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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)

I did acquire a new DOD LS460W just recently. I mounted the 460W on my windscreen along with my existing DOD LS430W for comparison. I have to say; that after playing back video clips from both cameras in day and night scenarios, I was unable to see any differences. I had a look inside the cameras and they do have slightly different software versions, but when in use, I did not notice any obvious changes to what was recorded. I will keep the 460W for a few more days to give it a chance and review some more video, and if I do not see any better performance than what the 430W provides, then I may return it.
I watched Techmoan's recent review of the DOD SP1 Champion Motorsport Camera. The review was brilliant! Mr. Techmoan, please keep doing these reviews, as myself and many others find them most informative.
A conversation with DOD-Tech in Toronto, Canada reveals that a DOD LS470W is in the works and may be available in Canada in March of 2016. A quick google search shows the LS470W is available in Asia.
If there are any reviews of the LS 470W available, I would be grateful for some information.
Best...........SHUMBA

November 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

As promised...I reviewed additional footage from both the LS430W and the LS460W and was unable to see any definitive differences or advantages to keeping the LS460W. I returned the LS460W for credit and have since purchased a DOD LS360W at a bargain price, I might add!! The 360W captures very good video, in fact slightly better than my 430W...??? not sure why because as I understand, both models share identical components. The LS360W lacks the GPS feature, but for an additional charge the GPS can be added on at a later date if so desired.
I am hoping that DVR technology improves in the near future and I will be looking for new cameras that have better resolution along with a higher frames per second rate. In Canada we are beginning to see a wide variety of shops offering DVRs for sale at a very wide variety of prices. I saw an HP DVR today at one of my favourite food stores for a hundred bucks. I had a look, but the aperture was an f1.6. For now, I think that DOD-Tech cameras are still the best available on the market. Disclosure, I have no affiliation with DOD Tech; nor do they provide me with any of their products free or otherwise. I would be grateful to hear from others out there about cameras they may own or have tried.
Best........SHUMBA

December 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

That's a bit disappointing Shumba. Still, by this time it's probably worth hanging out for something better. I found the 460 somewhat better in night vision than my 430 though there wasn't much in it otherwise.

I too have seen cameras in various shops of late, even one for $39.95 in a local supermarket! Wouldn't give you much for its capabilities, especially as it was only 720p resolution like most cheap clones- probably not good enough to read number plates in full daylight. There's a lot of crap stuff out there and I wonder how many people are running round with inferior cameras thinking they're covered?

I'm more than happy with the 460's we've got and I won't look at replacments for at least a couple of years when the technology should have improved exponentially.

December 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

Bought an LS460W at a brick and mortar retailer here in Toronto. The price has dropped to C$225 (US$163 GBP 108). I am very pleased with the performance, especially at night. They must have been looked at your review. There are now 3 discrete hard plastic buttons on each side that are easily distinguished by touch. The left center "protect file" button has a yellow triangle on it. The right center button no longer adjusts exposure; it turns the mic on/off.

All your reviews are terrific. Keep them coming.

Denis

December 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDenisT

I too have seen some great deals or prices on these DOD cameras. I feel the price reductions are indictitive of a better "mouse trap" on the horizon. For now I am content with both of our LS430 W and LS360W cameras. I have tried several other DVRs and none of them match the performance of the DOD cameras.
Again if there's anything new in DVRs I would be grateful for any information.
Best.....SHUMBA

December 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Hi
What dashcam has the better video quality the nextbase 402g or the trancsend drivepro 200 and is one of them better in the day and night ??

December 21, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjonny

I'm looking to purchasing a LS460W for the simple facts, available from a reputable retailer, reduction in price, like the size/design and, my LS430W has been rock solid for the past 20 months, not to mention the image quality is more than acceptable for my needs.

Will be interesting to see how it compares to my LS430W, reading that many find little difference other than a slight improvement at night, that's acceptable if we achieve same performance/reliability.

December 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

Sorry, not able to answer jonny's question about the
"nextbase 402g or the trancsend drivepro 200"....haven't seen or tired either of these cameras.

