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Cobra CDR 810 Dash Cam

Windshield-mounted digital video recorder

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by Buck Pomerantz
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The dash cam never blinks

Exploding meteorites? Crazy drivers and desperate scam artists? Bigfoot by the side of the road? Tornado on the horizon? You'll want some high-definition video of those, preferably with the time and date recorded as well. As you cruise around on your daily adventures, Cobra's CDR 810 Dash Cam will record all that and more, so you can watch and listen to the drive again later, played on your computer or television.

Ready, set, record

You'll find everything you need to get set up and and recording with this package. A clever suction cup mount holds the camera/recorder firmly on your windshield, adjusting to aim the camera where you want. An 8 GB MicroSD memory card comes already installed in the card slot, allowing you to record up to 55 minutes of 1080P HD video right away. The card slot can accommodate up to a 32 GB memory card for longer recordings. The CDR 810 comes set up to start recording as soon as you start your car, so you'll never miss an important event because you forgot to turn the camera on.

Accessories included

The cigarette lighter power adapter comes with a 12-foot cord, which is enough so you can drape it neatly around your windshield for a stealthy installation, instead of having the cord dangle straight down. You can view your recordings on the 2" LCD screen, but you'll better experience the high-def quality of the picture when you show it on a larger display. The package includes a USB cable and an audio/video cable adapter to connect your CDR 810 to a television or a computer.

Recording

The CDR 810 features continuous loop recording which records over the oldest files so you don't waste data storage with insignificant video clips. Pushing the File Lock button saves the sections you want to keep for downloading or editing. A built-in microphone records the video soundtrack — the music you're playing on the radio, or your narration, road-enraged or not, of what's happening as you're driving. You can even rotate the camera and record the official business or shenanigans going on inside your vehicle.

And more

A photograph mode allows you to snap stills, while a motion sensor mode automatically records anything that moves — perfect for spotting parking lot hit and run incidents. The G-Sensor mode automatically saves a recording when it senses that there's been an accident. Infrared LED "headlights" help the camera see better at night.

Warning: The use of this device and/or a windshield mount may be restricted in some states or jurisdictions.

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Highlights:

    high-definition dashboard camera and digital recorder
    • 140-degree viewing angle
    • video resolution up to 1080P HD (1920 x 1080)
    • 2" LCD display and built-in microphone
    • MicroSD memory slot holds up to a 32 GB memory card
    • infrared (IR) LEDs for night vision
    • camera can swivel to shoot interior in reverse mode
    Features
    • continuous loop recording
    • time/date stamp embedded in all recordings
    • selectable resolution: 1080PHD/1080P/720P/WVGA
    • adjustable exposure
    • motion detection
    • G-sensor automatically records accidents — adjustable sensitivity
    • still camera mode — up to 12 megapixel resolution
    • PC camera mode — compatible computer software required (not included)
    • multiple language settings, including Spanish (Espanol)
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    • heavy duty suction cup mount
    • one 8 GB MicroSD memory card included
    • rechargeable lithium ion battery — can record for up to 1.5 hours when fully charged
    • cigarette lighter power adapter with 12-foot cord
    • 3-foot AV cable (3.5 mm to 3 RCAs)
    • 35-inch USB cable (Type A to Mini B)
    • dimensions: 3-1/2"H x 2-5/16"W x 1-3/16"D
    • warranty: 1 year
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    • Dash camera
    • Cigarette lighter adapter with attached 12' cable (terminates into a Mini-B USB plug)
    • 3' AV cable (3.5mm male plug on one end and 3 RCA plugs - composite video and stereo audio - on the other end)
    • 35" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and a Mini B USB on other end)
    • Suction cup mount
    • Product Manual
    • On-line registration card

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    Features

    Overview: The Cobra CDR 810 professional-grade dash camera can record audio and video as you travel down the highway in up to Full 1080p High Definition. It can also take still images at up to 12M resolution. You can monitor what you're recording on the built-in 2" LCD monitor. The dash cam operates the supplied cigarette lighter adapter, with a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery backup (250-450mAh).

