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Ltl Acorn 5210a…
The Ltl Acorn 5210a is a fantastic, versatile and affordable camera trap. Our models are the newly-updated (July 2016) 5210 series, with improved video and audio.
The camera trap can take stills of an eye-popping 12MP quality or record video at an improved 1920 x 1080p quality. Video options are: 1080p (15fps), 720p (30fps), 480p (30fps). Audio recording has also been improved.
The Ltl Acorn 5210a Trail Camera also has superb prep motion sensors. These prep sensors are in addition to the main central sensor and are designed so that the camera is triggered as movement is detected outside the actual lens view – this prepares the camera in advance so that it is ready to shoot as the subject moves into the lens view, meaning you get optimum recorded footage of the animal or subject.
Often known as a game camera, scouting camera, hunting camera or wildlife camera trap – this device is also used extensively for video surveillance in remote areas where connection to mains power is not possible.
Thanks to the built in infrared LEDs, it can capture video footage & still images in complete darkness and will only do so when motion is detected using the 3 built-in motion sensors. Find out more about the different types of LEDs available here.
The camera holds 4 AA batteries as standard, which can give you running time of up to 3 months. However, this can be increased to up to 6 months using the additional four battery slots in the back of the camera (batteries not included).
The Acorn has password protection, 16GB max SD card storage, time & date stamping and even a timelapse feature that allows you to tell the camera to take a shot/video at set intervals regardless of whether any movement has been detected.
The amazing thing is that this feature packed trail camera comes in a palm size casing of just 14cm x 8cm x 6cm!
Find out how we use Ltl Acorn camera traps on the ‘What we think…’ tab.
NatureSpy have used Ltl Acorn camera traps for a long time. Their versatility, excellent list of features and affordability means they are an ideal place to start if you’re interested in camera trapping.
The Ltl Acorn 5210a camera traps were used when our Yorkshire Pine Marten Project first started – you may have spotted them when we were on BBC Look North!
Pictures from our Ltl Acorn cameras have appeared in the Yorkshire Post, The Northern Echo, BBC Wildlife Magazine and on ITV Calendar.
One of the best qualities of these cameras is the 12MP images. These give a clarity that many other camera trap models don’t offer.
We always set the camera to take 3 pictures per trigger, and the images are taken at 4 second intervals after the first trigger.
You can see lots of camera trap images from NatureSpy’s Ltl Acorn cameras on our ‘Species Spied‘ pages.
The video quality is generally good across the range and at this price level. If video quality is really important to you, there are likely to be better choices within reach – such as the Bushnell Essential E3, SpyPoint Force 10 or Browning cameras.
Some of the Ltl Acorns (5610 series) have two separate configurable timers – great for if you don’t want the camera to be active at certain periods of the day. We use these timers when we have these cameras on schools, playgrounds or gardens, with the timer set to avoid the period where human activity is highest.
The built-in colour screen is also very useful for checking images quickly in the field and taking test shots. You can strap it up, turn it on, walk in front and then immediately and easily check when the camera triggered and the field of view. The 6210MC has a slightly smaller screen but still performs the same role, and also acts as a useful viewfinder.
You’ll also notice the unique sensor design – if you were to look inside the Ltl Acorn cameras you’d see not one IR sensor (as is the norm), but two. The top sensor faces forwards and is the main sensor. The bottom sensor is funneled into the two side facing ‘prep sensors’.
These sensors ‘prepare’ the camera in advance, so that when the animal approaches the main sensor and triggers the camera, you get optimal footage or images of the animal. This is demonstrated well with the fox picture above. Of course, a lot depends on the animal walking in the way you want it to!
All in all a great place to start with camera traps, and you’ll be impressed with the results. If you’re not sure what’s best to go for, just get in touch; we’ve been helping people to choose the right camera trap for them for years.
All pictures and videos have been taken by NatureSpy’s own camera traps as part of our work.
Be sure to watch all videos in the highest resolution setting, by clicking on the gear in the bottom right corner.
Example daytime video:
Example nighttime video (with standard LEDs):
Example daytime picture (click for full size):
Example nighttime picture (with no-glow LEDs – click for full size):