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CDR 900E

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Type: User Manual
Category: Dash Cameras
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For Customer Service, visit:

©2014 Cobra Electronics Corporation

6500 West Cortland Street

Chicago, Illinois 60707 USA

www.cobra.com

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Important Information

Customer Assistance

Safe Driving

 

Motorists, as well as operators of emergency or service vehicles, are expected to 

exercise all due caution while using this product, and to obey all applicable traffic laws.

Security of Your Vehicle

 

Before leaving your vehicle, always remember to conceal this device in order to reduce 

the possibility of break-in and theft.

Privacy

This device may not be used to violate the privacy rights of others. In no way will Cobra 

Electronics or its subsidiaries be responsible for inappropriate use of this product. It is 

the sole responsibility of the buyer to consult legal counsel for the interpretation of any 

laws applicable to the area of intended use of this product. 

Important Information and 

Customer Assistance

Introduction

Printed in China 

Part No. 480-958-P

Version D

SUPER HD DASH CAM WITH WI-FI

CDR 900

CDR 900E

CDR 900 C

www.cobra.com

User  Manual

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Controls, Indicators and Connections 

Controls Indicators and Connections

Congratulations! You’ve made a smart choice by purchasing a Drive 

HD Dash Cam from Cobra. This booklet describes the simple steps for 

mounting, setting up, and using your dash camera.

Records 1296P Super HD or 1080P Full 

HD video.  Ambarella™ chipset ensures 

excellent image quality, night time 

performance, and advanced dynamic range.

 

WiFi capability allows the CDR 900 to 

connect wirelessly with the Drive HD™ 

app for viewing live video, controlling the 

camera, uploading and sharing videos, 

adjusting settings, and Cloud Mode on your 

smartphone. 

 

Ultra wide 160° viewing angle films the 

entire road and your peripherals without 

edge distortion.

 

Continuous Loop Recording overwrites old 

footage unless you want to save it.  A time/

date stamp is embedded on all recordings 

so you’ll never miss an event while driving.

 

Ready to use out-of-the-box.  Includes 

a heavy-duty suction cup to mount the 

camera to your windshield and an 8GB 

MicroSD card to Record your Ride.

3-axis G-Sensor senses sudden 

accelerations and collisions and 

automatically protects footage surrounding 

the incident.

Additional Features:
Emergency Record Button
Motion Sensor
Built-in Microphone & Speaker
Auto-Record and Auto-Power Off
Optional waterproof case (not included)

Camera Features 

Introduction

Customer Information

Speaker

Micro USB Port

Micro SD Card Slot

Lens

Record / Emergency 

Button

Micro HDMI

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 Port

Status 

Indicator

Mic

Tripod 

Mount

Power / Menu 

Button

Introduction

Product Features

GPS Receiver Slot

Warranty

Limited 1-Year Warranty

Limited 1-Year Warranty 

Cobra Electronics Corporation warrants that this product and the component parts 

thereof, will be free of defects in workmanship and materials for a period of one 

year from the date of first consumer purchase.   This warranty may be enforced by 

the first consumer purchaser.  If the product is under warranty, it will be repaired 

or exchanged depending on the model as determined at Cobra’s sole discretion.  

Such remedy shall be your sole and exclusive remedy for any breach of warranty.  
The procedure for obtaining service and support, and the applicability of this war-

ranty, will vary depending on the country or jurisdiction in which you purchased 

and utilize the product.  For the details on obtaining product service, support and 

warranty please visit www.cobra.com/support
Provided that the product is utilized within the U.S.A.- Cobra will, without charge, 

repair or replace, at its option, defective products, products or component parts 

upon delivery to the Cobra Factory Service department, accompanied by proof of 

the date of first consumer purchase, such as a duplicated copy of a sales receipt.
You must pay any initial shipping charges required to ship the product for warranty 

service, but the return charges, to an address in the U.S.A., will be at Cobra’s 

expense, if the product is repaired or replaced under warranty. 
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights 

which may vary from state to state and country to country.  

