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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)

A 32 Gb micro SD card records between four and five hours of video in the LS430W
Agree; it is not really designed to capture holiday moments.
No; you cannot turn off the "looping function". You can prevent a file be it a one, three or five minute
segment from being overwritten by pressing the SOS emergency file lock button.
(The button on the left in the middle on the rear, or screen side of the camera.
Hope this helps.
SHUMBA

August 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Hi Techmoan, Hi Shumba,

Thanks for your replies to my question. It may be a case of having to change my card when it reaches its maximum. I have a 64GB card so hopefully that will do it. In the meantime, I will look around for another camera that can record the trip and the GPS co-ordinates. It won't be for every journey I make, just the most scenic routes. I would like to be able to edit each trip down to a few highlights and save that.

Any further suggestions would be most welcome.

Thanks, Erik.

August 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErik Thomas

The Sony AS100 action camera might be exactly what you need. You'll find a link to my review by clicking on the image on the right.

August 12, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Techmoan, Thanks for your advice - I will look at the Sony AS100. You have a great website by the way, the reviews and range of items reviewed is brilliant. Cheers, Erik.

August 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErik Thomas

Can anybody out there provide us with a review of the DOD LS 460W?
Apparently it has just arrived on the market.
Appreciate any information.
Best....SHUMBA

August 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Hi Techmoan,

I just got a LS430W. But there are 2 problems.

1. The HUD speed display could last for only around 2 or 3 minutes. Then it has disappeared. The screen became dark and I have had to press the Mode_ bottom to have the speed displayed. I don’t know whether I have set it incorrect.

2. When I checked the movie file to play back, I have found that there are no files for a significant interval time (approximate 10 minutes) before I drove the car to stop. The next file to see is only the one when I pressed the Mode bottom again or start the car. I don’t know whether the camera has not recorded or it has missed to save the file at that time.

Could you please help me to resolve these problems?

Thank a lot
Dzung

August 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDzung

DZUNG....I have a DOD LS430W and have had no issues.
1. Check your settings, as you can adjust the display settings to show both what the camera is filming along with setting a time until the screen goes blank. The speed display is also adjustable.
2. I tried a different brand of camera; called "Genius". It would film, but upon playback, there were files that would not play resulting in blank gaps in your journey. I suggest you first try another micr SD card along with a complete reset of the camera.
Be sure to format the new SD card. If this doesn't work; then return the camera for another.
Hope this helps.
Best......SHUMBA

August 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Hi CHUMBA,

1. I have looked at the setting but under the Standby Speed Display (which I means for the setting of Speed Display) I have found only 4 options: off, 15 secs, 1 minute and 3 minute.
As I chosen "off", then the Speed Display hasn't shown any sign.
As I chosen "1 minute", the Speed Display has appeared for only about short time (approx. 1 minute), then it became blank (dark).

Could you please tell me how to adjust properly.

2. I have formatted my Transend SDHC 32 GB and now to see where the problem with the unrecorded video is solved or not. But I put the card in my laptop, I have seen the card capacity is only 29.2 GB. Is there a problem with it?

Thank you,

Dzung

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDzung

Hello Mr. DZUNG;

I think you need to look at your system settings and set the screen saver to off. This is similar to the standby speed display settings, but the system settings of off/3 minutes/5 minutes/ 10 minutes. If you want to have the screen visible/viewable all the time, then choose screen saver "off". (Hint - Do not drive your vehicle while watching the camera display or you might have a crash)
Yes, a 32Gb micro SD card will only show approximately 29 Gb of space available, I don't know why. Be sure to format the SD card in the camera. Again, if you are still having blank file files, or files that you are unable to play-back, then it sounds like a faulty camera or the software within the camera.
Below is a copy & paste of Page 14 of the manual for the DOD LS430W Camera. You can go to the DOD-Tech website and download for free the entire manual for this camera.

Hope this helps................Best................SHUMBA

ON-SCREEN DISPLAY (OSD) MENUS
Main Menu Sub Menu Options
[MODE] [UP]/[DOWN] - [OK] [UP]/[DOWN] - [OK]
Standby
Mode
Recording Setting
WDR On
Resolution 1080FHD/720P/720P 60FPS/WVGA/VGA
Exposure +3/+2/+1/0/-1/-2/-3
White Balance Auto/Daylight/Cloudy/Tungsten/
Fluorescent
Record Audio Off/On
Date Stamp Off/On
Loop Recording Off/2 Minutes/3 Minutes/5 Minutes
Gsensor Off/High/Middle/Low
Motion Detection Off/On
Plate Stamp
Driver Fatigue Warning Off/1H/2H/3H/4H
GPS Track Off/On
Standby speed display Off/15 Seconds/1 Minutes/3 Minutes
GPS Speed Warning Off/40/60/80/100/120
World Time Zone
Password Setting
Speed Unit KMH/MPH
Image rotation Off/On
System Setting
Format SD Card
Language Support Multiply Language
Date/Time
Frequency 50Hz/60Hz
IR LED Off/On
Beep Sound Off/On
Screen Saver Off/3 Minutes/5 Minutes/10 Minutes
TV Mode PAL/NTSC
Version firmware version
Default Setting Return menu setting to defualt - Cancel/Ok

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Dzung, as SHUMBA stated turning off the screen saver feature should allow the Standby Speed Display (HUD) to stay on indefinitely, I prefer to have mine go off in 3 min or thereabouts as we don't want the passengers having a good visual on my actual speeds LOL.

In regards to your memory card I've encountered problems with the DOD recommended Kingston 64GB MicroSD in where it would cause the dash cam to lock up or as in your case, missing sections of footage, so it is highly probable your card is causing the issues. I have decided to stick with the Lexar 32GB class10 card and must say there hasn't been one lick of problems for months, one or more of my dash cams gets used almost daily and the LS430W has been rock solid with it being my daily driver... Even use it to take footage of the our feathered friends at the bird feeders, can get up close and personal that way ;-).

Regards... Slivy58

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

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