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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)

It's also similar firmware which uses the same filename too. The display info overlay has all the same parts in the same place and they work the same. The NextBase one has the option of an on screen "HUD Speed & Compass" which shows your speed and direction, while the DOD one has the option of showing your speed and a selectable speed limit warning instead. Apart from that they appear the same underlying hardware and a common firmware base with each vendor making some cosmetic changes. It may be that Halfords have licensed it for the NextBase brand or something. It works great, just trying to find a way to wire it in a bit more permanently now.

September 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Hello I recently bought the LS430w and I have been trying to download the software and it downloads as VLC player and from here I am stumped. where is the DOD player? I downloaded from the DOD site. I am a female with little knowledge of technology and am hoping you could help me as my mac book does not accept the little disk it comes with.

Thank you for your time!

September 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkelli

Hi sorry I figured it out the site had a glitch in the download section, sorry to have bothered anyone with my question.


:) Kelli

September 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkelli

Well done Kelli;

Sorry, but I am not a mac computer guru; so not be able to assist.
Would really like to hear from anyone who has used the LS430W and who has also tried the new and lateest
LS460W. I have read a small review comparing the 430 to the 460 and there
appears to be very little difference.
Would appreciate any info
Thanks.
SHUMBA

September 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

I was just about to upload the DOD Player file for you - if you download the file from the DOD file and find you can't extract the .7z file - download The Unarchiver from the Apple App Store and that can extract the file.

September 24, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Techmoan, I found this site and your videos extremely useful. Following on from what SHUMBA said, it appears the DOD LS460W looks identical to the Nextbase 402g. In fact I ended up buying the latter, as at the time of writing Halfords are doing a web offer, whereby reserving on-line to collect in-store brings the price to £141.35 including a 'free' Integral Ultima Pro 8GB Class 10 thrown in. I have to say I am very impressed with the 402g, the only significant difference between it and the DOD being a lack of optional speed display on the viewfinder and no means to toggle WDR on or off (but according to Nextbase web site the 802g does have WDR). Anyhow, hope this may be of use to someone who can't wait to order a cam and is happy to visit their local Halfords store (I have no affiliation with them).

November 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTabbycat

I got mine from the manufacturers ebay site in an auction for £49.
I had a problem with it and they replaced it straight away - so good service as well as a good price.
They don't have any 402's at the moment, but do have some 302 which could go cheap.

If someones not in a hurry their shop is worth keeping an eye on.

http://stores.ebay.co.uk/99pdvdplayers?_trksid=p2047675.l2563

November 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPewe

Hello Fellow Dash Camera Enthusiasts;
Someone asked very recently about the accuracy of the GPS function on the LS430W camera. As Matt has pointed out it is very accurate. So yes it is accurate. I had occasion to play back some footage on my laptop of a traffic experience I encountered two days ago. Another motorist was conducting a right hand turn (we are located in Canada) and he failed to "stay in his lane" as the driver drifted from the right-hand or curb lane into my lane during his turn. I could see his vehicle coming dangerously close to my car, so I took evasive action and accelerated very rapidly (Subaru WRX) and steered my vehicle to the left to avoid a collision. Now then, when I played back the footage; the camera captured, it clearly showed the other vehicle moving closer to my vehicle, but due to the 140 degrees angle of view, the camera lost sight of this vehicle as I sped away. The GPS "logger", that is the position given or is displayed in latitude and longitude in degrees, minutes, seconds and hundredths of seconds changes every second. Have a look at the time on the lower left hand side of the video playback and watch the GPS coordinates change in unison with the time (seconds). My avoidance manoeuvre was captured by the GPS logger as it clearly shows my position in the frame captured as the other vehicle was encroaching on my lane, and the next second showed a lateral position change in my vehicle from west to east in this case, as I was driving in a southerly direction. The change was from 082 11 47.53W to 082 11 47.21W. I have tried to calculate this distance in feet or metres, but not sure how accurate my answer is. Using an on-line calculator, it was 0.007298 kilometres which calculates to approx. 36 feet or approx. 12 metres. This distance I calculated would be too great, as I estimate that I moved to the left by approx. six feet as there was oncoming traffic. If anyone out there can add some information about the GPS logger function and how to calculate distance in either feet or metres, I would be grateful. Has anyone tried the new DOD LS460W camera?? Don't let the "60" fool you; as it shoots at 30 frames per second (FPS) just like the DOD LS430W. I was wondering if the GPS logger and camera resolution was any better than the LS430W.
Thanks for reading.........Hope this makes sense.
Best................SHUMBA

November 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Hi Shumba;

Is the accuracy of GPS available to the general public that precise anyway? I understood there could be an error of up to 15 metres.

