License plate capture (LPC) is very popular as shown by our License Plate Capture Shootout 2014's high member interest.
One challenge is that purpose built LPC cameras can get quite expensive, even an inexpensive one, like the Geovision MP LPC we tested, runs ~$1,000.
We decided to test 4 low cost integrated IR IP cameras, all $200 or less, including Dahua, Hikvision and Q-See models, to see if they could deliver effective license plate capture.
We tested at slow speed (~5mph) and higher speed (~30mph), day and night, like so:
And we created image comparisons for each of the 10 runs (including various shutter speeds), that look like so: