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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)

Hey Matt,

...nice review as always ! :)
The video footage of that camera reminds me of the videos of your review of the Mobius camera...
Same processor?

January 13, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermcc

I have been using my DOD LS430W for about a week now. I really like the extra ten or twelve degrees of view as most DVR cams have 120 degrees of view vs. 140 degrees on the LS430W.
The GPS is fast and very accurate and is "bang-on" with both my Garmin GPS and my car speedometer. I must download and give the Registrator software a whirl. DOD has an outlet in Toronto, Canada and have been most helpful with a few questions I had. I think to create a protected emergency file, one must press and hold the middle button on the left....correct me if I am wrong.
Cheers.....I think the LS430W is a keeper!! Thanks Matt for a great review on this DVR
Best......SHUMBA

January 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Having been impressed with this camera based on the review here, I revisited the DOD-TECH UK website and noticed it now advertised as the 2014 model and a price increase of ten pounds. So I contacted them directly from their website some days ago to ask if there were any differences with this and the previously cheaper priced one.
As yet, I have had no reply. If this is an example of their customer service maybe I should buy elsewhere.

Thanks for your great reviews.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAutotech

Can't see on the dod website if the Ls430w is 12/24v, does anyone know, as I want it for my lorry, I can get an adapter, but would rather not, cheers

February 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterchris

Yes - I have a DOD LS 430 W. Great camera, the plug in power source that comes with the camera states on it that input is 12/24 volt. So you won't require an adaptor. Great device...good pictures/video....the GPS is fast and very accurate

February 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Cheers for that Shumba, I've bought two cams, this one for my lorry and the mio mivue 388 for my car

February 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Pretty new LS430W suddenly got dark screen. No reaction on no push buttons. Some knowlige about this fault.

Brg Otto Iversen

February 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterottoiv@online.no

Hello Otto,
I have not had any problems with my DOD LS430W.
A blank screen may be a lack of power. Check your power supply.
If the camera is receiving power, you will see a small light in the upper left of the camera when viewed from the rear or the screen side. Try another charger. As long as the output is 5 volts and at least 1 amp. If this does not work, then I suggest that you contact DOD in the U.K. or their is a DOD office in Canada. You can find their email on the internet.
Good luck.....SHUMBA

February 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Hi Matt, after watching your review of the DOD LS430W dash cam I took the plunge and purchased one, I also purchased a Sandisk micro SDHC ultra 32gb class 10 card for it. I wonder if you could help me with a problem that im having as im not very technical minded. I inserted the micro card and went through the menu to format the card pressed the relevant buttons and thought the card was then formatted, but i get a blue flashing box with the words 'Custer size wrong please format' . Could you please shed some light on what i should do to format the custer size as don't know what this is. THANKS Al .

February 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAl.

Cluster Size Wrong would usually indicate that the format was done in a PC and was in the wong format. E.G. NTFS rather than FAT.

As long as you are happy you have bought a legitimate card then sll I can suggest is to re-try formatting the card in the camera using the menus. Make sure that camera confirms that it’s formatting the card…there should be a splash-screen confirming when it’s Formatting and there is a delay for a few seconds when you can’t do anything.

February 13, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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