which camera for LPR at a distance of 215ft?

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Why don't you put a mail box at the end of your drive and incorporate the camera into that like some others have done on here? That way you could capture from maybe 10-20 feet and road level giving you almost ideal conditions. From others posts, wooden or brick columns seem to be a good way to go for building an extra concealed comaprtment to house the camera.
I would love to do that but my HOA won't allow that. Everyone has the same mailbox.
 

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HOA's are a pain in the US. Your system is seriously corrupt. Over here you can do pretty much anything to your property unless the development substancially alters it's appearance or exceeds a certain size re;ative to the original building, in which case you need planning permission. eg. I just had a 60 ft x 6ft high stone walll built down the side of my property, (result of a car crash into the lower one that was there prior), with no permission needed. Same with the black slate number plaque I put on the end of the wall. I could have stuck a Donald Duck one on there had I wanted although my neighbours might have complained about that one!
 

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HOA's have there pluses and minuses. Not all neighborhoods have HOAs. I do think they have too much power. If you don't follow the rules, or the dues, they can put a lien on your house and sell it.
 

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The larger the "community" the more "cliqueish" the HOA gets. I refer to them as the Nazis.
LOL. Trust me, I know. I've been cited for leaving my trash can outside, for being too messy under my deck, for too many weeds in my flower bed, for missing my house number on my mailbox, and for an area of dirty siding. The HOA hired a management company who has "agents" that walked around on occasion to spot "violators". Luckily, we switched to a new management company and the rules have been more lenient.

I'm going to place my LPR camera somewhat behind an arborvitae tree so that it is not too conspicuous. Probably will have to install a 4x4 post to mount it on.
 

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But two things
1- You should know the HOA rules and covenants before you buy there
2- HOA’s aren’t some autonomous governing body. They are volunteers from the community. You can and should participate in your HOA

I can see the value in maintainging a nice neighbourhood, but many US HOA's sound like natzis, I mean can sell your home because you leave your trash can outside too often? Can fine you for weeds in your flower bed? In the UK for trash cans, local authorities make the law and I believe in my and many areas, theoretically there's a fine if you leave it out for more than 24 hours after a pick up, although I've never heard of anyone getting fined. As for what you do under your deck or in your flower beds, up to you over here. Ultimately may be some action in nuisance if eg have a garden full of old tryres, but pretty much can do what you want with your own home subject to nay restrictive covenants and even then, for mostmatters, no one is going to enforce them.
 

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The Z12E arrived today. So I went outside and dug a hole and put in a 4x4 post to mount the camera. The camera will be mounted 3.6' high. The concrete is drying/curing now. Should be ready in a couple days. In the mean time, I'm pre-staging my camera.

I added it to BI but can't seem to get BI to control zoom. I realize that this is not super important as I can still control zoom via the camera GUI, but it would be nice if it worked with BI. I searched the forum and other sites but the tips were not successful. I didn't find any examples exactly for the 5241e-z12e. Has anyone had luck with zoom controls in BI for this camera model?
 

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Better make the setting via the webpage of this camera.

 

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The Z12E arrived today. So I went outside and dug a hole and put in a 4x4 post to mount the camera. The camera will be mounted 3.6' high. The concrete is drying/curing now. Should be ready in a couple days. In the mean time, I'm pre-staging my camera.

I added it to BI but can't seem to get BI to control zoom. I realize that this is not super important as I can still control zoom via the camera GUI, but it would be nice if it worked with BI. I searched the forum and other sites but the tips were not successful. I didn't find any examples exactly for the 5241e-z12e. Has anyone had luck with zoom controls in BI for this camera model?
All of the camera settings needs to be completed in the camera GUI. It will be a digital zoom in BI and not optical, especially more so since it is being used for LPR purposes.

I stumbled on a way with another camera to do that optical, but it messes up all the other settings in the GUI, so it is recommended to make all camera changes within the GUI.
 

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Thanks Andy and wittaj. Good advice. I'll just use the camera UI since I should not have to change it much. Any zoom & focus changes later will be done via API when switching between night and day.
 
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