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Thermal Monocular Camera user manual

Thermal Monocular Camera user manual
Thermal Monocular Camera user manual

You'll be able to detect animals or people obscured by darkness or fog with the ACH20-1B Portable Thermal Monocular Camera from Lorex. The device is equipped with an aiming laser and rangefinder, and it can record and video to cards up to 256GB, so you can share them to your devices via built-in Wi-Fi. Digital zoom provides a better view of your target, and you can select from multiple color palettes including iron red, rainbow, white hot, and . The built-in rechargeable battery will run up to five hours on a charge. Built sturdy for frequent use, the ACH20-1B is IP67-rated waterproof, submersible, and drop-tested to withstand falls from 6.6′ to a hard surface..

ACH20-1B Thermal Monocular Camera: Using the App

Take some time to learn about using your thermal monocular camera through the companion Thermal Connection app.

Live View

The Live View is the first screen you will see when your camera connects to the app. It includes the following features:

1.Camera's Live View footage
2.Digital Zoom
3.Color Palette
4.Full-screen display (record images & videos)

Digital Zoom

Zoom in on a certain part of your camera's image to magnify details.

1.From Live View, tap .
2.Tap your preferred zoom range.
3.Tap OK to save.

Color Palette

Select your camera's color palette for enhanced visual representations of thermal imaging.

1.From Live View, tap .
2.Tap on one of the following color palettes:

 Whitehot: The most used palette, Whitehot displays warmer objects in white and then cooler objects in black, and everything in between in a shade of gray.

 Ironrow: This is a general-purpose palette that uses a variety of colors to showcase heat distribution. Red indicates the highest temperature, with an array of colors cooling off to blue as the temperature in the image decreases.

 RainBow: Best suited for scenes with minimal heat change, RainBow uses different colors to display slight temperature changes despite low-contrast conditions.

 Warning: Based off Whitehot, Warning showcases warmer objects in a white color with heat indicated by a vibrant red. This palette was designed to quickly detect body heat.
3.Tap OK to save.

Note: Not all color palettes are suited for every situation. Select the option that best shows the thermal differences for your specific application.

Record Images & Videos

1.From Live View, tap .
2.Tap the screen to display the capture and record icons.
3.To capture images: Tap .
4.To start or stop recording videos: Tap .

Note: A blinking red dot next to a recording timer on the left of the screen indicates that your camera's recording.

Function Settings

Enable some of your camera's features, like the laser pointer, fire detection, or track hot and cold points.

Laser Pointer

Use the laser pointer to illuminate a point of interest with a bright spot of colored light.

 LASER RADIATION:

Exposure to laser light can cause significant damage to the eyes. Never look into the laser beam directly or through a piece of optical equipment.

1.Tap Function.
2.Tap to enable Pointer. The laser pointer automatically turns on.

After a few seconds, the laser pointer automatically turns off.

Fire Detection

Detect fires in your camera's image with a red box surrounding the source. If enabled, you can set the fire detection sensitivity from high to low.

1.Tap Function.
2.Tap Fire Detection.
3.Tap on one of the options:
 Off: Fire detection is turned off.
 HighMiddle, or Low Sensitivity: Your camera will detect fires based on the sensitivity level.
4.Tap OK to save.

Hot & Cold Points

Track the hottest and lowest temperatures in your camera's image at the same time. If enabled, your camera's image will display a red target tracking the hottest point and a blue target tracking the lowest point.

1.Tap Function.
2.Tap to enable Hotspot Tracking.

System Settings

Customize your camera's system settings or sign out.

Automatic Sleep Mode

Select how long your camera waits before entering sleep mode.

1.Tap System.
2.Tap Automatic Maintenance.
3.Tap Auto Sleep Setting.
4.Tap on one of the options:
 Off: Automatic sleep mode is turned off.
 10 Mins5 Mins3 Mins1 Min: Your camera will automatically go into sleep mode after the selected time. Shorter times preserve your camera's battery life.
5.Tap OK, then Save.

Automatic Shutdown

Select how long your camera waits before turning off.

1.Tap System.
2.Tap Automatic Maintenance.
3.Tap Auto Power OFF Setting.
4.Tap on one of the options:
 Off: Automatic shutdown is turned off.
 60 Mins30 Mins10 Mins5 Mins: Your camera will automatically shutdown after the selected time.
5.Tap OK, then Save.

