Ltl-5210 Series Reviews

Ltl Acorn Ltl-5210A & Ltl-5210MC Wildlife Digital Trail Camera HD Upgrade Version Review

General Information

LTL Acorn LTL-5210A scouting camera (also called game camera/trail camera) is a scouting device. 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.The Ltl Acorn Ltl-5210A is one of the most popular camera traps in the world, owing to its versatility and above all, affordability.Pick up an Acorn 5210 trail camera and enjoy watching nature at its best.

The latest upgrade version Ltl-5210 series trail camera use low-power dual PIR sensor wireless module which belong to Ltl Acorn’s latest resarch and development,Working in the camera,low pwer dual PIR sensor has the characteristics of high
accuracy and sensitivity,which avoid the camera mistaken or missed,as well as low standby current,Camera standy current has reduced to 80~92uA,far lower then the line’s other brands of hunting cameras standby current 400~2000uA,which
greatly extends the camera standby time.

Bundled with the MMS‐module (Multimedia Messaging Service) battery box (Part # LTL‐MM), the standard scouting camera Ltl‐5210MC can be upgraded to work as a remote cellular camera. With its highly sensitive Passive Infra‐Red (PIR) sensor,
the camera detects the sudden change of ambient temperature caused by moving game in a region of interest (ROI), triggers to take pictures/videos, and sends the images via GSM network to the user’s cell phone or email account.

The well-developed SMS remote control function for user realizes to change camera parameters,control camera shooting and send back pictures by a simple message when stay at home,which makes it easier to use with more flexibility

With having IR LEDs you can get both day and night footage, as soon as it gets dark the IR LEDs kick in so you can keep recording during the night. You won’t miss any nocturnal activity with one of these cameras. The 5210 also sports sensors that will detect motion before it reaches the camera lens, this means the camera triggers in time for quality footage. Not all trail cameras have sensors like these and they prove invaluable when trying to get the best footage.

The Series Model Name :

The Ltl Acorn Ltl-5210 series contain Ltl-5210A,Ltl-5210MC,Ltl-5210M model.pls see the main difference in below :

Ltl-5210A     –   Basic model

Ltl-5210MC  –  Basic model and can upgrade to MMS/GSM model .

Ltl-5210MM  – MMS/GSM model with MMS module .

Pls see the photo difference in below :

Bundled with the MMS‐module (Multimedia Messaging Service) battery box (Part # LTL‐MM), the standard scouting camera  Ltl-5210MC  can be upgraded to work as a remote cellular camera. With its highly sensitive Passive Infra‐Red (PIR) sensor,
the camera detects the sudden change of ambient temperature caused by moving game in a region of interest (ROI), triggers to take pictures/videos, and sends the images via GSM network to the user’s cell phone or email account.

You can choose between two main versions, A and MM. These are exactly the same but the 5210MM can also send both picture messages and emails alerting you of any action. Many avid wildlife watchers choose to buy the 5210MM as they love to know the instant anything is happening.

The 5210A is more for those who do not mind waiting to find out if any good footage has been taken.

Not only can you choose between the A and MM versions but also choose which infrared LEDs you have; there are two main flavours, 850nm and 940nm. If you choose to go with the 850nm LEDs you will notice a mild red glow coming from the LEDs at night, this is because 850nm is just within the human vision range. 940nm on the other hand has no visible glow to the naked eye. Both 850nm and 940nm are suitable for recording wildlife but should you be wanting to use the camera for security purposes too then choose the 940nm version. There is no extra cost for the 940nm version so you can rest at ease knowing you are not having to pay any premiums.

