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: