The Z Edge S3 is a Chinese dashcam that was released in early 2017. The Z Edge S3 is put in a good retail box. In addition to the front dashcam, there is also a rear camera, two mounting brackets, a pack of cable clips, a fitting tool, a 16GB microSD card, three sets of cables, a user manual, and guide for a quick start.
Let us do a full Z Edge S3 Review!
Z Edge S3 Dash Cam Features:
- Dual-channel dashcam
- Maximum resolution: 1080p at 30fps ( both front and rear)
- WDR Super Night Vision
- 2.4 inches Screen
- Novatek 96663 processor
- Video format: MP4
- Photo resolution: 12M
- Supports up to 128 GB MicroSD cards (over 11h video)
- 64GB card holds more than 5h of video
- Time and date stamp on the video
- Loop recording, auto on and off, G-Sensor
- Parking mode: Impact triggered, unbuffered, records 30 seconds after the event
- Storage temperature: from -20°C to 71°C (-5°F to 160°F)
- Interface: USB 2.0
- Lock file button
- Player software for Windows / Mac
- Internal battery: 450mAh (lasts about 30 minutes)
- Internal microphone and speaker
- Adhesive mount
- Languages: English, Simplified Chinese
- Maximum resolution: 1920×1080 at 30fps (2560×1440 in front-only mode)
- Bit rate: 12 Mbps
- OV4689 sensor
- Size: 91mm x 70.5mm x 35mm
- The angle of view: 150° diagonal
- Maximum resolution: 1920×1080 at 30fps
- Bit rate: 12 Mbps
- Size: 54.4mm x 40mm x 32mm
- The angle of view: 150° diagonal
The Z Edge S3 dash cam has a sleuth design. It is a very compact and discreet dual lens dash camera specially designed to remain hidden. It records simultaneously both front and rear in super HD and it sticks directly to the windshield of your vehicle for optimal field-of-view. This dashcam has a super easy installation. It is very easy to the angles of the camera up and down and it can be released quickly from the mount.
The front camera of the Z Edge S3 dash cam measures almost 90mm wide and 65mm high (3.5 x 2.5 inches and the dashcam is very compact as it fits neatly behind the rearview mirror of a car. It is known to feature a 2.4 inch LCD display consisting of five control buttons underneath.
There is a mini USB port on the left side that is used to connect the rear camera, a micro USB port on the right side to power the device and a MicroSD slot on the top. Around the rear side, there is the camera lens which has a vertical adjustment but is not able to get tilted sideways. The S3 also has a sliding mount that sticks to the windscreen of your vehicle. It provides your dashcam a very stable and consistent positioning.
The rear camera of the Z Edge S3 dash cam is very compact. It consists of an adhesive pad that sticks to the rear window and there is a thumbscrew adjustment to position it This camera cannot be easily removed, however, it can be pivoted upwards out of view if the user wishes to.
User Interface And Other Settings:
The Z Edge S3 consists of a bright display screen, good playback audio and a great selection of settings to operate. The options to operate this dashcam are split between menu settings and feature settings which makes it really easy to access and adjust the settings as well as modes. Navigation in this dashcam is easy and it features a PIP (picture in picture) to give live views of both front as well as the rear camera. If the camera is in record mode, each of the buttons provides some additional options.
The far left button helps to stop your footage from being overwritten– this will also happen on its own in the event of a crash or accident. The ‘up arrow’ is used to take a still photo, the ‘down arrow’ is used to mute or unmute the microphone and the ‘ok button’ simply stops the dashcam from recording further.
Image And Video Quality:
Every single person who sees the recording done by the Z Edge S3 is very pleased with the footage. The picture is extremely clear when paused during the playback of a video. minute details like number plates of oncoming vehicles are visible and the recording is very vibrant and colorful. the recordings captured at night are not that bad, however, the outer edges of the image are a little darker. Opposed to the daytime recordings, number plates of oncoming vehicles are not clearly visible, although this is normally expected. Bright headlights and dark skies are never considered a good combination. The dashcam offers low-light compensation in order to balance the exposure.
Wide dynamic range (WDR) technology compensates for the light and the dark spots and also balances exposure. It also has a superior low light compensation simply at the touch of a single button. It is well known for featuring six glass lenses for superior video quality required at nights.
Automatic Safeguarding Systems:
The Z Edge S3 dash cam starts recording automatically when the vehicle is ignited and it gets switched off automatically when the ignition gets turned off. The LCD screen off timer saves a lot of energy.
The loop recording feature is very efficient for the management of the storage of this dashcam. It also has a feature of manual and automatic video protection from deletion. The audio recording can be turned on or off just by pressing one button. It has built-in G-sensor or in other words, it is able to do crash vibration detection recording. It also has a very important parking mode that takes care of your vehicle when you are not around.
After reading this article now you know that, while Z Edge S3 dash cam is advertised to support 1440p resolution, but, this is only true when you run it in forward-only mode. Whenever it records both front and rear, it records 1080p each way, which is a decent resolution though. Other features are very good and you can now decide whether this is the one you were looking for or not. I hope this review article helps.