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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)

@Edgar Since my initial post and based on user's experiences of LS430W and LS460W, I am now fairly sure the Nextbase 402g is in fact based on the DOD-LS430W (and not on the LS460W, being my original assumption)

February 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTabbycat

Ok,thanks mate.

February 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEdgar
March 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMike

You can pick up the LS430W now at DOD's website for $199. I just picked up two (one for my girlfriend's car and one for my truck) to install this weekend.

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

Any readers out there aware of possible discounts from auto insurance companies
who recognize the virtues and the values of installing a dash cam in your auto. ?
I had a very close encounter with a bicyclist recently. The cyclist was clearly at
fault; and fortunately I was able to brake heavily to avoid a collision.
I played back the video footage on my laptop from my DoD LS430W.
Had there been a collision or injury the video footage would clearly show that I was
driving properly below the speed limit and the cyclist entered the roadway
and failed to yield to me. From a civil angle the camera would have paid for
itself many times over.
I've had my DoD LS430W for over a year and it works perfectly.
Best......SHUMBA

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

You'll probably need to specify the country you are interested in, however...in the UK Swiftcover give a discount for having a dashcam installed.

March 6, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Just checked with my insurance provider here in Western Canada a week ago and they said no discount at this point for having a dash cam... Cam came in handy three weeks ago when a highways maintenance truck riddle me with rocks while sanding/graveling the road, chipped paint/windshield, emailed the company and there was no disputing the fact since since it was all caught on video, thankfully is was only my winter beater, they are now looking into ways to minimize the impact on other motorists which was my goal.

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

Thank you Techmoan for your input / reply about my question regardinof the og insurance discounts
for having a dash cam in one's auto. As Slivy58 pointed out his insurance doesn't offer relief to
Auto insurance; I believe Slivy58 is in British Columbia and auto insurance is run by the province of British Columbia.
In Ontario we must purchase auto insurance from private insurance companies. I will contact my insuer

to see what they have to say about a dash cam installation.
Given the relatively low cost of these devices; it is a small part overall cost of operating a vehicle
and provided you abide by the rules of the road; a DVR could save one a lot of grief.
Best. ....SHUMBA

March 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

I have the new model 460W and I think this camera is everything you need

March 25, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdod

I just watched your review on the 430W. I have the 330W. It's very close in design, minus GPS, as the 430W. My question, mine won't loop. I did buy it used. Not sure if that's my problem. I've gone through each setting through the menu. I'm not seeing anything that would affect looping. Since you've reviewed so many what am I doing wrong or could it be the camera. Thanks. By the way, I enjoy your detailed reviews. Gayla

April 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGayla Kyle

Hi Gayla;

In the video recording menu there should be an item called "Loop Recording' after "Date Stamp" and before "Gsensor". The options are 'Off', 2 Min, 3 Min, 5 Min". Have you seen this menu item? Selecting anything but 'Off' should start the camera looping and deleting old files.

April 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

Well, it finally happened.

Today I was involved in a relatively minor collision with another vehicle. While exiting a car park I was stopped by a vehicle backing out of a parking bay and, while stationary, my car was hit by another vehicle reversing out of a bay next to me. The driver of this car was very aggressive and I was concerned that he might try to deny responsibility or even try to counter claim against me. There were no witnesses so it would be my word against his. Oddly enough it wasn't till some ten minutes later that I remembered my video cameras so when I got home I checked them and found I had irrefutable evidence of the whole incident.

I've since put in a claim to my insurance company and told them I have the video and they're going to charge the repairs to the offending driver so it won't cost me a cent. The cameras have thus paid for themselves both in actual dollar terms and in peace of mind.

April 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

MichaelH. I was expecting that to be one of those stories that ends with....'so I've now decided to get a dashcam'. I was so happy to read that you already had the cameras installed. A crash is not pleasant, so anything that can take away a bit of the stress is welcome. Worrying about who the insurance companies will blame is often a source of concern, but not on this occasion.

April 9, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Sorry to hear of your mishap MichaelH. The up-side...there were no injuries. I have recorded numerous near misses over the past year and a half. I upload these "events" and it is amazing to watch the playback of the camera along with the details of lat-long and speed. Agree, this is where a DVR can save you a lot of money and grief. In Canada, if there is a collision with no witnesses, the insurance company just labels it a "no-fault" event and each driver pays for half of the other's damages. All very well, until you receive your policy renewal and find the premiums have increased due to being involved in an "at-fault" accident. With a DVR installed along with the GPS logger function armed; unless one was in violation of the traffic laws, you should be able to absolve yourself of any liability or insurance premium increases.
Drive safely.....best to all.....
SHUMBA

April 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

The main value of the GPS logger in my view is that, in this instance at least, it confirms my vehicle was stationary. That’s important if the other driver tries to counter-claim by saying I ran into him. In most cases it’s unnecessary to prove the location by GPS as the camera clearly shows the locale.

