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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)

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.
Cheers...........SHUMBA

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

MORNING TRANSLATION IS THE GOOGLE.
I WANT YOU TO DO SOME QUESTIONS.
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?

Thanks!

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

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