When you hit the road, there are plenty of risks: other drivers, the road itself, mother Nature, not to mention pesky speed traps. There are only so many things you can do to mitigate them since potholes and weather happen.
Beyond regular maintenance, it’s important to get decent tires and brakes, as having the right equipment is a good way to protect not only one of your most expensive assets but also your personal safety.
We’ve long trusted Cobra radar detectors and other automotive gear, and now they’ve got another way to protect yourself- the Cobra Drive CDR 900 Dash Cam.
Like many specialty cameras, it shares similarities with others- it could almost serve as a sports or action camera, thanks to its small size and portability, plus the solid optics and wide-angle 160-degree view. Of course, there are some unique needs that your automobile has that make it different than, say, a surfboard or a skateboard.
The suction mount, for instance, is pretty easy to install and seems durable, and the cigarette lighter adapter for power ensures you don’t need to worry about batteries (though there is a battery just in case as well).
This little guy can shoot too- and not just in 1080 high-definition, but even in what they call 1296P Super HD, both at 30 frames per second. And, like many other cameras, it uses microSD cards, and helpfully zcomes with an 8GB memory card included (though you can always add your own with more space if you need it).
Thanks to the loop recording feature, you don’t need to worry about running out of space- the CDR 900 will simply start from the beginning again and record infinitely. And, of course, the main reason to have a dash camera is to help in case of an accident or incident. That’s why there is a motion sensor (or perhaps limited use in real-world situations), but better yet a three-axis G-sensor to detect acceleration or collision and capture and protect important footage.
Whether it’s a giant bear that suddenly steps into the road or a Mario Kart zooming by, you’ll be able to grab footage. And share it too- there’s wifi connectivity built-in and a cloud mode that allows you to watch from anywhere, and you’re even able to directly connect with your Android or iPhone smartphone and use the app to watch a live feed or check out the recordings.
If you, for some reason, need up to four cameras active, the app supports that too. There’s a GPS port for future support via an accessory, and it offers better night and low-light capabilities than most competitors, though headlights will still be blinding.
The screen is easy to read, though controls are a little tough at times. The family includes a pretty wide array of models to fit a variety of price points, and this is one of their higher-end models. Expect to spend around $200 or so, online and in stores, well worth the price for the solid image quality and feature set.