Z-Edge Z3 3" Screen 2K 2560 x 1080 Ultra HD Car Dash Camera 145 Deg Wide Angle Lens Dash Cams with Ambarella Chip, 32GB SD Card Included, WDR Enhance Night Vision, G-Sensor, Parking Monitor
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- YOUR EXPERT WITNESS: Voted best 2015/16 dash cam by Wirecutter - Super HD dashboard camera with great image quality and reliable, automatic operation - thousands recording with the top-rated windshield camera - avoids unnecessary features like GPS & Wi-Fi
- ULTRA 2K HD IMAGE QUALITY: Record every moment in exceptional 2560x1080p Super HD resolution at 30 frames per second - broad 150-degree field of view (FOV), offering useful details when you zoom-in with minimal fisheye image distortion
- AUTOMATIC SAFEGUARDS: Switches on/off and starts recording automatically - LCD screen saver - loop recording for efficient storage - automatic video protection - built-in G-sensor triggers crash detection - parking mode for 24/7 vehicle surveillance
- NEVER MISS A LICENSE PLATE: Color CMOS image sensor and processor capture details at a distance across various light conditions - 3.0-inch scratch resistant LCD display screen - USB and battery power for reliable performance in hot and freezing conditions
- BUY FROM US: 32GB Kingston SD card inside - supports up to 64GB memory cards (class 10 or above) - secure suction mount with quick release - extra long 157-inch USB cable for easy routing - dual port USB adapter - 30 days money back and 18 month warranty
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Ultra HD Video Quality
Built-in Ambarella A7 Processor
Our Z-Edge Z3 is built on the high-performance Ambarella A7 chip and OV4689 Color CMOS Image Sensor for high stability and seamless recording in 1296P resolution.
Wide Viewing Angle
Featuring precisely engineered optical glass lenses capable of real 145-degrees wide angle recording for not missing events ahead and beside your vehicle while minimizing distortion.
Crisp HD Resolution
No matter the road or light conditions ahead, tens-of-thousands of Z-Edge customers rely on their Z3 dash camera to automatically record crisp Ultra High Definition images whilst they drive.
Superior Night Vision
HDR Night Capture
HDR technology compensates for light/dark spots and balances exposure for superior night video recording at the touch of a button.
Powerful Image Sensor
Six glass lenses and a highly-sensitive image sensor capture more detail at night.
Ultra-wide lens aperture lets in more light to produce sharper footage even in low light conditions.
The Z3 dash cam installs in your vehicle in minutes and detects when you switch on/off your vehicle and starts/stops recording automatically (compatible with vehicles that cut power to the cigarette lighter when the engine is off).
Loop recording and built-in G-Sensor efficiently manage storage. G-Sensor automatically protects video clips as an "Event" when it detects a collision or vibration. Loop recording overwrites unprotected video clips when max storage is exceeded. Press Emergency button anytime to manually protect recording.
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I chose this particular camera because I heard it has good image-sharpness and night-recording capability and I haven’t been disappointed with either of these aspects.
I change vehicles as often as 3 times a day so being able to remove and reinstall my dash cam rapidly is important to me. Luckily each of my work vehicles has a GPS position-monitor complete with a USB-outlet in the windshield’s “top-right position”. (And in my country this is convenient because I drive while sitting on the right-hand side.) By running a narrow strip of sellotape into the mouth of the “standard USB” (at one end of one of the cables supplied in the box) I was able to cover the two inner contacts by which data is transferred. This left the two outer ones to act as my power supply. (If I don’t do this, my camera thinks the GPS is a computer and refuses to go into “video mode”.)
To suit my purposes I turned off the following features:
At first I turned off the “delay power off” function as well, expecting this to make the camera shut down immediately the power cable is unplugged. However this isn’t the case, so I settled for the fastest shut-down time instead, which is 15 seconds.
With this setup, my camera records (flashing blue light the bottom right-hand corner) and charges (solid red light in the same corner) whenever I push home the USB cable into a GPS recorder. Similarly – I can stop the camera (with the 15 second shut-down delay) by simply sliding the male USB plug out of the GPS unit. (I found this more desirable that pushing camera buttons because pushing the buttons tends to move the camera.)