I was inclined to negotiate a settlement that saw my car fixed properly at the minimum cost to the other driver but while he was giving me his details he ‘told’ me to take my car to a particular repairer in his suburb. He then came on heavy and said that if I didn’t go to ‘his’ repairer he would reject any claim! At that moment I decided negotiation was off the table and that I’d place the matter directly in the hands of my insurer. I would not be surprised if he subsequently tries to claim it was my fault hoping it will come down to my word against his and that the insurer might just decide to call it 50/50, in which case I’d have to fork out $700 for the excess (the price of several cameras).

However, he didn’t know about the cameras, so that’s my trump card.

I fitted a rearward facing camera some months ago but I was never really sure it would be useful, in this case however, while the forward facing camera shows the scene and positioning of vehicles before impact, the rearward one actually shows the back of his car as it approaches and hits mine – including a clear view of his registration plate.

A wide-angle camera facing rearward, mounted on the windscreen, can pick up useful video in side impacts. It can also show what happens within the car at the moment of impact – might be useful, though I hope I never find out!

April 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

Hi all,

Is here anyone, who have successfull used 64GB card for DOD LS340w? If yes, please share your experience how to do it.
Thanks

April 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDzung

Just got around to fitting my DOD LS430W yesterday and I'm very happy and impressed. The review was spot-on and I'm glad I chose this dash-cam despite there being many much cheaper alternatives.

Having just watched the video review again, I believe that the DOD software has been updated, as in, the speed shown can be changed between mph and kmh within the playback programme, likewise, you can delete clips of video/delete files.

The one thing that got me and wasn't clear in the instructions, nor was it mentioned in the above review, is that you need to ensure the motion detector is off for normal driving and only enabled when the vehicle is parked. This was the reason I had interrupted video when I first tested the dash-cam although it's fine now.

Another small point but something I'm glad of; you can change the date display so that you choose the format ie YYYY MM DD or (much better for me) DD MM YYYY.

All in all, a great product and a great review! Thank you.

May 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterYorkie UK

You are correct Yorkie UK. The motion detection feature is disarmed on my DOD LS430W. My main reason for outfitting my camera is to capture video of when my motor (car) is in motion. I live in a smaller rural area in the Province of Ontario, Canada. Here it is a bit laid back; along with the enforcement of the traffic laws. For example, drivers don't always stop at stop signs, instead they "roll" through intersections, even the local constabulary drive like that as well. Another bad driving habit is drivers are chronically turning left in front of me. If a collision were to happen, the video captured by the camera would be indisputable as to who did what. I keep the GPS logger armed as well, because if someone accuses you of speeding, then along with the video, your speed and position in latitude and longitude and time of day/night are stamped into the video...marvelous technology!!!
My camera has enhanced my driving skills and made me mindful of obeying the speed limits. I drive a Subaru WRX which is a "rocket" of a motor and likes to perform.
Drive safely...drive defensively....
Best.....................SHUMBA

May 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

As you say Shumba - marvellous. After my recent car-park collision the insurance company called me to ask if there were any video cameras in the area of the accident(!), despite the fact I had told them I had my own video evidence. They wanted a copy of the footage (is it still called that in the digital age?) but had no idea of how I could get it to them. This highlighted the fact that the insurance companies, at least in this country, are slow to appreciate the value of dashcams. As it was I burned a DVD and posted it to them the old-fashioned way. They called back to say the video had settled the case with the 'party at fault's' own insurer. Apparently he'd given a different account of the incident from mine.

I drive a FIAT 500 and, while it's a sprightly performer, the worry I have is that it's a very small car in a world of hulking SUV's so driving defensively is a must.

In my case the GPS position was irrelevant but the speed readout, which proved I was stationary at the time, helped enormously. My camera is nearly 12 months old now and has proved to be one of the most valuable investments I've made. The next most valuable is the second camera on the windscreen looking backwards.

Cheers to all; Michael

May 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

When a mishap occurs, it is only "human nature" to defend oneself, I.E. DENY DENY DENY!!!. However; some people are outright liars and are unable to take responsibility for their mistakes and admit liability This is where a good camera such as the DOD brand can be invaluable. Michael H's camera has just paid for itself, because without any video evidence Michael would have ended up paying for the mistake of someone else.
You mention "hulking SUV" type of vehicles. We live in a farming / rural area where a lot of drivers have these "fuel hogs". Some of them think they own the roads and try to intimidate other motorists driving smaller cars. My WRX is no slouch; and when threatened or intimidated by one of these "hulks", I am able to accelerate and leave them in the dust and get away from these inconsiderate louts..
Drive safely.........best..............SHUMBA

May 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Just for interest, I have now purchased a second DOD, this time a 460, to replace the cheap rearward-looking camera in my car. Like the original 430, and the 460 in my wife's car, I purchased it from Taiwan because the local supplier is very expensive. I also opted for a "Chinese only" model which saved even more. The menu's are in Chinese but the layout is the same and, even without the translation supplied by the seller, it's easy to set up the parameters with the two side-by-side.

