HC-300M Trail Camera User’s Manual

HC-300M GPRS/MMS Digital Infrared Trail Camera
User’s Manual

1. Instructions

1.1 General Description
This camera, a digital trail with MMS function, is a surveillance camera working automatically.
It can be triggered at once by any movement
of human (or animals) in a certain region of interested (ROI) monitored by a high sensitive Passive Infrared (PIR) motion sensor, and then
automatically captures high quality pictures (up to 12M pixels) or records 1080p HD video clips (WVGA or QVGA).

At sunrise the unit begins to take color photos and video until there is insufficient light (dusk) when it begins to take infrared (monochrome)
photos and video.

It is easy to use, there is a 2.5 inch colorful LCD display on camera, and it supports MMS/SMTP/SMS/E-mail via GPRS Network. It is
resistant against water and snow for outside uses.

1.2 Camera Body Interface
The camera has the following I/O interfaces: USB connector, SD-card slot, TV output and and external DC power connector.

Take a few moments to familiarize yourself following the camera controls and displays. It is helpful to bookmark this section and refer to it as you read through the rest of the manual.

1.3 Camera components and features
1) Test Indicator
2) Low Battery Indicator
3) Infrared Flash
4) PIR
5) Lens
6) Lock
7) Lock holePage2

1.4 Shooting Information Display
When the camera is turned on (the power switch is slid to TEST position), the shooting information will be displayed in the monitor.

1.5 MMS Function
This camera can send pictures instantly to your mobile device via the GPRS network. You’ll be alerted only when something has happened;
The MMS through GPRS to send, so before using this function you need to make the settings in the txt file for mms or smtp.

Review to related information, please refer to section 4.1 setting menu table “MMS mode”
and 4.1.16 MMS and GPRS settings.

SIM card Icon:There are two SIM card icons. It means the SIM card is inserted and it works well.
It means the network signal in your local place is very good.
When without inserting the SIM Card or low signal strength, will disappear at the same time.
There are 5 submenu settings about the MMS function. Including: APN, MMSC, WAP Gateway, MMS Phone, MMS Mail (refer to 4.1 table).

MMS Set means to have the right MMS setting parameters according to your network. Send to means to input the phone number or email
address which you want to send. All 5 submenus must have correct settings.

1.6 Supported Format
Item Format
Photo JPG
Video AVI
File FAT32
Here are some important notices. You don’t need to concern about the file system format of the camera unless you have problems with
reading the SD-card by your other equipment. If this happened, please format the SD-card in the camera or in a computer at first and then
reinsert the card into your camera to make a try.
1) 2.5 inch Color LCD Display
2) Power Switch
3) Distance Switch
4) Menu Switch
5) SHUTTER Switch
6) Select Switch
7) SD-Card Slot
8) USB Connector
9) TV Out Connector
10) SIM-Card Slot
11) Battery DepotPage3
2. Cautions
The working voltage of the camera is 7.5v to 9.0V. The camera is supplied by the rechargeable lithium battery.
Please unlock the write-protect before inserting the SD-card.
Please insert the SD-card when the power switch is at OFF position before testing the camera.
Please do not insert or take out the SD-card when the power switch is at ON position.
It is recommended to format the SD-card by the camera when used at the first time.
The camera will be in USB mode when connected to a USB port of a computer. In this case, the SD-card functions as a removable disk.

Please ensure sufficient power when having firmware upgrade, otherwise the upgrade process could be interrupted incorrectly.

If any fault occurs after improper upgrading process, the camera may stop function properly.
As communications networks may vary reasons we can’t guarantee 100% success by sending and receiving MMS.Page4
3. Easy Operation
3.1 Power Supply
Open the battery cover. Confirm that the power switch is at the OFF position, load the fully charged lithium battery into the depot. Push back the battery cover.

When in Test Mode, camera will be automatically shut down to save power if without any operation within 3 minutes; it could be waked up by any movement detection.

When in low-battery state, camera will be also automatically shut down. Please change the batteries in time.
If you have set the MMS function, it will send you a SMS or Email to indicate the low battery situation.

3.2 Insert the SD-Card and SIM Card
Insert SD-card into the card slot with marked side upwards.
Please note that the SD-card can only be plugged in one direction. Make sure that the write-protect switch of the SD-card is on the “write” position.

When use MMS/SMS/E-mail function, be sure to insert SIM-card into the SIM-card slot with angle in the upper left.

