12.07.2014 - Camera Repairs

I am still behind with repair work but will try to be up to date by the end of July. I apologize if you have been kept waiting.

If you have an urgent request please call me on 01456 415726 or use Skype. If you don't get an answer please keep trying or leave a message and I will call you back.

Spare Parts and Repairs.
Please go to my Technical Support Page.

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Showing posts with label wildlife cameras. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wildlife cameras. Show all posts

Friday, 15 June 2012

Wildlife Trail Camera Comparison Chart

Martin has just compiled this full comparison chart for the Ltl Acorn and Bushnell ranges of Wildlife remote infra red trail cameras.

This is an easy reference chart to help you compare the whole range of cameras at a glance; and will help you to decide which is the best camera for your purpose.

Wildlife Trail Camera Technical Specifications comparison chart for Ltl Acorn and Bushnell
'Left click image' to view on screen. If it's too small to read, 'right click' and 'save image as' to view full size
or go here to view on line 
You are welcome to save or republish this chart on the condition that you publicly acknowledge the source of the material and provide a link to either http://www.ronburyswildlife.com/p/trail-camera-sales-and-data.html or http://www.wildlifeservices.co.uk/trailcameras.html as appropriate.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Trail Camera and Bat Detector Special Offers

Last Seven Days - Offers end 31st May 2012

Special Offer on EM3 and SM2BAT+ Bat Detectors from Wildlife AcousticsI've been offering a special discount off Ltl Acorn trail cameras and Wildlife Acoustics bat detectors for some time now but like all good things these offers will be ending on the 31st of May.

You can still save £50 off the Wildlife Acoustics EM3 and the SM2BAT+ and £10 off any camera in the Ltl Acorn range by ordering in the next seven days.
The EM3 and the SM2BAT+ Bat Detectors are very competitively priced
and the extra £50 off makes for a substantial saving.

Orders are normally fulfilled from stock so an item ordered before 12 noon can usually be with you by the next day excluding weekends.
Wildlife Camera Traps for Sale

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Trigger Speed Tests - Bushnell/Acorn Review - Part 6

Test Cameras
Trail Camera users have varying attribute preferences when selecting the right camera for the work they are carrying out; but the one thing that every one agrees on is the need for a fast trigger speed.

The trigger speed is the time it takes for a given camera to wake up and take a shot after something has triggered its IR sensor.

Animals can be moving fast when they pass a camera and blank images and tips of tails are a common result when the camera is set at 90 degrees to the trail. For this test the cameras shown left were set vertically to ensure each one was looking at exactly the same trigger and all were tested at the same time. The extra 6210 was present for a different test. Who says men can't multi-task?

The Bushnell has a single sensor window while the Ltl Acorn cameras have additional twin side sensors (unique among trail cameras, I believe) which are intended to speed up it's response time. This is actually a single sensor detecting through both side windows at the same time.

The combined field of view (FOV) of the Acorns two side sensors and the main sensor is a 100 to 120° angle of detection. When a heat source first crosses the PIR area of the side sensor, the camera is activated and ready to shoot after 1 second. If the heat source continues into the PIR area of the main sensor, the camera takes pictures immediately, therefore catching the whole body of an animal (in theory). This split-second process could be as short as 0.2 second.

The tests were conducted by me walking across the front of the cameras at 90 degrees to them and at a distance of 5 metres. All the cameras were set on their high sensitivity setting and programmed to take a single image on each trigger event.

I conducted many tests and these four results are consistently representative. With a faster trigger the figure is walking into the picture and the slower the trigger, the further the figure has progressed across the image.
In test #3 the 6210 was so fast that I almost didn't appear whereas the 5210 caught me about midway, and the Bushnell only just caught me.

I don't know why the 5210 had slower trigger times in tests 3 and 4. I intend to repeat this test when I have the new 6210 upgrade with the faster 0.8 second trigger time.

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other media; but please 
clearly acknowledge its source and author.

Battery Performance in Trail Cameras

Sorry I've been a bit quiet recently but I've been busy behind the scenes, so to speak.

I've just completed an extensive test to determine how different battery types perform in and affect the performance of the IR Remote Cameras that I've been reviewing. This is in response to various questions and comments I've received about issues such as the shortening of video length and battery longevity in trail cameras.

The chart below is a summary of my analysis but please note that operational conditions and individual camera performances vary considerably; and this is intended as a guide only.

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or other media but please clearly acknowledge its source and author.

