DOD LS430W Car Dash Cam Review

The DOD LS430W is a car Digital Video Recorder (DVR) with GPS that mounts to the windshield to record video and audio while driving. Over 8 hours of 1080P high definition video can be recorded with a 64GB microSDXC memory card. The video recordings are saved in Apple QuickTime format (.mov files) which can copied to a computer for playback on a Windows or Mac PC with the included DOD Player software, QuickTime, Windows Media Player or your favorite video application. The LS430W can also playback directly to a TV with the included HDMI cable.

DOD LS430W Car Dash Cam Review

The main features of the LS430W are:

  • 1080P high definition recording.
    1920 x 1080 pixel resolution at 30 frames/second.
  • 140 degree wide angle lens.
    The wide angle captures what’s going on to the left and right of the car, just about up to the front wheels.
  • GPS receiver which logs real-time location data in the video.
    The driving track is displayed in Google Maps by the free DOD Player software.
  • Snapshot camera mode for taking still photos at up to 12 megapixels (4032 x 3024 pixel resolution).
  • G sensor with crash and manual SOS file protection button.
    This automatically protects video files from being deleted or overwritten in a crash or emergency.
  • Timestamp
    Time and date is displayed on the video. Supports World time zones.
  • Speed display in MPH or KPH.
  • Supports 10 different languages.
  • Password protection.
  • 3.7 volt 500mAH internal battery.
    The LS430W will operate for about 4 minutes on the internal battery.
  • User upgradeable firmware.
  • Free DOD Player software for Mac and Windows:
DOD LS430W Car Dash Camera: DOD Player Software

DOD LS430W Car Dash Camera: DOD Player Software

DOD LS430W Car DVR Kit

I purchased the LS430W car DVR with an optional ADATA 64GB microSDXC memory card and extra cigarette lighter power cord as shown here:

DOD LS430W Car Dash Camera and 64GB Memory Card

DOD LS430W Car Dash Camera and 64GB Memory Card

DOD Tech included the blue nGear All-in-One USB 3.0 external flash card reader with the 64GB memory card, which is nice if your computer lacks the memory card reader slot of the correct size or your computer has trouble reading the card (I’ve not had the need to use it). I also wanted an extra car power adapter so I could temporarily move the camera to one of my other cars with the suction bracket mount.

This is what’s in the LS430W box:

DOD LS430W Car Dash Camera Box Contents

DOD LS430W Car Dash Camera Box Contents

The box includes:

  • LS430W car DVR camera and User Manual
  • 1 year product warranty
  • Software CD
    The latest software can be downloaded from DOD’s Support website.
  • Sticky tape windshield mount bracket
  • Suction cup windshield mount bracket
  • Cigarette lighter car power adapter (4 meters = 13.1 feet long)
  • HDMI cable for TV playback
  • USB computer cable

I bought my LS430W from the Official USA Distributor. The camera is available from unauthorized resellers but DOD will not provide warranty and support if purchased from an unauthorized reseller and you may end up with a counterfeit unit!

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The microSDXC Class 10 memory card is purchased separately. The ADATA 64GB memory card has worked great for me although the SanDisk 64GB gets better reviews:

DOD LS430W Car Dash Camera

The LS430W is surprisingly small and light weight. The GPS receiver is located on top of the camera below the mount bracket adapter, an LED can be turned On for taking video and photos at night – for example, after removing the camera from the windshield bracket after a crash to operate it like a handheld camera – and a speaker which is hidden behind the metal ventilation screens.

DOD LS430W Car Camera: Front View

DOD LS430W Car Camera: Front View

The USB port, AV Out, On/Off and Photo/Video/OK buttons are located on top of the LS430W:

DOD LS430W Car DVR: Top View

DOD LS430W Car DVR: Top View

The LS430W includes a sticky tape and suction cup mount brackets. The sticky tape bracket is intended for permanent mounting and is smaller than the suction cup bracket. I mounted the sticky tape bracket to the windshield of VW Jetta TDI that I drive the most. The camera snaps on & off the bracket:

DOD LS430W Car DVR with Tape Windshield Mount Bracket

DOD LS430W Car DVR with Tape Windshield Mount Bracket

LS430W SD Memory Card

The LS430W supports up to 16, 32 and 64GB microSDXC Class 10 memory cards. The ADATA 64GB card must be formatted in FAT32 format with DOD Tech’s free SD card formatting software. Only the thumbnail size microSDXC goes in the camera; the larger adapter cartridge for mounting the card in your computer.

DOD LS430W Car DVR with 64GB Memory Card

DOD LS430W Car DVR with 64GB Memory Card

I inserted the tiny ADATA 64GB microSDXC memory card into the Micro SD adapter cartridge, then pushed it into a microSD slot on my Windows 7 desktop computer. The memory card appeared as “Removable Disk H:\” and I ran the DOD FAT32 format program with no problem:

DOD Tech LS430W SD Card Formatter 64GB FAT32

DOD Tech LS430W SD Card Formatter 64GB FAT32

LS430W Configuration Menus

The LS430W is easy to configure and operate once you’ve familiarized yourself with the navigation buttons and menus. It took me about 15 minutes to get comfortable with the camera setup and operation, taking sample videos and photos. It’s really simple once your have the “finger memory” and my most difficult learning step was training myself to press the Camera/Video button on the top right of the unit which also functions the OK button to select and save the current menu option. The camera settings are saved in non-volatile memory which are kept even when the camera is off or the battery is discharged.

When configuring the camera do not plug the camera into a computer USB port because it will automatically detect the computer connection and switch to Mass Storage mode where the camera memory card is mounted as removable disk storage for copying video and photo files. Instead, I plugged the camera into my Apple iPhone 4 charger which has a standard USB port for power (or you could sit in the car and use the cigarette power cord adapter).

This next image is LS430W video recording configuration menu where the WDR, video resolution, exposure, white balance (auto/daylight/cloudy/tungsten/flourescent), record audio (On/Off), date stamp, loop recording, G sensor, plate stamp, GPS track, World Time Zone, password, speed units (MPH/KPH) and more are configured. Here I’ve selected 1080P video recording which works out over 8 hours of video with the 64GB memory card:

DOD LS430W Car DVR: Video Recording Setup Menus

DOD LS430W Car DVR: Video Recording Setup Menus

The still photo camera mode menus are similar, but with photo specific options such as image resolution, photo count-down timer, anti-shake, ISO setting, exposure, quality, sharpness and date/time stamp. I prefer high resolution 12 megapixel images:

DOD LS430W Car DVR: Camera Mode Setup Menu

DOD LS430W Car DVR: Camera Mode Setup Menu

Live video recording is indicated by the flashing red dot. The video camera icon tells you it’s in video mode and next to that is 1080P icon for the resolution:

DOD LS430W Car DVR: Video Recording Screen Icons

DOD LS430W Car DVR: Video Recording Screen Icons

This article is continued in DOD LS430W Car Dash Cam Review – Part 2 which features a YouTube video demo and driving footage.

Thanks for reading,

Bob Jackson

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10 Responses to DOD LS430W Car Dash Cam Review

  1. Derry April 23, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    the Sandisk 64g card does not work with the LS430W, have tried the exact same card as this post suggested (have three of them, they all did the same thing). Formated them, tried different settings etc. it showed that it recorded for the whole card, but at around the 15gig point on the card, the files were unrecognisable.

    • Bob Jackson April 23, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

      Did you use the DOD FAT32 format utility? What did DOD Technical Support recommend that you do?


  2. paul dudak December 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    can I cancel out looping. in other words once sd card is filled up can I have it automatically shut off or will it erase what I already recorded?also when person drives for many hrs dashcam tends to make many files.for example my dashcam makes files at 4:38sec. intervals.i end up with 85 files. can dod 430 be adjusted to how many minute intervals you want? better yet,what if I don’t want files,just 1 big movie? so again, can I cancel looping,can I adjust minute intervals between files,& can I get rid of files if I wish & make just 1 continuous without interruption? thanks

    • Bob Jackson December 30, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

      The DOD430W will always save videos to files that are 2, 3 or 5 minutes in length. See the Loop Recording option page 17 of the User Manual to change the recording interval.

      > better yet,what if I don’t want files,just 1 big movie?
      This option isn’t supported. The DOD Player software will display all recordings in chronological order with thumbnail views so you can quickly locate a recording of interest. I think most people will find the many shorter recording files preferable because it’s easier to manage and avoids the opposite problem of “How do I isolate the 10 second crash scene from this 32MB or 64MB file?” If you want a single very large file you can use a 3rd party video editor program to concatenate the files. There are many video editor applications and tutorials on the web.

      > can I cancel looping, can I adjust minute intervals between files… ?
      You can disable Loop Recording such that once the memory card is full, the existing video files are not overwritten and recording stops.


  3. Luce Dion February 17, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

    Hello Bob,

    I end up looking at car-cam/video but I need help. I want to recorder (video) when my car is parked in the underground building’s garage due to some vandalism done on other cars. So, the video recording will done in continue for minimum of 12 hrs to 24 max. And how about the power supply ? When the car isn’t running, the power supply cord doesn’t function right?… Anyway, can you direct me what to buy as a car video surveillance camera?


    • Bob Jackson February 17, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

      The DOD LS430W and newer LS460W cameras have a “Motion Detection” option:

      Motion Detection
      For use when parked, not when driving. Saves memory space by only recording when motion is detected. Motion detection must be manually disabled before driving. If motion detection is activated while driving you may have significant gaps in the recorded video.”

      Your car’s cigarette lighter outlet must remain continuously powered when the key is removed and the car locked to run the camera. The camera load on the car battery shouldn’t be a problem for a day, it might be too much for long term parking at the airport – similar impact to leaving to the car interior dome light on. If the cigarette outlet powers down when the key is off or you don’t want to worry about draining the car battery, plug the camera power cord into a USB power bank (a.k.a. portable battery charger). This 10,000 mAh battery should run the DOD LS430/460 for days, maybe a week:


  4. iqbal February 18, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

    Hi, I have purchased dod ls460w dash cam and after loading dod player my recorded files doesn’t play at all even after connected via cable direct from dash cam.Demo version of dod player keeps open. When I go to add files and click one recorded file it does not open or play.
    The files do play in windows media player perfectly, but I want to se my speed and gps which only dod player has got those function. I have down loaded software from dod website.

    • Bob Jackson February 18, 2015 at 8:26 pm #

      Please contact DOD Technical Support for issues about the DOD Player application.

    • Vegard February 15, 2016 at 5:30 pm #

      I have never been able to have dod player work. i simply play the files from windows media player (but as you say; not able to see the map as you go along …)

  5. Geir H July 19, 2016 at 4:55 pm #

    This is information any user should be aware of, but is not mentioned in the user manual:
    1. The emergency button doesn’t cause the current recording to become write protected. Consequence: Loss of data. Solution: Keep the emergency button down for some seconds (I don’t know how many seconds neccesary to keep down the button because the device doesn’t give any feedback, not visual nor by sound). Probably less than 10 seconds.
    2. Memory card is filling up with lot of write protected records that is not intensional. Consequence: Loss of data. Solution: Change G-force sensor sensitivity to “Low”.

    This is the traps you’ll hit first when using the product for the first time – even if you’ve read through the user guide.

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