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(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 


Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam

Yi Ultra 2.7K
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
Sena Prism Tube

My favourite USB battery power Pack

This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

Two digit Led display shows battery level


What SD CARD should I buy?

If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

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.


RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)


U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)




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's some.


VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 


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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.


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)

Thanks Matt will try that tomorrow as camera is in my wagon, thank you for replying so quick. Al.

February 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAl.

Thx to all for the input, I think I'll be getting the 430 from the DOD chaps at the Toronto Auto Show this week as they have a deal price with a bonus SD card thrown in free. Speaking of which, I recall seeing on the DOD (Canada) site that Sandisk cards are NOT compatible.
I also noted that getting the lower 330 and then adding the GPS receiver comes to a higher cost than the all-in 430.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterScott

I think Scott will be pleased with the DOD LS430W dash camera. The DOD folks in Toronto have been most helpful with some questions/concerns that I had. A quick phone call and ask for "Tech Support" and their very knowledgeable reps can answer your questions if you have any. I am using a Lexar 32 GB micro SD card. It works a treat, and I have not have any issues with it.
The software that comes with the camera (on a mini CD) is very useful. When you playback your travels (trips), you can easily find what you want to see as the times and dates are included with each file folder the camera creates, i.e. a 1 or 3 or 5 minute folder.
As the desired file is playing back you can cause the file to fast forward, and or reverse, so you can find exactly what you are looking for. For example, lets just say as you approach an intersection and the traffic light changes to amber as you enter the intersection, and you do not have time to stop safely, but you get a traffic ticket. The camera will have recorded this event. When you playback the file that shows where you were in relation to the intersection and the colour of the traffic light, it will enable you to discern if you deserved the ticket or not. Using the playback software on your PC or laptop you can see individual frames, that is, the software allows you to freeze a scene and then you have 30 still pictures that you can view. This could be very useful as a defence in traffic court, assuming you did not deserve the traffic ticket in the first place. Just remember, if armed, the GPS feature of the 430W can/will prove that you were speeding (or not), so one must be careful using your camera as defense evidence.
In summary, having tried two other dash cameras, I think the DOD LS430W is the best camera available on the market today.

I would like to hear from anyone who has used the data/pictures from their dash cameras as a defense either in traffic court or as a result of an accident.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

With thanks to the commenter above Chairman Paul, I ordered the nextbase 402g from amazon uk and I have to say it is absolutely brilliant.

The nextbase 402g/dod performs even better than my Blackvue DR500GW-HD which cost twice as much!

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFiftyPence

I bought a dvr DOD LS430W, and SANDISK micro SDHC 32GB 30MB / s * CLASS 10. unfortunately I do not understand the instructions that are not in my language.
question first, just connect the dvr to computer (usb) writes on the screen, mass storage and I can not do anything else, no movement, halts.

Question two, I choose resolution 12-MP do okay when I close and open the dvr has turned itself in analysis 5-MP.

question 3, how do zoom

Thank you very much

March 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGEORGIOS

Hi Matt,

Great review!

Does this camera has a rechargable battery or does it need to be plugged to work?


March 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

No, it does not have a rechargeable battery. It might be a capacitor or a very small battery and the camera will function for only five minutes or so. The LS430W camera is designed to be used with a power source connected, i.e. plugged into you car's 12 volt power supply, or you can use a charger at home that provides an output of at least 5 volts and one amp. I use a charger that is used to charge my Nexus tablet. Read the specifications on the device that you plan to use, and if they are close to 5 volt /one amp, it will power your camera and allow you to play with it at home.
Hope this helps...................SHUMBA

March 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

I have a mac, and am not sure how to upload and playback with the camera connected via USB.

Can't load small CDs into my mac, so downloaded the mac version of the GPS playback from theDOD website, but nothing appears to happen when I run install. Any hints...

March 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

Ooops, sorry dumb question... Found the .DMG hiding on the desktop, just as I should have expected.