    Lens: The camera is equipped with a wide-angle lens with a 140° angle of view. The lens is on a swivel that rotates for front or rear recording. This gives you a wide view of the road, or inside the cab.

    Recording Resolution: You can choose from the following resolutions for video or still image recording:

    Video Recording Still Image Recording*
    1080PHD: 1920 x 1080
    1080P: 1440 x 1080
    720P: 1280 x 720
    WVGA: 840 x 480
    12M: 4032 x 3024
    8M: 3264 x 2448
    5M: 2592 x 1944
    3M: 2048 x 1536
    * Note: Still images can be recorded in Fine, Normal, or Economy image quality.

    Recording Time: With the supplied 8 GB microSD card, you can expect approximately 55 minutes of audio/video recording at the highest resolution (1080PHD). The recording time increases to 69 minutes at WVGA resolution.

    Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS): The camera has electronic image stabilization to give you smooth recordings, even on rough roads.

    Exposure Compensation: If lighting extremes are causing your recordings to be over- or under-exposed, you can apply exposure compensation for better images. You can apply -2EV to +2EV in 0.5 EV increments.

    Infrared LEDs: The camera uses 4 infrared LEDs around the lens to allow you to record both day and night.

    Time/Date Stamp: As the CDR 810 records, a time/date stamp is embedded on all recordings.

    microSD Card: The audio and video are recorded onto a microSD memory card up to 32 GB. The supplied 8 GB microSD card is removable, allowing you to use other cards, if desired.

    Continuous Loop: The CDR 810 will record in a continuous loop, overwriting old footage when the card becomes full until you save it. A built-in G-Sensor can detect when a collision has occurred and will automatically save your recording.

    Audio/Video Output: The unit has a 3.5mm mini-jack audio and video output. With the supplied AV cable, you can view your videos/photos on a TV or monitor. You can select NTSC or PAL video format.

    USB: The unit's USB port can be used to connect to your PC for file transfer, or to power the unit for recording or playback. The menu allows you to select Mass Storage to view files, or USB Charge to power the unit.

    Backup Battery: The built-in Lithium-Ion battery is intended to operate the unit for 15 seconds after a power loss due to an accident or a crash. If the unit is turned on without the Cigarette Lighter adapter attached, you can manually start recording for approximately 1.5 hours on battery power. To conserve power, the screen will turn off after 30 seconds.

    Mounting: The CDR 810 comes with a suction cup mounting bracket. The bracket has a ball/socket adjustment to allow you to position the camera for best visibility.

     

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    A Review of the Cobra CDR 810 Dash Cam

    by Buck Pomerantz
    11/26/2013
     
    A Review of the Cobra CDR 810 Dash Cam

    Driving around with the Cobra CDR 810 Dash Cam and watching the videos was easy to set up and fun.

     
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    4 out of 5

    Great!

    Written By Rocky, Kalamazoo, MI on Friday, July 18, 2014
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    does everything it supposed to do
    Pros:
    Great vidio
    Cons:
    Battery has short life span
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    5 out of 5

    Cobra CDR 810 Dash Cam

    Written By Anonymous, orlando fl on Saturday, July 05, 2014
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    Excellent video cam , easy use.
    Pros:
    Excellent video cam , easy use.
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    Cobra CDR 810

    Written By Bo, MA on Friday, July 04, 2014
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    Overall excellent. One of the better windshield suction mounts, although it did come off once during extreme hot weather. Video quality is excellent even at night without use of any illumination other than headlights. But keep in mind that though it is technically capable of full HD recording, detail is limited by the wide angle and a small sensor, so don't expect to be able to read registration plates. If that ever becomes an issue, I would imagine that a forensic video lab would be able to enhance it enough to read the numbers. Have had it for several months now and it has been working flawlessly. At this price, it's unbeatable.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Cobra CDR 810 Dash cam

    Written By Anonymous, LakeJackson Texas on Saturday, June 21, 2014
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    Awesome recorded our whole trip 25 anniversity west coast trip.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice dashcam!