Pros

  • High-quality Resolution
  • Advantages of Prep Sensors with very low current standby
  • This camera captures 12 MP crystal clear images and 1080P HD video
  • The trigger distance is up to 20 m, with IR flashlight at 12 meters.
  • Dimmed LEDs & Infrared Technology
  • fully automatic IR filter and built-in 24 Pcs 940NM upgrading Infrared low-glow black LEDs

Cons

  • Trigge speed is around 0.8 second
  • Only 8pcs AA battery Max
  • Old model

Picture & Video Quality

Photo resolution: 12 mpxl ,5.0 mpxl ,1.30 mpxl

Video Resolution : 1920 x 1080 / 1280 x 720 /640 x 480 / 320 x 240 real HD video with audio record

Flash Type:  940NM No  glow IR

LED Quantity : 24pcs

On this Ltl Acorn you can choose the megapixel of the photos you can choose from 5 or 12MP,1.3MP. Both will produce good photos both day and night. we recommend using the 5 MP.Remember when you program your trail camera to set the photo BURST this is the amount of photos taken each time the camera is activated. On this camera you can choose 1, 2, or 3 photo BURST.

Night pictures are decent, for a low glow camera. Animals that are close to the camera have a tendency of white-out, however, animals in that 20-45 ft. sweet spot are just what you would expect from a low glow trailcam.

The Ltl Acorn Ltl-5210 series has 24 IR lights so it can light up a pretty good area at night so it will take good photos at night. Sometimes just at dark you will get some not so good quality photos but again format the SD card and most of this will be eliminated.With 24 IR lights this Ltl Acorn according to the manufacture has a flash range of 65 feet I am not sure of the 65 feet but it will reach on out there and get the image and video.

The camera trap takes pictures at an eye-popping 12mp, which means you get large images of great quality, particularly during the day.12 mp is also larger than the highest offering from Bushnell camera traps (at 8mp), meaning Ltl Acorn still have an advantage in this area.

Images generally are crisp and the subject not blurred, though this does depend a little on what the subject is doing and the temperature. If its very cold, the batteries discharge power slower and therefore slow the shutter speed.

Video quality

The photo trap can record video material in 640×480 or 320×240 resolution with the frame rate 20 fps. Photos can be taken at a higher resolution, even 1920 x 1080, so the recorded material is free from noises and discolouration.

What if you purchase from us and aren’t happy with the image quality?

This is a common question and we have a very simple solution. Call, email, or chat with us and we can take a look at the images and offer suggestions or immediately tell if something is wrong with the camera. If so, we will warranty the camera for you (with the free 2-Year warranty you receive from us) or return the camera for a full refund (within 45 days of purchase). You have control of the process, remember, we work for you.

Megapixel Ratings:

In the past, many people get confused with the megapixel rating trail camera manufacturers advertise.  Companies inflate the mpxl rating to attract eyes to their products.  They do this through interpolation, which digitally adds megapixels to a photo without actually improving the picture.

The best way to judge picture quality is to look at actual pictures.  You will notice this the most when you zoom in on a full-size image that a camera has taken.  The details of the photo will appear hazy or even digitized.  This is normal, and to be expected.

Battery life

Camera  Standby Power (on):   80uA

Ltl-5210 series trail camera use low-power dual PIR sensor wireless module which belong to Ltl Acorn’s latest resarch and development,Working in the camera,low pwer dual PIR sensor has the characteristics of high accuracy and sensitivity,which avoid the camera mistaken or missed,as well as low standby current,Camera standy current has reduced to 80~92uA,far lower then the line’s other brands of hunting cameras standby current 400~2000uA,which greatly extends the camera standby time.

Picture Mode

If this camera were to take 30-day and 30-night pictures every 24 hours, the Core No Glow would last 8 months in the field on a set of 8 AA Lithium Batteries.

Video Mode

If this camera were to take 15-day and 15-night videos (10-second videos) every 24 hours, it would last 1.5 months in the field on a set of lithium batteries.

Alternatively the camera can run on an external 6V~12V DC power source (optional). When both external power and batteries are connected, the camera will be powered by the external one preferentially. Bundled with our external solar power supply (purchased separately), the camera
can work in the field over one year without changing batteries.When battery level gets low, the Motion Indicator in the LED array will flash blue. On ModelLtl-5210MM, a “Battery Low” text alert will be sent automatically to the user’s cell phone or email account.

If you need longer battery life,our Ltl-Sun external solar panel is recommended,the camera may work for more than 1 years in the wild without changing batteries,you can buy here: Ltl-sun- solar panel.

Advantages of Prep Sensors :

Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.8 s.