What I can say is that 0.007298 kilometres is of course exactly 7.298 metres by definition, so I'm not sure how you came to a figure of 36 feet. By my calculation it equates to 23.94ft, which, in any case, is still more than you claim the car deviated.

I haven't been too interested in how pinpoint accurate the camera is but I'm certain it couldn't be used in a court of law to establish an absolute position.

I've fitted a second camera (not a DOD, a cheaper brand withour GPS) above the mirror, pointing directly back, to try and cover such lane violations. Of course it mainly shows the driver and passenger but has just enough view out of the side windows to possibly pick up offenders. Eventually I want to fit a rear-mounted camera to cover the view out of the rear window but as my car is a cabrio this is proving problematic.

November 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

Hi MichaelH........
.....many thanks for your reply. I confess that I did forget that the GPS the "public" is allowed to use is not accurate to the metre or foot, but has a slight error deliberately embedded for security reasons. I worked as a pilot most of my life, and used GPS for navigation, approaches and landings etc. and the GPS that is installed in aircraft is very accurate.
You are correct, in that 0.007298 kilometres is of course exactly 7.298 metres by definition, or just under 24 feet....I got my math mixed up. But I certainly did not deviate by that distance to avoid a collision with the other vehicle, like I stated earlier, probably about 2 metres or six feet. In a nutshell, you are correct, a traffic court would not accept the GPS coordinates as evidence, however; I have been told recently that in Ontario, Canada, the video evidence the camera captures is admissible as evidence in a traffic or criminal court. Example, your are proceeding through an intersection on a green traffic light and the oncoming vehicle turns left into your path and causes a collision. I believe that you could use the camera video as evidence. First, I would let the investigating police officer know that you have a camera and that it has captured the event or accident. The officer may want to have a look. In any event, make it know in writing that you will be introducing the video evidence in court. You can also do frame captures and sort through the 30 frames or "still pictures" the camera captures every second and print some of them and present them as still photos. This will show your speed on the GPS (assuming the GPS is armed) and the colour of the traffic light(s) along with the position of your vehicle and the oncoming vehicle. Rule of thumb...drive defensively and avoid accidents....as anyone can make a mistake.
I am contemplating buying a second camera, but will mount it facing forward along with the existing camera. I plan to bias or angle each camera to enable each camera to capture video both front and along the sides of my vehicle, with a slight overlap in coverage.
I should be able to have a total of 240 degrees of coverage using two cameras.
I would like to hear from anyone who has purchased the new DOD LS460W. I want to ascertain if it is worth the extra money and if it shoots enhanced video or if the GPS logger is any faster that one second updates that the LS430W captures.
Again......thanks for reading....would appreciate any input for others......
Best................SHUMBA

November 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Shumba;

I know that not too many years ago when digital cameras were still something of a novelty at least one judge here refused to accept a photo of a 'burglar' as evidence because, he said, such images were too easily manipulated. Now that police cars (and even individual police officers) are fitted with cameras I wouldn't expect such attitudes to prevail.

Your idea for two complimentary front-mounted cameras is good but would be a little expensive for me if they were both of the quality of the LS430W. For myself I'm content that the single central front camera will at least show that I am not at fault in most situations - anything that hits me from the side or rear is most likely to be the other driver's fault. One could get a bit paranoid...

I too would like to hear from anyone who's used this new '460; I'm not sure AI can see what advantages it might bestow.