    Written By Breo, Beaches SC on Saturday, May 31, 2014
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    Very compact and lightweight dashcam, nice suction mount keeps it unobtrusive. The power wire is plenty long to reach around the windshield to a power port. Setting it up is a little bit of trial and error, since the instruction manual is bare bones. The manual doesnt even describe what the blinking lights are, but I deciphered them to be "blinking blue-camera on;" "blinking red-battery charging;" "blinking green- mic recorder on." I found in order to enter the menu to set time and date and access other features you have to turn the mic button to OFF. Accessing the video is a little clunky too but it seems to be saving it OK. Image quality is good and it has a nice wide view of the road ahead. As far as long term reliability its too early to judge, but I only deducted one star for the lousy instruction manual. For the price its a winner.
    Pros:
    Great image quality, voice recording, compact and light makes it easy to mount unobtrusively.
    Cons:
    Someone with a command of English needs to write a proper instruction manual.
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Cobra CDR 810 dash cam

    Written By Anonymous, Portsmouth, VA on Sunday, April 06, 2014
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    Excellent video cam , easy use.
    Pros:
    Downloads video wig ease
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    5 out of 5

    Cobra Dash Cam

    Written By JerryH, Des Moines, IA on Sunday, April 06, 2014
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    Works very well as advertised, menu a little confusing and very little info in the enclosed manual so need to experiment with settings. Set for auto record when car starts, 10 minute files and microphone on. Had less than a month but am satisified so far, enough to order another CDR-810 for my other car to eliminate having to move back and forth.
    Pros:
    Compact, good 1080phd video
    Cons:
    Only the limited information in the manual.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Cbra CDR 810

    Written By bosoacraba, Boston on Friday, April 04, 2014
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    The Cobra dash cam was my final choice after reserching a few other brands. After a couple of weeks using it every day, I new that was the right choice. The videos were clear even at nights. The fact that I could use it outside of the car is a pluse.
    Pros:
    Very clear recordings even in low light
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    1 out of 5

    keep looking

    Written By Jim, Grand Rapids mi on Tuesday, April 01, 2014
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    Works Ok sort of, would have returned it if I had kept the package.
    Pros:
    Price, size, price
    Cons:
    Interferes with remote starter / keyless entry and gps, doesn't loop like it should. Instructions are weak, qwerky controls.
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    dash cam

    Written By Cobra CDR 810 Dash Cam, liverpool,ny on Monday, March 31, 2014
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    convenient item, screen to dark to view correctly
    Pros:
    quick attachment and setup easy to use
    Cons:
    screen to small to get a good view and to dark to really see what you are viewing
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    COBRA CDR 810 DASH CAM

    Written By LOU, MILTON, NY on Monday, March 31, 2014
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    GREAT PRODUCT, COULD PROVE YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Nice Option!

    Written By dansb, Mishawaka IN on Sunday, March 30, 2014
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    Should you want to record your road travels this small unit provides all the necesasary stuff to get you up and going. It is not intrusive and a great way to document your road issues if any
    Pros:
    small Inexpensive
    Cons:
    Check your laws in your state
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    Cobra CDR 810 dashcam

    Written By Cobra CDR 810 reviewer, on the road on Saturday, March 29, 2014
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    The unit itself is small, I would guess to some how avoid window obstruction tickets. Screen is very small, if you mount near rear view mirror you have to take it off mount to really see anything on video you record. The mount is all plastic, you place plastic rectangular piece of mount into back of camera unit and push very hard to slide into place, almost broke first few times I removed camera and at first was almost impossible to remove camera from mount . Now that I have wiggled it around a bit it has gotten better but still poor design and I see it breaking one day. navigating menu is little confusing but once you do it a few times you get used to it. I use 1080p mode up to about 10 feet very clear make out license plates, files get big I use 32gb for 3-4 hour video/audio With minisd memory cards and because of the slots small design and a strong spring system holding card , I have to use dime, to push on card in a tiny recess slot ,enough so it pops out. Maybe small child can do it . Night video is limited by light available i.e. headlights, clear 5-10 ft , infrared lights to me have no effect The big problem I have is that my camera records a piece of video then stops and starts a new video on its own. In this start and stop method there is a gap +/- 5 seconds. So far nothing important has really happened but gap is there. I have played with cycle time setting has not helped. I am experimenting with this camera daily , will update if anything changes
    Pros:
    good video for small camera ,price, does basic job.
    Cons:
    plastic mount system, chopped up video files misses some time,. card slot made for infants.
    6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Cobra CDR 810 Dash Cam

