the micro switches. Don't operate the buttons with wet fingers.

SD Cards

Camera shows the Acorn Splash Screen and then dies when switched to test. No SD Card or SD Card faulty. Insert SD Card or try another card. Clean contacts (see above)

SD Cards can also go faulty causing the problem mentioned above. If you suspect this, then try a new card. Some cards can be incompatible with the camera so you may need to try a different brand. This may be indicated by getting a Card Full message on the screen. SanDisk are compatible.

Card Protected Message on Screen. Make sure your SD Card Lock is off.

SanDisk Compatibility. In November 2013 I discovered that a new batch of SanDisk 8GB cards would not allow the 6210MGX to send vga images over the network. It transpired that a change in the cards technology was preventing the camera from saving the vga image to the MMS folder.
This will be the case with all 6210 cameras using V1.2.105T firmware or earlier when using some new SD cards. The problem was quickly solved by Acorn writing new firmware  V1.2.115T

Important: Do not format your SD card in Windows. Either format in the camera or use SDFormatter which you can download here.

Firmware/Software

Setting a Password can be a problem if you forget what it is, or if when entered, the camera doesn't respond. If the above system reset doesn't cure it, contact me by email and I will be able to help. Please include proof of purchase and the model and serial number of the camera.

Screen message saying 'Please re-upgrade' and camera does not work. This indicates that the camera has been loaded with the wrong firmware update for that model. You will need to load a new firmware update using the correct file for the camera model. Email me with the camera model, serial number, date when purchased and any information regarding an attempted/failed firmware update.

Firmware Updates and Acorn lookalikes sold by Aldi. I don't know the origins of the cameras sold by Aldi but firmware updates for the Aldi cameras are not compatible with the genuine Acorn cameras. If you try to update an Acorn 5210 with Aldi firmware you will stop your camera from working. At the moment (16.01.2013) I don't know if the resulting condition is recoverable.

Set-up Software. A user in Sweden has reported that he couldn't get his older (pre-screen change) 6210 to work properly using setup software v1.2.026 but all worked OK when using v1.2.020 which is one of the versions available here.

Firmware Updates have also been covered elsewhere on this site. You can find links to the relevant posts by going to the site Index Page and/or the Download Page.


Infra Red Filter

In daylight mode the IR filter is across the lens, while in night mode it moves away.

Fig 10: Pink daytime image caused by sticking IR filter.
Sometimes these filters have been known to stick, resulting in pink daytime images (figure 10).

Black nighttime images are also caused by a sticking IR filter. If the filter sticks in front of the lens it will prevent the camera seeing IR light at night.

The filter can be freed by sharply tapping the side of the camera case with your knuckle, which is usually enough to get it working again, even if you have to do it a few times.




Battery Issues

Warning: Battery cells should not be left in the camera when the camera is not in use. Even when the switch is in the OFF position the camera will still be drawing about 300 microamps to maintain time and date settings and after a long period in this state cells will start to leak and corrode the inside of the camera. The damage can be extensive.

Always replace discharged battery cells and always remove battery cells, regardless of their state of charge, if the camera is going to be stored. 


Battery types
Please read the following post

Which AA Batteries to use in Ltl Acorn Wildlife/Trail/Security Cameras


Some popular batteries such as Duracell have a high internal resistance and although they will seem to be OK when first used will very quickly show problems related to discharged cells. This will happen within a couple of weeks of normal use which suggests to the user that the camera is faulty when it is in reality the battery. Symptoms include all the following.

Camera does not accept menu changes.  This can be caused by low battery voltage. Replace batteries. Also do a system reset as detailed above.

Camera set to Camera + Video but only shoots images and shortened or no video. This can also be caused by low battery voltage. It is a power saving function of the camera whereby it senses excessive voltage drop and shortens or does not record video to prolong infield life. This will firstly happen at night because of the extra power required by the IR LED lighting array.  Replace batteries. Also do a system reset as detailed above.

Flickering White Screen and buzzing noise from camera. Batteries need replacing and you may see a blue screen with low battery message.

Black Night Time images and/or Shortened Videos. The cause will most likely be low batteries. As the battery voltage decreases with use it will eventually reach various thresholds.
1) Length of video will be progressively reduced to 0 seconds.
2) IR light will decrease on still images and the images will become very grainy.
3) Camera will still take images at night but they will be black other than to show external light sources.
4) Day time images will still be taken but no videos or one/two second clips.
5) Camera stops functioning.

Batteries and Video Length.
If the camera is taking videos which are a variable and shorter time than you have set, it will be because the battery voltage has dropped and the camera is attempting to save battery power.

If the camera is operating in low temperature, use Lithium batteries or an external Sealed Lead Acid battery rated at 6 volts 7 Ah. The SLA battery will last for a long time.

At temperatures around or below 0C Alkaline and standard NiMH rechargeable batteries will only work for a few days before their voltage drops to too low a level.  If you choose to use these battery types then reduce the length of the video to 10 seconds, or just shoot still images only.
Low self discharge (LSD) NiMH are likely to perform better than the standard NiMH.

Which AA Batteries to use in Ltl Acorn Wildlife/Trail/Security Cameras


External Power sources.
Ltl Acorn say that all their cameras can be operated from an external 12 volt source but I would recommend a maximum of 9 volts. At higher voltages I have seen instability which suggests the regulator is being overloaded.

Using a 6 volt SLA battery is the only reliable and cost effective way I have found, for shooting 20 second plus videos over long, in field, service periods.
Please note that without a low voltage cut off circuit between the SLA battery and the camera, the battery may be irreversibly damaged if the voltage drops below 5.8 volts. Please read this post.

Video Compatibility

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Video compatibility between cameras.
Video taken with the 5210 is not playable on the 6210 and vice versus.



I hope I've covered most issues but I will update this post as new problems and solutions emerge.

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92 comments:

  1. Hi Ron, I have just returned a 6120 unit to a company as it developed a fault, it worked fine at first but the the files became corrupt & unreadable in editing software, it was returned to the supplier & came back to me with a new SD card, the unit still had the fault so it has now been returned for a full refund, the unit also showed signs of corrostion & a white discharge in the rear battery compartment door, the unit always had good batteries in & had never been used outdoors
    Please advice others of what this fault may be & also let me know what unit I should purchase next as I have lost faith in the acorn brand

    Many Thanks
    Shanan Leigh

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  2. Hi Shanan

    I'm sorry to hear about your problems with your 6210. I'm afraid that blaming the SD card seems to be the easy default position for problems that cannot be identified and where there's no will to investigate further.

    The corrosion and discharge you describe can only be caused by faulty battery cells; either by manufacture, getting wet or by being inserted in the camera the wrong way round (reverse polarity). Battery cells are occasionally faulty from new and I advice investing in a cheap multimeter so that cell voltage can be tested before use.

    Inserting a battery cell the wrong way round will usually stop the camera working and will potentially cause other issues.

    Your initial problem with file corruption could reasonably be blamed on a faulty SD card in the first instance, but it seems, from what you say, that there may have been more than one issue; and conceivably, one interacting with the other.

    This is the first time I've come across the possibility of file corruption being caused by the camera itself. It's certainly not a known issue and not one that I can investigate without having a camera that shows these symptoms.

    In summary, the only problem I can be certain your camera had, was related to faulty battery cells and probably a faulty SD card. Beyond that I cannot go without having the camera to test.

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  3. I thank you for this site. It is good of you to take the time. It demonstrates old school responsibility.

    sincerely

    rodrickau

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    1. Thanks Rodrickau

      I hope you find the site useful.

      Regards Ron

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  4. Hi there Ron.
    I am glad to have found this site of yours as I today received my 5210a(12mp) in the post.
    I have been playing with it for a couple of hours now. At first I thought there may have been a faulty inside the cam as I saw the little filter was half way across the lens on the inside. But once the batteries were installed it was gone. No where in the instruction booklet did it explain about the IR filter, so as I said. Im glad to have found this site. I have my own Youtube channel and sometimes do unboxing videos and also product reviews. If its ok with you. I will link this site of yours within my video so that if anyone else buys one of these they can come here and read up on it just like I have. Let me know if this is ok with you please?
    If you're interested.....my YT channel is www.youtube.com/user/RDPproject Drop by sometime. Im into bushcraft, leatherwork, knife making and wilderness survival. All the best. Rob (Brisbane, Australia)

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    1. My pleasure Rob. It makes the effort worthwhile to know that people are getting real value from the site.

      Please feel free to link as much as you wish. I've hooked up with you on YouTube so I'll be watching.

      Regards
      Ron

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  5. Hi mate.
    Can you help me if an issue....
    I can not figure out how to get the Timelaps to work on this 5210a.
    The setting shows up in the menue...but its got me stumped and I can not find any video on YT about it either.

    Help!

    Rob
    zerowildfire@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi Rob

      1) Open up the menu and navigate to 'Timer Lapse'

      2) Use the right hand navigation key to highlight 'On'

      3) Press The OK button and a new window will open up with the Hour, Minute and Second options.

      4) Use these options to set the time you want the camera to wait between triggers.

      5) When you've set the time, press OK and the camera will save the setting and return to the main menu window.

