Poor IR contrast in new Tennessee license plates

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Only one I've recorded up here in NY.
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That's actually a pretty darned good image. Do you have some special lighting nearby? Perhaps a very bright streetlight, or exterior white lights?
Theres a streetlight about 50ft to the left but this area is pitch black. Taken with a 5442 Z4E with onboard IR set at 1/1000 shutter.
 

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I have noticed the closer we can get the camera to the plate, the better chance to read at night with these new plates. I temp rigged one about 30 feet away and the results were much better.
 

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The testing I mentioned in post #206 above with temp rig set up closer was with an older 5231R-ZE which is the same 1/2.8" sensor as the Z12E.

The ZE at 30 feet away captured the plate, but the Z12E at 175 feet did not.

Maybe a 5442 version of the Z12E would help, but I think we simply need to be closer to capture these new plates.
 

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It appears to me that the reason that plate was so visible is that it is well lit by the vehicle’s (likely bright LED) license plate lights. If it had been an unlit front license plate, where IR illumination mattered, maybe not so good.
 

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It appears to me that the reason that plate was so visible is that it is well lit by the vehicle’s (likely bright LED) license plate lights. If it had been an unlit front license plate, where IR illumination mattered, maybe not so good.
Good point! I will see if I have any that came past that didn't have plate lights!
 

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Yeah the 5442 is much brighter than the standard 2mp and unfortunately this car didnt have a front plate
 
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The testing I mentioned in post #206 above with temp rig set up closer was with an older 5231R-ZE which is the same 1/2.8" sensor as the Z12E.

The ZE at 30 feet away captured the plate, but the Z12E at 175 feet did not.

Maybe a 5442 version of the Z12E would help, but I think we simply need to be closer to capture these new plates.
I think it would help quite a bit. If @33696933 is getting that type of image at 45 feet with a -Z4 camera, I certainly think I could do just as well at 80 feet with a -Z12 version.
 
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