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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Camera sat on the kitchen table for 2 weeks before I installed it into my truck. Installation was straightforward, apply mount just above rearview, run the long USB from the 12v adapter, tuck in wires, off we go. Start up the truck, camera comes on, start taking video. Perfect. Took the memory card out, put it into an SD adapter, in laptop, all's well, perfect. VLC, Media Player, all work, but CCCP worked best to show the video immediately after opening the file.
I took a few weeks off work during December, so camera didn't get much use. When I did go out, it turned on, LCD was light up for 1 minute, flashing LEDs were fine, charged up, and again, all is good.
Now comes January 2017. In NJ, so not the frigid cold of the North Pole or anything, but come Jan 9th.: started up the truck, and the camera chimed as normal, but the LCD was just one color - purple. LED was not flashing, buttons did not respond, nothing. Took it inside, let it come to room temperature, still, one purplish color on LCD. Pushed the reset button, charged it, did everything one would consider doing to try to reset, but no difference, purple screen, no button response.
So I sent off an email to Z-Edge Customer support through their website, stated my problem, and they promptly responded. They asked that I send a video or picture of the camera. So I complied, took a short video with me pushing the reset button, showing that there was no button response, etc. To Z-Edge's credit, I had a new camera by Friday. Camera failed Monday, sent email Tuesday, had new camera Friday. New camera came in Amazon Prime Box, clearly through Amazon fulfillment (they sent me the order number screenshot which was all Amazon!).
So ... rated 3 (Update - Nov rating was upgraded to 4, see further down) because the camera failed after approximately 6 weeks of daily use. Operational camera is wonderful. Great picture, great resolution, can read license plates 10 car lengths ahead on the video. So infant mortality of electronics does happen, the company was fabulous to get me a replacement. The replacement was a whole new camera kit. They did not ask for the old one back, and I specifically inquired where to return the failed unit. (Could be that they know the failure mechanism by the video I sent them, and not worth the trouble). Anyway, as a result of this minor inconvenience, I have a second windshield mount, extra USB cables, and an extra 32GB flash card.
You be the judge of how you would rate this...5 for company service, 1 for reliability, 5 for camera performance when working....looks like 3 to me.
Update Oct 2017:
Several folks left comments over the past few months asking me to review the replacement camera that I received in January.
Since January, the camera has been mounted happily above my rear view mirror in a Dodge pickup. I drive it just about every day, 80 miles round trip to work. For about 6 months, the camera was behaving perfectly. Great picture, used a few videos here and there of notable drivers, a few wildlife videos...nothing exciting. Over the past few weeks, I noticed that as soon as I turn off the truck, USB power is cut (normal), but the camera immediately blinks LOW BATTERY and dies. Most of the time it will just die before it has a chance to go through the normal power off chimes and shutoff process...conclusion...Battery is only good for 6 months. Camera still works great when USB is powered, but the battery is finished. Battery is not user replaceable, so we'll see how Z-Edge handle this. It is within the 18month warranty period (not sure if the 18month clock started with the first or second camera). I sent them an email, I'll update with the news.
Update #2 - Oct 2017
Zero Edge sent me another camera, this time a "Used, Like New" camera, with all the stuff in the box except the SD card. Don't care about any of the extra stuff, I just want a camera that works! I open the box, unwrap the camera, plug it in, and just watch it blink strange colors. Controls all work, video just blinks from a normal looking video to mostly black, some color. Another dud.
So while their customer service has been great, this is getting old now. Another email has been sent off to Zero Edge with the video in this review.
Update #3 - Nov 2017
Zero Edge replied to my email and video, and provided a link to a firmware update. I downloaded the firmware update, and was able to update the firmware in the blinking camera. The camera downloaded fine, but unfortunately, the blinking was not remedied by the firmware update. Camera 1 (blue, Purple) would not respond the USB at all. Could not download firmware. The Ambarella download tool worked fine on Camera 3, Camera 1 is just non responsive...Blue, Purple and nothing else. No USB, no button response, no PC <--> USB, nothing.
Send another email to Zero Edge, and they promptly responded. They have always responded within a 24 hour period, so I have to hand it their customer service folks, they are very responsive.
The email from Zero Edge offered me a refund, but really didn't want a refund, I really like the camera...the picture is great, small size, fits nicely behind my rearview, etc. I wanted a working camera. I stated so in the email back to Zero Edge, and another camera JUST ARRIVED, 2 days after my last email to Zero Edge. This time a new camera, usual Amazon fulfillment. Recall Camera 3 ("blinky") was a "used, like new". Camera 4, is brandy new!
And the new camera is a new camera! With yet another windshield mount, more USB cables, and other stuff that will sit in the box. So I have upgraded my review from 3 to 4 for customer service. These Zero Edge folks are fabulous. Their QC, well, maybe they can improve there with the "use, like new".
Noteworthy comments for Camera 4: Camera 4 has few QC stickers on it, and warranty void kinds of stickers across the plastic halves of the camera. Other cameras did not have such stickers.
Now after the frustration, you might ask why I upgraded my review: their camera is great. Bad things happen to crappy batteries, and QC sometimes misses a NTF (no trouble found) on a field return, or refurbished, and ships out a bad unit. These things happen, BUT they stood by their product, offered me a refund, shipped me 3 cameras to keep me satisfied, and they did just that. Had Zero Edge skipped the "Used, Like new" step this wordy review would have been 1 camera shorter. Hope this lengthy review helps someone out.
Overall I would recommend Z-Edge Z3 camera.
Update Dec 17, 2017
Well, I'm back with bad news. The latest camera, brand new, 1 month old, with the QC stickers now doesn't make it through to the next morning. I drive 1 hour each way to work, and noticed that the charge light sometime is on, sometime off. Camera works fine when it's on...problem with this camera is the battery/charger. After driving home, the next morning I get into the truck, slam the door shut, and the camera shock detect does not wake the camera up...because the battery is dead, overnight. Annoyed, I took that camera out of the truck, put it on my Samsung USB charger, left it for hours to charge (while off camera is OFF). Immediately after the camera is removed from the charger, the shock sensor wakes the camera up...tried it a few times, and the camera always wakes up.
Charged the camera again on a USB charger, until the charge light went out...put the camera back into the truck, and the next morning, the camera would not wake up...plug in the USB cable with power, shut camera off while plugged in, shock sensor wakes up the camera. Conclusion again...battery does not survive overnight. No events or video occur overnight, so it's was not on recording anything. Either the camera is drawing more current than the designer expected, or the battery capacity is just too low, or the batteries are simply not holding their rated capacity, or the charger is not really charging to the full capacity. Can be any of the above. (RE: capacity: you all have laptops that don't last nearly as long as they did once upon a time!).
I'm done with the Z3...I have to reduce my review to 2. While their customer service has been excellent, I can not recommend this camera. The fundamental purpose of having a shock detector is to catch an accident, a hit and run, etc. but if the battery can't even survive overnight from a full charge, then question the purpose of a shock sensor.
While the camera works great under power, I really need (wanted and paid for) an impact detecting camera, so I'll be looking for another manufacturer. If you are happy with a camera that works well only under power, not its own battery power, this is a camera with good image quality.
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):
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