Change Measurement Unit (Meter to Feet)

Change your camera's measurement unit.

1.Tap System.
2.Tap Unit.
3.Tap on one of the options:
 Meter: Measure using a metric unit.
 Feet: Measure using an imperial unit.
4.Tap OK to save.

Sign Out

Disconnect your camera from the app by signing out of the app.

1.Tap System.
2.Tap Sign Out.
3.Tap OK.

Restore to Default Settings

Restore your camera's menu and app settings to its settings.

1.Tap System.
2.Tap Restore the Default.
3.Tap OK.

ACH20-1B Thermal Monocular Camera: Troubleshooting

The following article provides some troubleshooting tips for using your thermal monocular camera.

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Camera's image/screen is blurry.

Adjust your camera's diopter to your eyesight. Before you begin, it is highly recommended that you adjust your camera's diopter to your eyesight. Focusing your view will minimize eye strain and fatigue.

1.Point your camera at something solid.
2.Begin turning the diopter adjustment dial. As you are adjusting the dial, move it left or right until the display appears clearly in your camera's screen.

Camera's Wi-Fi hotspot is not showing.

 Wait a moment for it to appear in your phone's Wi-Fi settings.
 When enabling your camera's hotspot in your camera's settings, try to press  a couple more times.
 Ensure you have allowed the app to use your location, otherwise it will not be able to detect your camera's Wi-Fi. Navigate to your phone's settings, then open the Thermal Connection app settings, and enable Location — While Using the App.

Camera is not connecting to the app.

The Wi-Fi password is case sensitive. Make sure you enter the serial number in the same letter format, whether that is uppercase or lowercase.

Camera has disconnected from the app.

 Your camera's hotspot dropped. Enable your camera's wi-fi hotspot once more, and then login to the app again.
 After being inactive, your camera will either go into sleep mode or automatically shutdown, which in turn causes it to time-out in the app. To connect to the app again, you will need to first tap System > Sign Out.

Camera's Live View is frozen in the app.

If the Live View is frozen perform a hard close of the app, then open it again.

Digital zoom is not working.

Digital zoom will not work while your camera's menu is open. Press  to exit the menu.

Camera is not recording images and videos.

Recording images and/or videos will not work while the menu is open or when your camera is connected to a computer. Press  to exit the menu.

Camera's screen is black.

Restart your camera. Press and hold  to turn your camera off, and then back on.

Camera is not charging or slow to charge.

 Ensure you use the supplied micro-USB cable and that it is properly connected.
 DANGER
 Improper battery replacement or use may result in fire, explosion, or other hazards.
 Only use accessories regulated by the manufacturer. Never use the charging cable or power adapter with another product.
 Make sure the plug is properly connected to the power socket.
 DO NOT charge your camera within 2 m of flammable materials.
 DO NOT connect multiple devices to one power adapter. The plug in the power socket could overheat and possibly cause a fire.
 Ensure the USB Mode is set to Off.
 Press and hold  to open the menu.
 Press  or  to navigate to USB Mode.
 Press  to open the setting.
 Press  to select Off.
 Press  to confirm your setting.
 Press  the exit the menu.

Camera's battery keeps draining.

You can preserve your camera's battery life in the following ways:

 Turn off any camera settings or functions that are not being used.
 Use your camera without the app. First, sign out your camera from the app, and then turn the Wi-Fi hotspot off. 
 Press and hold  to open the menu.
 Press  or  to navigate to WiFi.
 Press  to open the setting.
 Press  to select Off.
 Press  to confirm your setting.
 Press  the exit the menu.
 Set your camera to go into automatic sleep mode after 1 minute of inactivity has passed. First set your camera's sleep mode (Suspend Mode) to be automatic, and then set the automatic sleep mode (Auto Suspend) to 1 minute.
 Press and hold  to open the menu.
 Press  or  to navigate to Suspend Mode.
 Press  to open the setting.
 Press  to select Automatic.
 Press  to confirm your setting.
 Press  to navigate to Auto Suspend.
 Press  to open the setting.
 Press  to select 1 Min.
 Press  to confirm your setting.
 Press  the exit the menu.
 Set your camera's screen brightness to low.
 Press and hold  to open the menu.
 Press  or  to navigate to Brightness.
 Press  to open the setting.
 Press  to select Low.
 Press  to confirm your setting.
 Press  the exit the menu.
 Set your camera's automatic shutdown to 60 minutes or less. 
 Press and hold  to open the menu.
 Press  or  to navigate to Auto Shutdown.
 Press  to open the setting.
 Press  to select 60 Mins or less.
 Press  to confirm your setting.
 Press  the exit the menu.

