Zenfox T3

Zenfox T3

The T3 is a tri-channel dash cam released in May 2020, by the Chinese manufacturer Zenfox (their first camera released). This is one of only a handful of 3 channel dash cams currently available, targeted at the rideshare driver market segment.

The T3 uses a Novatek NT96685 processor. The front camera uses a Sony STARVIS IMX335 CMOS sensor, the rear camera has a Sony STARVIS IMX291 CMOS sensor and the interior camera uses a Sony STARVIS IMX307 sensor. Note the interior camera comes with 4 infrared LEDs that illuminates the vehicle’s cabin at night. Overall these are high quality components and are similar to what is used in the VIOFO A129 Pro.

Video Quality

The T3 front camera records 1440p (Quad HD) video at 30fps with an average bitrate of 46.1 Mbps. The rear camera records 1080p at 30fps with a bitrate of 16.6 Mbps. The interior camera also records 1080p at 30fps with a bitrate of 16.6 Mbps.

Video quality for the front camera during the day is very good but night quality is average. The rear camera has good video quality during the day and below average at night. The interior camera does a good job both day and night. When compared to the Vantrue N4, the Zenfox T3 has better video quality all around.

Features

The camera has a 2″ screen, g-sensor and has built in GPS. The T3 comes with WiFi and supporting apps for Android and iOS. It also provides timelapse parking mode if you hardwire the dash cam to your vehicle (optional hardwire kit required).

The Zenfox T3 is large wedge shaped camera with dimensions of 125 x 58 x 47 mm. Like most wedge shaped cameras, the T3 comes with an adhesive mount and the camera cannot swivel to record interactions at the driver or passenger windows. Overall build quality is good and the T3 comes with audio and screen error notifications. It also uses a capacitor instead of battery.

Numerous members of our forum received early versions of this camera and provided feedback here.

Relationship with VIOFO

While a 3-channel camera appears to be an ambitious attempt for a manufacturer’s first camera, we suspect there is some linkage between Zenfox and the more established manufacturer, VIOFO, due to the following reasons:

  • T3 firmware has references to the VIOFO A129 Pro
  • An owner received a VIOFO branded Micro SD Card reader
  • Zenfox banking transactions are labeled VIOFO
  • Zenfox is using a screenshot of VIOFO A129 Pro footage as marketing material for the T3 (one of our members sent the footage to VIOFO)

It is not clear why this camera is released under the Zenfox brand instead of VIOFO.

Known problems

Overheating

Numerous Dashcamtalk members who had initial samples of this camera had overheating issues with their cameras, particularly when trying to use parking mode. The camera typically stop recording rear video, then stop recording interior video. In some cases the camera would crash. It is not clear if this issue has been resolved in later production versions.

GPS Connection Issues

Some of the members with initial sample of this camera indicated the GPS would freeze or not connect reliably. Not all users experienced this and it may have been resolved with later versions.

Sample Videos

The following videos from our member kamkar1 shows front, rear and cabin footage.

Front Video
Rear Video
Cabin Video

Should I Purchase?

The Zenfox T3 is the newest competitor in the 3-channel dash cam space. While the camera is large, the wedge shaped design is fine. The camera has a lot of positives such as WiFi, use of a capacitor, audio error notifications and some initial firmware updates.

On the negative side, the video quality at night is not the greatest but overall does have better video than its main competitor the Vantrue N4. Some of the initial cameras had overheating and GPS issues which are concerning if not resolved. Given the $250 price tag, would probably check to see if others are experiencing reliability problems before purchasing.

Firmware

WARNING! MAKING CHANGES TO YOUR FIRMWARE ARE PERFORMED AT YOUR OWN RISK. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR DASH CAM AS A RESULT OF THESE INSTRUCTIONS.

Firmware Update Instructions

  1. Make sure to use a high-quality U1/U3 memory card, format the SD card as FAT32.
  2. Copy the .bin file on the root of the card (use the card reader)
    Do not change the file name, otherwise, the camera won’t recognize it.
  3. Insert the microSD card into your camera.
  4. Connect the camera with external charger and wait for the camera to restart. You will see the camera LEDs blinking.
  5. After updating the firmware, the .bin file will be deleted automatically. If not, please follow the instruction to update the firmware again.
  6. Please check again the firmware version in the menu to ensure it is upgraded successfully.

Latest Firmware

The latest firmware can be found on the Zenfox site.

User Manual

The English user manual can be downloaded here.

Rating

Detailed Specifications

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Camera Type Rideshare
Form Factor Wedge
Country China
Processor Novatek NT96685
CMOS Front Sony STARVIS IMX335
CMOS Rear Sony STARVIS IMX291
Channels 3
Screen 2"
GPS Yes
G-Sensor Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Parking Mode Timelapse
Lock Files Auto or Button
Max Resolution Front 2560×1440p (Quad HD)
Front Frames Per Second 30
Max Bitrate Front (Mbps) 46.1
Max Resolution Rear 1920×1080p
Rear Frames Per Second 30
Max Bitrate Rear (Mbps) 16.6
Video Format MP4
Compression H.264 or H.265
Diagonal Viewing Angle Front 160°
Diagonal Viewing Angle Rear 140°
SD Card Type MicroSD
Max Size (Spec) 256GB
Max Size (User) 256GB
Size Front (mm) 125 x 58 x 47
Size Rear (mm) Unknown
Mount Adhesive
Power Supply 5V
Operating Temp -20°C to 65°C
Battery Capacitor
Error Notification Audio and Screen
Swivel (To Record Side Windows) No
Apps Android, iOS
Cloud Connectivity No
Release Date May 2020
Unique Features 3-channel rideshare camera
Advantages Decent video quality for 3-channel
Disadvantages Initial release issues (overheating in parking mode, GPS connection)
Large form factor
Final Word Potential to be a decent 3-channel camera if initial release issues are resolved

Published: October 6, 2020