      6) Navigate to 'Sense Level'. If this is set to High, Medium or Low, then the PIR detection will work during time lapse. This means that any heat source moving through the cameras detection zone will trigger the camera as normal, even when the camera is set to time lapse.
      If you don't want this to happen then set the 'Sense Level' to off.
      Don't forget to press OK immediately afterwards to save your setting.

      (It's important to remember to press the OK button every time you set each individual option in the menu otherwise your setting will not be saved.)

      Regards
      Ron

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  6. Thanks...

    ""4) Use these options to set the time you want the camera to wait between triggers.""
    Do you mean the time that the time Laps will actually start?
    I have the picture interval set at 10 seconds.
    Also...My 5210a does not have the option for choosing 'Off' in the Sense Level.
    Just Low, Normal & High. So I have chose normal so see what happens.

    I have set it up tonight for a morning sunrise capture.
    Lets hope this works.
    Rob

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    1. Hi Rob

      You may find that trying to shoot a sunrise will yield poor results because of the camera's dynamic range. If you have areas of extreme brightness and darkness in the same frame, you may find areas of the image either underexposed, overexposed or both.

      The reason you don't have the off setting in the sense level options is because you have older software. It's only V3.03 which has this option and I don't know (yet) if it is compatible with older cameras yet.

      4) the time you set here will be the amount of time which elapses between each trigger when the time lapse is set to on. So if you set the lapse time to 20 seconds, this means that the camera will automatically trigger every 20 seconds from the point when you switch the camera on.

      You should set the INTERVAL to 0 seconds.

      Because you don't have the SENSE LEVEL OFF option, any thing that passes in front of the camera between the trigger lapse times will also trigger the camera.

      Regards
      Ron

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  7. I have just purchased the 5210A as a gift and the recipient has had problems so i contacted the seller to be told it was the SD card . I have tried others but to no improvement .Before i return have you any ideas?Basically the camera works fine on video and daytime camera but the problem occurs with nightime shots as the camera shutter doesnt seem to be in sync with the infra red flash . With thanks

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    1. Hi Sarah

      If possible, could you email me a night time image, just as it came from the camera. I'm assuming the video results are the same.

      Regards
      Ron

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    2. Thanks for the prompt reply Ron . I could send a photo but it shows nothing just a clear white screen . The daytime shots are fine as are both day and night video presumably as there is no need for the flash during the day and in video mode the shutter is open for longer at night so the when the flash is activated then footage is recorded.Thanks for your help . Sarah

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    3. Sarah. I would still need you to email me one of each day and night images and also a five second night time video clip.

      Regards
      Ron

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    4. Hi , I had this problem when i first got my camera trap but then i realised that i was using it indoors and pointing it through a window-it was the reflection from the IR flash that had been captured by the camera-hence the white screen!-I hope this helps, however if the camera was outside the only other thing I think of is that something almost brushed the camera from the side and was over exposed?

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    5. Hi Paul.

      You've got no hope of getting an image through glass at night for exactly the reason you stated.
      Anything close to the camera when it triggers at night will also create some funny results, not just because of the reflected light but also because of the camera's slow shutter speed under these conditions.
      Possibly I should add this to the trouble shooting above.

      Thanks for your observations.
      Regards
      Ron

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    6. Hi Ron,
      Thanks for your comments and for a really interesting site-its very helpful-i noticed you state that there are software updates for some models-how are these applied is it something you put on the Sd card to update or is it mote technical? I have a a 5210A model-I can't say I have had any problems with it as yet but I'm not sure about leaving it out in the rain-i use it mostly in South Africa but is almost always hot and dry when I use it.

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    7. Hi Paul

      Yes, the cameras are updated with a binary file copied to the SD card and loaded onto the camera as per the instructions in my post entitled Firmware Updates, Upgrades and Software - Little Acorn Trail Cameras dated 30.12.2012

      You can also download user manuals from my Camera Data Page.

      Rain will not bother your camera and my advice is if it isn't broken don't try to fix it.

      Regards
      Ron

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  8. Hi Ron,

    What would cause the 5210 to burn out whilst in the field? Camera MMS Model, is 8 months old and has worked without fault until it fuzed shut last week.Eventually got it open and found it had burnt out at the top of each side, batteries installed correctly.

    Contacted the Company that supplied it through Aliexpress and did not get a reply after sending through the pictures. Celia Yang, China. It has been a quality product( having the features you mention above) till this happened.

    Followed manual instructions to the letter.Can batteries cause this?

    Cheers Paul in Aus.

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    1. Hi Paul

      From the way you describe the problem, batteries are probably the only possible cause. Big question is why.

      Could you tell me the following:
      1) What weather conditions was the camera working in.
      2) What type of batteries (NiMh, Alkaline, Lithium) and what make.
      3) If re-chargeable batteries were used, when were they last charged.
      4) How long had the batteries been working in the camera from a new, fully charged state.

