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This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

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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.


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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'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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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.


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)

Re mounting the 430 - I too had problems with the supplied mounts, so I opted to go for this:

Magnetic ball mount kit ( ) and instead of using the adhesvive backing for this, I instead used a layer of Sugru ( _ between the windscreen and the rear of the mount. It has been very successful.

The mount itself is very discreet, Sugru is heat and cold resistant and removes easily from glass whenever you need to. I used a Tap-A-Fuse to easily hardwire the camera and hide all the cables. I am NOT at all techie, but this was a very easy and neat way to mount the 430.

December 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave Jennings

Thanks to those posting information about the DOD LS430/460W mounts. I think I mentioned earlier that the suction type mount is prone to failure. As the sun heats the glass along with the suction cup, this causes a minute amount of air trapped between the glass and the suction cup to expand and weaken the grip, resulting in the camera and mount falling onto the floor. Make sure you wrap the power cable around the mirror mount to prevent the camera from hitting the floor.
Now then, the diameter of the stick-on mount should be half as big again. This is the mount that I use. I placed the mount on my windscreen/windshield as high as possible just to the right of my rear view mirror. Ahead of the mirror on the windscreen is a "dotted" area; and this is where I stuck the mount onto. It has not fallen off. We have a fairly hot summer here in Canada, so on those very hot days parked in the sun, I remove the camera from the mount as I don't think that excessive heat will be good for the camera. One day I may have a bad time removing the stick-on mount, but it has held it's place since I placed it there approx. ten months ago. I placed the mount and camera in this position to prevent me from viewing the camera from my driving position. Remember, these gizmos, or electronic devices can distract you and cause an accident. Here in Ontario Canada, distracted driving, i.e. using any "hand-held" device will result in a traffic ticket and a fine of approx. $500 (CDN).

December 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Actually Shumba, I'm going to take issue with a couple of points in your post about mounting the camera. In my opinion placing the mounting on the black-dotted area of the windscreen, or in the solid black area, is a mistake. As you know, the new camera I put in my wife's car a couple of weeks ago fell off and now the small 2nd camera in my own car has also detached. In both cases the mountings were placed with about half the adhesive area on the black part of the screen and it's my guess that they both came adrift because the black area absorbs more heat. This may not be a problem where you live but here in Melbourne we're about 38.5 degrees south of the equator (I would guess you are about 45 degrees north?) and it gets a good deal hotter. Thankfully the winter's are a lot milder (No snow!).

Anyhow, when the new mounts arrive I'll be careful to make sure they're mounted only on clear glass. Another advantage is that one could use a razor blade to remove them which you couldn't do without damaging the black print.

Our 430/460 cameras are actually mounted to the right of the mirror too, (but this is a left-hand-drive country, remember) so that we can easily see the speed display, which was a major factor in deciding to buy the 430/460. Since the display is close to line of vision it's actually easier and safer than trying to read the speedos in our cars. Both vehicles are FIAT 500's and have a problem in that the light-coloured steering cowling reflects off the speedo glass and makes it difficult to read. I'm actually about to fit a HUD speed display to mine to make it even easier.

Finally, Dave's post is very interesting. I'm going to investigate this Sugru stuff and see if I can get it here. I'm not sure about tapping the fuse box on the other hand - the cameras work on 5V so you'd still need an adaptor of some sort. I prefer the idea of replacing the cigarette lighter adaptor with a USB plug as I have a couple of USB sockets spare.

Anyhow, Merry Christmas to all.

December 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

You are correct MichaelH. Your climate is indeed much hotter that where I reside. Pretty good guess, My home town was exactly 45 degrees north, but I relocated somewhat south to a balmy 42.5 degrees north. But so far, my stick-on has held firmly onto the black dotted area just up under the rear view mirror. If I have to remove it one day, I will ascertain (maybe from 3M) what to use to cause the stick-on mount to release from the windscreen. The speed display is handy, however; I have a Garmin Nuvi 40 GPS which has a large speed display along with my Subaru speedometer/tachometer.
If DOD-tech is listening in, they should consider a larger diameter stick-on mount as this may prevent the experience that you are having, i.e. the camera falling off the windscreen.
Many thanks again for you fine report on the LS460W. As I mentioned, I think I will wait and see what comes to market.

