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4.0 out of 5 stars Just a couple of grumbles, so far (updated review), 8 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Panasonic DMR-EZ47 - DVD Recorder & VCR Combination - With 1080P Up-Conversion & Freeview - Black (Electronics)
In most respects it's very good, although not as easy to use as my Philips 3305. I got it because my VCR was clapped out and I want to continue transferring tapes to dvd. It seems well built, with lots of functions (hence the manual of 96 pages, all in English, not various languages!)
One unexpected benefit was the RF leads supplied with it: they've made analogue reception as good as that from Sky. I've fitted an HDMI cable and I reckon the picture's as good as I'm likely to require. An advantage over the Philips is that you're not restricted to nine characters for title names.
Now for my complaint. It's very fussy about discs, the +RW ones that I use, anyway. First you have to format them, which is not required on the Philips. Having done that, the Philips won't recognise them. Then it won't record on the spare space left on the discs recorded on the Philips; if you try to format, you lose what's on there already. So it means keeping the two types separate.
Another peculiarity is that it can divide only RAM recordings. So, if you're using other types, you're stuck with the bits before and after the recording you want to keep. On the Philips I can divide, or split, anywhere and delete the unwanted parts. What's more, the Philips automatically puts in chapter divisions of five minutes' duration; if you want to resume watching a recording after, say, 90 minutes you just go to chapter 18. On the Panasonic you have to fast-forward until you get there.
Regarding other reviews, I haven't heard it starting up on its own in the middle of the night and I can't say whether copies of tapes are worse or better than on other recorders; some of my tapes are 30 years old and have been copied once or twice already. The dvd copies of them may be "unwatchable", but the tapes were, anyway.
My intention is to use the Philips for analogue recording and the Panasonic for tape copying and recording from Sky. (Can't get Freeview here yet.)
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