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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)

Having tested the new camera for a few weeks now I can update my earlier post. The compass display is definitely not working correctly - it cannot display a westerly heading! When it's working it's fine with N, S, and E but it's never (repeat, never) shown a heading on the W side - weird or what? It still drops out frequently.

The software issue with the coordinate display is constant so I've chosen to ignore it. I understand there are other viewers available that will read the coordinates, G sensor data etc so perhaps I should just dump the DOD viewer.

QUERY: I am confused about the settings for the G sensor. Is 'high' the most sensitive, or least?

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

Great post, thanks - I bought the LS400W a while back, but hadn't gottenr ound to fitting it for a variety of reasons. I now am ready to, using a fuse-tap connector to hard wire it into my fusebox to save trailing wires, and by using this mount I got via Amazon UK - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Saddle-Adhesive-Holder-Double-Sided-Universal/dp/B00F0BBCJC/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1402498023&sr=8-4&keywords=ls400w

It certainly looks like it should fit, and be less bulky than the suction holder provided. My rear-view mirror has auto-dim so is pretty bulky, though that's the obvious place to try to hide the camera as well as keep the screen clear for myself, so I hope this mount works better.

June 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave Jennings

I have read that it is 'illegal' to fit these for 2 main reasons
1. In most cars the mounts supplied will result in the camera impeding on the 'wiper area' of the windscreen by more than is permitted under the Road Traffic Act 1988 - in a lot of reviews on here this is the case.
2. The screen display is not automatically switched off when the ignition is on. Even though it can be switched off after 10 secs or more in the menu, the fact that it can be turned on whilst driving is irrelevant as the driver has control over the display when the ignition is on.

Does anyone know if this is true - or just scaremongering.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeter West

Peter West was asking about the legality of installing a dash video camera in your vehicle. All I can say is check with your local provincial or state authority and ask. To be absolutely certain, ask to see the written legislation if any exists. As for mounting the camera, I tried using the suction mount on my windscreen/windshield and it let go a few times and fell off. Fortunately, I had looped the power cable around the rear view mirror and that saved it from falling to the floor. I contacted DOD-Tech in Toronto, Canada and requested another mount as I learned from another poster on this site ("Slivy58") that his camera was shipped with both the suction mount and the stick-on mount. The trouble with the suction mount is: it is too small, or the suction cup should have been larger. Also too, the length of the suction mount is too long. DOD-Tech was very understanding and supportive and were kind enough to send me the second mount without charges. (Thanks DOD-Tech Toronto). I placed the stick-on mount just to the right of the rear view mirror as high as possible and ensuring the camera was not obstructed by the mirror or the shaded area at the top of the windscreen. Remember, this is a wide-angle lens (140 degrees). I conducted several "dry-runs" to ensure I got it right the first time, as this stick-on mount is very effective. I placed the stick-on mount in the shaded or pebbled area at the top of my Subaru's windshield/windscreen. Not sure how I will remove this mount, likely using a gentle solvent in the event I decide to remove it one day. The stick-on mount is rock steady, and I forget the camera is there as I can only see a small portion of the camera from my driving position. The camera does not at all interfere with my view of the road or terrain. Here in Ontario, Canada, the use of any hand-held device while operating a vehicle is a no-no and drivers will be ticketed and fined approximately $300.00. Even if you are stopped in traffic, such as waiting for a traffic light to change, one must not use any device, including a GPS or a dash camera. I set my dash camera to the three minute setting to display video, then the display goes blank as I do not look at what I am recording while driving. If you want to review the video recorded, then do it when you are not driving and in a safe location. Again, the traffic laws vary with jurisdiction, and programming or adjusting your dash camera while operating a vehicle could get you into trouble. So, set it up, mount it carefully, then sit back and let the camera do the work and forget it is there. Tip, always keep your windshield clean both inside and out to ensure the best video, oh, 1080p is the best setting.
Someone asked about the GPS and compass readings, all I can say is my DOD LS430W works a treat and I have not had any issues with it. Perhaps try another camera, but first contact DOD-Tech and explain to them what is happening. DOD-Tech have been excellent with their customer support.
Hope this helps....would appreciate any comments....best.......SHUMBA

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Great review, you've convinced me to buy this dashcam.

BTW, you can set DOD Player to show the speed in mph as well - select "View" -> "Settings" from the upper menu or click on the green settings icon (the one which looks like a cogwheel) and select MPH.

June 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Yes, the LS430W can be set to Kilometers or the "old and outdated" system ...something called miles per hour.
Both the Brits and my dear neighbours to the south are still using the old system.
Best....SHUMBA

June 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Nothing intrinsically wrong with using MPH - I prefer it, even in this metricated country. I've even set my car's odometer to miles - really upsets the service people when I take it in for work..

I can confirm that my LS430W compass display really cannot show West. When I reach the top of the street, if I turn left it displays East, if I turn right it displays North. Perhaps it's still stuck in the Cold War era - the West does not exist!

June 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

I find it strange that here in the UK we buy fuel in litres but still measure speed in MPH - probably becuase of the cost of changing all the speedometers - sorry, oddometers ;-)

Does anyone have a problem with the GPS locking on satellites on heavily clouded days?

June 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeter West

Hi There, I have just bought this model on the strength of your excellent review - thanks. As well as using it for everyday normal usage, I intend to use it to record my european travels in my camper van, which tend to be broken down into 5 hours (max) travelling per day - perhaps for 3 or 4 continuous days. What would you suggest as the best set up to record the whole journey and then to save that, rather than continuously overwrite the footage. (I want to keep a permanent video record of particular journeys).
Thanks,
Erik Thomas.

August 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErik Thomas

I really wouldn't recommend recording a travelogue on a Dashcam...any more than filming a wedding on a GoPro. If you have no alternative device, I suppose you could determine how much time will fit on a SD card then swap them over before they loop. It's a while since I've used this camera so can't remember if looping can be turned off...it might be worth looking thorough the menus to see.

August 12, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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