Great company, good design, customer service second to none. The instructions were a little confusing, and I suggested a few changes, but customer service answered my emails promptly. They also sent a PDF coy of the user guide which helped me. The guide that came with the product, although well written, was printed with small font requiring me to use a magnifying glass. This is my first dash cam, so I am not an expert, but I like it, it is easy to install, the power cable is long enough that it can be routed out of sight if desired. .
Z-Edge Z3 3-Inch 2K Ultra Full HD1296P 2560x1080 Car Dash Cam with 32GB Card & Parking Monitor
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2.95 x 3.74 x 5.90 Inches
Grest night-recording capability
This is my first dash cam (but I am not new to digital cameras in general). 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: G sensor Motion Detection Parking Monitor Beep sounds 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 Anti-flickering: Auto 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.
Pays for itself
I bought one of these some time ago because the way they drive here in Florida , I just knew someday someone would cause an accident. I was so impressed with the quality of the images and also so sure that my ultimate demise would be someone rear ending me I bought a second one to face rear. I have an SUV so mounting was not a problem. Well my fears were realized and someone DID rear end me at a traffic light. I got sandwiched between 2 pickup trucks, no apparent damage to them but plenty to my new mini SUV. I thought it would be a simple insurance case but with no fault the one who hit me just clammed up and didn't accept fault. Well at subjugation my video told a different tale. Saved me $500
do not buy breaks with in months
bought this camera because it was expensive and figured that it should last a while and i was wrong original camera showed blank screen and the buttons became inop. contacted them and they told my it needed a firmware update but i had to use window 98 to be able to upload ...really windows 98? ..so after a bit of emails they finally sent one out because i was still with the 18 month warranty...well the replacement 2nd dash cam became inop with the same issues about 6 months later where it did absolutely nothing but power up and show a dark blue screen ...so i contacted them and the response email was i quote " such a pity that your camera broke but you are now out of your 18 month warranty if you would like we can offer a replacement for 15% off"..really the replacement broke with in 6 months and now they wont warranty the 2nd dash cam since the warranty is only on the original dash cam....i could of bought cheaper dash cams and would have probably better luck with them ....do not buy unless you want to replace every 10 months or less
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