Exclusions:

 This limited warranty does not apply: 1) To any product damaged by 

accident; 2) In the event of misuse, ordinary wear, failure to follow directions, or 

improper maintenance of the product or as a result of unauthorized alterations or re-

pairs; 3) If the serial number has been altered, defaced, or removed; 4) If the product 

was purchased or is utilized in a jurisdiction not covered by the limited warranty.
All implied warranties, including warranties of merchantability and fitness for a 

particular purpose are limited in duration to the length of this warranty. Cobra shall 

not be liable for any incidental, consequential or other damages; including, without 

limitation, damages resulting from loss of use or cost of installation.
Some states and countries do not allow limitations on how long an implied war-

ranty lasts and/or do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or conse-

quential damages, so the above limitations may not apply to you.   This warranty 

gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from 

state to state and country to country. 

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Contents

Introduction

Introduction

Important Information  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A1
Customer Assistance  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  A1
Controls, Indicators and  Connections  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  A2
Product Features    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  A3

Your Device

What’s in the Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
Camera Operation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4-9
  Charging the device   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
  Inserting and removing the Memory Card   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
  Dash Cam Mode vs Action Cam Mode   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
  To Start recording video  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
  To make an emergency recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
  To cancel an emergency recording   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
  To Toggle the Microphone on/off (while recording) . . . . . . . . . .   7
  To Power the device off   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
  Video playback  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
  Using the Playback Screen  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
Adjusting Camera Settings   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   10 
  Adjusting the Main Menu Settings  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Connecting to a Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   11
Connecting to a TV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   11
Wireless and App Operation   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Connecting to the Smartphone App . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Smartphone App Operation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Cloud Mode Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Motion Detector Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Customer Information

Specifications  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    19
Troubleshooting  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Product Service & Support   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Licensing  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   21
Trademark Acknowledgement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Limited 1-Year Warranty  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

 


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What’s in the Box

Installation 

Where to Mount Your Unit

You will get optimum performance from your camera if you 

mount

 it on the front 

windshield, behind the rear-view mirror. This will minimize the impact on the driver’s 

line of sight. You’ll also want to keep the camera centered and angle the bracket to 

optimize the camera’s view of the road ahead. 

Installation

Your Dash Cam

What’s in the box 

Thank you for purchasing Drive HD, by Cobra.   
The CDR 810 is a 1080P HD Digital Video Recorder and 
Dash Cam designed to protect your vehicle and give you 
peace of mind. 

Package Contents Include:

•  CDR 810 Dash Cam (not shown)

• Product Manual

•  Heavy Duty Suction Cup Mount

•  8GB Micro SD Card

•  Cigarette Lighter Adapter

•  USB Cable

•  AV Cable

Please take a moment to read through  
this product manual to fully understand  
how to properly mount and operate  
your CDR 810.

Product Manual

Printed in China   Part No. 480-893-P Version C

CDR 810 Functions

Mounting the CDR 810

NOTE:

 This device complies with part 15 of FCC rules: Operation is subject to the following 

two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) This device must 

accept any interference received including interference that may cause undesired operation.

CAUTION:

 Modifications or parts not approved by Cobra Electronics Corporation may violate 

FCC Rules and void authority to operate this equipment.
This device complies to Canadian Standard ICES-003. 
CAN ICES-3B/NMB-3B.

CDR 810

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  Menu

2.

  Photograph/Playback

3.

  File Lock/Enter

4.

  Record/Up

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  Microphone/Down

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  REC Indicator Light

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  Charging Indicator Light

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  MIC Indicator Light

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  AV Out

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  Microphone

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  MicroSD Card Slot

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  USB Interface

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  Reset

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  On/Off Button/ 

 

Toggle iR LEDs

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  LED Display

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  Camera Lens

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The CDR 810 should be mounted to the windshield 
using the included Suction Cup Mount.  Make sure 
to line the unit up so that it has a clear view of the 
road.  If you are rotating the camera to view the cab, 
make sure to change the Rotate Setting to ON in the 
Tools Menu.

Operation

Turn on/off

: press the on/off button to turn the unit on, press 

and hold the on/off button to turn the unit off.

Continuous Cyclical Recording

:  Cyclical recording means 

that once the memory card is full this camera will continuously 
overwrite the oldest footage recorded.  To protect a clip so that it 
will not be overwritten, press the Lock File Button.  The        
icon will show on the screen.  

