Review: Zero Edge (Z-Edge) Z3 Ambarella A7 HDR 2k Dashcam

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Thank you @kathy for sending Zero Edge (Z-Edge) Z3 dashcam for review.
It is available at Zero Edge's Amazon store: https://www.amazon.com/gp/B07DWY7F9L
Manufacturer's product site: http://zeroedgetechnology.com/z-edge-z3/
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Specifications
*Image Sensor: OV4689; Processor: Ambarella A7.
*Supports upto 64GB microSD card and 32gb card is included.
*2560 X 1080p super HD resolution at 30 frames per second
*150° super wide angle *Screen: 3" LCD
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PROS: Mostly black, great day videos.
CONS: Silver lens housing, Night is average.
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Z-EDGE Z3 Features and Sample Day and Night Videos

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Package contents: Z-EDGE Z3 Dash Camera, Suction mount, micro USB power and PC cables,
High output Dual USB Car Charger, 32GB microSD card, Cable Clips, User Manual, quick start guide and thank you card.

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Z-EDGE Z3 Dashcam Images:

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Z-Edge Z3 Folders, Files and Bit Rate:
Root folder has:
EVENT: Evergency/Triggered videos.
NORMAL: Normal videos.

File names have date and time so easy to locate a particular file.
Overall bit rate of 2560x1080p 30fps video is 18.6 mbps with video @ 18 mbps and audio @ 64 kbps.

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Snapshot/Photo mode: Pictures are 2688 x 1512 pixels
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Daytime Video Screenshots:

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Night Video Screenshots:

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Izzat a 1/4-20 thread mounting? Much nicer than the usual T-slots which can loosen over time. To my eyes, the stills IQ is somewhat less than I'd expect for the price being asked, but perhaps the vids are better. Not sure about side-buttons; those could be difficult to reach when driving. Not hugely stealthy either but at least no chrome in front. In the several years I've been using dashcams it seems that almost nobody notices them unless prompted so maybe stealthiness is a bit overrated.

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@Sunny, how can you laud this camera as "All black, discrete", when it has a big silver lens bezel with chrome trim and shiny metallic buttons along its side that make it anything but all black or discrete?
 
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@Sunny, how can you laud this camera as "All black, discrete", when it has a big silver lens bezel with chrome trim and shiny metallic buttons along its side that make it anything but all black or discrete?
Good catch.
Edited. I need to double check copy/paste. :unsure:

Here's how they look from outside.

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Izzat a 1/4-20 thread mounting? Much nicer than the usual T-slots which can loosen over time. To my eyes, the stills IQ is somewhat less than I'd expect for the price being asked, but perhaps the vids are better. Not sure about side-buttons; those could be difficult to reach when driving. Not hugely stealthy either but at least no chrome in front. In the several years I've been using dashcams it seems that almost nobody notices them unless prompted so maybe stealthiness is a bit overrated.

Phil
Yes, it's screw on mount. Much stable than click type.
 
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