Thanks for the great review, by the way.

March 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

I tried out my new LS430W for the first time and with motion detection set to "on" it only recorded about 30 seconds after start-up, did not record for the next few seconds, recorded for approximately the next 30 seconds and then did not record the rest of the trip. The speed was displayed the whole time but the only recording was the 2 short bursts in the first 2 minutes. Loop recording is set to 5 minutes. The next trip was recorded with motion detection set to "off" and the camera recorded flawlessly and with wonderful clarity. Is there something wrong with the motion detection setting?

March 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGraham

Graham asked about the motion detection on the DOD LS430W. I don't use it on my camera as a constant power source is required. Most vehicles with cigarette lighters are only powered when the key is placed in the accessory position or if the auto is running. So motion detection, which is designed for capturing an event such as a hit and run accident will only work if you provide a continuous power source which may result in depleting your auto's battery. If the camera is powered when your auto is parked and you have armed the motion detection, the camera will capture most anything that it sees, that is pedestrians walking by or other vehicles passing by. Motion detection is a great idea/feature to have, but again you need a constant source of power. It can be done by amending the wiring to one of your cigarette (please consult with a qualified mechanic to do this or you may cause a car fire and your insurance would not pay out because you amended the wiring). So in brief, there is nothing wrong with your camera. My advise is to not arm motion detection and just forget that it exists. I would appreciate other people's comments.
Oh, the camera is designed to loop, an inherent feature: that is when the 32 GB card is full, after approximately 4 - 6 hours of recording, it just keeps on recording, but records over the beginning of your trip, unless you have pressed the emergency button. The emergency button is located on the rear of the camera and it is the button on the left side in the middle. This will save the file (a one, three, or five minute depending on what setting you chose.) and this file will not be "over-written" as the camera loops or erases earlier files. Hope this helps....sorry to be so "long-winded" All in all, it is a great camera, and I find myself to be very conscious about my driving habits along with my speed as the city where I live has radar guns in every police/patrol car. Tip, make sure you keep your windshield/windscreen clean both inside and outside for optimum detail and resolution,,,,Best,,,,,,,,,SHUMBA

March 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

I've just ordered the DOD LS430W, after looking at your review Techmoan. I wonder if anybody has any success yet in using a 64gb micro sd card? If so, what make and model of card have you used? Also what make and model 32gb cards are people using?

Many thanks

April 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaulJ

PAULJ was asking about what micro SD card(s) one can use in the DOD LS430W dash camera. Well, I use a Lexar Class 10 32 GB card. It has worked flawlessly.
I have read where Sandisk cards were not suitable for reasons unknown. Perhaps just one bad Sandisk card. As far as using a 64 GB card of any brand, I have been told it is possible, but I suggest that you contact DOD cameras and ask them, as there is something that you have to do, download a file or I cannot recall. The 32 GB card permits recording for anywhere between four and six hours, depending on conditions. In other words, the DOD LS430W when set to shoot in 1080P at 30 FPS (frames or pictures per second) one hour of use = approximately 114 MB per minute * 60 = 6.8 GB per hour. Therefore, 32 GB / 6.8 = just under five hours. This will vary with the 1.) scenery 2.) lighting day or night and a host of other variables. In a nutshell, Me thinks a 32 GB card is adequate for most users of this camera. If you cannot get a 64GB card to work, then just buy two 32's and change the cards over at say, four hours. Hope this helps.

April 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA


As of late I've been using the Kingston 64GB MicroSDXC Class 10 (as per recommendations) and so far so good, prior to that it was a Lexar 32GB MicroSDHC Class 10 and it too was fine. Below is the information pulled from DOD's Canadian site, hopefully this will help.

