Is the CDR 820 ready to use right-out-of the box?
Yes, you may simply adjust date/time and proceed to use the camera
How do I set date/time on my CDR 820?
First, you must stop recording mode by pressing the front right button once. Then press/release "menu" button underneath the unit. Use the 2 buttons next to menu to scroll over to "General Settings". Press the mode (enter) button to access settings menu, then use the 2 buttons next to menu to scroll up/down to Date/Time. Use the "mode" button to access date/time settings. Use scroll buttons to change date/time then press "mode" to apply the changes and exit date/time menu.
My camera feels warm to the touch. Is this normal?
Yes, it is normal for dashcams to operate warm.
Can I install my CDR 820 upside down on the dash and record right side up?
Yes, there is a "Rotate” option in the menu that allows the user to operate the unit upside down while recording right side up.
Can I hardwire the CDR820?
This camera operates on a 5V ‘mini” USB power port. You may use any standard mini USB hardwire kit currently available on the market.
What is the biggest SD card I can use on my CDR820?
The maximum recommended size is 32GB
How long is the recording time?
To see recording times click here: https://www.cobra.com/sites/default/files/manuals/SD_CARD_REC_TIMES.pdf
Can I use a longer power cord? Where do I find one?
Yes. Although not available from Cobra, this camera takes a standard mini USB cable. You may use any aftermarket mini USB cable from your local electronics store
Could I use my camera in the house with an AC wall adapter?
Yes, you may use any standard "mini" USB power cord to operate this unit.
How do I delete a locked file on the cobra 820?
First, you must stop recording mode by pressing the front right button once. Then press/release "menu" button underneath the unit. Use the 2 buttons next to menu to scroll up/down through menu options. Press "MODE" (enter) button to make your selections. i.e. "Format SD card" or "Delete files".
Is my CDR 820 compatible with iOS Apple products /iPad to view my video files?
Yes You may play the videos using MAC's default media player or by downloading a third party player from the following link: https://www.cobra.com/support/software-downloads
My CDR 820 doesn't rewrite over old footage. It says memory card full.
Having the video-clip-time-setting set to "X" instead of 5 or 10 minutes will cause it do this when the memory card reaches it's capacity.
Can I use the CDR 820 like a "GoPro" camera?
No. The CDR 820 is a dashboard camera. It must be kept away from the elements of nature
Does the CDR820 start recording automatically as soon as it has power?
Yes. The CDR 820 is set at the factory to start recording automatically as soon as it receives power. However, this setting can be changed in the menu.
I want to purchase a replacement SD card. What type should I get?
Please note, you may use a standard SD card. However, for best video quality, we recommend using Class 6 or Class 10 SD cards.