    Written By TomH, New Palestine, IN on Monday, March 24, 2014
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    The dash cam appears to operate as advertised, I have not used it that much but the picture looks sharp on the small screen.
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    4 out of 5

    Cobra CDR-810 Dash Cam

    Written By Dennis, Theresa, Wi. on Sunday, March 16, 2014
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    It works quite well and I was quite satisfied with it until I played back the video on my television and afterword the video on the unit itself wouldn't stay on. The tech I called had no answer so I had to return it.
    Pros:
    It records well.
    Cons:
    The "manual" that came with it is of little use, you have to learn on your own.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great dash cam

    Written By Nick W., Oak Ridge, TN on Sunday, March 02, 2014
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    I've been pretty happy with this dash cam. It does its job as advertised.
    Pros:
    Ease of installation and use.
    Cons:
    Massive file size.
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Cobra CDR 810 Dash Cam

    Written By Gary from Staten Island, Staten Island, NY on Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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    Seems like one of the better dash cams. Small footprint with a clear sharp viewing screen. I am still trying to find the laws about using them here regarding privacy and view obstruction.
    Pros:
    Seems like a good piece of equipment. Lets see how it holds up to car temps of two degrees to in the winter and up to 145 degrees in the summer.
    Cons:
    Crutchfield usually sells quality stuff so I probably wont find any cons.
    4 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Cobra CDR 810 Dash Cam

    Written By Joe, Baltimore, MD on Saturday, February 15, 2014
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    Overall for the price this is pretty good, so if anything happens it is recorded.
    2 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Cobra CDR 810 Dash Cam

    Written By Annika, Carmel Valley, Ca. on Thursday, February 06, 2014
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    So far I'm impressed with the camera. I own a 4Runner and the dash is very steep near the lower corners of the window so it is hard to mount on the lower left or right, but it is small enough to mount on the upper left of my windshield. Haven't gotten pulled over yet for obsructed views, but the camera is so small it doesn't matter. I love that I can access all of the data on my computer and capture an incident as I drive by pressing a button. I would totally recommend buying a larger SD card so you have better resolution and time loops, like a Micro 16GB.
    Pros:
    Small, easy to use and you can turn off the audio recording. I really did not want to tell everyone that got into my truck that they were being recorded ( by law) so I was happy to see on the menu you can turn off the audio.
    Cons:
    My one complaint is trying to access the main menu. The menu button is unresponsive a lot. I was just following the directions. I am not the only one with that complaint but if I hit other buttons first, then it opens eventually. A glitch that needs to be fixed, or I'ts me. I don't know what is up with that. But I still would totally recommend this to friends.
    8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    cobra cdr 810 dash cam

    Written By marvell, houston, texas on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
     
    the cam I got ,,is the best I have seen,to help you out of anything that happen on the road!
    Pros:
    its good
    Cons:
    wish it was a little bigger
    3 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Cobra CDR 810 Dash Cam

    Written By RDeCook, Maryville, TN on Friday, January 03, 2014
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    I have found this Cobra CDR 810 Dash Cam to meet the needs for which I purchased it. It is easy to use once you read and understand the instructions (I still refer back to them).
    Pros:
    great for the price and intended use
    Cons:
    no cons
    6 out of 10 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Dash camera

    Written By DDM, Columbia MD on Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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    So far this is a great product. Will go on a road trip soon and check it out.
    7 out of 14 people found this helpful
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