Z-Edge Z3 3″ Dashboard Camera
- Full HD 2K footage at 30fps (2560 x 1080p)
- Comes with 32 GB microSD but supports up to 64 GB
- Wide angle lens with a 145-degree field of view
- Measures 5.8 x 3.8 x 2.8 inches in dimensions
- 3″ screen
- Automatic on/off settings
- Park mode
- Motion detection
- Date and time stamp
- 18-month warranty
- Lifetime support
- Money back guarantee
- Ambarella A7 processor and OV4689 color CMOS sensor
The Z-Edge Z3 3″ dashboard camera was voted the best dash cam of 2016 by Wirecutter and considered a super HD dashboard camera. It is certainly an amazing gadget, but like any other product, it also has some weaknesses. That is why we have this review today, to highlight all the good and the bad so that you can make an informed decision.
So what do you get in the Z-Edge Z3 box? A Z3 dashboard camera, a suction cup mount, a 32 GB microSD card, a USB cable, and a user manual. They are not so many items but don’t get the impression that this device is inferior in any way. Actually, at first glance, you might mistake it for a premium pocket camera. Its shape, large 3-inch screen, controls, and the fact that it can shoot 2K videos might make you think it is a point and shoot kind of device. On top of that, it boasts of other cool features like a 145-degree field of view and slow-motion settings.
Super discrete but powerful
At 3.5 x 2.2 x 1.6 inches in dimensions and 2.2 ounces in weight, the Z-Edge Z3 3″ dashboard camera uses a small tripod thread (which you can also use to carry the camera and use it as a point and shoot device for wide angle shots) to attach to the mount. This, in turn, attaches to the windscreen or dashboard using a simple suction technique. You will get two cables for power and four adhesive clips to keep the wiring tidy.
Once the Z3 is positioned in place, it will start recording automatically every time you start your car. Other recording features are pretty standard among dash cams and include loop recording, built-in G-sensor, and parking mode. One feature where the Z3 excels is its ability to capture license plates. The installed Ambarella A7 processor and OV4689 Color CMOS image sensor capture images clearly in a variety of light conditions.
Amazing video quality
They offer Ultra Wide 2K HD videos of 1296p resolution at 30fps and work alongside the wide dynamic range (WDR) technology used to ensure that night footage is crispy clear. The 32 GB memory card that comes with the dash cam can hold up to four hours of footage when recorded with a resolution of 1080p. The good thing is that you can use a microSD card of up to 64 GB and thus enjoy higher storage capacity.
If you want to preview footage you can simply play it back on the three-inch LCD screen. Alternatively, you can use a PC to read the contents of the microSD. The first way of doing so is by inserting the card directly into the PC while the second way is by connecting the camera to the PC using a USB cable. Plug-and-play is supported in both cases, and that means you won’t have to install any drivers.
- Wide angle of view of 145 degrees
- High-quality Ultra 2K footage
- Excellent for day and night recording
- Has all the features needed in a dash cam
- Fairly big compared to other dash cams
- Has minor microphone-related issues
All in all, the Z3 is a camera worth placing in your car. It is easily one of the best, more affordable, dash cams out there. It is easy to mount, produces high-quality videos and requires very little to no effort from you.
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