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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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Dear:

Do you know where buy suction cup originals or alternatives in ebay for the model DOD LS 430W?.

Kind Regards.

May 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHugo

Could try ordering one through DOD themselves or...

If you're talking about the "T" type slot mount the only thing I've come across was this from Amazon.ca:

http://www.amazon.ca/ME-DC1-ME-SA-Suction-Release-Compact/dp/B008OLF01Q/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1399577079&sr=8-6&keywords=camera+quick+mount

I purchased a couple of these prior to getting the DOD LS430W and one day while toying around I gave it a go with the DOD, low-and-behold it worked. The only problem with these is that they make the whole affair much bulkier but the bonus part is that the ball stud is adaptable to many of the suction mounts or at least the batch in my possession, It is not as tight a fit as the original yet has a reasonably firm grip, no locking mechanism either. Other than that I'm not aware of any others with this particular design, maybe someone else can broaden the spectrum for you/us.

Regards... Slivy58

May 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

Hi Slivy58;

Thank you for your prompt assistance and input regarding the stick-on mount for my LS430W camera. I will give it a try applying it to the upper portion of the windscreen ensuring the camera lens is not obstructed, and that I am able to aim the camera without interfering with the rear-view mirror. If all goes bad, I'm sure I can find a patch of this 3-M stick-on tape to give me a second try....not rocket science!! I will get back to you and let you know where I placed the camera using the stick0on mount.

Hello Hugo;

I think your best source for a camera mount for the DOD LS430W is to contact the DOD-tech camera people nearest to you. I know they are in the U.K., Canada, and must be in the U.S.A. along with other locations.
Be sure to specify which mount you want to buy, the suction cup or the stick-on type. It appears the mount(s) that come with the camera are unique to the DOD LS430W as the mount slides into the GPS module.
Hope this helps.....
Best...............SHUMBA

May 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Hello Again Slivy58;

Sorry, forgot to answer your question regarding which resolution I use. I just leave it on 1080p. I did try the 720 p, but did not like the results. A little tip with this camera for the best video capture. On an overcast day (cloudy or rainy), and you get lots of these days in B.C. set the EV to +1. All that one needs to do is press the button #14 (the button at the top of the camera as seen from the rear of the camera) it is called the Video Recording to stop recording, then press button #8 (on the right had side of the camera as seen from the rear of the camera) it is called the EV Adjustment. Finally press button #14 again to resume the video.
The button numbers used here are from the diagram of the camera I found on page 6 the 20 page DOD LS430W manual I received from DOD via a .pdf file
Again, hopefully there will be an even better camera on the horizon, but for now the DOD LS430 is probably the best DVR camera on the market today with excellent technical support from DOD Canada in Toronto.
best.........SHUMBA

May 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Hi SHUMBA,

Thanks for the tip on adjusting the EV settings and yes this spring here in BC has been full of those dismal/dreary days, even though I've been content with the results so far we may just give your suggestion a try, might be pleasantly surprised. Have to admit we've been a little complacent with this cam and Techmoan’s reviews leave little to the imagination so I have taken the “set it up and leave it alone” approach.
Hope I’m not out of line here but If you go search on YouTube for “Elky64” you’ll see some of my footage, not all are from dash cams but there are a few there… Nope, I’m not promoting anything LOL, just someone who likes toying with videos on occasion.

Regards… Slivy58

May 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

Hi Slivy58;

I had a look at some of your YouTube videos under Elky64.
Must say, I am most impressed, with your camera and posting skills.
Particularly the video taken with the DOD LS430W of the exact same route on both March 3rd & 4th, 2014.
I can clearly see the differences in the road conditions, the speeds vary slightly, the scenery is identical and the GPS coordinates are rock steady.
I must learn how to post some of my footage onto YouTube. How does one post two videos side by side ?
A note to all dash cam users, keep your windshield or windscreen clean both inside and outside, and do not use any tinted windows, as this reduces the video quality.
Best....SHUMBA

May 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Hi SHUMBA,

Thanks for the kind words, I am by no means an expert in producing videos yet like having fun and playing around every once in awhile. As for the side-by-side aspect, video editing software that has the picture-in-picture (PiP) effect was used, in the video you are talking about Cyberlink's PowerDirector12 was used... Have many editing programs and none are considered high-end ($100 CAD or less) nor do I prefer one over the other, they all have their likes and dislikes for me and it comes down to the PC I'm using at that particular time.

Regards... Slivy58

May 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

Thank you for the useful review. It was the main reason I chose to purchase the LS430W. While I know there are some unnecessary features built into this device on the whole It suits my requirements very well. The image quality is extremely good in all light and the unit (so far) appears very reliable. I particularly like the speed display.

I have a couple of reservations however; The compass display often appears to 'freeze', displaying North even while the vehicle is travelling in other directions (this only affects the compass on the unit, the compass display on the video player works fine) and the video player shows incorrect coordinates. While the latitude on the image imprint displays the correct 37 48' 43.67" S for example, the coordinates below on the panel show -37 11' 23.00" S (note the minus sign prefix AND the 'S' suffix). Longitude, on the other hand, is always correct. The latitude also appears to increase as I travel North and vice versa, the opposite of what should occur in the Southern Hemisphere. Is it possible the software isn't properly set up for downunder?

The only other gripes I have are that the speed warning 'beep' is almost inaudible and the manual totally inadequate.

May 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

Here is the link to the DOD LS430W manual. It is a free .pdf download.

http://www.dod-tech.co.uk/downloads.html

As for your questions regarding the display of your lat/long coordinates, sorry, not able to help you with that one. Suggest you contact DOD-tech and ask for Tech Support, or email them with your question. They have been most helpful to me. The variations may be caused by "gaps" in GPS coverage where you live or operate the camera. I live in Canada, about three hours west of Toronto and have not experienced any issues with the coordinates or the speed display. Perhaps Slivy58 can add some input here.
Best..........SHUMBA

May 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Thanks for the link, however that's the same inadequate 'manual' that I have.

I've decided not to worry about the incorrect coordinates on the video player - there's obviously some problem in the programme.

As far as the compass display is concerned I shall try to contact DOD though they don't appear to have a local agent. I took the car on an extended run today and the same thing keeps happening - sometimes the compass works, sometimes it doesn't. I could understand it losing contact with satellites occasionally but if that were the case surely the speed display would also be affected, but it isn't.

If I have any success I'll report back...

May 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

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