3.3 Power on and Enter into the ON Mode
Before switching on, please pay attention to the following:
1. Avoid temperature and motion disturbances that could be construed as animals or humans such as trees that are exposed to direct sunlight for much of the day or any other heat source.
These may cause false triggers
2. The height from ground for placing the camera should 1 meter with the object. For example for deer waste height is good size
appropriately. In general, one to two meters are preferred.
Slide the power switch to the ON position to power on the camera and enter into the ON mode.
After switching on the camera, the motion indication LED (red) will blink for about 15s. The 15s is a buffering time before automatic capturing
photos or videos, e.g. for closing and locking the bottom cover, fixing the camera on a tree and walk away.
In ON mode, the camera will take pictures or videos automatically according to the default settings or previous custom settings. The camera
has the sound recording function, so the sound will be embedded in the video clip while capturing a video.

3.4 Enter into the TEST Mode
Slide the power switch to the TEST position to enter into the TEST mode. There are some functions in TEST mode: Custom settings, manual
capture, preview.

3.4.1 Custom Settings
Press the MENU switch to enter into menu setting. The camera can be taken over control to manually customize the camera settings which
display on the camera or external TV monitor. The detailed operations will be described in “Advanced Operations” chapter.

3.4.2 Manual Capturing
You can press SHUTTER to manually capture photos or recording video.

3.4.3 View Images or Videos
There are two ways to view the captured images or videos:
1. LCD screen on camera
2. TV monitors which connects to camera with TV cable
Turn right the select switch to view images, the latest image will be shown in the LCD screen on camera or TV monitor. Press UP to view
the previous image and press DOWN for the next. The detailed operations like deleting images or videos will be described in “Advanced
Operations” chapter.

3.4.4 Send MMS
The MMS function will be available after MMS Mode is set as “Instant”, any of 1-99 photos is optical for sending one day by GPRS network.