Good luck to Slivy58 with your new DOD LS460W. Staples in Canada has/had them available for $229.00 + taxes. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, I tried a 460W but returned it and bought an LS360W for my wife's car. It works just fine, but does not have the GPS feature. One can purchase the GPS portion at a later date and attach it to the 360W if so desired. Again, I found the 460W to be virtually the same as my 430W, which has performed flawlessly for me for the past approx. twenty months. I think we will see some new cameras come to market in the new year, and I am hoping to see something that shoots 60 FPS, or frames per second vs. most cameras today are 30 FPS. Oh yes, you can set your camera to shoot 60 FPS, but the video quality suffers and becomes unreadable, so I just leave both my LS360W and LS430W set to "1080p" along with the rest of the standard or factory settings.
Best of the festive season to all....and always drive defensively to avoid any mishaps on the road.
Best.......SHUMBA

I am content with both of our LS430 W and LS360W cameras

December 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Thanks SHUMBA, went for the gusto and bought both the LS360W & LS460W (Staples Canada), wanted another incorporating the GPS and one w/o, will do a comparison soon of all three, mostly for my curiosity but will post on YouTube too.

Being that most of my videos aren't anything to write home about I am not too worried about higher resolution or anything above 30 FPS than the DOD units already provide, have other devices to fill those gaps, 1080p30 keeps thing somewhat simplistic in both software and type of PC needed to render videos, 4K say would be very taxing and doubt there would be a huge difference when viewed online, great for capturing that ultimate still photo though.

Anyhow, doubt we'll see anything exceptionally better in the sub-$300 range, especially here in Canada with our tanked dollar :(, trends in the past year+ show a considerable spike in prices/demand for dash/actions cams and just maybe that will drive prices down yet give us more quality/features, don't really anticipate that happening without forking over more monies.

December 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

Thanks for that Slivy58...looking forward to some video capture of your 360W and 460W. I just reviewed some of my 360W video and I find it quite acceptable, in fact equal to the 430W that I have. DOD-Tech, in Toronto tells me that the 360W has different components inside of the camera and the 360W provides better video that the 430W, although I see no difference. The only two differences I do see between these two cameras is: a.) the price (360W much less) and b.) 360W does not come with integrated GPS function, although for a price it can be added at any time.
Will watch for your video postings..
p.s. How are things in B.C.??
best...........SHUMBA

December 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Hey SHUMBA,

The weather here in BC hasn't been too bad but not good enough for testing out dash cams haha, gloomy and a slight sprinkling of snow, enough so that I decided to stay indoors LOL.

As for the dash cams themselves, when holding the LS460W I noticed there seemed to be some added heft which I verified after weighing, was 107g compared to the LS430Ws 95g (LS360W/84g), not sure of the reasoning other than it having a larger battery which I still have to look into. Glad to see both mounts, adhesive & suction, were still included, an added bonus was that both came with an 8GB MicroSD card (ADATA) albeit a tad small for those long commutes, we like anything over and above the norm so won't complain.

On another note, ordered a couple of 27mm CPL filters to minimize those dreaded windshield reflections, annoying at times and anything that can be done to reduce will be welcomed.

Regards... Slivy58

December 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

Just did a rough comparison outside on a gloomy day (handheld) with all settings equal, my old LS430 has a very definite purplish hue which didn’t seem so prevalent before and the overall footage is much darker, both the LS360W/LS460W are brighter and whiter, so far pleased with what I am seeing on the latter yet lots more to do :-).

PS... Staples Canada is a having a price reduction come Boxing Day Weekend, decide I'll leave things as is in regards to my purchases cuz I'm sure chance of acquiring any then will be slim to none.

Regards... Slivy58

December 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

Hey Slivy58; My video playback suffers from the "windshield reflections" you mentioned. In addition to this, when I am driving westbound into the bright sun, I get reddish/orange coloured images on the video. Just wondering; will these Cpl filters alleviate the effects of driving into the sun? I took an old filter from a 35 MM camera and crudely attached the filter onto the camera using elastic bands and paper clips..er..that didn't work very well. Where does one purchase these filters and how do you attach them to the camera? Are they dedicated filters built and designed for the DOD cameras. I would be grateful for some info and pricing.

If you have the time on boxing day, take your camera receipts to Staples, and I believe that if you bought something from Staples within thirty days ago they may refund you the difference between what you paid and the boxing day sale price. Perhaps check with them prior about that.
Happy Holidays to all;
Best.............SHUMBA

December 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

SHUMBA,

Not sure about lens flare from the sun but reflections off the dash and metal objects will be reduced, according to what I've seen/read anyways, have encountered all of the above with winter months being most prevalent, these CPL filters are adjustable so you can tweak for the desired results... Attachment method, via black electrical tape LOL, will look into other mounting options after they have arrived. I posted links below for the video on YouTube that got me going on this along with the seller's eBay site I chose (paid a little more compared to some in hopes quality didn't suffer), they weren't as readily available as I first though either and couldn't find that depicted in video, silver appears to be most common but did find a few black ones, what I went with.