64GB microSDXC compatibility test:
Compatible with:
ADATA 64GB microSDXC UHS-I memory card (Model: AUSDX64GUICL10-RA1)
Kingston Digital 64GB MicroSDXC Class 10 memory card (Model: SDCX10/64GB)
Patriot LX Series 64GB Class 10 icroSDXC memory card (Model: PSF64GMCSDXC10)
Samsung Electronics 64GB Pro microSDXC Extreme Speed (UHS-1) memory card (Model: MB-MGCGB/AM)
Please note: In order to use 64GB memory cards with our products, the memory card must be formatted into FAT32 File System in order to be compatible.

April 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

I found this on the US DOD website, I'm not guaranteeing they will work, it's at your own risk, but I have ordered a Samsung Electronics 64GB Pro microSDXC Extreme Speed (UHS-1) memory card (Model: MB-MGCGB/AM), so will let you know how I get on with it.

Device Notes:

#1: 64GB microSDXC compatibility test:
Compatible with:
ADATA 64GB microSDXC UHS-I memory card (Model: AUSDX64GUICL10-RA1)
Kingston Digital 64GB MicroSDXC Class 10 memory card (Model: SDCX10/64GB)
Patriot LX Series 64GB Class 10 icroSDXC memory card (Model: PSF64GMCSDXC10)
Samsung Electronics 64GB Pro microSDXC Extreme Speed (UHS-1) memory card (Model: MB-MGCGB/AM)
Please note: In order to use 64GB memory cards with our products, the memory card must be formatted into FAT32 File System in order to be compatible.

Incompatible with:
Sandisk 64GB microSDXC UHS-I memory card.

April 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaulJ

I'm using the Kingston 64GB MicroSDXC Class10 and so far so good, shows up as 58+GB available. Worked right out of the package without first formatting, subsequent formats though are done in camera without issue.

April 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

Haven't received my 64gb card yet, so can't report on that. However I have a problem getting the player software onto my Mocbook Pro. It has a slot DVD drive, so can't use the mini cd that came with the camera. I then thought, ok download the software from DOD UK's web site. Did that but when I click on the saved download, I get a pop up message saying, "there is no application set to open the document DODgpsplayer_MAC_v1.1.rar".

So I'm stumped at the moment on how to get the player installed. Help would greatly be appreciated if you can please.

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaulJ

Answer to my own question, I downloaded a free App from the App Store, called "The Unarchiver" and it worked for me. I have to say the DOD player is pretty basic and it doesn't seem to have an option to change to mph and miles, only kph and kilometres?

I'm recording in full 1080p mode and I have notice that when viewing the videos on my Macbook, during daylight hours, if you pause the video, you can read number plates etc pretty good. However doing the same with night time videos, the paused video is pretty blurred and number plates etc can't be read, so a bit disappointed in that. I will have to test it again in 720p60 mode and see if this helps or not!

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaulJ

720p60 gets half as much light into each will be no use at night. The 1080p30 night footage on this is amongst the best on the market. What you are experiencing is a limitation of science/nature/optics.

April 6, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for the reply, don't need to go out tonight and test now, I can stay in and watch F1. ;-)

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaulJ


How many time can I use Dod ls430W with power off before that the car battery is full discharging?

Does exist an external accesorie than I can connect with car power off with continuos recording?


April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHugo

Hugo asked: "How many time can I use Dod ls430W with power off before that the car battery is full discharging?"

Well, anything is possible, but first you must ensure that you have a power supply to the camera when your vehicle is not running and the key is removed from the ignition. This can be done, but have someone such as a mechanic do this, or it is possible to cause a fire in your vehicle if creating an "always live" power receptacle such as a cigarette lighter. Assuming you have an "always live" or "hot" power receptacle, and wish to have the camera running all of the time or set in motion detection. It would depend upon a lot of variables, such as the size and age of your battery, the amount of activity the camera (sees) records, i.e. if you leave you car in a very busy area, then every time something moves in the cameras field of view, it records. So, after a day or two of use, your car battery could possibly become depleted and you would be unable to start your car with out assistance. A secondary source of battery power is possible, but batteries are toxic and the liquid within a battery is highly corrosive. So, where to place a second battery? I really don't know. Just a thought, an idea, on my behalf; and I have not tried this, would be to install a small solar panel on the dashboard of the car, which would slowly "trickle charge" the battery and perhaps sustain the battery at an acceptable level to ensure the battery does not become depleted or discharged due to the use of the camera set in motion detection mode.
Anybody want to try this???
Best.................SHUMBA.......07 APRIL 2014