Camera's image has lots of graininess or scratches.

 Turn your camera off, attach the lens cap, and allow it to rest for a few hours before using again.
 To improve your camera's image quality set the FFC Mode to Auto. 
 Press and hold  to open the menu.
 Press  or  to navigate to FFC.
 Press  to open the setting.
 Press  to select Auto.
 Press  to confirm your setting.
 Press  the exit the menu.
 To manually correct pixel defects in your camera's image, set the DPC settings to Manual. 
 Press and hold  to open the menu.
 Press  or  to navigate to DPC.
 Press  to open the setting.
 Press  to select one of the options:
· Auto: (Default) Your camera automatically calibrates defective pixels.
· Press  to start auto DPC.
· Close the lens cap until your camera signals that auto correction is complete.
· Manual: Correct the defective pixels manually.
· Press  to start DPC manually.
·  Press to switch between the X-axis and Y-axis.
· Press and hold  or  to start correction.
· Restore: DPC is restored to original state.
 Press  to confirm your setting.
 Press  the exit the menu.

ACH20-1B Thermal Monocular Camera: Frequently Asked Questions

The following FAQ answers many of the general questions about your thermal monocular camera.

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How does my thermal monocular camera work?

To improve the visibility of objects in complete darkness, haze, or tough conditions, your thermal monocular camera uses infrared sensors to detect heat given off by a person, animal, or other objects. It creates images of that radiation called thermograms, which display the relative temperatures of different objects with different shades or colors. In a thermogram, warm objects stand out in a contrast or often cooler background. It is widely used in outdoor scenarios for hunting, rescue, animal observation, and more.

Is my thermal monocular camera battery-operated or hard wired?

Your thermal monocular camera is battery-operated, however, to charge the battery you will need to connect the micro-USB cable into your camera's USB port and the other end into a power source.

Does my thermal camera only work at night?

No. Although thermal imaging cameras are most commonly used for nighttime vision, they can also be useful in daylight. The detection of heat radiation and the high contrast of thermal imaging cameras allow you to see the outlines of (warm-blooded) animals that camouflage well in their environments. It can also help distinguish animals or people in foggy or smoky conditions.

Can my thermal camera see-through walls, metal, or glass?

No, thermal imaging cameras do not see-through surface but detect surface temperatures.

Is thermal imaging and night vision the same thing?

No, thermal imaging can produce pictures without visible light while night vision cameras work by boosting ambient light. Their only common purpose is increasing visibility in low light conditions.

Can bright sunlight damage my camera's lens?

Yes, aiming your camera's lens with the lens cap open at powerful light sources (i.e. the sun) is not recommended, as this may adversely affect the accuracy or damage the thermal imager.

What is the clicking noise my camera makes?

This is simply the noise your camera makes while you are shifting it between different fields of view. The noise you are hearing is your camera focusing and calibrating the image to achieve the highest resolution possible.

Should I charge my camera's battery before first use?

Since your camera's battery is delivered partially charged, it is recommended that you fully charge it before first use.

How do I charge my camera's battery?

1.Insert the adapter plug for your region into the back of the universal power adapter.
2.Open the sealing cap covering your camera's USB port.
3.Connect the micro-USB cable to your camera's USB port and the other end of the cable into the universal power adapter.
4.Plug into a power source.

Your camera has the following 4 battery charging statuses, as shown by the LED charging indicator located under the USB port.

 Red: Charging
 Green: Fully Charged
 Off: Not Charging
 Flashing Red & Green: Charging Error

How do I turn my camera on or off?

Press and hold .

Where can I find the app?

The Thermal Connection Application can be downloaded on your smartphone with a valid Internet connection from iTunes or respectively.

 To download the app for iOS, click here.
 To download the app for , click here.

See the article Connecting to the App for more details.

Why do I need to allow my Location Permission on the app?

The app requires permission to detect your Wi-Fi network in order to connect your camera to the app.

How do I connect my camera to the app?

See the article Connecting to the App for full details.

How do I disconnect my camera from the app?

For steps on disconnecting your camera from the app, see the article Using the App.

What is my camera's Wi-Fi name and password?

 Wi-Fi Name: Your camera's Serial Number (S/N)
 Wi-Fi Password: The last 8-digits of your camera's Serial Number (S/N)

Where can I find my camera's serial number?

Your camera's serial number can be found on:

 The serial tag located on the side of your camera.
 Your camera's system information.
 Press and hold  to open the menu.
 Press  or  to navigate to (System Information).
 Press  to open your camera's system information.

How do I record images & videos?

 To capture images: Press 
 To start or stop recording videos: Press and hold  for 3 seconds. A blinking red dot next to a recording timer on the left of the screen indicates that your camera is recording.

Note: Your camera cannot record images or videos while the menu is open or when connected to a computer.

For steps on recording images and videos from the app, see the article Using the App.

How do I zoom in my camera's image?

To switch the zoom range: Press . Keep pressing to zoom in and out.

For steps on using digital zoom from the app, see the article Using the App.

How do I turn the laser pointer on?

 LASER RADIATION:

Exposure to laser light can cause significant damage to the eyes. Never look into the laser beam directly or through a piece of optical equipment.

To turn the laser on: Quickly press  two times.

For steps on using the laser pointer from the app, see the article Using the App.

How do I change my camera's color palette?

To quickly change the color palette: Press .

For steps on switching the color palette from the app, see the article Using the App.

Which color palettes can I choose from?

Select your camera's color palette for enhanced visual representations of thermal imaging. Switch between any of the following color palettes:

 White Hot: The most used palette, White Hot displays warmer objects in white and then cooler objects in black, and everything in between in a shade of gray.

 Iron Red: This is a general-purpose palette that uses a variety of colors to showcase heat distribution. Red indicates the highest temperature, with an array of colors cooling off to blue as the temperature in the image decreases.

 Black Hot: Black Hot is the inverted version of White Hot, displaying warmer objects in black and then cooler objects in white, and everything in between in a shade of gray.

 Alarm: Based off White Hot, Alarm showcases warmer objects in a white color with heat indicated by a vibrant red. This palette was designed to quickly detect body heat.

Note: Not all color palettes are suited for every situation. Select the option that best shows the thermal differences for your specific application.

How do I measure my target's distance?

Measure the range distance between your camera and your target using the pre-set ranging modes for animals, people, etc.

 Press and hold  to open the menu.
 Press  or  to navigate to Ranging Mode.
 Press  to open the setting.
 Press  to select one of the options:
 Wolf: Measure your distance from a wolf, with a pre-set height of 1.2 m.
 Customize: Enter a custom height to measure your distance from your target.
 Wild Boar: Measure your distance from a boar, with a pre-set height of 0.9 m.
 Human: Measure your distance from a human, with a pre-set height of 1.8 m.
 Rabbit: Measure your distance from a rabbit, with a pre-set height of 0.3 m.
 Press  to confirm your setting.
 Press  to exit the menu.

How do I change my camera's measurement unit?

For steps on changing the measurement unit from the app, see the article Using the App.

How do I track hot & cold points?

Track the hottest and lowest temperatures in your camera's image at the same time. If enabled, your camera's image will display a red target tracking the hottest point and a blue target tracking the lowest point.

 Press and hold  to open the menu.
 Press  or  to navigate to Hot Point.
 Press  to open the setting.
 Press  to select one of the options:
 Off: Hot and cold points is turned off.
 On: Your camera will track hot and cold points.
 Press  to confirm your setting.
 Press  to exit the menu.

For steps on enabling hot & cold points from the app, see the article Using the App.

How do I enable fire detection?

Detect fires in your camera's image with a red box surrounding the source. If enabled, you can set the fire detection sensitivity from high to low.

 Press and hold  to open the menu.
 Press  or  to navigate to Fire Warning.
 Press  to open the setting.
 Press  to select one of the options:
 Off: Fire detection is turned off.
 HighMiddle, or Low: Your camera will detect fires based on the sensitivity level.
 Press  to confirm your setting.
 Press  to exit the menu.

For steps on setting fire detection from the app, see the article Using the App.

How do I enable the fire detection alarm?

Set your camera to sound an alarm when fire is detected in the image.

Note: The fire detection alarm works only when your camera has fire detection enabled on either HighMiddle, or Low.

 Press and hold  to open the menu.
 Press  or  to navigate to Alarm.
 Press  to open the setting.
 Press  to select one of the options:
 Off: Fire detection alarm is turned off.
 On: Your camera will sound when fire is detected.
 Press  to confirm your setting.
 Press  to exit the menu.

How do I export recordings?

Export recorded images and videos from your camera's microSD card.

 Press and hold  to open the menu.
 Press  or  to navigate to USB Mode.
 Press  to open the setting.
 Press  to select Mass Storage.
 Press  to confirm your setting.
 Connect the micro-USB cable into your camera's USB port and the other end into an available USB port on your computer.
 The microSD card's storage will open on your computer desktop. Select files to export, then copy them onto your computer.
 After exporting, disconnect the micro-USB cable from your camera and computer.
 Press  to select USB Mode Off.
 Press  to confirm your setting.
 Press  to exit the menu.

Where does my camera store recorded images and videos?

Your camera stores recorded images and videos onto the microSD card.

What is my camera's maximum storage capacity?

You can insert a microSD card with up to 256GB storage space.

How do I hide the icons on the top right of my camera's image?

 Press and hold  to open the menu.
 Press  or  to navigate to Status Bar.
 Press  to open the setting.
 Press  to select Off.
 Press  to confirm your setting.
 Press  to exit the menu.

How do I change the displayed in my camera's menu?

 Press and hold  to open the menu.
 Press  or  to navigate to Language.
 Press  to open the setting.
 Press  to select your preferred language.
 Press  to confirm your setting.
 Press  to exit the menu.

Note: This will only change the language in your camera's menu, not the app.

How do I restore my camera's settings to default?

For steps on restoring your camera's settings to default from the app, see the article Using the App.

How do I update my camera?

Update your camera through the microSD card.

Note: To download the latest firmware update for your camera, contact the Technical Support team.

 Press and hold  to open the menu.
 Press  or  to navigate to USB Mode.
 Press  to open the setting.
 Press  to select Mass Storage.
 Press  to confirm your setting.
 Connect the micro-USB cable into your camera's USB port and the other end into an available USB port on your computer.
 The microSD card's storage will open on your computer desktop. Copy the update program to the microSD card.
 Press and hold  and  at the same time for 3 seconds. A blue screen will indicate that an update is in progress.

After a few minutes the update will complete and you will see your camera's live view image.

Where can I download my camera's latest firmware update?

To download the latest firmware update for your camera, contact the Technical Support team.

Can I mount my camera to a tripod?

Yes, the tripod thread can be found on the bottom of your camera.

Can I access my camera's Live View from an external ?

Yes, you can access your camera's Live View from your computer by connecting your camera using the micro-USB cable.

What is the buzzer option in the app settings?

The buzzer is not compatible with your camera.

ACH20-1B Thermal Monocular Camera: Connecting to the App

Follow the steps below to connect your thermal monocular camera to the Thermal Connection app.

Note: The frequency bands and transmitting power (radiated and/or conducted) nominal limits applicable to this radio equipment are as follows: Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz (2.4 GHz to 2.4835 GHz) 20 dBm.

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Step 1 – Download the App

Download your camera's mobile app, Thermal Connection.

 To download the app for iOS, click here.
 To download the app for Android, click here.

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Step 2 – Enable Your Camera's Wi-Fi Hotspot

Looking into your camera:

 Press and hold  to open the menu.
 Press  or  to navigate to WiFi.
 Press  to open the setting.
 Press  to select AP (Access Point).
 Press  to confirm your setting.
 Press  the exit the menu.

Step 3 – Connect to the App

1.Open the app.

2.Tap Switch WIFI.
3.Tap on your Wi-Fi settings, and then tap your camera's name.
 Wi-Fi Name: Your camera's Serial Number (S/N)
 Wi-Fi Password: The last 8–digits of your camera's Serial Number (S/N)
4.Tap Connect WIFI.

5.Enter your camera's Wi-Fi password, and then tap Next.

You will now be able to view your camera from the app and make some minor setting adjustments.

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