In the event I fitted the new 460 as the forward-looking camera and relegated the 430 to the rear. Our cars are cabrios and the rear window folds flat so you can't mount a camera on it. The rear camera is mounted on the windscreen which reduces visibility to the back somewhat but allows it to cover an arc that includes a little of the side windows.

On the question of 64GB cards I notice DOD still recommend only a 32GB for the 460. I haven't tried a 64GB and really wonder if it's any real advantage. 32GB gives up to five hours video coverage which will cover even a fairly long trip and, if indeed the worst happened, it's possible to 'protect' the relevant files or even unplug the camera to prevent it writing over the evidence. 32GB cards are also now cheap enough to make it worthwhile to carry a spare.

June 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

I bought a Koolung K1S Dash Cam and i'm facing a problem with OSD Screen. After pressing the Menu button nothing appears on the screen it means that the DVR does not entry on OSD Screen mode not permiting to make the initial settings. Besides that, after conecting the DVR to a power source, a red indicator come on, signning that the DVR in on, but no image appear on screen.
Does someone face the similar problem? How it was fixed.
TKS

June 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSilmar Fulber

Have you got an SD card in the camera?

June 23, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Any chance of a review of the LS460W?

July 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNick

Two weeks ago, I bought a Nextbase 402G from Amazon. There are many problems with this particular item, but the worst is that there is a matrix of white speckles across the whole image on some journeys. It's as if the picture was taken through a wire mesh then the image of the wire itself was removed, leaving little squares of white flashing dots across the darker parts of the picture. Add to that a crackling / scratching noise on the soundtrack on some journeys; a self levelling mechanism that leans to starboard; breaks of between two and six seconds between files on playback using the OSX s/w; a GPS that shows my speed lower than it is; and the fact that I have to manually change the time zone when summer time starts and ends.

Needless to say, it's going back for a refund - it's a shame because the image quality is excellent, but I'm not at all sure that I want to waste time with a replacement which may be just as bad rather than going for a completely different model.

July 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMisterWho

I purchased the DOD LS460W, installed it and very pleased so far. The only thing I would like to do is dim the screen so it's not so bright while driving at night. Is this possible?
Thanks

August 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJM

No, there's no screen-dimming option on the menu but you can make the screen blank after a set period with the 'screensaver' option. You can't safely watch the screen while driving so it's not worth having it on in any case. An alternative is to use the 'speed display' which shows a digital speed readout and isn't too obtrusive - in fact I use it to monotr my speed rather than my car's speedo.

My rearward facing camera's screen is set to blank after fifteen seconds.

August 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

Hello....can anyone out there give me a good opinion of the DOD LS460W. I have owned the LS430W for almost two years now and it has performed very well. I am contemplating buying a second camera so I don't keep having to swap my 430W between our two motors. Any comments or reviews would be appreciated that compares the two DOD DVRs.
Cheers........SHUMBA

November 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Hi Shumba;

If you go back to page 5 you'll find the comparison I did between the 430/460 some time ago. The picture links are still good.

I've now purchased and installed a total of four 460's; one in my car alongside my 430, one in my wife's car and two in a friends vehicle. All are working to spec. While I don't think there's much in it I'd say the 460's night performance is much better than the 430 and good enough reason alone to spend the extra.

November 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

Thanks for that MichaelH. I will review of your post on page 5. The LS430W does not have a lens filter, but I'm told the LS460W does have a CPL. When driving into the sunset, yes we get lovely sunsets here in Canada, a reddish orange coloured image appears on the screen and obscures a good portion of what is being recorded. I am going to purchase a 460W today and will mount it on my windscreen along with my 430W and will observe comparison footage to determine if the 460W is "worth it's keep". We have a shop in Canada called Staples and they have the 460W on sale for $230. (CDN). Below is a link to a comparison that I found on the web. It is written by DOD-Tech, and is obviously translated into English, but discernable enough to get the drift of what they are saying.

http://www.dod-tec.co/dod-ls460w-vs-dod-ls430w-comparison-test-review

Thanks again MichaelH for your post, meanwhile I will give the 460W a go and do a follow up review within the week.
Best to all
SHUMBA

November 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

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