It can be triggered by sudden change of ambient temperature caused by moving game in a region of interest ROI , which is detected by a highly sensitive Passive Infra-Red PIR sensor, and then take pictures or video clips automatically. Page 5 Figure 1. Page 6 Figure 1. To supply power, it is recommended to use four new high-performance alkaline AA batteries or low self-discharge Ni-MH chargeable AA batteries. Page 7: Quick Start Figure 1.
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Please do not use "post comments" to ask for camera help and advice. Use phone, Skype IM or eMail. 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.
The bottom box is the oldest and similar to the box in figure 1b. The two boxes above show the 0. 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. This is a registered trademark. Bar code labels and approval marks with nine figure serial numbers similar to those shown in figure 3 A and figure 4 MM will always be found on genuine cameras.
I have seen images of cloned cameras, apparently without labels and marks. Fig 4: MM Bar Code Label With the the label is found on the lower outside back of the camera body and with the 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: A 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.
If you switch the camera and onto test without inserting an SD card, the camera will beep, show the splash screen and then go dead. 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.
See this post for more information about internal and external power sources, plus SD cards and interfaces. If you insert a cell the wrong way round it will overheat, may catch fire and possibly stop the camera from working. 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. 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: Menu screen - first page To access the menu press the menu button once. On the it is the far left button and on the 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 and bottom left on the When you press the OK button the screen will ask for confirmation. 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.
Set the camera down on a flat surface and move your hand across the front of the camera at about a metre distance.
The blue diode indicates that the side PIR sensors are working and the red diode indicates that the main PIR sensor is working. 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. 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. Open up Windows Explorer and viewing, and checking basic image data is straightforward. Visit my menu settings page for a complete description of the and camera menus and how to use them. The paper manual will also walk you through the menu options. Manuals can be downloaded from the Camera Data Page. Using the menu: Fig menu - Page 4 All and models before October have the same basic menu excluding MMS menu apart from the which has two additional items.
Fig menu - Page 3 The has four pages and the 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.
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.
Sometimes all these instructions get scrambled and the equipment starts to behave erratically or not at all. 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. Before you contact your supplier read all below. Please read this post. General all cameras: Camera Menu Reset. 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. Using switch cleaner will clean and lubricate the switch contacts which can become dirty over time.
Dirty card contacts. SD and SIM card contacts, on the cards and inside the camera can get dirty over time. This will clean the contact areas between card and 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. Cellular models refuse to switch on in test position with SIM card inserted. Try cleaning the SIM card contacts. This was a problem with cameras produced during December and January 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.
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