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Panasonic DMR-EZ47V - DVD Recorder/VHS Combi review

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Panasonic DMR-EZ47V - DVD Recorder/VHS Combi
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  • DMR-EZ47V-EB-K DVD Recorder (VCR/DVR, HDMI)

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9

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Most people couldn't care less that VHS is going the way of the dodo, but there are many others who just can't let tape technology go, either because they need a VCR to play their video collections or want to transfer irreplaceable tapes onto DVD before they fall apart. If you're one of those people, then Panasonic has the ideal machine for you - a DVD recorder with a built-in VCR that allows you to copy tapes onto discs internally (and vice versa).

Of course, being a Panasonic DVD recorder, it's packed with more features than you can shake a tape at, including an HDMI output with video upscaling to 720p, 1080i and 1080p. Not only does this work with DVDs but also VHS tapes, potentially making those fuzzy SD tapes look better than ever before.

It's also equipped with a digital terrestrial tuner that gets you the entire Freeview channel line-up as well as digital text and a 7-day EPG, the latter making timer programming as easy as pressing a button. That said, it lacks the series and split recording features that make Sony and Pioneer's latest recorders such a joy to use. Freeview channels can be recorded onto either DVD or VHS, but unlike most other DVD recorders the digital tuner isn't backed up by an analogue version - a sign of the times perhaps?

The unit is available in black or silver, but either way the bulky VCR parts packed inside make it a bit of a lump. Our black sample is plain looking and understated with a circular silver button being the only cosmetic highlight, but it's by no means ugly and should blend in nicely with your other kit. A cluster of playback controls and DV input are hidden under a flap on the front, joined by S-video, composite and stereo audio inputs on the left-hand side. Sadly there's no SD memory card slot or USB port for easy playback of digital media files.

Joining the Viera-Link compatible HDMI socket on the rear is a set of progressive scan component video outputs, two SCARTs (one of which is an RGB-capable input for making recordings on DVD from external digital TV boxes) and composite/S-video outputs. On the audio side you'll find optical digital and analogue stereo outputs.

Panasonic has always packed its recorders with a wealth of recording and editing features and the EZ47V is no exception. First up, it will record onto every DVD format going, most notably DVD-RAM and DVD-RW, both of which open the door for flexible non-linear editing of your recordings. It also supports DVD+RW, and for permanent recordings it'll accept any write-once disc, including the double-layer variations of DVD-R and DVD+R.

Anthony 1

December 1, 2008, 7:29 pm

I've got one of these,and it's genuinely a good performer;the upscaling of everything to 1080p on hi-def tv's through the HDMI route and the unit set at 1080 is a revelation in itself, everything looks quite excellent whether prerecorded VHS or DVD software or indeed anything that's recorded on it's VHS deck whether from freeview broadcasts or external sources like camcorders. Phono AV,RGB or S-Video SCART and 4-pin S-Video and RGB component connections also reveal good things so you shouldn't be disappointed whichever connection route you take for your TV. VHS SP performance is generally excellent;nice colours with little bleed or nasties,and just a little slight grain to spoil things,go to VHS LP and performance takes a slight dive;grain increases and colour noise increases with an odd black streak or two on bright highlights,in other words not terribly bad but is watchable and bearable, and at the third EP speed;black streaks become more evident on bright highlights, and colours go more coarse and dot/grain/fuzz increases further, OK if you need to tape lots of programmes but for general viewing you may not like it. DVD recording performance is quite good;XP gives it's best asset with quality that's close to the original if just 1hr duration,going to SP is reasonably good and is suitable for most things,taking a step to LP is watchable if a little soft for some then slipping down to EP things become so poor but is still watchable. HiFi VHS Stereo reveals a good quality beefy crystal clear sonic performance whether it's self recorded stuff on your own tapes or prerecorded material tapes that's well worth feeding to a HiFi system or home-cinema setup, even at the slower speeds it doesn't deteriorate and stays good. DVD's sonic performance with Dolby Digital and DTS DVD's is faultless and is better than many cheaper DVD/VCR combo units and self recorded material in Dolby Digital stereo from internal Freeview broadcasts and external sources is similarly good ven at the lower speeds. Timer setting is as easy as pie from the Freeview programme guide and simple to do and you can tape up to 9 events,on the units own timer you can record 16 events! There are S-Video/composite AV phono inputs on the front for analogue camcorders and a DV in socket under a flap for miniDV/DVD camcorders ensuring absolute top quality from your camcorder recordings. A good thing on this deck included is that you can record in S-Video or RGB quality on DVD through AV2 Scart meaning top quality recordings from an external Freeview/Sky or Virgin Cable box when you go this route. The dual route dubbing route from VHS to DVD and viceversa is an excellent flexible feature that reveals good results whatever you choose. VHS to DVD is the best looking clean and well presented while the other way round is just slightly poorer with slight bleed and grain evident. With an easy to follow dubbing procedure this is faultless. All in all a great performer on all fronts that's well worth considering. Well done panasonic! 5/5

Mike Creed

October 15, 2009, 3:29 pm

Can I ask if anyone knows why this earlier model Panasonic DMR-EZ47V has a much higher score and rating than the (presumably) later model Panasonic DMR-EZ48V which is also more expensive? (See later review on Panasonic DMR-EZ48V dated 15th July 2009).

kamal

June 12, 2013, 6:02 am

remot controol look haw can open

audrey

December 8, 2013, 3:44 am

My unit has seized up. It shows the letters UG1. I have removed the disc, but a dialogue box persists over the top of the TV programme playing and I cannot remove it. can anyone help me please? Audrey 79 YO

The display is U61 not UG1. this would make difference

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