Battery Data Sheets:

Duracell 2450 mAh       Vapex 2900 mAh      Energizer Lithium     Energizer Industrial Alkaline

Friday, 24 February 2012

Trail Cameras for Sale

Ltl Acorn 6210
No glow cameras from £190
Including a full set of batteries, 
a 4GB SanDisk SDHC memory card
and free UK shipping

Ltl Acorn 5210
No glow cameras from £160
Including a full set of batteries, 
a 4GB SanDisk SDHC memory card
and free UK shipping
It wasn't my original intention to monetize this web site but I quickly realised that if I was going to be able to do useful survey work I would need many more trail cameras than my limited budget would allow.

From that need was born the arrangement I now have with Wildlife Services, which is to offer wildlife survey equipment at reasonable prices with good service and information backup. 

I earn a commission from each sale which is used to help me purchase more cameras for my survey work.

The principal products I offer are the trail cameras I use myself, because in my opinion, they provide the best value for money presently available; and I am committed to their use for my survey work.

I am currently in the middle of researching and writing a joint review of the Ltl Acorn 6210 and the Bushnell Trophy black flash with colour viewer #119467 Trail Cameras; and there is a considerable and growing amount of information about these cameras available on these pages.

While the Bushnell is undoubtedly an extremely good camera, producing slightly better quality still images than the 6210, I feel that the 6210 offers much better value for money. Both cameras have their pros and cons, but at the much lower price and indeed with its higher overall specification, I don't believe there is a camera of this type to equal the Ltl Acorn 6210.

Update 04.02.2014
There have been some changes since I wrote this post but not my opinion of the Acorn 6210. My arrangements I with Wildlife Services had also shifted a little more recently with my having more sales involvement in the form of testing and despatch. This was primarily because of issues with the GPRS module which now seem to be resolved.

The extra work was too much and I'm now way behind with repairs and not getting any survey work done. In future I will be concentrating on repairs, parts and technical support plus a lot more wildlife work. Future sales will be through the links on my sales page and will go straight into the Wildlife Services system.

It means that I will no longer be carrying out extensive testing of every camera sold but Martin Bailey at Wildlife Services now has a protocol in place which covers all the basic camera functions and will be conducting his own pre-sale tests.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

River survey for Trail Camera locations

Pools and falls in a defile at about 250 metres

I've been planning a camera survey of a mountain river bordered by a mix of farm land, forestry plantations and open hill. Yesterday I spent several hours in its middle section, looking for camera locations.

The river rises on the hill at a little over 400 meters, crosses the forest boundary at 300 meters and runs into the main river at 100 meters above sea level.

A number of tributaries and flushes increase its volume as it travels through a series of defiles, ravines, small oxbows and waterfalls.

The banks have, among others, a flora of Heath, Grass, Bilberry, Birch, Rowan, Scots Pine, Larch, Alder and away from the banks are plantations of Scots Pine, Larch, Norway and Sitka Spruce; with rough grassland at the river's lower end.

A pool at the bottom of a small rapid with what might
be an otter trail going down the bank to the water's edge
A well used deer trail parallels the river for most of its middle section with other trails going to river
crossings as well as in and out of the forest. In various places trees have fallen across the river which make potential crossings for cats and mustelids; and in one place a trail which looked typical of Otter going down into a pool.

I've recently had cameras out near the lower, middle section of the river and recorded Badger, Pine Marten, Red Squirrel, Red Deer, Roe Deer, Buzzard, Jays and Hooded Crows.

I now plan to trap the whole section over the next three to four months, ever hoping to find evidence of the elusive Scottish Wildcat or as it is often referred to these days, the Highland Tiger.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

New Ltl Acorn and Bushnell Trail Cameras - Review - Part 1

This is the start of a full review of these two cameras on behalf of Wildlife and Countryside Services and I will be posting my observations and results of camera performance over the next few weeks.

These wildlife trail cameras are the latest, top of the range models from Ltl Acorn and Bushnell and are very similar in specification. I will be directly comparing and trialling them under identical conditions.

They represent the very latest evolution in technical development of miniaturised, outdoor game cameras.

Bushnell Trophy Camera
Model: 119467 (internal viewer)

Size:  115mm x 160mm x 70mm
          4.5 x 6.3 x 2.75 inches
Weight: 320g (without batteries)

Ltl Acorn HD Video Series
Model:  6210MC (without MMS)

Size:  85mm x 141mm x 70mm
         3.3 x 5.6 x 2.75 inches
Weight: 245g (without batteries)

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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.