CPL Filter Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx0nsF2cit4
eBay Seller - http://www.ebay.ca/itm/231631331263

As for Staples price guarantee, already checked and doesn't apply to boxing weekend sales, flyer states such as well :(

Regards... Slivy58

December 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

Just an FYI for those looking to use a CPL filter for their DOD cams, specifically the 27mm size mentioned in my previous post. Upon test fitting it onto my LS430W/LS460W and checking the functionality I found no issues but can’t say the same for the LS360W, the problem being is that the lens on the latter is recessed further which causes filter to protrude into viewing area slightly, filters of a larger size would alleviate this I’m sure.

Anyway, Happy New Year everyone!

Regards... Slivy58

December 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

Hi, I have been contemplating to buy Dod LS430 or Nextbase 402G as I am in UK. Can you help me decide which one I should buy as I see Dod LS360w did get better Video quality reviews.

My requirement is to have a parking mode as lot of supermarkets are getting cars being keyed incidents, which I want to avoid. I don't mind hardwiring it in my Audi as this will avoid Dashcam Turing off. All other features like 1080 HD 30fps recording and collision recording etc as standard. Don't really need the GPS though.

My budget is around £150 so don't mind buying a dual cam too if feasible. Did look at Nextbase 512G but didn't like he inward camera looking at the back from inside the car. Was keen to Lukas 9750 but very expensive.
Appreciate

January 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPuneet G

Puneet was asking about what camera(s) he should buy to hard wire into his car so he can monitor his Audi whilst unattended as the miscreants were "keying" or damaging his vehicle. I have tired several brands of camera, but none of those mentioned by Puneet. I only use the DOD LS430W and the LS360W in our cars. We have a garage, and live in a great neighbourhood, so we do not have this problem. If you do not require GPS, then for 150 Quid you should be able to buy yourself a pair of LS 360W cameras, one for the front and one for the rear. Yes you can "hardwire" them into your car, but you may deplete your battery over a time period. How long it will take to drain your battery, will depend on several things, such as the age and capacity of your battery, the ambient temperatures and of course the duration of operation. And here's another thing, those idiots who go about damaging other people's property are most likely wearing a hoodie or a ball-cap along with some sun glasses, so even if you did catch them on camera, it may be very difficult to identify them. Perhaps find a better place to park your Audi is about all that I can suggest,
Best of luck with this, as I know that in some parts of the U.K. vandalism is a real problem, and no country is immune.
Best....SHUMBA

January 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

I have the 430W and love it, however I recently witnessed a very bad car crash and when I reviewed the footage on the SD card there were literally only a few very short clips, the most recent of which was from months before.

The camera is hard wired to come on when the ignition is on, which it does. The display is set to switch off after a few minutes, and the memory was set for 5 minute loops. I run a 16gb SD card.

What settings should I run to make sure that everything is recorded as I drive along, and would that mean I occasionally need to wipe the card as it fills up?

Thanks in advance!

January 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDave J

Dave J writes:

"The camera is hard wired to come on when the ignition is on, which it does. The display is set to switch off after a few minutes, and the memory was set for 5 minute loops. I run a 16gb SD card.

SHUMBA writes:

Unless your camera is on all of the time, i.e. when parked and unattended; then your camera is not "hard-wired". By using the power cable that plugs into your car's cigarette lighter; this does not mean hard-wired, unless of course your cigarette lighter receptacle is "hot" all of the time. Most vehicles only power the cigarette lighter when the ignition is on. Only an continuous, uninterrupted power source is considered "hard-wired".
When did you last format your micro SD card? Try reformatting the SD card (using your camera). Then after an hour or two of usage, playback some video to see if you are still getting any corrupt files. if so, I would suggest you purchase a new 32 GB card as a 32 GB will give you approx. four hours of recording. The only other thing I can think of is, did you have any saved files on the camera from pressing the emergency button? With a 16 GB card (approx. 2 hour capacity) it would be possible to fill a card to capacity so the card would not store any additional video. Your settings of 1080p with five minute loops and the screen set to go blank in approx. two or five minutes is exactly what settings I use on my LS360 and 430W cameras. Remember, when the SD card reaches capacity or is "full" any new video will overwrite video that was recorded at the beginning of the card. So, again a 31 GB card will give you approx. four hours of recording ability. Some cameras are able to utilize a 64 GB card which should permit approx. eight hours of recording before the camera "loops" and records over the older video.
Hope this helps......would like to hear from readers out there who are using their cameras that are "hard-wired" to their vehicles and please let us know what settings you are using and the effects on your vehicle's battery.
Best............SHUMBA

January 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Shumba - thanks for the clarification. What I mean then is that I have the car permanently wired into the fusebox using a tap-a-fuse, and so when I switch the ignition on, then the camera is always powered. I agree it isn't powered when the ignition is switched off.

