Sunday, December 11, 2022

Cobra SC400D Ultimate Smart Dash Cam Review

Security continues to be an important consideration. For our vehicles, this is partly covered with dashcams. They record on a constant loop, what occurs in front of your vehicle, and behind. But if you are an Uber Driver, or maybe in a shaky domestic relationship, or many other situations…it may also be smart to record what happens inside your vehicle. Cobra has you covered, with their Cobra SC400D.


Features and specs:

-4K Video

-3 Camera Cable

-Real-Time Driver Alerts

-Advanced Safety & Security

-Touchscreen & Voice

-Smart Driver App

-Alexa Built-In


The Cobra SC400D came in a great looking color printed box, with photos and specs. Opening the box revealed a well-protected product, held in place by custom foam. Materials used in the construction was mostly plastic, with some metal. Quality of construction as well as the fit and finish was excellent. Also included were the cables, mounts, micro SD card, and manual.


I loved the design of the Cobra SC400D. It is offered in multiple configurations. The first is single view, which comes with just the main camera, which mounts to the front of the vehicle and records what’s in front of the vehicle. The next option is dual view, which is what we received. It includes a 2nd rear-view camera, to record what’s behind the vehicle. The 3rd option is the accessory camera. It plugs into the main camera body, and records in-vehicle. So if you get the dual view camera and the accessory camera, you will be fully covered. You will be able to record what goes happens in front, rear and in-vehicle.


The Cobra SC400D comes with everything you need. And everything that’s needed for installation is included. The front mount attaches to your windshield, and attaches to the main camera magnetically. The main cameral also houses the SC card. The rear-view camera attaches to your rear windshield, and there’s a cable that runs from the rear-view camera to the main camera. The final in-vehicle accessory camera plugs directly into the side of the main camera. The main camera monitor will show video for both the front and rear of the vehicle as well as in-cabin. It will also show real-time driver alerts, such as radar, squad and red-light camera alerts. There’s even an app where you can manage all this on your phone. Now that it’s installed, let’s see how it works.


Mounting the cameras was simple, and the accessory camera to record in-vehicle just plugged right into the main camera.  With it powered on, the set-up was simple with the touch screen.  It walked you thru set-up with just a couple screens, such as language and time zone.  The cameras recorded with great resolution.  I could easily see in front of my car, behind me, and in-cabin.  Even at night, it recorded in good looking color.  Although the in-cabin video at night was black and white thanks to the night vision.  The color screen on the main camera showed what was being recorded on all 3 cameras.  And it also on-screen icons for the notifications.  Not only was it simple to install and set-up, it was also simple to use!  And the app lets you not just receive alerts, but to also send alerts to the Smart Drive Community, such as speed traps.  You can also access the recorded video on the card for viewing.  So simple to use too!


The Cobra SC400D proved to be an excellent performer. The cameras provided video of not just in front and behind your vehicle, but also in cabin. And in case of an incident, the video can be accessed from the SD Card. Video can also be accessed through the app as well. Thanks to the 4k resolution, you get excellent looking videos. And thanks to the excellent build quality, you should get years of use. If security is important to you, this dash cam should be on your short list. Based on its design, features, quality and performance, the Cobra SC400D has earned our Editor’s Choice award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at