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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.

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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.

 

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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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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)

Hello:

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?


Regards.

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.

Slivy58

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 them....works 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.
Best..........SHUMBA

April 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Update:
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.
Best..........SHUMBA...........

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

SHUMBA,

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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