Thanks for the tips re the card etc - I'll be sure to try this.

January 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDave J

Dave J;

As Shumba suggests, a good first step would be to format your card and then take the car for a short run and review the camera footage. Also check the camera while the ignition is on and make sure the recording indicator light is flashing.

Undeleted files tagged by the emergency button can clutter up the card and, as well as those created by pressing the emergency button, as Shumba says. There can also be files tagged automatically - check the menu for an item called G-Sensor (or similar). If you have it you should see settings of OFF, HIGH, MIDDLE and LOW. Turn it OFF. This seems to be designed to automatically tag the current video to prevent it being overwritten if it detects an impact - and that impact can be as little as a pot-hole in my experience.

January 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

Well said MichaelH I have both of our cameras (LS430W and LS360W) mounted high on the windshields (windscreens) using the stick on mount and not the suction mount. The rear view mirror obscures the camera and that is exactly what I want, that is ; mounted so I cannot see the camera from the driver's seat.
These are considered "hand-held" devices just like cell phones or a GPS, so one is wise to setup the camera properly on your windshield and not touching it while driving.
I put some used snow tyres on my WRX for our glorious winter months only to find they cause the car to shake at certain speeds. This caused the plug-in power charger to work loose and the camera lost power. I would suggest to check to ensure the camera is receiving power each time you start your car to ensure you are capturing video.
Best ....SHUMBA

January 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

Hi
Just bought one of these and I'm quite impressed.

But I can't get the software to work....it just crashes on opening.
Same whether I use the software from the supplied cd or downloaded from the site.

Anyone have a link to working software??
Thanks

January 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDavid R

I'd recommend bypassing the official GPS playback software and use Registrator Viewer instead.

January 19, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Techmoan

thanks for the suggestion.....downloaded and works a treat!

Cheers

January 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDavid R

I bought this after watching your review.

It crashes. Locks up. Does not tell you it's in error mode.

The internal battery only lasts a few seconds.

I have bought very expensive micro sd cards as recommended by Dod uk website.

They crash too. Yes I have downloaded their format programme.

Movement sensor does not work on mine as battery shuts it down.

No updates on firmware to resolve common issues read on forums.

When it works it's very very good. But when I want to store a video as driving, I find it is in error and missed the event.

So no use..

Software is indeed excellent. But no use when the cam was locked in error just at the time you needed it.

Pros are great software and good gps.
Cons are when you need to save that recording, you click it and find out it was not recording.

Thought I'd bought an expensive top of the range dash cam. I did but it's not working when you need it..

January 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLuke Grey

It's broken. Have you tried to get it replaced under the warranty.

January 21, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I think I'll leave Luke Grey's issues with Mr. Techmoan.
All I can suggest is that you contact DOD tech and explain to them what your camera is doing or not doing.
You may want to format the sd card in the camera that is; then reset the camera to factory.
Request a replacement camera from DOD-Tech.
Good luck
Best regards
SHUMBA

January 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSHUMBA

I've been using a LS460W for the past year or so and have been very pleased with the results. I am noticing, however, that the internal battery is beginning to deteriorate. When I take the battery out of the car and if I don't put in back and drive with it on, within about 4 or 5 days, the battery is almost totally discharged. I can recharge it from a house outlet and it again will last about the same time. I recently noticed that these cameras had been reduced in price and I purchased another one. When I charge the new one, it retains its charge much longer. I contacted DOD-Tech and was told that the battery is covered under the one year warranty, but not for this. And the internal battery is not replaceable. Not sure if this applies to a camera that is installed and used daily. So, for what's it's worth, please be advised. I am thinking that since I now have a new camera that I will put the old one on the shelf for a month or so to totally discharge and then completely recharge it. Will let you know if that changes anything. Dennis

March 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDennis

I have no such problems with my 460 but then it stays in the car permanently except when I need to download video due to an incident, in which case I take the whole unit indoors and connect it to the computer, so it never runs on its internal battery. As I recall it only stays on for a few minutes on the internal in any case.

The one thing I would suggest Dennis is that leaving it to discharge over a month or so might just kill the battery altogether.

March 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelH

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