3.5 Power Off
Slide the power switch to OFF position to power off the camera. Please note that even in the OFF mode, the camera still consumes certain
power at µA level.
Therefore, please remove the battery if the camera will not be used for a long time.Page5
4. Advanced Operations
From the basic operations of the camera in previous chapter, we know that the camera has three basic operation modes:
1. OFF mode: Power switch is at OFF position (Down).
2. ON mode: Power switch is at ON position (Up).
3. TEST mode: Power switch is at TEST position (Middle).
In the above three modes, the OFF mode is the specified safe mode when replacing the SD-card or batteries and transporting the camera.
This chapter explains the advanced operations for customizing the camera settings. The settings can only be customized in TEST mode and
the remote control is needed.
4.1.1Photo Setting
4.1 Settings Menu
To view the camera settings menu, press MENU in the TEST mode (called settings menu in this chapter).The settings menu will be shown on
the LCD on camera or the external TV monitor.
There are 5 setting parts for the Menu:
4.1.2 Video SettingPage6
4.1.3 System Setting
4.1.4 MMS SettingPage7
4.1.5 SMTP SettingPage8
4.1.6 Fix the setting by software on the computer
You can fix all the 5 setting parts by software on the computer. Run the MMSCONFIG.exe file from MMSCONFIG folder in CD.
Note: pls move all the files in the root directory of MMSCONFIG folder to keep the setting available if you need.Page9
The following window prompts:
1). Fix Menu Setting on PC
Clink on Camera and model as you have, then you will see the following interface: Page10
First, you need to choose how you like to set up the MMS Mode: Auto or Manual. If you choose Auto, then you need to choose the country
and Mobile Phone Network Operator (MPNO). You could fix the number of pictures sent at a day from 0 to 99.After doing that, the below section
will populate with parameters pertaining to the selected Operator, such as APN,MMSC, IP and PORT. Then you can input the phone number
and email address you’d like the MMS pictures to be sent to. You can enter up to four different phone numbers or email address.
If you choose Manual to manually input all the parameters, you need to contact your Mobile Phone Network Operator (MPNO) to ask them to
provide you all the required information.
Click on Save to save your settings into the root directory of the SD card (You need to insert the SD card into your computer.) Then one file
named Parameter.dat will be created and saved in the directory you just selected. If you selected other directory in the computer, you need to
move the Parameter.dat file to the root directory of the SD card before inserting the card in the camera.
Retrieve the SD card from the computer and insert it in the camera. Switch to the TEST position to enter the TEST mode. You could check
the finished setting.
Note: Because each local MPNO has their own settings for their MMS service, and maybe those settings are out of date now, we recommend
you verify all the settings with your MPNO, even you choose Auto to let the system to configure the settings. We pre-store those settings for
each major MPNO in the program in CD, if you find out those settings have been changed according to the information provided by your MPNO,
or you have settings from your MPNO that is not on our Operators list, please notify us so we can update our program.
3). Set up SMTP Function on PC
Click on SMTP and model as you need, then you will see the following interface:
Fix the Menu setting based on your need. Last, lick on Save to save your settings into the root directory of the SD card (You need to insert
the SD card into your computer.)Then one file named Parameter.dat will be created and saved in the directory you just selected. If you selected
other directory in the computer, you need to move the Parameter.dat file to the root directory of the SD card before inserting the card in the
camera.
If you like, you can use the manufacturer default settings by clicking on Default.
Retrieve the SD card from the computer and insert it in the camera. Switch to the TEST position to enter the TEST mode. You could check
the finished setting.
2). Fix MMS Setting on PC
Click on MMS, you will see the following interface:Page11
First, you need to choose how you like to set up the SMTP Mode: Auto or Manual. If you choose Auto, then you need to choose the country
and Mobile Phone Network Operator (MPNO). You could fix the number of pictures sent at a day from 0 to 99.After doing that, the below section
will populate with parameters pertaining to the selected Operator, such as APN. You also need to input your email information after consulting
your Mailbox Network Operator (MNO) to make SMTP work. Last you can input the phone number and email address you’d like the SMTP
pictures to be sent to. You can enter up to four different phone numbers or email address.
If you choose Manual to manually input all the parameters, you need to contact your Mobile Phone Network Operator (MPNO) to ask them to
provide you all the required information.
Note: Because each local MPNO has their own settings for their SMTP service, and maybe those settings are out of date now, we recommend
you verify all the settings with your MPNO, even you choose Auto to let the system to configure the settings. We pre-store those settings for
each major MPNO in the program in CD, If you find out those settings have changed according to the information provided by your MPNO, or
you have settings from your MPNO that is not on our Operators list, please notify us so we can update our program.
Click on Save to save your settings into the root directory of the SD card (You need to insert the SD card into your computer.) Then one file
named Parameter.dat will be created and saved in the directory you just selected. If you selected other directory in the computer, you need to
