Donations

You can help fund Techmoan with a donation

Click to visit Patreon.com/Techmoan  

SEARCH BOX: Searches this website

*SHOPPING LINKS ARE AFFILIATED*

For more info on this - click on "About' at the top of the page. 


IMPORTANT NOTICE for COMPANIES

Techmoan never approaches a company asking for review samples.

 


    

Articles by Category

 


Techmoan Merchandise at TeeSpring

Merch


Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 

ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

 

 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
 
A119
DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam
Yi

Yi Ultra 2.7K
   
    MINI CAMERAS
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
    HELMET CAMERA
Drift Ghost X

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.

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

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 dashcams...here'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%! 

 
« The HP Envy 120 - A printer you want to show off. | Main | Meze 11 Classics give a very enjoyable wooden performance »
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.

   

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments (280)

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.
Best.............SHUMBA

April 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Paulj,

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.
Cheers

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 frame...so 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

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>