Navigating the Menu

: Press the Menu Button to enter into 

menu.  Press the Menu Button again to cycle through basic and 
mode specific settings lists.  To navigate through the menus 
use the Up and Down buttons, which double as Rec and Mic 
respectively.  Press the File Lock/Enter Button to enter specific 
settings and select specific options.  Pressing the Menu Button 
again will exit the menu screen. 

Video

: In recording mode, press the Record Button to start 

recording with the REC indicator light flashing, press the 
Record Button again to stop recording and the file will be saved 
automatically.

Photograph

:  Press the Photograph/Playback Button to enter 

photograph mode.  Press the button again to snap still photos. 
To return to video mode press the Record Button.

Suction Cup Bracket

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Peel the plastic film off of the suction cup.
Screw the tripod mount onto the base of the suction 

cup mount. 

Slide your CDR 900 onto the tripod mount using the 

channel on the top of the unit. 

 To adjust the angle to the road, loosen the angle 

locking ring, turn the camera so that it has a clear 

view of the road ahead and tighten the knob.

 

Press the Suction Cup firmly onto the windshield. 

Push down on the lever to lock the suction cup in 

place.

Plug the 12 foot Micro-USB cable into the camera.

  Plug the cigarette lighter adapter on the power  

cord into your vehicle’s cigarette lighter.

  You can temporarily remove the camera by sliding it off the tripod mount. 

Windshield Mounting

Your Detector

     Dash Cam (Model # CDR 900) 

                             Heavy Duty Suction Cup Mount 

 8GB Micro SD Card (installed) 

 

              Cigarette Lighter Adapter

Micro USB to USB Cables (1 foot power/data  

 

      Tripod Connector   

 

 

& 12 foot power only) 

  Lanyard and Lanyard Mount 

NOTE:

 While the 12 foot and 1 foot cables look similar, they have different 

functions. The 12 foot cable is for power only and enables Auto-Power 

ON and Auto-Record. The 1 foot cord is for data transfer to a computer.

 


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Mode 

Action Cam 

Dash Cam

Recording Type 

Normal 

Continuous Loop 

Emergency

 

Press              in preview 

 

Unlimited  

Display Info 

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Remaining on 

 

Current date & time 

 

SD card

• Car impact
• Select            

  during loop  

 recording

One min. section 

(30 seconds 

before and after 

the event)

Recording 

Duration

To Start 

Recording

Three Minute

Segments

Camera Operation

Charging the device

You can charge the device with the included car charger, or with any micro 

USB cable.  
When the system is 

OFF

, the status indicator flashes 

orange

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When the system is 

ON

, the unit will charge in the background without any 

icon shown.

Inserting and removing the Memory Card

Your camera comes with an 8GB Micro SD 

Card preinstalled, but it can support up to  

64GB Micro SD cards (not included).  
To remove the memory card, push the 

Memory card forward gently until you hear a 

click, and the card should release.
To insert a different memory card, orient the 

card as shown and press it in until you hear 

a click.

Camera Operation

Dash Cam Mode vs Action Cam Mode 

Continuous Loop Recording:

  Once the memory card is full, this camera will 

continuously overwrite the oldest footage recorded.

G-Sensor:

  The G-Sensor is an accelerometer that can detect an impact caused 

by an accident. If the G-Sensor is triggered the camera will automatically save 

the footage 30 seconds before and after the incident to a protected file that will 

not be overwritten by loop recording.  

Your Dash Cam

Your Dash Cam

The CDR 900 has two recording modes for different applications:
          

Dash Cam Mode:

 Shoots continuous loop and emergency videos. 

          

Action Cam Mode:

 Shoots normal videos.

NOTE:

 By default, the CDR 900 formats the SD card so that 50% of the 

memory is used for Action Cam Mode and 50% is reserved for Dash 

Cam Mode. This allocation can be modified through settings in the App.

 


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Camera Operation

To Start recording video

Press                to turn the camera on.

Visual Display

The camera screen turns on to show a live 

preview of the camera image.

Press               to begin recording.

Recording begins and the letters REC flash 

in red.

While recording, press               to stop 

recording.

The recording stops and letters REC 

disappear.

To Toggle the Microphone on / off (while recording)

Press 

 to bring up the

recording menu.

Visual Display

The bottom bar changes to show controls 

for Microphone Mute and File Lock.

Then, immediately press 

to 

toggle the sound recording.