November 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

The new DOD LS460W vs. the DOD LS430W:

Here is what I found. The 460 is slightly advanced compared to the 430. The 460 has a new sensor which enhances night video by 26%. How they arrived at this number is beyond me. I watched some video (Russian, I think) showing some night time video using both cameras. The 460 has a clearer picture that the 430 at night. Apparently, the processor has been upgraded in the 460 as well. The GPS logger has not changed, as it is still rated at 5Hz. Needless to say, the 460 costs more that the 430.
If you are looking for your first camera, then I would definitely go for the 460; however it is up to your "pocket book" and overall need for a dash camera. The 430 does just about everything I need, my only criticism is: due to the fixed focus lens, and the wide angle of view (140 degrees) as you move away from the centreline of view, the images lose clarity. For example, I am able to read the licence plate numbers on a vehicle directly in front of me from a reasonable distance, (but not as good as my natural eyesight); however oncoming vehicles and vehicles that pass by either on my left or right hand side are not discernible. As I mentioned in my earlier rant er.....blog, I am planning to add a second camera and place both cameras facing forward mounted just under my rear view mirror, but angle each camera so they are pointing to the left and right of the centreline of my vehicle. I will do a follow up and let those interested know what the results are.
A question : Can anyone out there who has a Mini 0801 or 0803 camera please let me know how this camera performs? I would be grateful for any user's knowledge of the virtues and vagaries of this camera.
Again.....thanks for reading
Best..............SHUMBA

November 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

I bought mine months ago based on your video and have been very pleased with it,. So much so that the police are interested in a copy of a video of an incident the other night taken on said camera unit. My only gripe would be I cannot get the software to automatically record a film to computer. I have to do this manually under the my computer settings (Windows7). It also does not transfer the imbedded map data but will still show the GPS data in the bottom information bar. Other than that I am very happy with it. Thankyou for your review

November 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

Andy - not sure what you mean when you say "I cannot get the software to automatically record a film to computer", but if you are talking about transferring the video from the camera, you just use a file manager (Explorer for example) to do this once you connect the camera to the PC using the USB cable.
You can extract the GPS data that is embedded in the video. Use a program called 'Registrator Viewer' (from here http://www.registratorviewer.com/index_en.html). When you are looking at your clips in the software on your PC, right click one (in the list shown on the top right of the image on the site) and select 'Export Track' in the drop down list.

Hope this makes sense.

November 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPewe

i am so stuck on what type of dashcam to get. I live in Australia so heat is an issue. I don't want anything too bulky. I'm looking at turning a go pro into a dashcam and was interested what your thoughts would be. Thanks and I love your reviews 👍 I'm not after anything cheap and nasty.

November 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter15NIX

Hi 15NIX;

I'm in Australia too - Melbourne. I've had the LS430W in the car for six months so it missed the top of last summer. Heat was an issue I was (and am) concerned about but so far the camera has shown no ill effects, even when it's been almost too hot to handle. What I like about this model is the mounting which makes it very easy to remove the camera and stow it (along with my satnav) if it's going to be subjected to direct sunlight for some time - it takes literally seconds to dismount and unplug. I also use one of those silver windscreen covers but it's not always practical to fit that. I use the permanent adhesive mount rather than the suction cup because it remains rigidly fixed during the removal/refitting process needing no adjustment. The camera doesn't vibrate or even react to bumps like speed humps.

Having said all that I wish modern cars could be fitted with external sun-visors to keep the sun off the top of the screen where my cameras are fitted.

The digital speed display was a major selling point for me as well because the speedo in my car is impossible to read due to reflection when the sun hits the steering-wheel cowl - it provides a very clear and accurate speed reading right at eye-level. The over-speed warning on the other hand is a useless gimmick and the compass display isn't much better.

I'd have no hesitation in recommending the LS430W.

November 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

The heat is not as much of a problem here in Canada as you folks "down-under" experience. As Michael H pointed out, I also use the "stick-on" mount rather than the suction mount. Depending on who you buy the camera from (LS 430W or LS 460W) you may only get the suction mount. I called DOD in Toronto and they were kind enough to send me a stick-on mount as the suction mount was falling off the windscreen every few days. The sun heats the suction cup and the tiny bit of air trapped in there expands and voila, your camera and mount all ends up on the floor! I have permanently placed the stick-on mount up high on my windscreen just to the right of my rear view mirror....and it hasn't moved. I also loop the power cable around the mirror mount as well. If I encounter a very hot sunny day (yes, we have a few) then I remove the camera and place it in a safe location out of the sun, or take it with me.
If we go for a trip using my wife's car, then I use the suction mount. The suction mount is OK for a day or so, but will eventually let go and fall on the floor.
This also could prevent curious thieves from smashing a car window and stealing your camera.
Still looking for some more comments/feedback on the new LS 460W camera.
Best..............SHUMBA

