– Max. resolution: 1920×1080 @ 30fps
– Price: see Amazon US / UK / CA — eBay US / UK / CA / AU (more vendors below)
– Bit rate: 15 Mbps
– Aperture: F/1.6
– WDR Super Night Vision
– 2.7″ Screen
– Small size (113mm x 60mm x 37mm)
– Weight: 100g
– Sony Exmor CMOS sensor
– Angle of view: 140° diagonal
– Operating temperature: from -20°C to 65°C (-4°F to 149°F)
– Video format: MOV
– Photo format: JPG
– Photo resolution: up to 12M
– Supports up to 64GB MicroSD cards
– Time and date stamp on video
– Loop recording, auto on/off, G-Sensor, parking mode (time-lapse only)
– Interfaces: USB 2.0, AV, HDMI
– Lock file button
– Player software for MS Windows
– Internal microphone and speaker
– Overspeed warning (configurable)
– Password protection
2016 Update: Newer versions of this camera are available, namely the DOD LS470W and LS470W+. However, our impression is that the LS460W records slightly better video than the newer models. Therefore, the LS460W continues to be our top choice with regards to video quality at 1080p resolution.
DOD LS460W Review
Released in mid 2014, the DOD LS460W aimed to top the already high standards set by its popular predecessors, LS300W and LS430W. While the difference in quality isn’t huge, it’s fair to say that for the most part, this goal has been achieved.
The DOD LS460W records excellent video quality both at day and at night. Most notably, night video has improved significantly in comparison to the immediate predecessor, LS430W. Check the sample videos below to see how much detail is visible even in difficult lighting conditions.
This camera comes with a GPS tracker that’s built into the camera’s bracket mount. GPS data updates 5 times per second, so the speed reading on your video footage (should you choose to record it) will be highly accurate.
The camera’s 2.7″ screen can be operated in various modes while you are driving. You can set it to show the view of the road ahead of you that the dash cam is recording. Or, you can run it in HUD (heads-up display) mode, showing you your current speed and direction of travel. There is also a screen saver option that will turn the display off after a set amount of time, if you prefer to minimize distractions.
An interesting feature of the LS460W is its configurable over-speed warning, which will alert you with a sound if you exceed a speed limit that you have set before. Speed can be set in mph or km/h.
Furthermore, this device has a time-lapse function, so you can set it to record 10 fps (frames per second), 2 fps, 1fps etc., instead of the usual 30fps. This comes in handy in parking mode when you can do with a bit less detail, or if you’re interested in creating artistic videos.
The LS460W takes up to 64GB SDXC cards according to the manufacturer, however some users report running it with 128GB cards also. A 64GB card will give you over 8 hours of video footage, and a 128GB card would allow you to record more than 16 hours. Some people have had problems formatting the memory cards correctly (they need to be formatted as FAT32). Your best bet is to format the card directly in the camera.
Needless to say, this dash cam also supports loop recording, auto on/off, G-sensor with impact detection, and has an emergency button which you can use to save any footage you’d like to keep from being overwritten. You can also configure a password to prevent unauthorized users from manipulating settings or video files.
The camera has a mount for a CPL (circular polarizing) filter, which will improve video quality in bright sunlight.
Some users have reported that the camera will lose its focus when it becomes too hot. Others have received units that died after a couple of uses. These are of course hardware issues, and you would be entitled to receive a refund or replacement from your vendor in case you have one of these problems.
That said, the large majority of users seem to be very satisfied with this device, and the LS460W is receiving excellent customer ratings so far. This, together with its excellent video quality no matter whether at day or at night time, makes the DOD LS460W one of our favorite dash cams for 2015. While it doesn’t come cheap, this is definitely a camera worth its salt.
DOD LS460W Video Samples
For full original video quality, make sure to watch on full screen and select maximum video resolution (use the cog icon in lower right corner). You may have to rewind the video after changing the resolution.
Day Time Video Sample
Day time video quality is great, with vivid colors and license plates easily readable. Most details are clearly visible, even with bright sunlight. Note that the road is bumpy initially but video becomes smoother starting at 1:53.
Night Time Video Sample
Excellent night video. Image quality is high even on unlit patches of the road (between 0:29 and 1:00). Notice how most license plates are readable even when driving by at considerable speed.
Where To Buy
The DOD LS460W is available for sale from the following vendors: