LTL Acorn 5210MG Review
The LTL Acorn 5210MG is another model that allows images to be sent straight to your cellphone or email account. It works with any GSM cell network (ATT&T, Sprint, etc) and also has a SMS remote option so you can change some options by sending it text messages. It can even send you a message to let you know the battery is low. With a no glow IR flash, this can be used for security applications as well. This may be a great option if you live far from your hunting lease or have isolated, unmanned property.
- Programmable 5 or 12-Megapixel high-quality resolution
- Infrared night vision LEDs for flash range as far as 65 feet
- In “Cam + Video” mode, camera takes both pictures and video at every trigger event
- Ultra low standby power consumption. Extremely long in-field life (in standby mode, up to 6 months with 8 x AA batteries)
- Impressively quick trigger time (0.8 second)
- Time Lapse Mode
- MMS image sizes: 640 x 480
- Automatically send text alert when battery power level goes low
- Check cellular signal information on the built-in TFT display in the field
- All MMS pictures saved in SD card as well as the original ones
- Internal antenna design makes the camera portable while still emitting strong signal
- Operates globally via GSM/GPRS network. Supports four bands: 850 / 900 / 1800 /1900MHz
- Date, time, battery level stamped in the MMS pictures
- Lockable and password protected
- Must do initial setup with a computer and it only works with Windows. (Mac users are out of luck).
- Needs good cell reception to send pics. This actually makes a ton of sense, but I listed it as a con because quite a few (if not all) good hunting areas have bad cell reception.
Check out this sample photo:
This is what a couple of owners have to say:
Bought another one, now building my own steel casing for it. Will buy again. Only compatible with windows…
Joh – Read The Full Review On Amazon
Hooked to booster and got pics right away. That was what it really needed, bumped up review to 4 stars since unit working great now. Initail set up still issue. Must be setup with computer then turned on at setup location…
Anthony K – Read The Full Review On Amazon
This camera might be a good option if you are in need of a camera to help with security issues. The no glow flash makes it virtually undetectable and the ability to see the photos within minutes of being take can be invaluable. Photos of someone breaking into your cabin 2 weeks after happens will not be as useful as seeing it 2 minutes later and being able to call the authorities. The night images are pretty clear too.
It is my belief that if you are using it in a more traditional sense there are better options out there for you. A camera such as the Moultrie 990i is a no glow model as well, so you will still be able to take pictures covertly. (Also check out the Reconyx HC600). I really don’t see the benefit of getting the pictures immediately from a scouting perspective. It’s not as if you could grab your bow and be there before the buck is gone. And it seems to me that a lot of money spent in the development of this camera was spent on the cellular aspect.
You will also have to buy the SIM card from a brick and mortar AT&T store and have someone there activate it for you to prevent problems. This camera ships from China as well. I say that as neither a good or bad thing, just something to consider as it may take a bit longer to get.
Overall, I think this is a good choice if you are in the market for something that can take you decent photos and you have a need to see them right away. (eg – security). I think it’s a nice little camera, I just think there are better models available in the price range if you don’t need the messages sent directly to your phone.