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Cobra CDR 810 Dash Cam

Windshield-mounted digital video recorder

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Item # 079CDR810

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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.

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.


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.

Easy to use once I veied the online PDF instructions.

John, Dutchess County NY

What's in the Box:

  • 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

Product 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
    • 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)
    More info
    • 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
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    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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    7 questions already asked

    It works great on my 2000 Jeep Wrangler which has an almost vertical windshield. There is plenty of adjustment on the mount as well as the camera lens itself is adjustable. [ Adam  May 14, 2014 ]
    Yes. This will work in your truck. It has adjustable window bracket plus the camera swivel where u can film the road or your cab. [ KEITH  May 14, 2014 ]
    Yes it will. [ Wayne  May 13, 2014 ]
    Yes, it should work because the camera attachment has some adjustment. [ DARRELL D  May 13, 2014 ]
    I am afraid I can not answer this since I returned mine to Crutchfield. When it arrived, I suspected it had already been opened and when I checked the memory, I confirmed this since there was someone else's video on it. The unit is kind of cheap. [ PAUL J  May 13, 2014 ]
    There is a swivel on the mount that will work on a flat windshield [ FREDRICK L  May 13, 2014 ]
    yes, it will work fine [ Robert  May 13, 2014 ]
    I would think it would. The suction copy has an adjustable swivel mount. I played with it a little using my rear view mirror. It will take finding the right angle, but I think it will work. By the way, I have thoroughly enjoyed mine. [ RITA  May 13, 2014 ]
    Robert - I think it will work in a vertical windshield as the camera can be tilted downward (or upward). I think that if you place your Cobra at the top of the windshield (where I have mine in my Acura TL) you'd be able to tilt the camera down to capture the video in the front of your truck. You should use the video display to help you align it correctly, that is, getting more of the area in front of the truck and less of the hood. I hope this is helpful to you. [ John  May 13, 2014 ]
    Yes it should work you can adjust the camera [ keith  May 13, 2014 ]
    It should work. The mounting bracket has a ball-joint adapter which makes it easy to adapt to any windshield. If purchased through Crutchfield, I am sue you could return it it it didnt fit but I am sure you wont have a mounting issue. [ Dan  May 13, 2014 ]
    Thanks Krissy, I didn't realize this camera did not offer a time interval to set the recording loop. [ HungS  Feb 28, 2014 ]
    I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: 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. If you have you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Feb 28, 2014 ]  Staff
    Ed c, we have not removed the SD card yet, we have used the USB cable. The SD card is on the side of the unit, no cover, and appears to be a push to remove, push to reinsert. Appears very easy to remove/replace SD card. We always bring the unit in, and don't have a micro SD card adapter, so it works for us to use the USB cable. Hope that helps. [ Steve  Feb 28, 2014 ]
    The MicroSD card slot is located on the side of the unit, so it should be easily accessible. You can see a diagram with the location on page 3 of the manual here: [ Jeff  Feb 27, 2014 ]  Staff
    If you attach the camera right side up to the top of the dashboard, the camera will be too low to record the road, the front of your car would be in the way. HOWEVER if you mount the camera upside down (where the camera is on the top), it still records but the tuttons will be on the bottom. I just tired it that way and it works good that way too. I hope that was helpful. [ Elizabeth  Feb 20, 2014 ]
    Hi Bo K, Yes the mount has a 360¤ pivot. So the camera can sit in dash or mount on window. [ JANIS  Feb 18, 2014 ]