      If you could email me some images of the damaged camera and the batteries, that would be best.

      I can't guarantee a 100% diagnosis from a distance, but I'll try.

      Regards
      Ron

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  9. Hi Ron,

    Having a bit of a problem with my 5210A, I've been through all your trouble shooting guide and am still stuck, any help would be greatly appreciated. I have had the her working and all went well. Have checked the photo's (got nothing but some branches) deleted all of the data on the SD card reinserted it and now all I get when I go onto test mode is a small camera with a red + next to it in the top left part of the screen!? Any ideas would really help.

    Thanks

    Tom

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    1. Hi Tom

      I'm not sure about your problem, but a reload of firmware might work. If you send me an email I'll send you the latest firmware for this camera.

      Regards
      Ron

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  10. Dear Ron,
    I have a 5210A camera from my uncle while it doesn't work.
    Don't know whats happen in the past, get the camera after he died....

    I have insert new batteries, SD-Card, close battery-cover-case, witch to "ON" after 7 times flash red-LED the 8 broke down, than the monitor flash for a 1/10 secound, but nothing more.
    Do you know about this issue / problem?
    Would be great if you can get me support...

    Many thanks in advance

    Best Regards
    Roland

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    1. Hi Roland

      When the camera is switched to test, do you get the correct display and can you raise the menu screen?

      When you switch to the ON position (centre switch position) and leave the camera to work normally, does it take any pictures?

      In the TEST position, have you tried to take an image. You do this by pressing the right arrow button (second button in from the right)

      The monitor should not flash when the camera is set to ON to operate normally (entre switch position)

      If no SD card is inserted or if there is an SD card problem, then when you switch to TEST the screen will flash briefly with the acorn splash screen, and then go dead.

      How old is the camera?

      If you email me the camera's serial number, I'll send you up to date firmware, which may clear the problem.

      Regards
      Ron

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  11. Hi, I recently bought an acorn 5210A (about 2 weeks ago) and sometimes when it is in test mode, the screen will turn white and flicker on and off. When you turn it off and on again it works fine, but then start to do it again. I've set it up and it's taken videos, so the problem only occurs when it's in test mode. Do you known what's happening?

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    1. Hi Nicole

      I'm not sure about this. It seems a bit like it may be a connection problem between the screen and the main circuit board.

      As it is only 2 weeks old I would suggest you go back to your supplier and ask for a replacement camera.

      I would be interested to know how this turns out.

      Regards
      Ron

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  12. Hi Ron,

    You have an excellent forum here regarding these cameras, and the best I can find on the net. I have a question - I live in Canada and just bought a 6210MG. The mobile carrier of choice is Rogers, and they are listed in the Automatic option in the MMS setup screen. I've purchased and tested a SIM card in another device, but I receive the 'SIM' display at the top of the test screen regardless of whether or not the card is inserted when I turn the device on. I'm assuming since I've even entered the manual settings for Rogers that I have a defective unit. Any ideas? For my own troubleshooting, if an activated SIM card (or any SIM card) was inserted, would you still receive the 'SIM' error at the top? Thanks, and again, great site you have here.

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    1. Hi Gordon

      Thanks for your comments about the site. Now I'm going to spoil it by asking you to wait a day, while I check something; before answering your question fully.

      There are a number of things which might contribute, but from what you say it would seem that the camera is either not connecting with the network, or that for some reason it's not recognising the card.

      Will try and post another reply today.

      Regards
      Ron

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    2. Hi Gordon

      Sorry I'm late replying. I think I need some new memory.

      If the SIM card is inserted and recognised you should get either CSQ for no signal from the cell tower or once it's connected you'll see the name of the MPNO with a signal strength indication next to the mast symbol.

      The SIM error indicates that the card is not being recognised ie. not inserted, not inserted correctly or some other problem which prevents the camera from detecting the card.

      In the bottom left hand corner of the screen you'll either see a red M indicating the camera is set up for MMS or a red G indicating the camera is set up for GPRS/SMTP.

      I hope this helps and once again, I'm sorry for not answering faster.

      Regards
      Ron

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    3. I should have also said that the SIM card is inserted with the angled corner to the right and the connecting pad uppermost.

      You could also try gently cleaning the connection pad with some screen cleaner or similar.

      Regards
      Ron

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    4. Hi Gordon

      I hope your still following this thread.

      There seems to be an emerging problem which points to a batch of faulty wireless modules having been fitted to some recent 6210MG's.

      If you haven't already done so, I would suggest you return your camera to the supplier for a replacement. Make sure they check the wireless module operation before they send a new one to you.

      Best regards
      Ron

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    5. Gordon, the emerging problem I referred to is in fact a firmware problem, for which I have a firmware correction available.

      Email me if you still have the camera, and I will send you a firmware update.

      Regards
      Ron

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    6. Thanks Ron. I'd sent the camera back to the supplier before checking the thread again, and received the new replacement unit. I had the supplier check the returned unit just to be sure I wasn't crazy... the replacement is now accepting my SIM card and I see CSQ on the top of the screen now. I topped up the SIM card and have been testing now for a bit but still have no signal or carrier name showing. Could this also be related to the required firmware update or simply my location? I'll do further testing and send you an e-mail for the firmware just in case. Thanks again !

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    7. Hi Gordon. I've received your email and will reply. Ron

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  13. Hi Ron

    I have developed a problem with my Acorn 6210mm,I am getting a white screen pretty frequantly.

    Also when i set it up for camera-video it will hcange to just camera or video.

    Aso it will take good clear video some times and another time it is so grainy you struggle to see what the image is.

    it seems to be the ribon that wends the power to the screen it could be breaking down with opening and closing,because when you move the bottom up and down the screen flickers. What are your thoughts on this problem. Pete.

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    1. Hi Pete

      I'm sorry to hear you have a problem.

      Could you tell me when you bought the camera and also give me its serial number; and I will investigate this.

      Best regards
      Ron

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    2. Hi Ron

      Its Pete, i bought the camera 5th July 2012 the serial no for the acorn 6210mm is 109004023 many thanks Pete

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  14. hi ron
    i have a ltl acorn 5210a and i can take good shots by pressing the shot button in test but it takes white photos when i turn it to on mode you cant make much out in the photo .s/n 106047256 5210a any help would be greatly apreciated

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    1. Hi Adam

      It sounds like they are over exposed.

      Is it the same for day and night images; and what are the videos like.

      Regards
      Ron

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    2. hi ron
      i played with it during the day and i can get it to work if the sun is directly on it if the sun is not on it the filter flicks away and i get white photos. it videos good at first it is white at first then it adjusts itself .if it takes a photo inside in under light it takes white pics night time it works fine . in the sun it even works better if i stand it on its head seems to get more light to the night/day sensor and keeps the filter across the camera for it to work correctly

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    3. Hi Adam

      I need to know what firmware version the camera is using.

      To find the firmware version. Take an image with the camera. You can do this by switching to test and then pressing the second button up on the right of the control panel. Each time you press this button the camera will shoot one image.

      Remove the SD card and put it into the card slot of your PC. If you don't have a card slot, use the cameras USB cable to connect to your computer.

      Open Windows Explorer and you'll find the card listed as a drive under Computer.

      Open the folders on the card and in the folder named 100IMAGE you will find the images you have taken.

      Right click on an image thumbnail, and in the drop down box, left click on properties.

      In the properties box left click on the details tab and next to where it says Program name it will give you the Firmware version, which will look something like V3.06A

      You can also find the firmware and other information by looking at the EXIF data in image editing software such as Adobe Photoshop or Corel Paint Shop Pro.

      I think maybe a firmware upgrade might sort you out, so you'll need to email me so that I can send you the file.

      Regards
      Ron

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    4. hi ron
      just got it out of my test spot today it has V3.06A IN the pic it took ,it did the same il left it on my property all weeknd and night time shots were good a bit grainy but good day time all white with little bit s you can make out

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    5. Hi Adam

      I think your camera has a problem with the daylight sensor and I'll contact you by email to work out what to do about it.

      Regards
      Ron

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  15. hi ron,

    firstly id like to thank you for all the hard work you and wildliferanger are doing trying to sort out our problems both on here and on the wildlife and country forum.
    As you may remember from the wildlife forum i have not had much success with the Acorn cameras with regards to the MMS side not recieving a signal,i started off with the 5210mm then all the variouse models since,i now have the 6210mmx which recieves a good signal and is sending emails and picures to 1 of the phone numbers set in the camera.i do however have a slight worry about the battery life in cold weather,this camera will be sited 2.5hrs drive away from where i live so the best power supply is quite important so i wont have to keep driving down to change the batteries.
    you mentioned using a "external Sealed Lead Acid battery rated at 6 volts 7 Ah" for long periods in cold weather,could you please advise me how you managed to attach this (ie which wire is which)and if it had any affect on moisture getting inside the camera.

    regards rob

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    1. Hi Rob

      Thanks very much for your comments and I hope we can continue to be of help.

      We will be able to supply sla batteries and cables, immediately in the new year and their connection will not adversely affect the integrity of the camera.

      If you wish to do this yourself please read this post http://www.ronburyswildlife.com/2012/02/ltl-acorn-6210-mc-and-bushnell-119467.html
      which provides you with the information you require.

      Regards
      Ron

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  16. Hi Ron ,

    After looking for answers to my problem with my ltl-5210mm I stumbled apon your site. Hopefully you can help. I have my camera set out and the other night it triggered when a deer walked past and texted me the photo to my phone.

    The problem is after the deer left it continued to send picture texts until my pay-as-you go account was out of money.

    I am assuming it is still takin pics because I get a standard SMS that says low battery .

    Any clue as to why it would continuously trigger with nothing there?
    Thx in advance,
    Darrell

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    1. Hi Darrell

      It indicates either trigger instability and/or a programming issue. Can you email me an image file as it came from the SD card and please tell me when you bought the camera.

      Regards
      Ron

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    2. I sent the file. I don't have the sd card on me as it is in the camera in the bush about 2 hours from me. If you need that one I will try to get it Monday. I bought the camera in November 2012.
      Thx,
      Darrell

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    3. I have the exact same problem where the camera continuously messages my phone with no motion after the first motion triggered image. I received 458 MMS messages and was only able to stop it from sending more by going back to where the camera was set up and turning it off. This is very frustrating, even setting the max number of messages to 20 does the same thing. The first image is motion triggered, then every other image is taken even when there is no more motion in the FOV. Has anyone else had this issue and managed to find a fix?

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    4. Sorry this reply is a bit late.

      There is a design problem with the new GPRS Module PCB. Please read "GPRS Wireless Module Problem in Acorn Series 2 Wireless Cameras" posted on the 28th February 2013.

      Regards
      Ron

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  17. Hi Ron,
    My daughter's boyfriend has spent many hours setting up our 6210M over the holiday and liaising with the mobile phone company so that the mms and an email is sent to us. It is evident from reading the card that the photos are being taken effectively and there are two file- one MMS folder and another DCIM but we arte not getting any messages sent from the camera. As it is doubling up as a security camera, we really need the 'instant' message effect. Are you able to advise? Thank you. Jo

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    1. HI Jo

      I would suggest that you use SMTP which can be a lot cheaper than sending MMS but it does depend on what plan you are using and how many emails the camera is likely to send.

      Whichever you choose you must use the right service. These cameras are 2G only and I would recommend you use Vodafone, O2, Virgin or Orange in that order of preference. 3 is no good as they have dropped their 2G service and are now only 3G.

      Read this post:
      Using GPRS/SMTP with Ltl Acorn Trail Cameras 11.12.12
      and the Camera Data page

      If your still having problems please send me an email with a description of what you've attempted to set up and I'll help you until it's working.

      Regards
      Ron

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  18. I have just bought altl Acorn trail camera 5210a, having trouble setting it up! can you help?
    Caroline
    charty@talk21.com

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    1. Hi Caroline

      I would be happy to help. Can you send me an email and tell me what you wish to use it for and I'll give you some basic settings and tips to start with.

      Regards
      Ron

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  19. Hi Ron , we sell these units in australia , and have a client we sold one too that cant remember his password , has tried your reset but this hasnt worked , can you advise who we can contact to get reset instructions from

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    1. Hi.

      If you email me so that I know who you are and send me the camera's serial number and your clients sales receipt for proof of purchase, I can tell you how to overcome the problem.

      Regards
      Ron

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  20. Hello!

    First of all, I see you are really working hard to help people on this site, so thank you for that.

    Now, on to the problem. I bought my father a 6210M mms camera few months ago, and it worked really good (sometimes it got it's bad moments, but most of the time it sent mms as it was suposed to). But now, the camera just won't send mms pictures. I performed sd card format on the camera itself, and then used Acorn software v1.2.020 Setup to configure camera. It's firmware is v1.76. When it worked, it sent mms to two different numbers without any problems (We are in croatia, btw.). Also, strange thing is that it takes pictures and when I explore the content of SD card, I see DCIM and MMS folders are there. Any suggestions?

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    1. Hi

      There is a firmware update you could use with your camera which may help although I can't guarantee it will. It's worth a try as it wont do any harm. If you send me an email to ronbury28[at]gmail.com I'll send you a copy.

      The SD card folder 100IMAGE is where the full resolution images are stored for later retrieval and the MMS folder is where the small versions are stored before being sent to your phone/email address.

      Regards
      Ron

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  21. Hi

    Got a 5210a a few weeks ago. I was wondering if you can alter the time between when it takes a picture and the video starting, it seems to be 5 seconds, which is bit frustarting as sometimes I get a picture but subject has moved out off field before video starts.
    Apart from that its working well, by the way great site

    Dave

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    1. Hi Dave

      I'm afraid the time is governed by switching from one mode to the other and isn't adjustable.

      It can be mitigated by setting to only take one image before the video or with most animals using bait will keep them in one place long enough to get some decent footage. I agree that it can be frustrating at times. I'd like a pound for every disappearing tail at the start of the video.