The microphone icon will appear or 

disappear from the top bar.

To make an Emergency Recording

While recording, press  

  and  

then 

.

Visual Display

The       icon flashes on the top bar and 

shows a progress percentage of the locked 

file being recorded.

To Power the device off

Note:

 In dash cam mode the device will power off automatically when power is discon-

nected from the unit. The length of time is determined by the 

Delay Power Off

 setting in 

the App.

Press and hold 

 for 2 seconds. 

Visual Display

The device will power off and the screen 

will go dark.  If the device is still connected 

to USB power, the orange LED may flash to 

indicate the battery is charging.

Your Dash Cam

Camera Operation

Your Dash Cam

To cancel an Emergency Recording

While in an emergency recording, press     

.  Press 

 to confirm.

Visual Display

The emergency recording will stop and the 

camera will return to standard recording 

mode.

To cancel an Emergency Recording

While in an emergency recording, press  

  and then 

. Press 

to confirm.

Visual Display

The emergency recording will stop and the 

camera will return to standard recording 

mode.

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Video playback:

If you’re currently recording video, you need to stop recording video first.

Press 

 to bring up the main menu:

Visual Display

The main Menu will appear:

Select 

 and use the buttons to view Action Cam 

 or Dash Cam 

files.

Playback Selection Screen will appear:

Using the Playback Screen 

Previous Video

Next Video

Delete Video

Back

Play Video

Timestamp

File Number

Camera Operation

Your Dash Cam

Camera Operation

Your Dash Cam

Use the 

NEXT

 and 

SELECT

 soft keys to select, play and delete files or return to 

the main menu screen.
Videos can also be viewed and managed using the 

Drive HD

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computer (explained later in this manual).

 


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Menu Settings

Playback

This will take you to the Playback selection screen, allowing 

you to play back video you’ve recorded.

Action 

Cam/Dash 

Cam

Switches between Action Cam and Dash Cam modes.  Action 

Cam mode allows you to shoot videos of any length and 

the G-Sensor is ignored. Dash Cam mode will run continu-

ous loops of 3 minute videos, and delete the oldest videos 

automatically.

Wi-Fi

Enable/disable WiFi for wireless connection.

Cloud 

Mode

Note: To use this feature, you must first use our Smartphone 

app to connect your camera to the cloud by providing it the 

name and password to connect to a WiFi network.

Voice 

Record 

If you do not want this device to record audio with its inter-

nal microphone, turn this setting off (Dash Cam mode only).

Auto 

Record

If this setting is turned on, The camera will automatically 

start recording video when it receives power from the car 

charger (Dash Cam mode only).

Screen 

Auto Off

If this setting is turned on, the screen will automatically go 

dark after 60 seconds of inactivity. The camera will continue 

recording (Dash Cam mode only).

Settings

Select this option if you want to reset your camera to factory 

settings, or format your SD card.

Press 

  to open the main menu. 

Use the 

NEXT

 and 

SELECT

 soft keys to navigate and toggle settings.

60 SEC

OFF

Auto REC

These are basic settings only. More advanced settings can only be changed 

through the mobile App. 

Your Dash Cam

Your Dash Cam

Adjusting the Main Menu Settings 

Adjusting Camera Settings

Connecting to a Computer

To connect your camera to a Computer 

Connect the camera to your computer using the 

included USB to Micro-USB Cable. 

By default, your device connects to your PC in 

Mass Storage mode, and acts like a flash drive. 

Videos are stored in the MP4 format. These files 

can be opened with the video player that came 

with your operating system, or with many third 

party video players.
Videos that are locked can be found in the 

“Emergency” folder, and Videos that are not 

locked can be found in the “DCIM” folder. 
Note that while in Dash Cam mode, if the 

Memory card gets full, videos that are not 

locked will be overwritten to make room for new 

videos. If you want to save any videos that are 

in the DCIM folder, you should copy them to your 

computer, or lock the files.

If your TV supports HDMI

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 input, you can 

connect a Micro HDMI to HDMI cable (not 

included) between the camera and the TV.
The camera screen will be duplicated on 

your TV screen.

To connect your camera to a TV 

 


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Wireless & APP Operation

To connect your camera to the App - Local Mode     

On the Camera, make sure recording is stopped. Go into the main 

menu settings and turn ON the Wi-Fi Local option. 
Back on the video preview screen, you should now see a white 

Wi-Fi icon in the upper left corner of the camera screen. This 

means your camera’s Wi-Fi hotspot is active. 

Connecting to the Smartphone app

Go to the Wi-Fi settings on your smartphone and look for a new network that 

starts with “Cobra —.” Connect to this network. 
On your smartphone, launch the Drive HD™ App. It will present you with two 

options: Local and Internet. Choose Local, and then choose the Cobra camera 

from the list.

If the Cobra camera is not appearing in the list, press the         button to refresh.
In rare cases, you may also have to reboot both the smartphone and the camera 

to get them to connect the first time. 

Mobile

Camcorder

Local

Your Dash Cam

Your Dash Cam

The WiFi capability of the CDR 900 allows you to view live 

video, control the camera, upload and share videos, or adjust 

settings; all from your smartphone. The first step to connect 

your smartphone with the CDR 900 is to download and install 

the 

Drive HD

™ App, available for Android™ on the Google Play 

Store and for iOS on the App Store.
The camera can connect to the App in two ways:
 

1.

   

 

Local Direct Connection

The smartphone connects to the CDR 900 directly via WiFi for remote control, 

live view, album management and camera setup.

2.                Cloud-Based Internet Connection

The CDR 900 connects to a wireless access point and uploads live video to 

the internet cloud server, which can be viewed with your smartphone from 

anywhere.

Local

Smartphone                                   CDR 900        

AP

 

AP

 

AP

Internet

Smartphone

Cloud

Server

Wireless Router

3G/4G 

Wireless Router

3G/4G Mobile Hotspot

Camera

NOTE:

 It may take up to  a minute after you have connected to the 

camera for it to show up on the App’s device list.

  iOS Settings Page                                   Main Page                            Camera View Page

 


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Smartphone App Operation

Smartphone App Operation

View Tab

Rec / Stop

Tap this button to start and stop recording. These files will 

be saved on the camera’s SD card memory, not on your 

smartphone.

Video to 

smartphone

Tap this button to start and stop recording video. These 

files will be saved to your smartphone’s camera roll (on 

iOS) or Photo Gallery (on Android).

Still image to 

smartphone

Tap this button to take a still picture. This file will be saved 

to your smartphone’s camera roll (on iOS) or Photo Gallery 

(on Android).

Talk from 

smartphone to 

camera

Tap this button to turn on your smartphone’s microphone 

and send the audio over Wi-Fi to be played on the camera’s 

speaker.

Multi-Camera 

view

If you have multiple Cobra cameras in your system, tap 

this button to see them all at the same time. Tap one of the 

camera images to go back.

Flip Vertical

Flip the image upside down. This is best if the camera is 

mounted on a tripod.

The WiFi Local connection on the Drive HD

 App has three tabs across the 

bottom. The buttons in each tab, and their functions, are described below.

Album Tab

Dash Cam tab

Tap on this tab to view the list of videos taken in the dash 

cam mode.

Action Cam tab Tap on this tab to view the list of videos taken in the action 

cam mode.

Playback  

buttons

Tap on one of these buttons to play back any video from 

the list.

Trash icons

Tap on one of these buttons to delete a video. This cannot 

be undone.

Setup Tab

Camcorder 

Name

You can rename your Camcorder here and set a password if you wish.

Date and Time

Here you can send your phone’s system time to the Camera with just 

one tap.

Resolution

This sets the level of detail in the video. 

FHD

 is the default value and re-

cords in 1080P Full HD. 

SHD

 is 1296P Super HD, which provides higher 

resolution video. Note that not all players support 1296P.

Operation Sound Toggle the Dash Cam’s button tone on/off.

Factory Settings Select this option if you want to reset your camera to factory settings.  

This will NOT erase the videos you have stored on your SD card.

Format SD Card

Here you can fully erase the videos on your SD Card, and adjust how 

much space you want to make available to cyclical recording in Dash 

Cam mode. Drag the slider from left to right to set the ratio.

Language

Choose your preferred language for the CDR 900.

Internet settings Here you can register a free cloud account so you can access your  

camera from your smartphone from anywhere in the world. 

Voice Record 

If you do not want this device to record audio with its internal micro-

phone, turn this setting off (Dash Cam mode only).

