DOD is a Taiwanese company that has a great reputation for video quality so the previous LS430W was an award winning device at the Security Industry Association's showcase in 2014 so we're excited to check out the new LS460W and see what DOD has done. On the surface DOD has kept pretty much the same shape although they've cleaned up some of the writing and went with a sleeker design with the vents. Overall it's still not quite as sleek as the Korean dashcams but it's hard to compare since it's got a very sizable screen.
DOD has cleaned up the front design on the LS460W compared to its predecessors
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. The LS460W is powered by a standard cigarette jack but users can always opt for a hardwiring kit to power the device when the ignition is off although this dashcam doesn't have a real parking mode function.
The LS460W gets an updated button layout and still features the same excellent 16:9 2.7" screen
Like it's predecessor the DOD LS460W boasts a Japanese F/1.6 lens with a wide 140 degree viewing angle. The difference is that the LS460W now features a Sony EXMOR CMOS sensor that's 20% larger than previous DOD dashcams. The LS460W also gets the same excellent 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 can give users added peace of mind. It 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 still 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.
Thanks to the large aperture, excellent lens optics, and powerful sensor, the DOD LS460W 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 really shine above others in this arena. Video is super sharp and compared to its predecessors, the LS460W seems to be brighter in low light situations. We think that customers looking mainly for the best driving video quality will be quite pleased with the LS460W.
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.
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