The fall is a busy time for us at POCNETWORK. Even so, I continue to drive around the Greater Las Vegas valley to make sure any Dash Cam you purchase as a present, performs in the way you wanted. Here’s my last entry of the year, the Z-Edge T4 Touchscreen Dual Lens Dash Cam. Unlike previously reviewed dash cams this one is loaded with a 4-inch screen, and the “Dual Lens” is a second camera that also needs to be properly placed in your vehicle. Let’s check it out!
In The Box
Like previously reviewed Z-Edge dash cams I’ve reviewed, the T4 comes in a colorful box with photographs to entice you to open the box. Inside you will find the Z-Edge T4 camera, the suction cup mounting system, a usb/12 volt adapter, a long USB power cable, a rear camera and sticky mount, an extremely long USB cable to connect the two cameras together, an orange plastic pry bar to remove the mount plug in the T4 dash cam, a the instruction manual, and a thank you note which contains the warranty and service information. The suction cup mount works very well, and I was quickly able to route the cables to the various devices in less than a half-hour, including mounting the rear camera on my Jeep’s roll bar to observe my children and out the rear window. The rear camera uses 3M type sticky pads to attach so make sure you know where you want to put it before you remove the backing to stick it to your vehicle’s interior or rear window. I also turned on the main T4 dash cam to ensure the image from the rear camera was properly oriented up and down before I stuck it to my car. Once stuck you can only adjust the angle of the dangle which is still very useful to properly align the image for future videos and still pics. The 4-inch touchscreen is rather large, but not really a problem if you’ve placed it more or less behind your rearview mirror. The T4 (main) camera uses a 155-degree wide-angle lens so you will see most of what’s in front of your car as you make videos and photos along the trip. Let’s dig deeper.
Unlike most of the dash cams I’ve reviewed in the last year, the Z-Edge T4 has a 4 inch touch screen which quickly and easily allows you to adjust driving modes, take videos, adjust the position and size of the rear image, check and adjust any settings, and even take still photos with one or two quick touches. The folks at Z-Edge also included a 32 GB micro SD card to get you started on the road. The camera can take up to 128 GB SD card and has some interesting features which might entice you to do so. Once you’ve got the system up and running you will hear several chimes and voice alerts indicating low battery power, no card in the camera, an impact on your vehicle, and others. A quick touch on the screen and you can choose from the various driving modes including Park, Drive, Scenic, and WDR. Driving mode is for everyday driving, scenic is used when you want to record longer clips in case you are driving along something truly amazing you wish to look at again later. Park mode increases G- sensor sensitivity and increases battery life for the unit. A word of warning: I have so many devices in my vehicle at times that I used the unswitched (remains powered even when the car is off) outlet to supply power to the Z-Edge T 4 during the test period instead of the usual switched (power turns off with the car) front dash output. I went away for 4 days on a trip and came back to a completely dead car battery. Learn from my mistakes and plug this unit into the proper outlet in your vehicle. WDR mode will optimize low light conditions and minimize windscreen glare in your videos. With the second camera in place, the Z-Edge T4 Dash Cam allows for dual 1080P full HD recording at all times with two 155 degree wide-angle lens cameras. While in park mode, the camera will record when it detects motion in the fields of view, or if the vehicle is impacted in any way. I jumped on my bumper and that set off the detection right away. The T4 utilizes loop recording which means depending on what length of time you have set for your videos, the dashcam will record those size files until the card is full then start recording again while overwriting the older videos. Any videos made by choice, impact, or through the scenic mode will be protected, as well would be any still photos taken during your drives. If you plan to use the camera to document your travel, I’d suggest spending the extra to upgrade to the full 128 Gb Sd card. Let’s hit the road.
On the Road Again
The point of a dashcam in my mind is extra protection which is 100% automatic whether you are in a parking spot, or driving through your home town, the mountains or on an interstate. Set it and forget it. The Z-Edge T4 Dash Cam is perfect for that type of use while also allowing you to choose to use manual modes like Scenic to create longer videos of your travels. Unlike the smaller button menu type cams, the T4 is quickly understood and easy to operate even on the fly. Remember, distracted driving is very dangerous: only adjust your settings while sitting still, or have your passenger adjust them for you. That being said, I could easily reach up to change the mode from Park to Drive before I hit the road and to take a still photo, or set scenic mode on the bounce without losing my eye on the road. Everyone is different, use all due caution. The biggest problem I had besides the dead battery was figuring out how to address the extra cable once I installed the second camera’s 26 ft cable to both units. I wrapped it up then used Velcro to attach it to my roll bar. For some users, the extra could be put in the trunk then routed to the back window and then the rear camera. I couldn’t attach it to my Jeep’s rear window because it’s soft flexible vinyl and the camera would just shake constantly as I drove.
As tested the Z-Edge T4 Dual Lens Dash Cam creates some very lovely and clear videos and still pictures whether traveling during the day or night. It’s very simple to operate or adjust settings on the touch screen while parked or on the go. Unlike some products, the settings are simple and sparse. That lends to the “Set it and forget it” mentality of a dashcam and in no way detracts from the use or ability of the camera to protect your property and family. At the time of publishing the folks at Z-Edge have a $40.00 coupon at Amazon which adds greatly to the value of this very useful, very easy to operate the device. Just don’t plug it directly into your vehicle’s power source. 8 out of 10. Thanks again Z-Edge and I’m looking forward to seeing what great products this company brings to CES and the market in the coming year!
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Z-Edge T4 Produced Still Photos:
|Display Screen Dimension||4.0” HD screen|
|Video Resolution||2560x1440P 30FPS – front camera only|
HDR 1920x1080P 30FPS
|Still Picture/Photo Resolution (max)||12M|
|External Storage Support||Up to 128 GB Micro SD card|
|Storage Temperature||-4°F to 158°F (-20°C to 70°C)|
|Operating Temperature||10°F to 140°F (-12.2°C to 60°C)|
|External Power Supply||5V / 1A|
|Battery||180mAh internal Li-ion battery|
|Computer System Requirement||PC: Windows XP and above MAC: OS X and above|
|Language Selection||English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Russian|
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The T4 dash cam creates some very lovely and clear videos and still pictures whether travelling during the day or night. It’s very simple to operate or adjust settings on the touch screen