DOD GS600 / GS300


The DOD GS600 is a GPS enabled dash cam that can record 1080p at 30FPS.  Like many of the DOD models it is based on the Ambarella processor.  It provides excellent picture quality in the day and decent quality at night.  There are some reliability issues that we will discuss.  Since it does not have a display screen, this camera is quite compact.  All settings of the device, as well as viewing of video files is performed with the supplied  remote control connected to an appropriate video output (AV cable, HDMI cable).  The DOD GS300 is the same camera without GPS.

The DOD GS600 and the DOD GS300 dash cameras are currently discontinued by DOD Tech and has been replaced by the DOD GSE550 and DOD GSE520.  However other equivalent dash cams are still being actively sold.

GS600 Models

Like many of the DOD cameras there are many variations available on eBay, Aliexpress and DealExtreme.  The primary models include:

  1. DOD GS600 (DOD brand, lens to the left)
  2. V1000GS (Neutral OEM version, lens in the center)
  3. Kapkam Q3 (Russian version, lens to the left)

The non-GPS version models include:

  1. GS300 (DOD brand, lens to the left, currently discontinued in the United States, replaced by the DOD GSE520)
  2. V1000 (Neutral OEM version, lens in the center)
  3. Kapkam Q3 Lite (Russian version, lens to the left)

The non-GPS version is identical to the GS600 with the exception of the GPS sensor.

Known problems

Low Capacity Battery

The GS600 normally comes with a low capacity battery.  This battery quickly dies and needs to be replaced.  To replace the battery, you must disassemble the dash cam, carefully unsolder the two wires going to the battery, detach the battery from the tape, solder new wires, and then paste it back into place if necessary.

If not replaced, the following 2 problems can occur.

Damaged SD-Card

There have been many reports of SD-cards being damaged in this dash cam.  This problem is likely related to disconnecting the power supply at a time when the internal battery is dead.

Reset Date and Time

Incomplete recording when turning off the external power supply.  Results in the reset of  the date and time to its default state.  This occurs when the internal battery is dead.

Ideal memory card

Choose a micro SD-card from a good manufacturer (SanDisk, Transcend, Kingston, Verbatim, Silicon Power) Class 4 and above.  An 8 GB or greater (max 32 GB) Class 10 SD-card is optimal.

Disassembling the dash cam

Sample Videos

Day Video

Night Video

Where to purchase for lowest price

It is difficult to find the branded DOD GS600 for purchase new since it has been discontinued.  However the V1000GS can still be purchased on eBay and Aliexpress for approximately $150.

Firmware

WARNING!  MAKING CHANGES TO YOUR FIRMWARE ARE PERFORMED AT YOUR OWN RISK.  WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR DASH CAM AS A RESULT OF THESE INSTRUCTIONS.

The only way to update the GS600 firmware is via USB.  You must connect the dash cam to your computer via a USB cable and use the Direct USB Software to manage the firmware.  The Direct USB software is only applicable for dash cams that use the Ambarella processor.  Firmware installed via usb will have a .elf extension.

  1. Download the Ambarella DirectUSB_Setup_a2s_20090721.exe
  2. Run the installation program DirectUSB_Setup_a2s_20090721.exe
  3. Follow the installation wizard.
  4. Run the DirectUSB program and set the following parameters (highlighted in red boxes):

  1. Depending on the dash cam, select the appropriate firmware file.
  2. Connect the dash cam to the computer via the USB-cable to the computer.
  3. When the Found New Hardware Wizard appears, select automatic installation and click Next, or select the installation folder manually.
    For example: C: \ Program Files \ Ambarella \ DirectUSB. When you install the driver, click “All Continue anyway “in the box.
  4. Installing new hardware is complete.
  5. Click «Connect»

  1. Once the status changes to “OK”, click «Erase Flash»

  1. Wait for the process to complete

  1. Then click download

  1. Wait for the process to complete.
  2. You should see the  «Firmware Programming Success!» message.
  3. Disconnect the USB cable from the dash cam and computer.
  4. Restart the device by clicking on «Reset».

The full Direct USB user guide is included below that describes the firmware software in more detail.

Latest Firmware

The only available firmware files come from the Kapkam Q3 camera and is known as Q3 V1.4.2 B2H P1

These firmware files are only compatible for cameras that have an existing firmware of:

  • 1.1.6
  • 1.1.7 E2
  • 2.0.0KH
  • 2.0.1 KH2
  • 2.0.7 KH

IF THE CURRENT FIRMWARE IN YOUR DASH CAM IS NOT THE SAME AS ABOVE, DO NOT UPGRADE YOUR FIRMWARE.

User Manual

Specifications

 GS600
Price$140
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ManufacturerDOD
CountryChina
Specifications 
ProcessorAmbarella A2S60
CMOS
Channels1
Screen
GPS
G-Sensor
Wi-Fi
Parking Mode
Lock FilesAuto
Video 
Max Resolution1080p 30fps
Max Bitrate (Mbps)8
Video FormatMOV
CompressionH.264
Diagonal Viewing Angle120°
Recording 
SD Card TypeMicroSD
Max Size (Spec)64GB
Max Size (User)64GB
Other 
Size (mm)113 x 24 x 30
MountSuction
Power Supply12V
Operating Temp-10˚C to 70˚C
Battery190mAh
Release DateNov 2010
AppsPC
Unique FeaturesNone
Rating 
AdvantagesGood video
DisadvantagesLow capacity battery which results in reliability issues
Video Day
Video Night
Reliability
Size / Discreetness
Price
Available Support
Overall Rating
Final WordDiscontinued and battery is undersized.

Last Updated: January 7, 2013