December 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Must say now having owned the LS430W for 11 months it has been rock solid and one of my best investments, see no compelling reason to upgrade nor have I seen where the LS460W is that superior making the switch worthwhile, right now here in Canada the price for the LS430W has been reduced by approx 26% which makes it enticing to purchase another. Have not had any problems with my stick-on mounts falling off and even my original suction mount has been holding its own for the past 3+ months under adverse weather conditions (cold/hot fluctuations), the method of mounting the cam has become old hat and a breeze with no signs of it wearing out.

December 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

I agree with Slivy58....the DOD LS430W is a solid DVR. I have had mine for about ten months now, and haven't had any issues with the camera itself. As well, the price has dropped to approx. $200. CDN). As mentioned prior, I use the stick-on mount which I placed above my rear view mirror and onto the sun shade dots at the top of the windscreen/windshield. It appears solid. I occasionally use the camera in my wife's car. So I just use the suction mount. I think I will just be patient as I believe that there will be some "break through" in camera technology which will capture better and clearer video. I think a sixty frames per second camera would be good as it will show clear video and pictures of on coming traffic. Obviously, oncoming traffic has a greater closing speed than traffic that you are following. Let me see, as I recall, at 60 MPH = 88 feet/second. so two vehicles approaching one another at this speed = 88 X 2 = 176 feet / second / 30 FPS..well, you do the rest of the math. It translates to approx. one frame shot every six feet or two metres.
Best for the New Year to all..........

December 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

What brand of micro SDHC cards are you guys using with the LS430W? I'm having trouble with one I bought from Amazon (unbranded), sometimes it captures perfect footage and sometimes the files are unreadable.

January 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArt Howe

Hi Art Howe,

My main card has been the Lexar High Speed 32GB class 10, it has been rock solid, also have used Patriot and SanDisk brands (16/32GB) of the same class without issues as well. Did try DOD's recommended Kingston 64GB MicroSDXC card which did not perform up to par, encountered lockups and file corruption, works fine in my Samsung tablet though.

Regards... Slivy58

January 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

Hi Art, my surname's Howe too. Your unbranded card may be less than Class 10 rating and not fast enough. I use a Sandisk 32Gb Class 10 although I have another Class 10 card from a local electronics chain which seems to work fine ('Transcend' brand). I've read of others having trouble with 64Gb cards so I decided not to risk the extra cost. The 32Gb gives me about 4-5 hours of recording which is more than adequate.

January 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

I use a Lexar 32 GB class ten micro SD card. As Michael pointed out it will provide approx. 4 to 5 hours of recorded video. Be sure to format the card in the camera prior to use. I format my card about once a month. Have had no issues or "dropped" files. Still hoping for a DVR with a clearer and more detailed picture. I would expect to have a camera that would be equal to my eyesight. Unless I am immediately behind another vehicle within approx. two car lengths, I am unable to discern/read the vehicle's registration number. In Canadian provinces, we use a smaller format than what the Brits use, so maybe that accounts for my being unable to read registrations.
Keep your windscreen/windshield clean both inside and out...

January 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Happy 2015 SHUMBA,

I would love to have a cam with a clearer/more detailed picture too especially under some adverse conditions, think though the price point would rise accordingly making it more for the elite, increased file sizes/bitrates would require more storage and higher end computers to handle. Be interesting to try out the new GoPro Hero4 Black and see what the 4K video would bring to the table in regards to clarity/readability, the higher resolution should allow for some cropping whilst retaining more detail, almost a necessity to view certain items that are further away.
I own umpteen video recording devices and have to say most give satisfactory results during daytime usage, enough at least to keep me content, my area of focus now is improvements in nighttime footage but not expecting the degree of video quality I'd like to see for some time to come... Oh, a filter to reduce or eliminate the glare from the windshield/dash is one of my top priorities too.