    I tried rotating the camera in the provided suction cup mount to do this, assuming the dashboard is level. Unfortunately, I don't think this is possible at all, right side up. The arm from the suction mount to the ball joint is not long enough for the camera to clear the dash surface. It *might* be possible with the camera upside down, but it's cutting it close. Also keep in mind that the camera has a proprietary slide-lock mechanistic to attach itself to the suction mount, so you'd likely have to cobble something together. Great camera, otherwise. [ Michael  Feb 18, 2014 ]
    Yeah you could, but the camera will be upside down. [ Wayne  Feb 17, 2014 ]
    Bo, the camera does not have the full range of motion if it is attached to the dash. The mounting bracket and suction cup obstruct the camera lens. I mounted mine just below the rearview camera and below my ezpass box. It fits nicely and it does not interfere with the drivers view thru the windshield. hope this helps. [ Donald  Feb 17, 2014 ]
    Tried to print out the answer page and it leaves off 2 or 3 words of every line. [ Carol  Feb 09, 2014 ]
    I asked how to set the time and all of this came up instead. [ Carol  Feb 09, 2014 ]
    turn unit on, press menu button once to access menu, hit menu button second time for more options. also found in the playback mode, top middle button, if you hit the menu button you get a second set of options. hope this helps :) [ SUSAN  Feb 02, 2014 ]
    Double click on the menu button. [ DARRELL D  Feb 02, 2014 ]
    Richard - The way you can access the menu is to: 1) turn on the camera, 2) with the camera NOT in a record mode, you press the Left-hand button (above the screen) once for the operational menu choices, and twice for the settings menu choices,(three times gets you out of the choices) and 3) you can scroll through the menu using the "REC" and "MIC" buttons to the right of the camera and confirm your choice by hitting the orange button on top of the entire unit. The manual is not very good at explaining the menu choices, but I bet you'll discover the alternatives by a trial and error process and find that you can set it the way you like. You can find an adapter which will take your mini-SD card and make it a regular size SD card for viewing the .MOV files. Also, there are adapters which will take the mini-card and plug into a USB port. [ John  Feb 02, 2014 ]
    I noticed that pressing the menu button on the top left doesn't always work. I had a problem opening it. Just keep pressing the top left button and then you can navigate with the 2 bottom buttons. I also found that you can turn the microphone off so you don't record conversations. Hope that helps. [ ANN  Feb 02, 2014 ]
    you press the orange "menu" button. Then you press the "menu" button again to scroll through settings. If you will type Cobra CDR 810 manual in your search engine, a link to a pdf for the manual will come up, in case you don't have your manual (small as it may be) handy. Hope this helps. [ RITA  Feb 02, 2014 ]
    Sorry, can't help. I bought one of these for my son and he hasn't had a chance to install it. I will ask him to let me know if he can figure it out when he does install it. [ JOHN  Feb 02, 2014 ]
    Sorry if I am not much of a help. If you try to play with the Menu button and the Enter (orange button) it will give you some idea what they represent, but the Manual is very poor to explain what each one of them do and how to use them. It would need a deeper explanation of how to use this unit. I will keep trying to play with the settings till I learn what they each do. [ Elizabeth  Jan 10, 2014 ]
    Yes you can by entering the play back mode, good luck. but you can get a much better view by transferring the video to a lap top or your desk top computer. I would keep a memory card reader in the car or truck so you can read your memory card to another lap top ( police or insurance co.) if needed. They are cheep. [ Robert  Jan 04, 2014 ]
    Yes, with sound. [ PAUL J  Jan 04, 2014 ]
    I can not access [ FREDRICK L  Jan 03, 2014 ]
    I am under the impression you can but with the small screen would recommend you use your TV. [ keith  Jan 03, 2014 ]
    You Can Play Back Your Recording By Holding Down The Middle Button On Top Of The Screen. The Photograph/Playback Button. The #2 Button Under CDR810 Functions Manual.Then Cyle Your Recordings With The Up Down Buttons Which Are Buttons 4 & 5 on The Functions Manual.Play Or Stop The Recording By Pressing The File Lock/Enter Button Which Is Orange Button On The Top Of The Screen. [ Thomas  Jan 02, 2014 ]
    As for as I can tell no. But for price a quality I would not let that keep you from buying this product. [ PETER D  Jan 02, 2014 ]
    yes. there are instructions that come with this unit that tells you how. So far, I have been very pleased with this purchase. [ RITA  Jan 02, 2014 ]