Let’s face it—most, if not all, of us drive almost every single day. And especially in densely populated areas, traffic becomes inevitable. With so many cars on the road and other drivers’ unpredictable and uncontrollable actions, accidents are prone to happen at any time. But let alone accidents, there are numerous of other things that can happen like vandalism or insurance scams. So just like having a security camera at your home, why not have one on your car where you practically spend a quarter of your time in.
Dash cams aren’t all that exciting or new but boy do they come in handy at times. Being on the road puts you in a vulnerable spot and having a dash cam to record any event or accident that might happen gives you piece of mind that you have some sort of proof or documentation of what happened.
So let’s talk about the Cobra CDR 840. It might not be the newest one on the market, but it still does its job well. In fact, I got mine years ago yet it still works perfectly fine. The CDR 840 comes with a full HD, 1920 x 1080p video resolution recording and a 5.0 megapixel sensor with 118-degrees of viewing angle. It comes with a built-in display that shows you what the camera sees along with a Gyro sensor to detect when you hard brake in a car or involved in a collision which it will automatically lock the recorded footage so that it doesn’t get overwritten later. You can adjust the sensitivity of the Gyro sensor so that it doesn’t get tripped up if you tend to come to hard stops. What is also interesting about the CDR 840 is that if you ever, for some reason, want to use it as a webcam, you can as the device comes with an HDMI output. Mounting it on your car is as simple as can be with its provided suction cup although at times it may fall off, which happens to mine during the hotter temperatures so make sure you wrap your power cable around your rearview mirror so that the device doesn’t just completely drop onto the floor. Speaking of power cables, the device is powered via a provided cigarette lighter plug to a mini-USB. Or, you can hardwire it or fuse tap it into your car’s accessory fuse box, which I did. Recorded videos are stored on a micro-SD card where it is then overwritten unless it is saved or automatically saved due to an emergency such as a collision. The device also has a built-in GPS system that enables it to know its location, however it does not provide any navigation.
So what’s it like using the CDR 840? It’s actually pretty decent in my opinion. The form factor and design is quite nice as it is not very bulky or oddly-shaped. It automatically starts up at least 95% of the time when I turn on the car aside from the few times where I had to manually turn it on. Having a built-in screen that shows what the camera sees is helpful in the placement of the device as well as knowing when it is on and recording. The screen size isn’t too small, its just about right to not be a disturbance while driving while also still being useful. Start up time is quite average but might be slow to some folks who are quick to get in their cars and drive. Night time video quality is quite decent as well although in some lighting conditions it can be dark. But, you can adjust the exposure settings to brighten things up. I got mine around $100, which for its price is an amazing deal given it was relatively new at the time. It still runs and works perfectly today and gets the job done. The CDR 840 does all of the basics and what you need it to do without all the other extra features/frills that the more expensive options have. All in all, I think the CDR 840 is a solid dash cam that’s easy to use and trouble free.
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