Regards... Slivy58

January 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

I daresay the technology will march forward but I’ll be happy to wait till improvements trickle down to my price range. I’m not going to purchase a new camera such as the 460 just to gain marginal benefits. Unless my 430 fails before I won’t consider a new camera for about two years. I, too, would like to see an answer to the windscreen reflection of the dashboard appearing in the video but it isn’t a priority.

Has anyone noticed this? When the camera in my wife’s car is clipped in there’s a tiny amount of free play against the mount and if you hold the right side of the camera you can move it ever so slightly up and down. It appears the retaining clip doesn’t apply enough tension to hold the camera rigid. I checked another mount, and then the camera in my own car, and all exhibit the same movement – whether original DOD mounts or the third party ones. Watching the video from the boss’s car you can definitely see a slight shimmy when she hits a bump in the road and hear a clicking sound as the mic picks up a rattle. The little FIAT’s tend to be a bit hard-riding - in a larger car it might not be so noticeable.

I was going to try and find a way of tensioning the camera in the mount on my car today but it was 40+ degrees out there so I just put the cover on the car and left it! However, in the relative cool this evening I’ve had the wife’s camera out and fitted a strip of masking tape to the top of the camera around the socket. This seems to have fixed it albeit at the cost of making it a little harder to get out.

January 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

With regard to your reflection issue, you need a polarising (CPL) filter.

Have a look at my post here

January 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPewe

Thanks Pewe, As I said it's not a priority issue for me but it might be worth checking out your solution.

January 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

Will this filter assist or remove the red glare I get on my video when I am driving in a westerly direction into a late afternoon sun. In addition to the dash of my car appearing in the lower half of the video I also see a red orange coloured ball which obscures portions of the video making it difficult to see.
Best. ...SHUMBA

January 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

To be honest Shumba I have not checked that.
We don't have a lot of sun here at present but next time we are out and the sun is shining I'll experiment and see if I can replicate your situation and check the video.

January 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPewe

Thanks for that Pewe,
What is the cost of this filter and is this filter dedicated to the DOD LS430W?
Best. ...SHUMBA

January 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

The filter is a standard 27mm filter with a thread to fit to a photo camera lens.
In the post over at Dashcam there is a link to the lens on the UK Ebay site (where it costs £8.99) as well as some details about how I got it to fit.
The reducing ring I used and glued to my camera (so I could easily fit or remove the filter) was this one at £3.99 -

January 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPewe

Thanks Pewe,
Will have a look at the links you mentioned.
I have ascertained that you are in the U.K. and not a lot of sunshine there.
If you have an opportunity to drive into a sunset please let me know.
Best. ..SHUMBA

January 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Any updates or additional information regarding the installation and use of a polarizer on the DOD LS430W DVR?
I have a polarizer (49 mm) that I once used on an old Minolta 35 m/m camera. I attached it to my DOD DVR using four small paper clips and two elastic bands. This method is, obviously crude and a very temporary installation merely testing to see what the effects are operating with a polarizer. I have to remove the camera and rotate the polarizer ring and then reattached the camera to the mount. So far, the polarizer has removed some of the glare from both the dash board of the car and when driving directly into a bright sun, it removes some of the "orange/reddish" glare that is caused by the sun. I will try four positions as I rotate the polarizer 90 degrees each time I readjust the polarizer. If anyone is able to post a picture or provide a description of how to mount a polarizer ring onto this camera, I would be grateful. Obviously, the polarizer ring attachment must be able to be adjusted with ease, i.e. rotated to the most optimum position, and with some sort of "flip up" mechanism to clear the camera lens for night driving.

January 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Installation CD

Dear SHUMBA and all,

I have lost the installation CD for DOD LW430. Therefore, I can't see the map when play the recorded movie in my current computer.
Could you please tell me, where I can download this map software.



January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDzung

Easy one Dzung - got to;

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

There is also a very good software package here
They offer a 'portable' version which needs no installation and has editing features like extracting the gps data to a separate file. etc.

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPewe

Thanks MichaelH and Pewe,
It works now.


