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Which Radar Detector is Best for Photo Radar?





You’re driving down the road and then snap a bright flash of light goes off and you got your picture taken.

Then a few days later you receive your portrait in the mail imprinted on a photo radar ticket.

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Understanding Your Adversary


Because of the advancements in technology and the different types of automated photo enforcement devices that are out there, you first need to have a basic understanding of the types of photo enforcement equipment that is used in your area, to select the best weapon.

Types of Speed Photo Enforcement Cameras


There are basically two types of speed enforcement devices, fixed and mobile.

Fixed Speed Enforcement Cameras

Fixed photo radar are cameras that are mounted on the side of the road, or at intersections and they can use any of the following methods to calculate your speed.

Embedded Sensors: The most popular method for fixed photo enforcement speed measurement is using electromagnetic sensors embedded in the roadway.

As these devices don’t transmit any radio or light signal, a radar detector cannot detect them.

Recommended Counter Measurement Device(s):

The recommended devices to foil these types of cameras are:

  1. GPS enabled radar detector with Safety Camera database Integration
  2. Photo radar license plate cover
  3. VeiL Stealth Coating on the plate(s) if the camera utilizes iR flash

Fixed Photo Radar: Historically, fixed photo radar enforcement was near impossible to use on multi-lane and/or bi directional roadways.
Fixed Photo Radar Multi Lane
This however recently changed with the introduction of multi-target fixed photo radar systems such as the Cordon system by Simicon.

The advantage to police agencies with these newer systems is that they are lightweight, easier to install and much more cost effective then any of the other systems.

These systems operate using low power K or Ka band at a 45-degree angle, thus they will only be detected by detectors in either the 4 star, or 5 star category.

Recommended Counter Measurement Device(s):

  1. Either the Passport Max2, the Beltronics STIr Plus, or the Passport 9500ci. These three detectors have the sensitivity needed to detect these devices and include an internal GPS camera database.
  2. Photo radar license plate cover.
  3. VeiL Stealth Coating on the plate(s) if the camera utilizes iR flash

Fixed Laser Speed Cameras - There are very few fixed photo cameras in the US that use lidar, however these types of cameras are very popular overseas such as in Brazil, the Mid-East and in Australia.

The basic principle is that these types of speed enforcement cameras use an invisible beam of light that is in the near infrared light spectrum.

Recommended Counter Measurement Device(s):

The recommended devices to foil these types of cameras are:

  1. Laser Jammer
  2. GPS Radar Detector with Photo Enforcement Database
  3. Photo radar license plate cover.
  4. VeiL Stealth Coating on the plate(s) if the camera utilizes iR flash

Mobile Photo Speed Enforcement Vehicles


There are two methods the mobile photo speed enforcement vehicles use to measure your speed radar or laser.

Photo Radar Speed Enforcement Vehicles


Most of the mobile speed enforcement vehicles in the US use low powered K or Ka radar guns, which are positioned, at a 45-degree angle.

Because of this only the detectors in the 4 star or 5 star categories will be able to detect them.

Recommended Counter Measurement Device(s):

The recommended devices to foil these types of cameras are:

  1. Any of the radar detectors in the 4 star or 5 star category
  2. Photo radar license plate cover

Mobile Laser Speed Enforcement Vehicles


There are very few, if any mobile speed camera enforcement cameras utilizing laser technology here in the USA.

However they are popular in Brazil, the Mid-East and in Australia.

The recommended devices to foil these types of cameras are:

  1. Laser Jammer
  2. Photo radar license plate cover.



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