Updated on July 29, 2023
There was once a time when dash cams were considered to be a waste of money, even a hindrance to driving. These days, with the growing number of vehicles on the roads and an increasingly large number of newbie drivers with poor driving skills, it has become necessary to install these vigilant pieces of electronic equipment. Dash cams do more than hang from the front of your car windshield or dashboard; they have become an integral part of the whole process of accessorizing your vehicle. It is often the first non-standard accessory that vehicle owners opt for.
In this article, we shall take a look at the Z-Edge Z2 Plus dual lens dash cam, a rear view mirror camera with a 5″ screen which has been topic of hot debate among enthusiasts in this field.
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The front-facing lens of this dual-camera dash cam mirror is reasonably wide, 150 degrees. When compared with some other devices we have reviewed on our website, 150 degrees may appear small compared to others, like the Falcon Zero Touch HD, which offers 170 degrees field of view (FOV). However, 150 degrees is still more than sufficient. The rear lens has a 120-degree FOV which is plenty for the rear, and in some cases, matches the front lens of some cheap dash cams like the GS8000L. The benefits of this particular rear view mirror camera are many; it works as a rear parking camera; it can be used to record crashes that happen due to another vehicle hitting yours from behind; it can also be used to capture suspicious movements (in motion detector mode) when you leave your car unattended.
The good thing about this device is that it comes together with a 16GB Kingston SD Card for free. It means you can use it straight out of the box without requiring any further purchases.
The device is capable of recording in Super HD 1296P resolution through the front lens when used on its own; else it’s 1080P when combined with the rear, which is 720P through the back. The provided free SD card can save up to three hours of continuous feed.
Standard loop recording ensures that you never run out of memory; it does this by overwriting older files. Loop recording can be set to lengths of 2, 3, and 5 minutes. As long as there is a memory card installed, the device will continue to save your videos.
Dimensions And Weight
The system weighs about 10.9 ounces and measures 12.5 x 3.5 x 0.4”. Don’t be alarmed at the dimensions of this device. Because it’s what is known as a rearview mirror camera (check the Falcon Zero F360 HD for comparison) means the dimensions will generally exceed the size of your vehicle’s standard rearview mirror, as it will need to clip over the existing mirror to mount as opposed to sitting on the dashboard or sticking to the windshield.
To work as a motion detector, a dashcam should have the ability to pick up movements in the immediate vicinity of the vehicle. This one does just that. Set it on motion detector/parking monitor mode when you leave your car unattended, and it will pick up movements in the vicinity and immediately start recording. If no movements are tracked in about 5 seconds, the device switches off.
The LCD monitor
This rear-view mirror camera has a large 5” LCD display. Displays can be either a projection of the view through the front lens, the rear one, or both in the picture-in-picture mode (PIP). A simple toggle of a switch and the views can be cycled. The overall design is very intelligent. It doubles as a rear parking assist when the wiring is connected to the backlights. Push your car to park or reverse gear, and the view automatically switches to the rear camera.
Memory Lock Gravity Sensing
The primary requirement for installing this type of unit is so that one can record video evidence in the event an accident happens. But that is not all, a rash driver putting the lives of other fellow motorists and pedestrians can also be implicated with a clear save of his movements. However, to preserve that video it needs to be locked into memory. During normal loop recording, a dashcam continuously records. When it runs out of space, older files are overwritten with new data. This process of overwriting puts incriminating evidence at risk of getting erased. To prevent this from happening, data can be locked manually.
Most vehicle dash cams have what is known as a G-Sensor, or gravity sensor, which is a technology that tracks sudden changes in gravity. Such changes usually happen when your vehicle is caught in an accident. Let’s say when it is hit from the front and comes to a sudden stop from traveling at high speed. In another eventuality, it can accelerate, such as when it is hit from behind by a faster moving vehicle. In all these incidents this dash cam with G-Sensor will make a quick video of the incident and memory lock will lock that video up to prevent overwriting.
Setting It Up
There is very little regarding setting up to do because it already comes pretty much pre-setup. However, there are a bunch of settings that you can tweak if you want to. The most important of them is the resolution of the camera. However, because the dual lens dash cam mirror can record in full or even super high definition, it is rather storage-hogging. The smaller the resolution, the lesser is the storage demands. However, it is ill-advised to use a lower resolution as the quality of the footage taken becomes very bad. Even so, the rear camera is only capable of 1080 x 720 at which is not full HD. Another option that you can tinker with is the audio recording, which is recorded by default, but you can switch it off if you want to.
Z-Edge Z2 Plus Day and Night Vision Sample
Overall the Z-Edge Z2 Plus is a nice dual camera dash cam mirror, the greatest USP of which is undoubtedly the dual lens system. But beyond that, there are a bunch of standard and non-standard of features that make it a must-have accessory for your vehicle. Ultimately, being a rear view mirror camera, there aren’t many of this design which exists, and for those that do there is stiff competition. However, this is a highly recommended purchase which will satisfy both expert and novices in this field.
With more than 20 years of experience in the automotive industry, Ash possesses a deep understanding of the diverse needs and challenges faced by drivers on the road. His relentless commitment to road safety and ongoing research is fueled by a genuine desire to create safer environments for all drivers.