Testing Geovision MP License Plate Camera

By Ethan Ace, Published on Feb 28, 2014

Capturing license plates is one of the most requested, and underserved areas, in IP cameras. The question comes up a lot, and there are not many purpose built options.

One of the few IP / MP License Plate Capture cameras is from Geovision, the GVLPR HybridCam [link no longer available]. So we bought one and tested it.

In this report, we examine the physical construction, software configuration and fundamental performance of the camera during the day and at night at speeds up to ~40 MPH.

The GV-Hybrid 10R [link no longer available] is a dedicated license plate capture camera with the following notable features:

  • Specified for license plate capture up to 75 MPH.
  • Integrated IR LEDs, specified max range of 12m.
  • 1.3MP max resolution, 30 FPS.
  • Monochrome only, no day/night option.
  • ONVIF Profile S conformant.
  • 802.3at required, PoE injector included. Will not run on 802.3af.
  • Pricing: The GV-Hybrid 10R sells for ~$850 USD online

Key Findings

Here are our key findings from this test:

  • Out of the box, the GV-Hybrid 10R captured 100% of plates with vehicles moving ~40-45mph across a two lane (~20') horizontal field of view, without any settings changes, both day and night.
  • Due to its fast exposure (1/500s slowest) required for reliable plate capture, the GV-Hybrid 10R is not suitable for general surveillance purposes due to much darker images than typical.
  • At night, only highly IR reflective surfaces may be seen, with the rest of the scene dark. During the day, under strong sunlight, more scene information (vehicle make and model, etc.) is available.
  • If true surveillance of the scene aside from number plates is desired, along with vehicle color information, a second camera must be used.
  • A special "setup mode" is provided for aiming and focusing, slowing the shutter to normal levels and allowing the full scene to be viewed during installation.

Readers should note that this camera is part of a larger license plate capture shootout, to be published in the near future.


The GV-Hybrid 10R is a solid choice for those seeking a low cost, reliable license plate camera capable of high speed capture without configuration or optimization. However, note that vehicle color information or scene overview will require a secondary camera. If speeds are low enough (about 35mph and below) day/night IR bullets may better serve the scene.

Get Notified of Video Surveillance Breaking News
Get Notified of Video Surveillance Breaking News

Physical Overview

This video reviews the physical construction of the GV-Hybrid 10R. Users should note:

  • Pre-assembled box-style camera and housing with varifocal lens and IR illumination built into the housing.
  • Front IR cover (and optionally, sunshield) must be removed for focusing.
  • Ethernet and audio in/out are the only user-accessible connections.
  • Sizable compared to bullet camera options.

Configuration Overview

This video reviews two key configuration options of the GV-Hybrid 10R, exposure settings and setup mode:

Setup Mode

Due to the camera's fast exposure, GeoVision provides a special "setup mode" to aim and focus the camera. This mode slows the shutter to about 1/30s so users may see the entire field of view and fine focus. This comparison shows setup mode on vs. off:

Users should be careful to turn setup mode off after installation. Leaving this setting turned on will result in blurry images due to slower exposure, seen here:

Web Interface Overview

Users looking for a general overview of the GeoVision web interface may also refer to this screencast, taken from our review of the GV-UBX1301:

Imaging Overview

Users new to license plate capture may be startled at first by the dark images produced by the GV-Hybrid 10R. As a true capture camera, it is optimized to reliably provide images of number plates, requiring a faster exposure time more than 10x typical surveillance cameras, and thus producing overall darker images of the scene. 

The image below shows the full field of view of the GV-Hybrid 10R across two lanes of traffic at night, about 1 lux. Note that while most of the image is completely dark, the plate stands out, reliably clear:

During the day, sunlight is bright enough to provide more scene information, allowing vehicle make and model to be determined. However, as a monochrome camera, no color information is provided.

Capture Performance

Below is an image showing the capture performance of the camera with a car moving ~40 mph through the scene. 100% of plates were captured in this scene:

And at night, the plates are once again consistently captured, though notably dimmer.

Capture is demonstrated in this video, showing two cars moving through the scene at ~40 mph. Readers may download this video in AVI format or the Exacq standalone player to see this for themselves.

