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.

Ltl Acorn Downloads

Acorn Downloads page update 09.09.2017
Most available User Manuals, Setup Software and Firmware for current camera models can be downloaded from the manufacturers website at http://www.ltlacorn.cn/about/downloaden.html

Read your camera's manual carefully before operating the camera.

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Camera Firmware

Most but not all current firmware is available to download from Ltl Acorn's website

Warning:

The firmware available from the manufacturers website for the 5000 series is only compatible with recent (2017 on) cameras so if you're not certain, check to see which firmware version you camera is using (see below)

Do not attempt to upgrade your camera firmware unless you are absolutely certain you have the correct FW version for your camera. 

Firmware upgrades are usually available to correct problems and occasionally to upgrade performance or specifications. It is best not to attempt to upgrade your camera if it is working correctly.

If your camera has a problem do not assume that a firmware upgrade will automatically be the answer. If you are not certain seek advice from your supplier, or call me, especially if the camera is within its warranty period.

If you attempt to load the wrong firmware for your camera model it will stop the camera from working. The camera will then probably have to be returned to the factory and is not covered under warranty.


I have a collection of firmware versions
 for older cameras which are no longer officially available. If you have an old camera model which is outside its warranty and which has a problem I may be able to help. Please contact me.



Also on this page:
How to find your camera's firmware version
How to do a firmware upgrade


Resetting your camera

How to find your camera's firmware version. 

Fig  1:  5210 Press the second button in from the right
(right arrow/shot) of the control panel.

Take an image with the camera.

Do this by switching the camera to test and then:


5210, 5310 (Figure 1) and 6310. Press the second button in from the right (right arrow/shot) of the control panel.


Fig  2:  6210 Press the second button up on the right of the control panel.
6210 (Figure 2) Press the second button up on the right of the control panel.


Each time you press this button the camera will shoot one image.

Fig  3:  File properties box in Windows Explorer. 
Remove the SD card and put it into the card slot of your PC, or if your PC does not have a card slot, use the camera's USB cable to connect to your computer.




Open Windows Explorer and you'll find the card listed SD/MMC(?:) as a drive under Computer (Figure 3). The drive designation will vary depending on how many drives are working on your 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 or list item, 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 or M for 5210 series cameras, and V1.2.003T for 6210 series cameras.

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.










How to do a firmware upgrade.

The following applies to older models (pre 2017) and more recent cameras may have different file designations but the principles are the same.

Please note that all upgrade BIN files, regardless of their version or purpose, are named either FW5210A.bin for all the 5210 camera models, FW5310A.bin for 5310 camera models, FW6210.bin for all the 6210 camera models or FW6310.bin for all the 6310 camera models.

The only way you can identify a particular firmware file is by the name of the zip archive file it arrives in. If you mix up different BIN files you will probably end up making a right dog's breakfast of your camera's programming; which will mean resetting it and starting again.


The file you download is a zip file and the upgrade file must be extracted before saving it to the root of the SD card.
The upgrade file name should read as FW5210A.bin for 5210 models, FW5310A.bin for 5310 models, FW6210.bin for 6210 models or FW6310.bin for 6310 models otherwise the camera cannot recognise it. 



Fig  4: Partial windows Explorer screen shot showing location of saved BIN file on SDHC card


How to Upgrade the 5210, 5310 and 6310:

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

Format SD Card (in camera)
Carry out the following procedure, either by putting the SDHC card in your PC or by connecting your camera to your PC using the USB cable provided.
  1. Copy the BIN file to the SD card at the top of the hierarchy (or root directory) as in Figure 4 and not in a folder.
  2. Insert the SD card in the camera to be upgraded. 
  3. Press and hold the OK button (see Figure 1 above)
  4. Switch the camera to the "TEST" position. 
  5. Continue holding the "OK button" until you see the message confirming the update is successful, then release the button.
  6. Enter MENU, navigate the marker to DEFAULT SET, and press OK. 
  7. Format SD Card (in camera)
You can now re-programme the camera with your preferred menu setting.


How to Upgrade the 6210:

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

Format SD Card (in camera)
Carry out the following procedure, either by putting the SDHC card in your PC or by connecting your camera to your PC using the USB cable provided.

  1. Copy the FW6210.bin file to the SD card at the top of the hierarchy (or root directory) as in Figure 4 and not in a folder.
  2. Insert the SD card in the camera to be upgraded. 
  3. Press and hold the "Back" button (second button down from top right on control panel) (see Figure 2 above)
  4. Switch the camera to the "TEST" position. 
  5. Continue holding the "Back button" until you see the message confirming the update is successful, then release the button.
  6. Enter MENU, navigate the marker to DEFAULT, and press OK.
  7. Format SD Card (in camera)
You can now re-programme the camera with your preferred menu setting.


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Resetting your camera menu.

Fig  5: 6210 default set - Menu page 5
If you are new to trail cameras, the menu choices can be confusing, not just individually, but also in how they interrelate with each other and the camera's operational circumstance. I am not going into this now but I will be covering practical operational settings in my next few posts.

If you are experimenting with menu settings and it all gets too confusing, navigate to Default, which is the last item in the menu (all camera models), and press the OK button. This will return the camera's menu to the manufacturer's default settings, so that you can start again.

Go here for full visuals and explanations of menu settings

Another situation that may give rise to problems is where you have been tempted, for whatever reason, to do several firmware upgrades; after which your camera has started to do strange things or obviously malfunction. I can't prove this, but I do have empirical evidence to suggest that under these circumstances the camera's programming can get confused.

In this situation, reset your camera by removing the SDHC card, the SIM card (MM/MG models) and ALL the batteries. Leave the camera for at least 24 hours, which will allow any volatile internal memory to discharge, before starting again. I don't guarantee this will necessarily solve whatever problem you may be experiencing; but until you have done this you cannot carry out further meaningful analysis.

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Related Posts 
30.12.2012 - Firmware Updates, Upgrades and Software - Little Acorn Trail Cameras
20.01.2013 - Downloads for Ltl Acorn Trail Cameras.
24.01.2013 - SMTP Set-up Instructions for Ltl Acorn Remote Wireless Cameras
General Requirements for sending images by email. Acorn Software Set-up SMTP2GO Account Set-up.
Vodafone Generic Internet and MMS Settings. Other Worldwide Email and SMTP Services.


Please email me ronb...@gmail.com if you are having problems.

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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.