      Thanks for your comment about the site and I hope it continues to be useful for you.

      Regards
      Ron

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  22. Thanks for all your help so far Ron. My site is www.foxrobin.com Kindest regards, Robin

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    1. No problem Rob. Please get back to me when you are ready to test the camera.

      Regards
      Ron

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  23. Hi Rob,

    First of all, thank you for this great forum! You have the best forum on the Net regarding these cameras!

    I bought a 5210A and I am trying to use my camera to:
    1) start filming when my cat is detected
    2) stop filming when my cat is no longer detected by the sensor (when walking away from the sensor for instance)

    For the moment, I can do 1) but not 2) above:
    I have succeeded to trigger the camera to film when the sensor has detected my cat but the camera would keep on filming even if my cat has walked away from the sensor (and thus, for the duration I have set it up for, for instance 30 seconds and would stop only afterwards).

    My firmware version is 3.03.

    Would you know any specific configuration which would allow be to do 2) above? I am not sure the camera has been designed to stop filming when the animal is no longer detected?

    Thanks in advance for your great help!
    Kind regards

    / Jacques

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    1. Hi Jack

      The camera will only stop filming after the time you set for video length has elapsed.

      In other words, if you set the video length for 60 seconds the camera will film for 60 seconds after it is triggered, and then stop.

      This is how it is designed to work.

      Thank you for your comments and I hope the site continues to be of use and interest.

      Regards
      Ron

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  24. Hi Ron,

    First of all, thank you for taking your time to create such a useful and informative website for Ltl Acorn users.

    I have a 6210mm which worked great for about up to 8 months, now the screen has completely stop working, I've tried putting it into test mode but it refuses to function.
    In "on" position it doesn't take any photos or videos and doesn't record them to the SD Card, but flashes the red light 13 times (not 14 times).
    I use Energizer Max Alkaline 1.5v AA LR6 batteries.

    I have done the following to try and fix it:
    I have replaced all batteries,
    Taken the batteries out and card and left it for 24hrs
    Dried the camera out in non direct sun light (it was rained on, nothing heavy)
    Replaced SD card with 1gb, 4gb, 16gb
    flicked the off-on-test switch over quickly numerous of times to try and clean the connectors (I don't have any contact cleaner).
    I've even attempted to connect the camera direct to PC.

    From what i gather the camera is getting power as when I put in the batteries the purple light flashes once, the camera wants to operate in "on" position as it flashes the red LED like it should. Test mode doesn't function and the screen doesn't work.

    I hope you could give me some further ideas to try and fix the problem
    Cheers
    Tom.

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    1. Hi Tom

      This may be an as yet unidentified problem which I'm aware of but can't quantify.

      If you could email me I would much appreciate it.

      Regards
      Ron

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  25. Hi Ron,

    I sent you an email this evening, I hope you receive it.

    Cheers
    Tom.

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  26. hi ron, im trying to set up mms on a orange pay as you go car ive tried it on sms and it sends a blank message to my mobile,ive rang the supplier and says it needs to be on vgn but nothing happens ,please can you help as its driving me crazy?. thanks mick.ps its the ltl5210mm

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    1. Hi Mick

      You'll need to email me about this and then I can advice you.

      Regards
      Ron

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  27. before the phone number do we put a 1?
    why my cam 5210 doesn`t send mms ?
    every thing is fine, i connected to the tv and I see tower bar, name of the supplier rogers put no mms?

    help pls

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    1. Hi Jean

      Sorry for the late reply. You do not need to enter the country code with the phone number.

      You may have a problem with the type of plan you have with Rogers. The camera will only work with a 2G Network and you should contact Rogers and explain to them what you are trying to do and ask their advice.

      You may also have a problem with your camera because of issues with the new SIM900 GPRS MOdule and PCB.

      Read my post Wireless Connections - Acorn 5210MG and 6210MG - MMS Sending which was published on the 18th March.

      Regards
      Ron

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  28. Hi Ron,

    I have one of those 5210 cameras which supports the SMS remote control.
    What I'm trying to do is use the camera to send a picture to my cell phone on demand, but I have not figured out which settings to use in the Setup program. I've switched on the "SMS remote control" and sent the SMS containing "LTL60*1#AA" to the camera, but nothing happens.

    Do you by any chance know exactly how to make it work?

    Thanks,
    Dejan

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    1. Hi Dejan

      Unfortunately, as has been mentioned elsewhere on this site, the most recent Acorn wireless cameras using the new GPRS module (SIM900) have a stability problem and SMS does not work properly in all cameras.

      You could try downloading and upgrading with the acorn.cla file from the Download Page which may help.

      I haven't been able to verify this.