January 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDzung

Further to my earlier post concerning the slight loosemess in my camera mounts I checked the videos from my LS430W today and found it also has developed an annoying vibration due to the free play where the top of the camera slides onto the mounting. I've applied a strip of masking tape to the top of the GPS housing on both DOD cameras now and that has cured the issue. I used masking tape because it's easy to remove if it doesn't work and is easily replaced if it deteriorates over time. Now I know it works I'll look for something more permanent.

I've replaced both original DOD mountings now with the third-party mounts I bought as they have a much larger 'footprint' on the windscreen than the DOD originals.

The polarising filter idea is a good one but I really don't find the reflection issue sufficiently intrusive to make it worthwhile.

has anyone else noticed that the ring around the lens, about 12mm in diameter, which appears to be anodised metal is fading? Mine is now a coppery colour instead of the original black. It's not important. I'm sure, just an observation. Probably just a result of UV radiation I imagine.

January 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

I haven't had any problems with the mount on my LS430W. But thanks MichaelH; I will keep your solution in mind if I encounter this issue. As for discolouration of the anodised metal around the lens, haven't observed any changes to that area of the camera. My car spends most of it's time in my garage and if I leave the car unattended in the sun for any length of time, I simply remove the camera. As for the polarizing filter, I experimented with an old CPL from an older 35 mm camera. As I said prior, I attached the filter using paper clips and elastic bands, rather clumsy, as I was unable to rotate the CPL unless I removed the filter and realigned it. The end of the lens area on the LS430W is not flat, so it may be difficult to attach a rotating CPL filter.
I read about a new camera, called the Mini 0805 or 0806 model. These come with a magnetic end near the lens, to enable a CPL to be easily fitted and rotated. Anyone out there have a Mini 0805 or 0806 model?? As I recall these polarizing lenses must be rotated for optimum use.
I remember one of the airplanes I used to fly. On the inside of the cabin/fuselage, it had a rotating polarizer attached to the inside of each one of the windows. There was a little knob on the polarizer which permitted the passengers to rotate the polarizer to place it in an optimum position, i.e. to keep the sun out, or to reduce the brightness.

January 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

I have conducted a few comparisons of the lat-long coordinates displayed on my DOD LS430W. Using a google maps website I found the same locations to enable me to compare the lat-longs to what my DVR displays. Also too, I used our local airport for another source of lat-long coordinates and I found that my DVR is no where close to what should be displayed. Approx 20 k/m south and approx. 5 k/m west of where I actually was. The speed displayed on the DVR is very accurate as it is in snyc with my Garmin GPS and the car's speedometer. Has anyone else conducted comparisons of these anomalies?

January 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

I used the DOD viewing software and the track on the map, or the "pink line" displayed on the map appears to be very accurate, but again the coordinates (LAT-LONG) displayed on the camera (you can see them in the video) are not accurate.
Thanks for reading........

January 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA


Interesting! To be honest I've never paid much attention to the coordinates displayed by the DOD as I put my trust in my TomTom satnav but I was aware that the coordinates displayed by the DOD viewer were, to say the least, suspect. You may recall my complaint from earlier posts concerning the latitude reading which, I believe, is incapable of recognizing that I am in the southern hemisphere. It displays for example; -37o XX' XX.XX"S (with both minus sign and S rather than one or the other). So far we haven't heard from anyone else on this side of the equator as to whether that's common.

Anyhow, using a previously saved video file and Google Earth I came up with the following;
At actual position: 37o 48' 58.92"S 145o 13' 16.23E
video displayed: 37o 48' 58.73"S 145o 13' 16.21E (a discrepancy of a mere 6.0 metres)
viewer showed: 37o 11' 01.27"S 145o 13' 16.21"E (a position 70.22km away and exactly due North!)

As you can see the LS430 camera is near as dammit on the money. Next time I'm in that car park I'll get a reading from the TomTom and see how that compares. Seems to suggest your 430 is at fault, tracking your position properly but displaying it incorrectly. Have you tried checking the same locations on different days to see if the error is constant or variable?

January 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

I am living in Thailand and bought from an authorized dealer the DOS LS460W. Works very nice.
But one thing: I never get a GPS signal. The GPS icon keeps on flashing and there is no GPS data recorded in the .mov file or visible on the screen.

Has anyone an idea?

January 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam

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