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Hi Hugo,

As SHUMBA stated there are many variable with your intended usage being the main one. Most of my vehicles except for my new one have constant power to the cigarette/power socket so no problem there for me accessing constant power, for short term use I'd have no problem using it when I was out and about but would look elsewhere if it were for a few days at a time. Another solution would be to get yourself a hi-capacity portable power pack such as those used to extend or recharge the battery on your portable devices (phones/tablets), I've used this method when the dash cam is away from the vehicle and it actually works quite well, at least you won't have to worry about draining your cars battery... Yes you'd have to run another cable or find one equipped with a power socket so you could switch from vehicles to external, it's a thought.


April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

I tried to view the video files today, from the camera's micro sd card, on my iPad using the Apple sd card reader. For some reason the files weren't recognised, has anybody else tried this and been successful?

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaulJ

In my opinion the iPad is a poor device to view raw files via any type of memory device, experienced this with photos where you can see the thumbnails but to actually view the pictures full screen you must first upload them to the device... Just about any other device allows viewing off a memory card itself but not the big "A". Would suspect there is a restriction w/video files as well and may need another 'puter and iTunes to resolve, so much for the multimedia experience unless you're Apple all the way.

April 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

I am able to playback videos from my DOD LS430W on my Google Nexus 7 tablet which does not have a slot or receptacle for micro SD cards. First I have to upload the files from the LS430W camera onto my laptop, then I can transfer the files onto the Nexus tablet and play quite well and gives you portability if you want to show someone some video that you captured. I cold likely transfer directly from camera to tablet, but I don't have the correct cable, hence I use my laptop. In Toronto, Canada someone posted a dash cam video of a car that turned left into the path of an oncoming motorcycle. The motorcyclist fell off and sadly, a pedestrian was also struck and injured as well. The quality of the video was poor, as I it was another type of dash cam an I did notice the dirt on the windshield. Tip....for best video, keep your windscreen clean both inside and outside.

April 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

I cancelled the Samsung 64gb card, as it wasn't in stock and it was £40, having found a Kingston Digital 64GB MicroSDXC Class 10 memory card instead, for £25.

I received it today and put it into the 430, thought it would be good practice to format the card in the camera, so did so. The result was that when I tried to record video, it came up with card error! So when I got home tonight, I put the card into my Macbook card reader slot and formatted it with the disk utility to MS-DOS (FAT). It now seems to be working, so I tested the camera format again, same result, card error, so formatted it again in my Macbook, seems to work again. So my conclusion is, the firmware in the camera to format, causes the 64gb card to have an error, but if you format in your computer, it works ok. That my experience with this card.

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaulJ

I have not had any problem formatting "in" the camera itself but did have issues when using an older single USB card type reader, using the Kingston included adapter plugged into a multi-card reader rectified any recognition problems... This is on a Windows PC. My MacBook Pro has been equally forgiving in reading/playing the files although it is not my preferred choice of computer/OS.

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

April 11, 2014

Hey Slivy58, if you are still here.........I read your review of the DOD LS430W on the Staples site. You indicated that your camera came with two mounts. I bought mine on-line from Staples and it arrived with only the windscreen suction cup mount. Just curious, where did you purchase your DOD LS430W? Thanks in advance for your help.

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA


I order my online too via Staples Canada, delivery took a few days more than normal so as to where they acquired it from is anyone's guess... I made several inquiries as to why such a delay but never got a concrete answer. Strange yours only came with the one mount, the content in mine was exactly as shown in Techmoan's video which shows the small mount w/3M adhesive.

Regards... Slivy58

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

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