What should you be using to capture license plates consistently?
We tested 3 major types of cameras head to head to see the tradeoffs:
- Super Low Light cameras: Day / night MP cameras with advanced night time performance have emerged over the past couple of years. We selected the Samsung WiseNet III 5004 camera as the representative here.
Integrated IR cameras: MP cameras with integrated IR illuminators are increasingly common. We selected the Avigilon Integrated IR offering here.
Purpose Built License Plate cameras: These are the least commonly available among IP cameras but are designed to capture license plates out of the box. We selected the Geovision MP LPC camera here.
- Night time
- Low speed (< 10mph)
- High speed (>40mph)
Those tests let us understand the tradeoffs during different times of the day and conditions.
Here is a sample of one of the 12 image comparisons inside: