Dash cameras are becoming must-haves for many consumers. From traffic stop recording to accidents, dash cams can really be beneficial for having records of traffic-related problems.
Well, Cobra, the company behind many dash radar detectors, recently launched its new Drive HD Dash Cameras, with features such as its built-in iRadar integration, dual camera view, and more available throughout the lineup.
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Dash cams are also great for trips. I recently drove from my home in Florida up to Nashville, Tennessee for vacation and kept my dash cam going the whole way. This gave me awesome footage of driving through the mountains (or would have had it not been 10PM when we went through), and also records of other drivers on the road.
Cobra is very well-known for its radar detectors, so you know that these dash cameras will be quality.
I have gone hands-on with some of this lineup, and you can expect a full review to follow. I’ve spent the most time with the DASH 2316D, which is the iRadar dual camera version.
This model features a front and rear camera, with iRadar features. iRadar provides alerts to upcoming speed or red light cameras, live police locations, and caution areas.
The iRadar versions of the cameras can pull location and speed data to embed it into the video files of the dash cameras, and the router information is then displayed into the map view which gives you exact location mapping for points on the recording.
This could be crucial to proving your innocence in a traffic ticket, accident, or other moving violation.
The other cameras in the lineup are the DASH 2208 and 2216D, which are the non-iRadar versions. The price points here are $139.95 and $209.95, respectively. The 2216D features dual cameras, which can record in 1080p when both are enabled or 1296p when just the front is turned on.
The Dash 2308 and Dash 2316D are the iRadar versions. the Dash 2308 is the base version of the iRadar versions and runs $169.95. The 2316D has iRadar and both front and rear cameras, coming in at a cost of $239.95.
If picking a camera, I would suggest spending the extra few dollars to get the iRadar versions, even if you don’t expect to use that function right off the bat.
With the superior 1296p recording of the single lenses or dual 1080p recording, these cameras can really help you in a bind when it comes to traffic issues.
These cameras are available for purchase now direct from Cobra’s website.
CHICAGO, IL – June 4, 2018 – Cobra Electronics, the leading designer and marketer of award-winning automotive, mobile and consumer electronics, today announced the availability of its new DASH Series line of dash cams. This next generation of Drive HD Dash Cams are the most technology packed, user friendly, and reliable dash cams yet.
All new DASH Series models will feature an ultra-wide 160° lens to record 1296P Super HD video. Footage is optimized to minimize glare, offer crystal clear visibility of license plates, and provide unparalleled night time recording. DASH Series models are loaded with features including loop recording, G-Sensor accident protection, advanced parking mode and auto date/time. Extreme Temperature Protection utilizes a super capacitor to reliably function in even in the harshest conditions. The DASH Series line of cameras also feature Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) by providing drivers warnings if they drift lanes (Lane Departure Warning System) or come up on an object too quickly (Forward Collision Warning System).
The DASH 2216D and DASH 2316D are dual view models that include an additional rear camera that allows for front and rear simultaneous recording. The included Y-Splitter and 14-foot extender cable allow for the rear camera to view the interior of the vehicle or the road behind. Exclusive video editing software allows for viewing front and rear video simultaneously as well as cropping or merging clips.
The DASH 2308 and DASH 2316D are iRadar® enhanced models that add smartphone connectivity to integrate with the Cobra iRadar Community. This patented technology provides alerts to upcoming speed and red-light cameras, live police locations and caution areas. With over 3 million downloads and 75 million unique alerts per month these driver alerts are continuously updated in real time by other iRadar users on the road.
In addition to iRadar integration, the DASH 2308 and DASH 2316D pull location and speed data from the smartphone and embed it into video files on the dash cam. Route information is then displayed on a map view so that you can see exactly where the vehicle was at any point while playing back a recording. Date, time, and time zone information are automatically pulled from the phone to the dash cam so that video timestamps are always accurate. This is especially useful for long road trips or when crossing into new time zones.
The Drive HD DASH Series Dash Cams are available now on Cobra.com for a suggested retail price ranging from $139.95 – $239.95.