If you’re in the market for a dash cam, then you might want to check out the Cobra CDR 855 BT. Even though it can only shoot videos up to Full HD resolution, and not the Super HD that is getting more common nowadays, but it does have a few tricks up its sleeve to compensate for its shortcomings. You can even make use of it as an action camera if you want. However, there is already an increasingly crowded action camera market. Therefore, does this particular dash/action camera have what it takes to beat the competition?
The Cobra CDR 855 BT Might be a Solid Performer, But Falls Short in a Lot of Areas
The Cobra CDR 855 BT has a bundled widescreen mount which comes as a pretty standard offering for today’s line of dashboard cameras. And as usual, it is designed to dangle down from the top of your windscreen. It has a spacer that can screw into the mount, in which the camera can slide into quite firmly. It’s not one of the quickest releases that you can find, but it is also not too painful to put it back in or take it out should you want to take the camera away when you step out of your vehicle.
The suction cup is quite small, so there might be some problems adjusting the unit when placing it onto the windscreen. A more effective suction mount would have been more suffice and would be a great improvement for such a product.
There’s also no power adapter found in the standard packaging. Otherwise, it will allow you to plug in your sat-nav as well. There are, however, two USB cables that can be found in the packaging. One of these cables is longer than the other, and the longer one is for your car whereas the shorter one is for when you want to hook the CDR 855 BT to you computer whenever you would want to download video clips.
The camera has a 2-megapixel sensor and it can only record videos up to Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080). You can also opt to shoot at 720p at 30 or 60-frames-per-second. The videos are recorded at about 11Mbit/sec in Full HD. Therefore, an 8GB of flash memory will give you roughly 100 minutes of footage.
Another thing that’s a bit of disappointment for the Cobra CDR 855 BT is the lack of GPS. There are many dashcams on the market that already have GPS installed, and it does beg the question as to why this particular model does not have one.
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