November 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Someone was asking about using a Go-Pro as a dash video camera. Not a good idea. First and foremost, every time you start your car/truck, you have to turn on the Go-Pro, not so with a DVR. I understand, the Go-Pro does not "loop" record, and there may be issues if the camera is mounted and subjected to high temperatures. A dedicated Dash Video Camera is the way to go. You start your vehicle, the camera comes alive and starts recording within approx. five seconds or less. Nothing to do, let the camera do it's job. If you have a Go-Pro or other non-dedicated camera, then "Murphy's law" will prevail as just the time that you witness an event, such as an accident or whatever, you may have forgot to turn on the camera.....Just buy yourself a good quality DVR. I highly recommend the DOD LS 430W or for better night video capture, a DOD LS 460W.
Thanks for reading........
best................SHUMBA

November 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Thanks Michael and Shumba for taking the time replying and I will be reviewing your suggestions. 👍

November 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter15NIX

Coincidentally with our discussion here my wife has looked at the recordings from my LS430W and decided to dice her el-cheapo Aldi-bought camera in favour of a DOD. I've ordered an LS460W for her from a supplier in Taiwan who was offering it for AU$290 but, interestingly, also offers it for AU$230. The difference is that the $230 version only has Chinese language in the menus with no English option. This isn't a problem for us as my wife is in fact Chinese and, in any case, the supplier also offers a Chinese/English menu guide to aid set-up. It occured to me that for the sake of $60 I'd be quite happy to have the Chinese version - after all you only set up the menu once. I presume that the on-screen display will be the same as the English version but I'll find out when it arrives.

The camera comes with both adhesive and suction mounts. What I will do is cut off the cigarette lighter plug and solder on a USB plug as I've done on both my own cameras as I have an adaptor with a couple of spare USB sockets. These are a lot less bulky and more secure.

November 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

Thanks for the info regarding the use of USB to power the camera. Before I would be cutting any cables, first I would carefully monitor the performance of the new camera (DOD LS460W). If you choose to alter anything, then DOD would not honour their warranty. Same applies to the stick-on mount, once used, you may have difficulty returning the camera if need be.
I agree, the cigarette lighter adaptors and plugins are very large and clunky.
I have a second camera on order, should arrive this week. It is a Garmin 20 which videos in 1080p and has GPS as well. I will mount the Garmin camera along with my existing DOD LS430W and then compare the video. I have thirty days to return the Garmin camera if I find it unsatisfactory. Meanwhile, please let myself and others know how the LS 460W performs, as I may spring for one of those. Appreciate your input.
Best..................SHUMBA

November 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Your point about waiting to see how the camera performs before chopping the cigarette lighter plug is well taken. The adhesive mount isn't a problem because I have a couple of spares I purchased from another eBay site. They were only about $3 each and fit a number of different cameras including the DOD's. Handy to have in case a windscreen gets broken because, unlike the maker of my earlier cameras, DOD don't supply extra adhesive pads.

I'll be happy to report on the new camera's performance but bear in mind that I'm not too au fait with the more technical details - as long as it performs at least as well as my 430 I'll be satisfied. If the opportunity arises to compare the two under similar conditions, particularly at night, I'll try to do comparative runs with each camera fitted in turn. Watch this space!