Video Trigger & Recovery Speed:  0.5 s.  .

Detection Range & Angle: 75ft. @ 55 detection angle

In order to extend the working hours of the camera battery,Ltl Acorn has developed the low power dual PIR sensor based on the original dual PIR infrared sensor,the low power dual PIR sensor optimizes the accuracy and anti-jamming capability of the camera avoiding the mistaken shot and missed shot,and reducing the cameras’standby sensing,Camera will enter sleep mode when it is working,with only the PIR sensor working,at this time,the whole camera only consumes ultra low current at 80~95uA,when the person or animal is detected by PIR sensor,the camera will automatically start and shoot photo,then enters sleep mode again after shooting as setting,The period from animal or human entering PIR sensing area to shooting photo,we call it as trigger time.The different brand hunting camera on the marketmay has different definition of their trigger time and sensing time to us,actully is from 1 to 5plus seconds,but they may claim only 0.3 seconds.the shorter of the trigger time,the higher of the possibility to capture the animal.

With the unique side prep PIR sensors design.our Ltl Acorn cameras reduce the trigger time greatly,the combination of the two side prep sensors and middle main PIR sensor comes up with a 100 degree induction range,usually the animal will enter this large induction range from the two sides of camera,then camera will start immediately,The induction angle of middle PIR sensor almost equals to shooting angle of the lens,if the animal continue to enterenter to the induction scope of tmiddle PIR sensor,camera would take photos immediately,which trigger time is less than 0.d seconds,and it is the actual sensing time of our double PIR technology,usually the animal is in the middle position of the photo which is taken at this time,

The is one condition that animal only enters the induction scope of side prep PIR sensor but not middle PIR sensor.camera would turn off after 5 seconds as it’s out of the camera lens shooting scope

Camera Setup

On the SETUP screen you will find MODE this is where you will set if you get photos (CAM) or video or both. The 5210A has a lot of features one of which I thought was very cool. The Little Acorn has a mode that will take photos and video all in one cycle. What it does is take 1,2 or 3 pictures (what ever you have it set at) then it will go to video after the last photo is taken.

On the second line of the setup screen you have a option to format the SD card I recommend that you DO format the SD card when you put it in the Little Acorn. This will cut down on bad pictures that you get like the over exposed the ones that have Ghost images in them. The only thing you want to make sure of before you Format the SD card is make sure you have saved the images and videos that are on the SD card because all of the data will be deleted.

Photo Size is the next line this is where you set the megapixel you choices are 5mp or 12mp. Next line is video size 640X480 or 320X240 I recommend the 640X480. Next line Set Clock this is where you set the clock and date. Next line is Picture NUMBER this is where you set 1,2,3 photo burst. Next is video length you can set the video length to 1-60 seconds. Just remember the longer the video the more space you use on the SD card and the more battery life you use. I recommend using 10-15 seconds this should give you plenty of time.

Next is Intervals this is where you set the amount of time between cycles be it video or photos. Remember it will be this time + the amount of time it takes to save the data to the SD card. Next is Sensitivity level NORMAL/HIGH/LOW.

Next is Time Stamp this is where the 5210A will put the time on the photo so you can monitor when the animal is at the spot. Next is Timer this is where you can set a certain time for the camera to be operational. Next Password this is where you can set a password so only you operate the Little Acorn.

Next is Serial number this is where you can assign a number for your Little Acorn in case you have more than one Little Acorn this will put the assigned number on the picture so you can tell different locations. Next is Time lapse you can shoot time lapse to cover an area to see where the Deer are coming from before they enter the range of the sensors. If using TIME LAPSE I recommend using 8 batteries and a large SD card. You will be taking a lot of photos.

Next is Side PIR this is where you use the side sensors to cover a wider range. Turn id ON the side sensors will indicate something in the area that is about to get in front of the camera lens but not to the normal sensor range. This should cut down on the images of only the back half of the deer. Next is Default Set this will set the Little Acorn 5210A back to it factory settings.

IN EVERY MENU SETTING ALWAYS PRESS THE OK BUTTON TO MAKE THE SETTING ACTIVE IF NOT IF YOU MAKE CHANGES THEY WILL NOT GO INTO EFFECT UNTIL YOU PRESS OK.