Auto Record

If this setting is turned on, The camera will automatically start recording 

video when it receives power from the car charger (Dash Cam mode only).

Screen Auto Off

If this setting is turned on, the screen will automatically go dark after 

60 seconds of inactivity. The camera will continue recording (Dash Cam 

mode only).

Motion Detector

If this setting is turned on, the camera will automatically start recording 

video if it detects movement in view of the camera. Video recording 

stops when there is no movement.

Delay Power Off

Here you can select how long the camera waits to shut down after 

power is removed. Select 10 second delay, or immediately off.

Impact Sensor

Sets the sensitivity of the Impact Sensor (G-Sensor). Options include High, 

Low, and Off. The impact sensor, when triggered, will automatically lock 

files to prevent them from being automatically deleted by continuous loop 

recording.

Your Dash Cam

Your Dash Cam

NOTE:

 Video files are very large so it may take some time for videos  

to update.

 


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Cloud Mode Features

AP

AP

AP

Wireless Router

AP

AP

AP

3G/4G Mobile  

Wireless Router

AP

AP

AP

3G/4G  

Mobile Hotspot

To connect your camera to the Cloud 

Because your camera has Wi-Fi, it can be connected to the internet (the Cloud). 

Once connected, your camera can be accessed from anywhere you carry your 

smartphone.  This is useful if you want to check on the status of your home or 

loved ones while you are away.  If your home already has a Wi-Fi network, then 

you’ll need to put the SSID (network name) and password into the Cobra Drive HD 

app, and then your camera will connect to the internet.

If the location where you are using 

your camera does not have a Wi-Fi 

network yet, consider a wireless router, 

or Mobile hotspot product to get your 

camera connected to the internet. 

When you’re done, your final network will look something like the chart below. 

To configure Cloud Mode

Connect your camera to the App using the Local Mode instructions on page 13.

Inside the app, tap on the “Setup” tab at the bottom, and scroll down to 
“Internet settings.”

Under Access Point (AP) tap the button labeled “Click here to Add Cloud AP”

Tap your home network name from the list. If your home network name does 
now show up in the list, tap “other” and enter your network name (SSID) and 
password manually.

Tap the “Setup” button in the upper left to go back to setup.

In the Email Box, Enter your email address. This is needed to help protect your 
privacy, so only you can access your camera over the cloud.

Tap the Green save button, and hit OK.

Exit the smartphone app, and your camera should return to the video preview 
screen.

Turn on Wi-Fi Cloud  in the Main Menu settings of the camera.

After you exit the settings, the camera will show the video preview screen 
with a green cloud icon in the upper left corner.

Make sure your smartphone is now connected to the internet, via the cellular 
network or via Wi-Fi. 

Open the Cobra Drive HD app, and tap on the Cloud Icon that says “internet.”

Your camera will appear in the list. Tap it. After a short while, your  
camera’s image will be visible.

If you ever need to get back into your camera settings again, follow the  
instructions on page 13 to get back into Local Wi-Fi Mode.

Your Dash Cam

Cloud Mode Features

Your Dash Cam

 

AP

 

AP

Internet

Smartphone

Cloud

Server

Wireless Router

3G/4G 

Wireless Router

3G/4G Mobile Hotspot

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Your Dash Cam

Motion Detector Setup

Camera Specifications:

Visual Angle  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   160 degrees
Sensor  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 MP CMOS
Video resolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Super HD 1296P, 2304 x 1296  30 fps
    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Full HD 1080P 1920 x 1080  30 fps
Video Format  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   MP4
White Balance  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Auto
Color Effect  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Auto
Continuous Loop Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Supported
Motion Detection  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Supported
Date and Time  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Supported
Media Supported  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   SD Card - 8GB Included (64GB Max) 
Sound Recording  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Synchronous video and sound record
Sound Recording can be disabled  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     Supported    
Player Software  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Use Operating System’s video player
USB Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   USB 2.0
Display Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2.0” TFT
Battery Capacity   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 700 mAh

Specifications

Specifications

If this setting is turned on, the camera will automatically 

start recording video if it detects movement in view 

of the camera. Video recording stops when there is no 

movement.

1.  Go to App      (Setup)      (Car DVR Settings),   

Turn on (Motion Detector)    Tap (Save).