move the Parameter.dat file to the root directory of the SD card before inserting the card in the camera.
Retrieve the SD card from the computer and insert it in the camera. Switch to the TEST position to enter the TEST mode. You could check
the finished SMTP setting.
4.1.7 Default
Default Settings are listed as below:Page12
4.1.8 General Settings
The operating steps are suitable for following menu items: Camera Mode, Photo Size, Video Size, Multi, Video Length, Delay, Timer and
GSM Mode.
4.1.9 Set Camera Mode
There are three camera modes: Camera, Video and Camera+Video. The way to set the camera mode is via setting menu.
The following shows how to set camera mode to Video, provided that the previous option is Photo:
a) Press MENU to display the setting menu.
b) Press DOWN to select Mode.
c) Press RIGHT to select Video.
d) Press down the select switch to save the current setting.
Press MENU to cancel setting and return to info display.
4.1.10 Format SD-Card
The system will delete all images or videos stored in the SD-card after formatting, make sure that you have made a backup of important
data.
a)Press MENU to display the setting menu.
b)Press RIGHT to select System setting.
c)Press DOWN to select Format.
d)Press RIGHT to select SD Card.
e)Press down the select switch to choose Enter to enter into submenu.
f)Press down to select OK. OK will be highlighted.
g)Press OK to start formatting the SD-card. During formatting, the display screen will show a message “Please Wait” as below.
Press MENU to cancel setting and return to info display.
4.1.11 Set Photo Size
This parameter has three values::12MP,8MP and 5MP. The default value is 5 mega pixels. The following shows how to set pixel size as 5M
Pixel:
a) Press MENU to display the setting menu.
b) Press DOWN to select Resolution
c) Press Right to select 12M Pixel
d) Press down the select switch to save the current setting, then press menu to return to info display.
Press MENU to cancel setting and return to info display.
4.1.12 Set Video Size
This parameter also has four values: 1080P,WVGA,QVGA.
The default value is 1080P,the following shows how to set 720P video size as provided that the previous option is at WVGA :
a) Press MENU to display the setting menu.
b) Press DOWN to select Resolution.
c) Press RIGHT to select WVGA
d) Press down the select switch to save the current setting, then press menu to return to info display.
Press MENU to cancel setting and return to info display.
4.1.13 Set Date and Time Page13
You can change the date and time of the device by setting this parameter when necessary, e.g., after every battery change. The date format
is day/month/year, the time format is hour: minute: second. The valid value for year is between 2010 and 2050.
Provided that the date and time are needed to be set to November 15th, 2011 and half past ten, the steps are as following:
a) Press MENU to display the setting menu.
b) Press right enter into “system”
c) Press DOWN to select Date/Time.
d) Press Right to Display Date/Time Interface, Press UP and DOWN to change the Value
e) Press down the select switch to save all current setting, then press MENU to return to info display.
Press MENU to cancel setting and return to info display.
4.1.14 Set Multi
This parameter affects the number of pictures taken for each triggering in the camera mode. It has four values: “1 Photo”, “3 Photos” “6
Photos” and “9 photos”. Its default value is “1 Photo”. The following shows how to set photo burst to 3 Photos, provided that the previous option
is 1 Photo:
a) Press MENU to display the setting menu.
b) Press DOWN to select Multi.
c) Press RIGHT to select 3 pictures.
d) Press down the select switch to save the current setting, then press MENU to return to info display
Press MENU to cancel setting and return to info display
4.1.15 Set ISO
This menu could only help you get a better photo at night, there are 3 values: 100,200,400.
a) Press MENU to display the setting menu.
b) Press DOWN to select Video Length
c) Press down the select switch to save the current setting, then press MENU to return to info display
Press MENU to cancel setting and exit.
4.1.16 Set Video Length
The following shows how to set video length to 30 Seconds, provided that the previous value is 10 Seconds:
a) Press MENU to display the setting menu.
b) Press DOWN to select Video Length
c) Press down the select switch to save the current setting, then press MENU to return to info display
Press MENU to cancel setting and exit.
4.1.17 Set Video Sound
The following shows how to turn off the sound of the video:
a) Press MENU to display the setting menu.
b) Press DOWN to select Voice.
c) Press RIGHT to display the VOICE setting Interface.
4.1.18 Set Interval
This parameter means that how long the PIR (Passive Infrared motion sensor) will be disabled after each triggering in ON mode. During this
time the PIR of the device will not react to the motion of human (or animals). The minimum interval is 5 seconds, it means the PIR works all the
time and media is taken almost continuously. The maximum interval is 30 minutes, it means the PIR will be disabled for 30 minutes after each
triggering. The default value is 5 seconds.
The following shows how to set PIR Triggering Interval Time as 1 minute provided that previous option is 5 seconds.
a) Press MENU to display the setting menu.
b) Press DOWN to select Interval.
c) Press RIGHT to enter in to the interval setting.
d) Press DOWN to select 1 minute.
e) Press down the select switch to save the current setting, then press MENU to return to info display.
Press MENU to cancel setting and return to info display.
4.1.19 Set Timer
This parameter defines a certain time lapse in a day when The Camera can be triggered. In the rest of the time the device is shut off. The
effective value of the hour ranges from 0 to 23 while the minute ranges from 0 to 59.
