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Saturday, 18 August 2012

Ltl Acorn 6210 Firmware Upgrade - Night time infra-red lighting and exposure.

Fig 1:  Pre update image from a recent 6210MMX
ISO 600    1/15sec   f2.8
In older models of the 6210 940nm series trail cameras, the night time images and videos were just about workable but grainy. After a number of complaints Acorn published a new software version, V1.1.003T in the camera I tested.

Unfortunately the correction overcooked and fig 1 shows a typical image.

Happily there's now a firmware update FW6210.bin (software version V.1.1.006u) to correct this, which produces an acceptable result as shown in fig 2.

I've also compared this with an image (fig 3) from an 850nm camera.

Fig 2:  Post update image from same camera as fig 1
ISO 1000    1/12sec    f2.8
Fig 3:   Night time image from a 6210 850nm camera
ISO 600     1/15sec    f2.8
Fig 4:  Image from camera with low battery voltage
Compare with figure 2 above.
Fig 4 shows how the image quality degrades when the battery voltage starts to fall below optimum.

As I mentioned in my earlier post about firmware updates, bin files for updates all have the same name i.e. FW5210.bin or FW6210.bin and are easily muddled if you have more than one file.

If you use one of these files in the wrong camera it will stop it from working, but I've recently discovered that by reprogramming the camera with the correct bin file, the camera will function again.

To try and avoid any problems, I have not made these files downloadable; but will happily supply them individually by email, once I have verified which camera you have, and the problem you are hoping to correct.

If you think you have the problem illustrated in this post, please send me an email request for the bin file, together with any details you feel are relevant.

I will return the file as soon as possible.

How to Upgrade the 6210:

Format SD Card (in camera)
1) Copy the FW6210.bin file to the SD card at the top of the hierarchy 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)
4) Switch the camera to the "TEST" position.
5) Wait until the start-up splash screen shows and then release the "Back button"
6) Enter MENU, navigate the marker to DEFAULT SET, and press OK.
Format SD Card (in camera)

After the upgrade you will need to reprogramme the camera and the MMS settings.

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