November 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

I purchased a Garmin 20 dash video camera. "In a nutshell"...or briefly, this camera my opinion; is a poor choice for a DVR.
(have since returned it back to the retailer)
1. The video quality was poor and "jerky"....I don't think it shoots 30 frames per second as they claim.
2. At dusk, or in lower light conditions, the headlamps of the oncoming vehicles appeared extremely bright, so much so the oncoming vehicle was obliterated.
3. As I drove into a parking garage, into reduced light, the picture went almost dark and stayed that way, and as I approached the exit into some sunlight, the picture became extremely bright making the video completely unreadable.
4. The suction mount let go and the whole camera, mount and all fell onto the floor.
5. The power cable is far too short, resulting in a cable visible to all. The mount hangs down too far causing the camera to be far too obvious, and somewhat in the way of the driver's view of the road.
and I should mention that I had my DOD LS430W mounted at the same time capturing the same video. Upon playing back the video clips on my PC (side by side) from both cameras, it was instantly apparent that the DOD was far superior to the Garmin.
Pity that, because Garmin has some very good products. I have a Garmin Nuvi 40 GPS and I am very pleased with it.
As a corporate pilot, I have used the Garmin 430 and 530 aviation navigation GPS and found them to be very accurate and a pleasure to use. So, I am certainly not having a go at Garmin, perhaps for now Garmin should "stick to their knitting" and leave the DVR business to others...............J.M.H.O.

Looking to hear how the DOD LS460W performs........
Best.............SHUMBA

November 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Always disapponting when a 'brand name' product fails to deliver. It's possibly because they've purchased a generic-type camera and had their name printed on it, rather than developing a new camera themselves. The first cameras I had were sold by a local crowd calling themselves MYIONU - they specialise in GPS vehicle tracking devices mainly. I found later that this was, in fact, a generic and was available in other markets under different names.. After I contacted them about problems with the unit it became obvious they had little knowledge of DVR's in general and soon after they stopped selling them. The pictures from the camera were the equivalent of the DOD LS430W, which it resembled in appearance, but the video storage would stop short at about 20gb (on a 32gb card) and refuse to operate again until the card was re-formatted. Also its GPS was very flaky - more often than not failing to receive a signal.

We're expecting the 460 to arrive in the next week or so and I'd like to pass on how it performs. Unfortunately, not being much of an expert in these things I'm not sure what to look for. Perhaps you can advise me on suitable test regimes. I can of course mount it in my car alongside the 430 and compare videos, and obviously it'll need both day and night runs - what else?

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

I agree with MichaelH. in that Garmin likely did not develop the DVR that they are selling, but as MichaelH. put it, used a generic dash camera and stuck the Garmin name on it. I am still using my DOD LS430W with good results. My biggest criticism is the fixed focus lens. One would think that in this age of technology; a DVR could be fitted with a more sophisticated lens to enable a much better focus, and range of view, resulting in clearer more discernible video.
I look forward to your comments on your new DOD LS460W when it arrives. If you have two power receptacles in your vehicle or a splitter, I'm sure you will mount both cameras and then capture identical scenery. I was able to play back both the DOD and the Garmin camera simultaneously to enable me to see first hand the quality or lack of with these two cameras.
Best.................SHUMBA

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

OK, I’ve done some comparison videos with both the LS430W and the LS460W. Firstly, what’s new about the 460; The 1080p image is the same resolution of course but the 460 squeezes a slightly larger picture into that, maybe 10% or more. Next, there’s an additional menu item on the recording menu, this being ‘time lapse’ with settings for 200ms, 500ms, 1s and 5s. The menus are reworked with a fancy ‘console’ appearance (I prefer the old one). The battery seems to last a lot longer than that in my 430 even though it’s supposed to be of lower capacity. The control buttons that were criticized on the 430 for being hard to distinguish (especially by feel) are now separated and raised and have icons printed on them in white.

Running the two cameras side-by-side in daylight showed the 430 to have a sharper image and more accurate colour (the 460 had a greenish cast) and I think squeezing a larger image into the same pixels on the 460 has reduced sharpness;
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y190/mjhowe/DOD%20LS460W/CaptureSigns1.jpg
At night however the 460 has much better white balance control – streetlights that produced a red cast on the 430 didn’t bother the 460 – and the 460 is possibly somewhat sharper at night.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y190/mjhowe/DOD%20LS460W/CaptureBoth-1.jpg
I gather a lot of this is due to the automatic ISO control, the value of which is displayed on the screen at top left – I don’t know why. I don’t know if the ISO value can even be set on the 430…?
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y190/mjhowe/DOD%20LS460W/CaptureBoth-3.jpg
Finally, the GPS track on the map is very, very wobbly indeed;
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y190/mjhowe/DOD%20LS460W/CaptureMaps1.jpg
I also noticed that the 460 seemed to have trouble settling on coordinates and it was always different to the 430’s reading.

