DOD LS430W Review

DOD is a Taiwanese company that has a great reputation for video quality so we were excited to check out the LS430W as it was an award winning device at the Security Industry Association's showcase in 2014. Compared to the LS330W the 460 adds a GPS antenna on top of the device. On the styling front, we're familiar with the short and wide shape from DOD but the grey lettering on the front feels really tacky and belongs more on a tuner car than on a dashcam. 

The venting and decals on the front aren't exactly the cleanest design but DOD has since updated this with the LS460W

Inside the Box

DOD has been generous enough to provide both an adhesive mount and a suction cup mount which both swivel for maximum adjustability. We generally prefer the adhesive mounts as they're typically better under vibration and makes for a lower profile silhouette as well. Suction mounts are however great for those that like to remove the dashcams easily either for use in other vehicles or for stowing. Interestingly Chinese/Taiwanese companies like to include HDMI output for displaying video and for that reason DOD has even included an HDMI cable.

The LS430W does have a 2.7" screen for video playback, settings configuration, and even as a heads up display for speed. 

Features

The DOD LS430W features a 3MP CMOS sensor, F/1.6 lens, and 15 mbps bit rate so the video hardware is quite impressive. The LS430W also adds an internal GPS which records position and speed and thanks to a 5Hz polling speed it can supposedly be used for motorsports purposes. Another benefit to having GPS is the automatic time synchronization which is much more complicated on devices that don't have a screen or GPS. The LS430W supports microSD cards up to 64GB for up to 10 hours of recording which is more than enough for a single channel unit in our opinion. The biggest drawback to the DOD cameras however is their lack of parking mode and motion detection which is important in hit and run situations. Those who would like parking mode will want to consider the Blackvue DR600 and FineVu CR500HD

Video

Thanks to the large aperture, excellent lens optics, and powerful sensor, the DOD LS430W puts out some incredible video in both day and night. We like to remind customers that not all Full HD sensors are created equal and the DOD cameras have always been impressive in this arena. Video is super sharp but where it could use some improvement is in dynamic range as the video has quite strong contrast at night so the dark areas don't look as clear as they could. We suspect this might be the result of headlights and taillights throwing off the exposure of the LS430W and if compared to the CR500's night footage we can see that the FineVu seems much brighter overall.

Verdict

There's a lot to like about the DOD's video quality and as important as that is in the world of dashcams, at this price range we'd like to see stuff like parking mode and WiFi as with the Blackvue DR600. It's quite a different product as the DOD caters to those who want a screen and aren't worried about being discreet so it's a welcome addition to our range of dashcams. It's also important to note that while there are similarly styled dashcams on the market, the DOD is not merely a rebranded OEM device. One must not expect the same great video quality from similar looking devices that are a fraction of the cost.

Video Samples:

DOD LS430W Video Reference from DOD Tech North America on Vimeo.

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