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    Anyone any good with Trailcams?

    Hi - the missus bought me a nifty little trailcam (Ltl Acorn 6210MM) that emails photos to me. It captures some great video (day and night), but the photos aren't so good - they really struggle with any movement and the animal is nearly always blurred. I've added some below and a link to a video to show the difference. Anyone any ideas whether this is standard or if there is a way I can improve the still images?

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    Thanks,
    Jez

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    Tell them to stop and say cheese!!

    i gave up with stills and went to video as a lot would trigger a picture but then not appear on the image

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    Fair point! Guess I was just suckered by the advertising pictures - old lesson...Click image for larger version. 

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    The background is beautifully in focus, it's just the animals are moving too fast for the shutter speed to capture them.

    I don't know the Ltl Acorn and what controls are possible - do you happen to have a link to a pdf of the instructions at all?
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    I have been using cameras like this for a few years and they're great! I'd recommend trying to see if you can alter the shutter speed to make it faster, that'll make the pictures crisper and not blurry. However if the animals are moving fast then you'll always have a blurry image.. Videos is the best personally. Or put something down which will get the animals attention and stay still to have a sniff. I usually put down carrots for red deer, so just anything bait like which you know your target will enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jezholmes View Post
    Fair point! Guess I was just suckered by the advertising pictures - old lesson...Click image for larger version. 

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    He's obviously just jumped into that little clearing where the camera is. You might try clearing some of the brash on the field edge so they can just walk straight in.
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    Thanks for the comments - the settings don't allow you to directly change the exposure:
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    But looking in the manual http://www.wildlifeservices.co.uk/files/6210M.pdf
    it does say that the photo size can affect the shutter speed. So I'll try changing that and see what happens.

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    I use my trail cams just for stills, I have 2 spare cards which are changed over when I walk around, also I find you learn a lot more looking around your ground...

    Time is more important than quality of picture for me as I will be going to put a hole in it if I can...

    Tim.243
    Stalking is very much like going to the night club

    You can always tell an Essex Boy, just you cant tell him much...

    An hour in the field is worth a week of typing trash.....




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    If you take burst instead of single photo, chances are some of the pics are more clear.

    And don't be tempted to use 12MP, the optics are just not up to it. Fills up the card for no gain, and uses more power. I usually go for the lowest MP setting. The preview pic sent by email is usually 640x480 (0.3MP) or 800x600 (0.5MP) and in most cases even they are sufficient.

    Of course the burst mode uses more power and fills the card faster, as does the sending mode.

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    Thanks - I'll give that a go, starting with taking it off 12Mp mode!

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