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A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.

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SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

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Sunday
Dec082013

DOD LS430W GPS Dashcam Review

Here's my review of the DOD LS430W car camera. The camera was supplied by DOD-TECH UK

I mentioned in the video that this camera comes with both OSX & Windows GPS playback software. I didn't test out the Windows version but I believe that often Windows users opt to use a more fully featured, and free GPS playback software package called Registrator Viewer. I should mention that apparently the GPS implementation on the LS430W is a particularly accurate and fast one...I'll admit to knowing next to nothing about GPS, so I'll just take their word for that. 

You'll find my short downloadable sample clips here.

Buying links are below 

The price I mentioned in the video is the cheapest price I found on ebay...but some people who have bought from ebay sellers in China have received inferior clones, so you are probably better off getting one from an official dealer. My camera was supplied by DOD-TECH UK, who currently have the camera on sale at £149 including delivery. That comes with a 1 Year warranty and no chance of incurring any customs and importation charges for UK buyers.

UPDATE 2015

This camera has been discontinued and replaced with the very similar LS460W - I've had a number of people contact me to tell me that they've bought the LS460W and found it to be a very good camera. I've therefore put links to the LS460W below.

   

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Reader Comments (280)

Hi Matt, another great review.

It seems a less interesting design this one, it doesn't inspire me to get one. Price being over the £100 mark. I played the example recordings and they didn't leap out at me as all that brilliant quality, the sound seemed especially poor but as you say the weather might have had something to do with it. I'm still paitently waiting for a Mobius with GPS...I might have a long wait.

Cheers again

Daz

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

Hey Matt,

It seems like you have linked to the wrong product to the DOD UK's website.

The link and price you have mentioned in your post is for a DOD LS400W and not LS430W.

The correct price is £149 instead of £124.

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThomas007

Very good review, thanks!
Also seems like good camera, with integrated GPS, which is what I'm looking for.

Three things I'd like to ask, though:
1) When you set the time, it is "hard" offset from GMT, not real timezone, right? (so you need to reset the offset when starting and ending DST).

2) When you press the button to lock the video, does it lock the previous video as well? It might be that I pressed the button just after the new file started, but the event I want to lock is on the file that just ended.

3) Can the mic be turned on-off from the button or just from menu? I'd like to have the mic off, and add a comment to a recording only at will, for a limited time. I don't want all my conversations with other passengers recorded.

4) Is there a limit on the size of the memory card?

Thank you!

(If you could consider these questions on future reviews, it will be very helpful for me)

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSamuel

Thomas - many thanks for pointing that out, I've fixed the link and the price info now.

December 9, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Cons at the end of the video (spellchecking).

NoticEable (you wrote "noticable").....

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/noticable

For non-mother tongue speaker is easier to spell-check.....
Great review though...

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSmitthone

Samuel.
1) I don't know
2) It only locks the current file.
3) It turns out that the mic can be switched off by holding the Mode button for a second whilst it's recording.
4) The specs on the Dod-Tech site say it's 32gb

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks.

Only the current file... what is going on with the software designers? No common sense?

Thanks anyway. I considered buying it, now I don't'.

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSamuel

There is a nonbrand camera what is a straigth copy of the dod who do the same trick, read this article about the ls300w http://www.flitsservice.nl/phpBB/on-board-video/vergelijkingstopic-nonbrand-ls300w-tegen-de-rest-t80856.html, its in dutch so use a translater to translate the site, this is about the copy of the dod ls300w we call it the nb (nonbrand) ls 300w, its really good and its way cheaper then the real deal, if you cant translate thr sitr there is still alot to see, lot of comparing videos, test videos from cars, pics and links.

Im pretty sure there is a copy of the ls430w aswell, just search well!

http://oi44.tinypic.com/24f0dxe.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/XhKeH05.jpg
http://www.banggood.com/1080P-30fps-Car-DVR-Recorder-With-Advanced-Super-Night-Vision-LS300W-p-81636.html
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LS300W-Full-HD-1080P-Super-Night-Vision-2-7-TFT-Display-G-sensor-CAR-Camera-DVR-/171105906286?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27d6b4ee6e

For dutch people zie marktplaats - rene demmers of email renedemmers@gmail.com 78 euro ex 6,75 verzending (apeldoorn)

Im not making any money what so ever on this, im just a happy user! :)

December 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermixster

Thanks for another excelent review.

It seems to be a pretty good camera albeit a bit bulkly for my taste. It probably has something to do with me being used to my Mobius. I was wondering a couple of things though.

First, I don’t see the A0801 in your car anymore. Have you decided to stop using it or you just took it off to avoid confusion? How do you see this one compared to the little guy?

Second, and I’m pretty sure you’ve tried this already, is there a way to use the Mac software with files from other cameras or it uses a proprietary format for the GPS data?

Thanks again for your work. You are definitely the only authority I trust for advice before buying this kind of stuff.

Cheers.

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDashing Along

I took the Mini 0801 out whilst I did a run of other car camera reviews because the mount was getting in the way. I tried to move it to somewhere else, but haven't found the ideal spot...so it's not in the car at the moment. I had plans to use the Mobius in the car, but I just couldn't find a way to mount it in such a way as it was hidden. I then bought it's extended lens wire because I thought that this might let me just stick the lens to the back of the rear-view mirror...but the the Mobius camera wouldn't function with the wire in place. I haven't tried the software with any other camera's files, because I don't have any old files to test and I haven't had time to shoot any more footage with any of my old cams....I'm 99% certain it wouldn't work anyway.

December 16, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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