SD Card Storage Examples

           

With an 8 Gig SD card and the camera taking 8 mpxl photos (called HD photos in the settings), the Aggressor Low Glow could store 1,711 pictures on the SD card.

With an 8 Gig SD card and the camera taking 1920×1080 videos, the Aggressor could store 571 10-second videos.

With a 16 Gig SD card and the camera taking 8 mpxl photos (this is our recommended setting as it is closest to the native resolution), this camera could store 4,606 pictures on the SD card.

With a 16 Gig SD card and the camera taking 1920×1080 (60 fps) video resolution, this trailcam could store 409 10-second videos.

From this data, you can extrapolate out storage capacities of different sized SD cards and different resolution settings. We give you a 16 Gig SD card with the purchase of this camera through us. If you need additional or larger SD cards, you can shop all SD card options here.

Frequency Asked Questions

Q: I set up a new receiving phone number. But the MMS pictures are still being sent to the old number. What should I do?
Switch the camera OFF. Wait for at least two minutes. Then switch it ON.Or, switch the camera OFF. Take one battery out of the MMS-module       battery box, and then reinstall it.

Q:Why did it take so long to receive the MMS pictures / why didn’t I receive any MMS pictures?
The signal was too weak. Or the batteries ran out.

Q:I programmed the camera to constantly take pictures. But some pictures were not sent to my phone. How?
The Ltl-5210M series camera is designed to constantly send MMS pictures to the recipient’s phone. However, if the signal is too weak, it may not    work stably.

Q:Why did I receive some pictures with partial image, and some with “red X”?
The camera was in motion when sending pictures. Or the signal was unstable.

Q:I was pretty sure the battery was quite low. But I didn’t get any text alert. Why?
The camera “assumes” you install new batteries when you start the camera. It tracks the usage of the batteries and texts you when the power is low. However, if you replace the present batteries with some “used” ones in a point before receiving a text alert, the camera will get “confused” and not send a text alert later on.

Q: How do I view the pictures?

A: There are a number of ways to do this. Pictures/videos are stored on the SD card you place in the camera. Here are some other methods for viewing images:

  • View pictures on your computer. Plug the SD card in a desktop computer or laptop via the built-in SD card reader or use a USB reader if your computer doesn’t have one. This method works for most tablets as well. With this method, we recommend having two SD cards per camera so you can swap them in the field.
  • Trail Camera Viewers. While more expensive, handheld viewers are useful if you don’t have a smartphone or run multiple trail cameras.

Q: Will this trail camera trigger on small animals (birds, rodents, etc.)?

A: Trail cameras detect on a combination of heat and movement, so, yes, small mammals will trigger the camera. However, if you are going after smaller warm-blooded mammals, we recommend getting the camera closer to your target. For best performance, place the camera in an area that would enable picture detection from 3 – 20 ft.

Q: Can animals see the infrared flash on this camera?

A: This is somewhat controversial. Humans can’t see the flash as the nanometer spectrum is above what the human eye can detect. It’s also much harder for an animal to see, but that could depend on the species of animal as different species see in different light spectrums.

Other Information & General Maintenance:

Do not leave discharged batteries inside your Ltl Acorn camera for any prolonged length of time.  The batteries will leak and this acid will corrode the circuit board.  Battery leakage is very easy to spot and is not covered under the manufacturer warranty.

Cleaning the on/test/off switch on your trail camera is excellent ongoing maintenance and it’s a very simple procedure, no need to take the camera apart or anything like that

MATERIAL MARKING

The recorded footage recorded by the hunting camera can be marked with the device identification numberexact dateand time of the event, ambient temperature and moon phases.

LCD COLOUR SCREEN

The camera has been equipped with a built-in LCD screen, which not only helps during configuration but also enables a quick look through the collected footage with no need to eject the card.

One thought on “Ltl Acorn Ltl-5210A & Ltl-5210MC Wildlife Digital Trail Camera HD Upgrade Version Review

  1. LtlAcorn says:

    Good product

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