Provided that the camera should work from eight a.m. to five p.m., the steps are as follows:
a) Press MENU to display the setting menu.
b) Press DOWN to select Timer.
c) Press RIGHT to select item, press UP or DOWN to change the value until the start time changes to 8 and the stop time changes to 17.
d) Press down the select switch to save all current setting, then press MENU to return to info display.
Press MENU to return to previous menu.
4.1.20 Set MMS Mode
The following shows how to set the GSM mode to Off provided that the previous option is Instant:
a) Press MENU to display the setting menu.
b) Press DOWN to select GSM Mode.
c) Press RIGHT to select Off.
d) Press OK to save the current setting, then press MENU to return to info display.
Press MENU to cancel setting and return to info display.
If you choose “Instant”, you need to select how many MMS you want to send for economy consideration. You can choose 0 to 99 pictures. Page14
4.1.21 Enter Password
If the password setting is selected as On, after switching on the camera, the LCD screen on camera will prompt to enter password. The
default password is off. It can be changed where the steps are as following:
a) Press MENU to display the setting menu.
b) Press DOWN to select Password.
c) Press Up to select On, then press Right to select 4 numbers as password
d) Press OK to save the current setting, then press MENU to return to info display.
e) The LCD screen will prompt to enter password next time you switch on the camera.
Press MENU to cancel setting and return to previous menu.
4.2 Playback
In playback mode, images or videos can be viewed, deleted. The images and videos can be viewed on: LCD screen on camera and TV
monitor which connect to camera with TV cable. For simplicity, operations with PC won’t be introduced here.
4.2.1 Viewing Photo or Video
a) Switch to TEST mode and enter into info display.
b) Press right the select switch to view the latest picture (or video) in LCD screen on camera, TV monitor or Image viewer with TV-in
connector.
c) Press Left to start playing the video when viewing
d) Press Left again to stop playing the video.
e) Press UP to view the previous picture (or video) and DOWN for the next.
f) Press down the select switch to return to info display.
When viewing images, the total number of all images in the SD-card and the index of the displaying image will be shown respectively.
4.2.2 Delete Photo or Video
The operations are as following:
a) Press Right to display Photos and Videos.
b) Press Menu to select Delete.
c) Press right to select delete current or delete all.
d) Press OK, Cancel and OK are prompted.
e) Press OK to delete the image or video.
Press cancel to cancel, then press MENU and press down the select switch to return to info display
Please note that after deleting a picture or a video file, the deleted files can’t be restored!Furthermore, in order to delete all the images and
video clips in the SD-card, it is suggested to format the SD-card
4.3 Laser Pointer
The laser pointer can be turned on and is especial y useful when it is somewhat dark as an additional function for pointing to an object or a
certain region of interested (ROI).
Press﹡ to turn on the laser light in TEST mode and use the tilt adjuster on the back of camera to adjust the angle of capturing direction.
NOTE: Please note that the laser could be harmful to the eyes if pointed at other person.
4.4 File Numbering
Images and videos are separately saved in the pre-named folder (104MEDIA). File numbering continues by adding one to the last number for
each new image or video. The saving name is like PTDC0001.JPB or PTDC0001.AVI.Through the suffix you can distinguish whether the file is
an image(with suffix.jpg)or a video(with suffix.avi).
4.5 Firmware Upgrade
This camera is equipped with an automatic upgrade function for you. Upgrading is needed only when an improved firmware is available. The
operations are as following:
1. Unzip the update file
2. Copy the FW18NA.bin to SD card.
3. Insert the SD card into the camera.
4. Power on the camera(Test Mode).
5. The camera will read it and update itself automatically. When updating the camera, its screen is black.
6. The screen will light on after being finished
7. Plug out the SD card, then insert it into pc, delete the FW18NA.bin in the SD card.(If you don’t do this, the camera will enter update mode
when power on again).
8. Insert the SD card into the camera for its working.Page15
Appendix I: Technical Specifications
Image Sensor Type(True Megapixels) 12 Mega Pixels Color CMOS
Memory SD Card 8MB~32GB
Lens F=3.1; FOV=60°
Size 160mm * 120mm * 50 mm
IR Filter Full Automatic IR Filter
TFT Display Screen 48×35.69mm (2.36″);480(RGB)*234DOT;
16.7M color
PIR Sensitivity DUAL PIR with 3 sensitivity levels: High/
Normal/Low
PIR Sensor Sight Angle 100 Degrees for every one
PIR Sensing Distance 65ft/20m
Number of IR LED 54 LEDs Black or White
Max Night Vision Lighting Distance 65ft/20 meters
Trigger Speed 0.7 second
Low Battery Indicator Yes
Triggering Interval 1 second ~ 30mins (default 5 sec)
Selectable Image Resolution 12MP/8MP/5MP
Multiple Frame 1/3/6/9
Video Resolution 1080P/720P/VGA
File Format JPEG/AVI
Date Time Imprint Yes
Moon Phase Imprint Yes
Exposure Auto
MMS/EMAIL/SMS Support support
Device Serial No 4 Digits and 26 alphabet set by yourself
Periodic shot 1Second~24Hours
Stand-by current 0.2mA
Stand-by time 3Months(2000mAh Lion battery)
Interface TV out (NTSC/PAL); USB; SD Card Holder; 9V
DC External
Fix Method Belt, Tripod Nail
Operation Temperature -30 ~+70℃/-22~+158℃
Power Supply 2000mAh Li-on battery
Camera Socket Yes
Water proof IP54
Security authentication FCC,CE,RoHS
Appendix II: Parts List
Part Name Quantity
Digital Camera 1
9V Power charge 1
Rechargeable lithium battery 1
USB Cable 1
TV cable 1
CD Manual 1
Solar power supply Optional

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