      Regards
      Ron

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  29. Hi Ron
    I bought a new computer without a CD drive - where can I download the software for my Little Acorn to install on my PC?
    Sean

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    1. Hi Sean

      Manuals, Set-up software and firmware are all available from my Ltl Acorn Downloads page. Second tab in the second row at top of page.

      Regards
      Ron

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  30. Hi Ron I have a LTL 5210M since 2011 Septemre. 3 weeks ago it started whenn you turn from OFF to TEST you see on the Display "Please re -upgrade" and nothing happend. If you have any ideer let me know . Thanks and regards Hartmut

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    1. Hi Hartmut

      Have you attempted to upgrade the camera firmware recently? This problem normally occurs when the camera is upgraded with the wrong firmware.

      Regards
      Ron

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  31. Hi Ron
    I have connect the camera via USB with the PC and delete all pic-files.
    After this "Please re-upgrade" come up when i put the SD-card in the camera and turn it to "TEST". I have try to upgrade the camera using the BIN-file FW5210M . I hold the "OK" button down for minutes but nothing happens.
    regards Hartmut

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    1. Hi Hartmut

      If you have not already done so, can you go through a reset as detailed above. Then download the FW5210.bin file again (V3.06M from my download page) and load it onto the root of a new SD card (Sandisk 4GB class 4 if possible). Do this with the card in your PC and then transfer the card to the camera afterwards to do the upgrade. Do not use the USB cable.

      I do not know if this will make a difference but you have to do it to find out.
      Let me know if it works.

      Regards
      Ron

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  32. Hi Ron

    I have encountered a little problem considering the MMS function.

    The thing is that it doesn't send the pictures to my phone. Only storages them in a folder called MMS.

    Yet i can see on the display that it has the word ''SIM'' on it aswell as the connection indicator beside it.

    Help would be appreciated.

    Regards the swede Martin Johansson

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    1. Hi Martin

      Normally the red SIM on the display indicates that no SIM card is installed or that it is installed incorrectly; but with the current GPRS Module and PCB problems (see my post "Wireless Connections - Acorn 5210MG and 6210MG - MMS Sending" dated 18.03.13) it is hard to know where the problem might be. You could try downloading the cla file (this is a firmware update file for the GPRS module SIM900 used in recent cameras) at the end of the above post and see if that helps, otherwise test your SIM card in another device.

      Let me know if the cla file works for you.

      Regards
      Ron

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  33. Hi Ron

    I have 5210mm 107013603 trail camera.
    This type can be updated GPRS/SMTP mode?
    Thanks for your help.

    Regards
    Szabolcs

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    1. Hi Szabolcs

      Your camera will work GPRS/SMTP without any upgrade. Just follow the instructions in "SMTP Set-up Instructions for Ltl Acorn Remote Wireless Cameras" published on THURSDAY 24 JANUARY 2013.

      Make sure you read and understand everything and if you get everything correct it will work perfectly.

      Regards
      Ron

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    2. Thanks for the quick reply.

      Regards
      Szabolcs

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  34. Hi Ron

    The camera writes this:
    "Not support GPRS mode"

    Firmware good? V3.06M

    Regards
    Szabolcs

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    1. Hi Szabolcs

      Sorry I misled you but I expected that it would. It's hard to tell when Acorn changes some of these features and I got that one wrong.

      6210MM from earlier last year did support GPRS and I thought that your 5210MM may have been late enough to maybe do the same.

      Because of the problems with the new wireless module, now is not the time to be looking for an upgrade; which would entail replacing either the camera back or the wireless module.

      Acorn are having to redesign the new GPRS Module and PCB because of the recent problems, so a working unit will not be available until this is completed.

      Sorry once again for misleading you. Please keep a track on my posts for news of any developments.

      Regards
      Ron

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    2. No problem.
      Thank you.

      Regards
      Szabolcs

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  35. Dear Ron -
    I have been leaving my 5210 set up outside overnight but recently the first morning pictures have been cloudy - I am assuming that this is caused by condensation on the outside of the lens.
    Is there any way to prevent this without compromising the quality of the pictures, please?

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    1. Hi Francesca

      Yes it is condensation. During the night the camera body cools and in the morning, as the outside air warms condensation will form; and of course it is always worse when humidity is high.

      All cameras will suffer this to some extent. I have tried using opto-fog with limited success. What the camera really needs is atmospheric equalisation between the inside and out of the case; and it's something I've been experimenting with.

      When I have some conclusive results I will be posting about this. If you subscribe by email (top left) you can keep up to date with my postings.

      Regards
      Ron

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  36. Thanks for your prompt reply and very helpful site, Ron. I will certainly keep up to date with your postings,
    Best wishes,
    Francesca

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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.