The battery is small and hasn’t got much more capacity than is needed to finish recording once the cable power is disconnected. So don’t expect to use this camera unplugged without receiving “low battery” warnings.
Other important settings I’m using are:
Video Resolution: 1920 x1080 30P 16:9
Image Quality: Super fine
Video Duration: 5 min
Stamp Setting: Date and time
Record Mode Setting: Auto Record
Backlight Off Setting: 1 min
I’ve read complaints about the sound quality but find it’s OK for my purposes (and besides, I find it hard to imagine how any inside-mounted dash cam could ever provide a top-quality recording of outside sound).
I formatted the 32 GB memory card using the camera's inbuilt “format function” (without difficulty) because I understood it needed to be formatted before use.
I found the card has two folders. There’s a NORMAL folder for storing the 1, 3 or 5 minute “routine/normal video clips” and an EVENT folder for storing the “incident/event video clips”.
Videos in the NORMAL folder (starting with the oldest) begin being overwritten whenever this folder becomes full whereas videos in the EVENT folder are protected.
My attempts to record Event Videos were at first unsuccessful because the instructions say only “the user can press the Menu button to lock the current video file”. In fact I found you must press this lower-left button TWICE in rapid succession because the first press simply turns on the camera’s viewing screen. And I learn’t that “event videos” are each of only 30-second duration (so the button doesn’t exactly “lock the current routine/normal video file” as the instructions appear to imply).
Experimentation allowed me to also discover that pushing the event button (twice) causes:
· The "event video" to commence 10 seconds prior to the “second touch” and end 20 seconds AFTERWARDS (so two thirds of the event is recorded AFTER you've pushed the button)!
. The "normal video" that was in progress to end exactly on the "second touch" (so effectively we have 10 seconds of video duplicated), and
· The next "normal video" to start 2 seconds after the end of the “Event Clip” so effectively 2 seconds of camera viewing is permanently "lost"
Some of these effects/features came as a surprise but now that I know about them I've adjusted how I use the camera to avoid them being a problem. (I don't simply use my dash cam to capture crashes or driving-misconduct, as you may have gathered.)
Attempts to play the recorded videos on my old Windows XP desktop (that successfully plays all the Youtube videos I’ve tried) gave only “jerky video” whereas my Windows Vista desktop played them properly. I’m assuming this was due to the better video card in the Vista machine.
I hope readers find this review helpful.
BTW- I live in Wellington (New Zealand) and our local-body politicians plan to get rid of our clean-green electric trolley buses next year (for weak and dubious reasons) so the last couple of weeks I've been using my Z3 camera to take footage of them operating during their final years .
At the end of this (hopefully) you'll find a screenshot off one of the many trolley-bus video files I've downloaded onto my desktop (thanks to my Z3 camera):
I have now gone through my THIRD dashcam that they have sent to me (the original + 2 replacements) and they all seem to go to s**t after 2-3 months. It isn't due to extreme weather conditions because I am in Arizona and it hasn't been below 50 or above 80 for the last few months. The first camera went all blue and wouldn't do anything (I tried 3 different sdcards), the second and third one went really bright during the day, like the exposure was set to 100% and super dark at night. When pressing any of the buttons, nothing would happen. The blue light would stay solid. I have let the battery completely die and then try it and also full reset and it still does it.
NO clue what is going on...... I hope Z-Edge does something about this....
** Original Review **
I have had this dash cam for less than 2 months and it already crapped out on me. I made sure to put up a window visor when parked outside to keep the heat from affecting it. I really do like all of the features and the picture was great.
All of a sudden, the camera's LCD went almost completely washed out in the day time, like the the "contrast" was turned all the way up and 98% dark at night with only a few specs of light coming in. NONE of the buttons would work and also my display disappeared. I tried a new memory card, let the battery completely drain, used a pin and reset, nothing.
Z-Edge support contacted me to send them pics and video which I have 2 days ago and now waiting their response.
I will update my review once/if I receive the replacement.
** Update 10/14/16 **
Z-Edge customer service sent out a replacement, no questions asked! I changed my review from 3 to 4 stars. Let's hope this one lasts much longer.
Yesterday I witnesses an accident and caught it all on camera. I was able to give the people involved a copy of the video. =)