2.  The CDR 900 will show  

 on the standby 

screen.

3.  When the power cord is removed from the unit 

or the switched power supply turns off, select 

(Active) to start Motion Detector mode.

Motion Detector Setup 

 


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Licensing & Trademark 

Acknowledgement

Product Service

For detailed and up-to-date FAQ’s, please visit 

www.cobra.com/support/faqs

Licensing  

NOTE:

 This device complies with part 15 of FCC rules: Operation is subject to the following two  

conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) This device must accept any 

interference received including interference that may cause undesired operation.

CAUTION:

 Modifications or parts not approved by Cobra Electronics Corporation 

may violate FCC Rules and void authority to operate this equipment.
This device complies with Industry Canada license-exempt RSS standard(s). 

Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) this device may not cause interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference, including interference that may 

cause undesired operation of the device.
Le présent appareil est conforme aux CNR d’Industrie Canada applicables aux 

appareils radio exempts de licence. L’exploitation est autorisée aux deux condi-

tions suivantes:
(1) l’appareil ne doit pas produire de brouillage, et
(2) l’utilisateur de l’appareil doit accepter tout brouillage radioélectrique subi, 

même si le brouillage est susceptible d’en compromettre le fonctionnement.”
CAN ICES-3(A)/NMB-3(A)

IC RF Exposure Compliance (SAR)

This device is designed and manufactured not to exceed the emission limits for 

exposure to radio frequency (RF) energy set by Industry Canada for an uncon-

trolled environment.

WARNING:

 This product contains chemicals know to the State of California to 

cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Situation

Cause/Solution

Camera cannot turn on

Power is low. Recharge battery

Camera is frozen

Press and hold  

 for 5 seconds to force shutdown; press again to 

turn on 

Camera cannot record

• No microSD card or microSD card is full 

• microSD card cannot be recognized  

• Format microSD card or replace microSD card

Camera cannot connect to 

AP or could server 

 • Invalid AP name or password  

 • Weak WiFi signal or not in WiFi coverage 

 • No internet or cloud server is temporarily unavailable  

 • Connection may be blocked by a firewall

Smartphone cannot find 

camera 

• Camera WiFi is disabled or not in WiFi coverage 

• Smartphone WiFi is disabled 

• For iOS users, camera name is not selected in WiFi settings  

• Tap [Refresh] button on Drive HD™ App

• Wait 1-2 minutes for WiFi connection to fully establish

• Turn both the phone and camera off, and then try again

Smartphone cannot watch 

live view

• Weak WiFi signal

• Camera is recording

• Camera is connected to another smartphone

Smartphone cannot connect 

to cloud server 

Check mobile 3G/4G or WiFi internet connection

Forget camera

password

Enter camera settings menu and select [Settings] [Factory Reset] to set 
to default.

Troubleshooting and Product 

Service & Support

Your Dash Cam

Troubleshooting 

Trademark Acknowledgement 

Cobra

, Cobra Electronics Corporation

™ 

, Drive HD

™ 

,

  

Nothing Comes Close to a Cobra

, and the 

snake design are trademarks of Cobra Electronics Corporation, USA.
Android

 and Google Play

 are trademarks of Google, Inc. Use of this trademark is subject to 

Google permission.
Cobra, the snake design, Drive HD™, the d design, and Record your ride™ are proprietary trademarks of 

Cobra Electronics Corporation, USA. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.
Cobra Electronics Corporation™ is a trademark of Cobra Electronics Corporation, USA.
HDMI, the HDMI logo, and High-Definition Mutilmedia Interface are trademarks or HDMI registered 

trademarks of HDMI licensing LLC in the United States and other countries.

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Product Service & Support 

For any questions about operating or installing this new Cobra product, 

PLEASE CONTACT 

COBRA FIRST

…do not return this product to the retail store.  The contact information for Cobra 

will vary depending on the country in which you purchased and utilize the product.  For the latest 

contact information, please go to www.cobra.com/support
For products purchased in the U.S.A. you may also call 1-800-262-7212  (1-800-COBRA-12).
For Products Purchased in the U.S.A., if your product should require factory service, please go 

to www.cobra.com/support and follow the instructions for returning your product to the Cobra 

Factory Service Department for service.