I don't know if you'll be able to access the images above, I've never tried to do this before - you may have to copy and paste the links - and I’ve tried uploading video to photobucket but it keeps failing.

Purchasing the Chinese menu version meant referring to the Chinese/English guide the seller thoughtfully provided but it was just as easy to set it up in parallel with the English-language 430 – no big deal and we saved $60.

Except for that superior night imaging I see no value in upgrading my own 430 to a 460.

December 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

I give MichaelH top marks for the review, pics and insight into the DOD LS460W. I'm with you, think I will just keep my LS430W and wait and see what comes on the market. Obviously, as the technology improves, there will, no doubt be better DVR's available and hopefully in the not too distant future. Not sure why the GPS track on your LS460W was so misaligned on the map page. My LS430W is very accurate. I would be having a word with the DOD tech people and maybe they will send you a replacement. I agree, from what you posted, the 430 is superior to the 460 in day time video. The 460 appeared a little better in night video.
Again, many thanks for your time and efforts......from my end.....greatly appreciated!!!!
Best..................SHUMBA

December 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Thanks Shumba; I hope it was helpful. It's a shame I couldn't upload two equivalent videos - those images turned out to be a bit small. Note that in all cases the 460 is on the left in the side-by-side images. The parking sign image was most instructive; tho two pictures are exactly 40 x40 pixels so it demonstrates the 460 cramming more into the picture and also displays the deterioration this causes.

I’ve uploaded some more images but this time the capture is from Microsoft Media Player in full screen mode – just one pair of daylight shots and one of night-time for comparison. You can identify which camera took which image by the text.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y190/mjhowe/DOD%20LS460W/Capture430-5.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y190/mjhowe/DOD%20LS460W/Capture460-5.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y190/mjhowe/DOD%20LS460W/Capture460-6.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y190/mjhowe/DOD%20LS460W/Capture430-6.jpg

We're not too worried about the GPS track so I probably won’t pursue it. I took it for another short spin today and it was much better behaved – maybe it just needs to settle down. In any case I really have little use for it.

The most significant improvement is to the control buttons on the back of the 460. They can easily be identified by feel, as well as by the printed icons. By the way, the compass on this unit works properly, unlike my 430.

Finally, you may have noticed that the playback software is absolutely unchanged, including the error in the GPS coordinates – as you can see, the latitude reading is a “double negative”, having an ‘S’ for South and a leading minus symbol – it should have one or the other. If you attempt to find a location with these coordinates it’ll return a northern hemisphere position.

That pretty much covers it – if you have any queries please let me know.

December 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

Great comparison pictures of the DOD LS 430W vs the DOD LS 460W. I shall be holding off for now on the purchase of another or a second camera. Many thanks again for your information and advice, greatly appreciated!!
Best...................SHUMBA

December 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Just to follow up on the DOD LS460W camera setup. We have had a problem with the self-adhesive windscreen mounting, on a warm day here a week ago the camera dropped off the screen! What's happened is the adhesive has separated, not from the windscreen but from the plastic mounting itself, leaving the adhesive pad affixed to the glass and the mount's surface completely clean. I suspect that the plastic may have traces of mould-release agent (oil) which has prevented proper adhesion. This is very unusual but it underlines my complaint that DOD don't see fit to include extra adhesive pads. The 3M VHB (Very High Bond) tape is unlikely to be at fault. I had to peel the old pad off the screen, a very difficult job.

As I mentioned once before I had a couple of extra mountings I purchased from a third party a couple of months ago. These mounts have a much larger adhesive surface than the DOD's. After cleaning the screen with alcohol I've applied one of these mounts and I'm certain it'll stay put.

I've used both of the spare mounts so I've ordered a couple more. When they arrive I'm going to remove the original DOD mount from my own car and replace that also - It's been there for over six months but looking at it from outside it's only holding with about 60% of its surface.

In case anyone's interested here's the link for the units I've purchased;
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/2013-New-3m-Adhesive-Single-Buckle-Mount-for-DOD-LS300W-LS430W-LS430-LS330W-GT300W-GT550W-Car/1045399628.html

Cheers.

December 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

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