5 reports cite this report:

Hikvision LPR Camera Tested on Mar 26, 2018
Hikvision has expanded into the LPR market, claiming up to 99% capture rates,...
Top Used License Plate Capture Cameras on Aug 21, 2017
Capturing license plates is a common video surveillance application. But...
Testing Messoa 3MP LPC Camera on Apr 02, 2015
License plate recognition has historically required specialized cameras with...
Genetec AutoVu LPR Camera Tested on Feb 23, 2015
License plate video is one of the most requested elements of video...
Low Cost License Plate Capture Shootout on May 21, 2014
License plate capture (LPC) is very popular as shown by our License Plate...
Comments (25) : Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports

Axis License Plate Verifier Tested on Jul 21, 2020
Axis has historically left license plate verification to their partners, but...
Vivotek LPR Camera Tested on Apr 15, 2020
Vivotek has historically sold license plate capture cameras but not LPR. Now,...
Sony 61MP Surveillance Sensor Examined on Sep 04, 2020
For a decade, the highest resolution single-imager surveillance cameras have...
Hikvision and Uniview Entry Level Thermal Handheld Cameras Tested on Jun 05, 2020
While most screening systems cost $10,000 or more, manufacturers such as...
WDR Cheat Sheet and Camera Tracking - 30 Manufacturers on Aug 26, 2020
Manufacturers are regularly cryptic about what WDR support they actually...
Fever Camera Sales From Integrators Surveyed on Jun 01, 2020
Fever cameras are the hottest trend in video surveillance currently but how...
The Future of Metalens For Video Surveillance Cameras - MIT / UMass / Immervision on Sep 25, 2020
Panoramic cameras using 'fisheye' lens have become commonplace in video...
Camera Course Summer 2020 - Last Chance on Jul 18, 2020
This is your last chance to register for the Summer 2020 Camera Course. This...
Sunell Panda Cam Body Temperature Measurement Camera Tested on May 14, 2020
Sunell is far less well known than its gargantuan domestic competitors Dahua...
FLIR New Coronavirus Prioritized Temperature Screening Camera Examined on Apr 03, 2020
FLIR has announced a new series of thermal cameras "prioritized for entities...
Mobotix Thermal Detection Camera Tested on Jun 09, 2020
For years Mobotix has struggled but now sales are surging driven by Mobotix's...
FLIR A Series Temperature Screening Cameras Tested on Jun 04, 2020
FLIR is one of the biggest names in thermal and one of the most conservative....
Facial Recognition: Weak Sales, Anti Regulation, No Favorite, Says Security Integrators on Jul 07, 2020
While facial recognition has gained greater prominence, a new IPVM study of...
New Axis M30 Cameras Tested on Mar 26, 2020
Axis has released a new generation of, for them, relatively low cost M30...
Masks Cause Major Facial Recognition Problems on Feb 24, 2020
Coronavirus is spurring an increase in the use of medical masks, which new...

Recent Reports

Recruiters Online Show LIVE Today! on Oct 29, 2020
IPVM's 7th online show resumes today with 12 recruiters presenting themselves...
Hikvision AcuSense G2 Camera Test on Oct 29, 2020
Hikvision has released their next generation of AcuSense analytic cameras...
Biggest Problems Selling Access Control 2020 on Oct 29, 2020
Access control can cause integrators big headaches. What practical issues do...
Taiwan Geovision AI Analytics and NDAA Examined on Oct 29, 2020
Taiwan manufacturer Geovision's revenue has been falling for years. However,...
Bedside Cough and Sneeze Detector (Sound Intelligence and CLB) on Oct 28, 2020
Coronavirus has increased interest in detecting symptoms such as fever and...
Fever Tablet Thermal Sensors Examined (Melexis) on Oct 28, 2020
Fever tablet suppliers heavily rely on the accuracy and specs of...
Verkada Fires 3 on Oct 28, 2020
Verkada has fired three employees over an incident where female colleagues...
Eagle Eye Networks Raises $40 Million on Oct 27, 2020
Eagle Eye has raised $40 million aiming to "reinvent video...
Hikvision Q3 2020 Global Revenue Rises, US Revenue Falls on Oct 27, 2020
While Hikvision's global revenue rises driven by domestic recovery, its US...
VICE Investigates Verkada's Harassing "RawVerkadawgz" on Oct 26, 2020
This month, IPVM investigated Verkada's sexism, discrimination, and cultural...
Six Flags' FDA Violating Outdoor Dahua Fever Cameras on Oct 26, 2020
As Six Flags scrambled to reopen parks amid plummeting revenues caused by the...
ISC Brasil Digital Experience 2020 Report on Oct 23, 2020
ISC Brasil 2020 rebranded itself to ISC Digital Experience and, like its...
Top Video Surveillance Service Call Problems 2020 on Oct 23, 2020
3 primary and 4 secondary issues stood out as causing the most problems when...
GDPR Impact On Temperature / Fever Screening Explained on Oct 22, 2020
What impact does GDPR have on temperature screening? Do you risk a GDPR fine...
Security And Safety Things (S&ST) Tested on Oct 22, 2020
S&ST, a Bosch spinout, is spending tens of millions of dollars aiming to...