John and fellow forum members, I have many outdoor installations that I would consider quite typical - sureveillance of drive entrances and driving lanes, where the customer is interested in capturing the license plate for potential indentification. Speeds are typically under 10mph. They/I don't require high-speed resolution or LPR analytics - just adequate image capture.
Camera installations are designed to provide sufficient pixel density to adequately resolve these license plates - BUT this only works during the day, with adequate lighting.
The customer most often has even greater interest in vehicles passing these cameras at night, for obvious reasons. I have 'experimented' with various camera setting adjustments, and am now using mostly AXIS Q1604-E cameras for many reasons, including hope of improving the quality of this scenario. I have experimented with IR lighting, but as vehicle headlights include such a large component of IR, it has not proven very helpful so far.
I am sure many others have this customer interest. Any thoughts/pointers on how it can be accomplished with affordable technology - short of $5000+ LPR cameras designed for toll booths?