Panasonic DMR-EZ48V DVD / VHS Recorder - Panasonic DMR-EZ48V

By Danny Phillips



Our Score:


With the built-in Freeview tuner comes a 7-day EPG, which makes it easy to select programmes to record. The EZ48V lacks the Guide Plus EPG found on the EX79 and EX89 and therefore isn't blighted by the clumsy, space-hogging advert. The layout is a lot less cluttered and is organised into a grid structure showing seven channels at a time (or you can switch to a portrait single channel view) and all the functions are listed at the bottom. You can also search by category, which highlights all the relevant programmes in the grid and shades the rest grey.

However, unlike Panasonic's more recent DVD/HDD models, this recorder does not come equipped with Series Recording, which means you'll have to manually set every episode of your favourite shows. It's a shame, but the lack of a hard-disk makes series recording less of a necessity - plus it features Guide Link, which keeps track of any changes to the schedules so you don't miss any timer recordings.

Because the EPG isn't superimposed over live TV, you might prefer to use the straightforward onscreen now/next programme banners, as they show the programme synopsis and other key details without having to leave the programme you're watching.

The EZ48V offers a range of modes for DVD recording: XP, SP, LP and EP. These allow you to fit between one hour and eight hours on a regular single-layer DVD, or over 14 hours on a dual-layer disc. There are also three recording modes for VHS recording: SP, LP and EP.

Elsewhere on the features front, you'll find Viera Link and Deep Colour support from the HDMI v1.3 output; MP3 and JPEG playback from CD and DVD; and a range of non-linear editing modes for DVD-RW (VR) and DVD-RAM discs (including playlist creation, chapter editing and partial delete).

On the VHS side, it features S-VHS Quasi Playback (SQPB), which plays S-VHS tapes in VHS quality; the VHS Index Search System (VISS), which adds index signals during tape recording to help you find specific points; and Jet Search high-speed forward/reverse.

Tony Walker

July 15, 2009, 8:16 am

Can the VHS deck do stereo?


July 15, 2009, 12:28 pm

Way too expensive.

iain coghill

July 15, 2009, 1:30 pm

Seriously this is a pointless piece of kit. If you have a large VHS collection you almost certainly still have a VHS player. Just plug the VHS machine into any DVD or hard disk recorder and you're all set. When you are done you can toss out the VHS machine at the same time as all those tapes.

Mike Creed

October 15, 2009, 3:34 pm

Can I ask if anyone knows why this model Panasonic DMR-EZ48V has a poorer rating and score than the earlier model Panasonic DMR-EZ47V reviewed on 10th Jan 2008? The earlier model seems better, is cheaper and still available through many outlets.

Maurice Emery

November 2, 2009, 9:47 pm

Mine is 15 months old, works perfect, can't see why the ratings are less than the earlier DMR-EZ47V. I agree it's a bit pricey. It is NOT a pointless set of kit, I bought it to RECORD on DVD, to PLAY DVDs and VHS cassettes; I bought it to save space,1 box takes up half the space of 2; I don't need all the extra clutter of more scart and electric leads, my previous recorder did not have Freeview, my previous VHS player (not Panasonic) did not work. If I wanted to convert my 50 VHS to DVD, it's 10 times easier than trying to play 2 boxes at once; that is just one of many features that make the

DMR-EZ48V brilliant!


January 18, 2010, 7:23 pm

Can it play back tapes that were recorded in the S-VHS format.


April 1, 2010, 9:27 pm

I just wanted to say that one of the MAJOR reasons for obtaining this "kit" is that it is increasing difficult to find a VCR to purchase anywhere. I still have an extensive VHS library to be transferred to DVD. When VCR machines recently quit on me, I tried to find a replacement - and discovered that finding a new VCR for sale was sort of like climbing Mount Everest. The machines which transfer VHS to DVD plus can record on either VHS tape or to DVD using a TIMED recorder are a about the only machines left which you can find which still have both VCR and DVD capabilities. I was astonished to learn that your could find VCR/DVD combos which could PLAYBACK VHS tape or DVD - but could NOT record onto VHS tape or the DVD. Also - the new high definition format in the United States makes it increasingly difficult to record anything which needs to have a timer set. In 2005, Direct TV introduced a new satellite dish receiver which can NOT be set up for a timed recording. The ONLY solution for people who want to record programs, movies, etc., which are coming on at 2 a.m. when you do not feel like being up to record the program manually is to subscribe to an even more expensive service from Direct TV which will sort of do the recording for you - but it is not something which you can OWN! You can only LEASE it. Over the past five years, LEASING the latest satellite dish receiver for high definition television from Direct TV has cost me an extra $600! By contrast, I purchased my FIRST Direct TV receiver from Direct TV in 2000 for $50! I consider high definition to be nothing more than a very expensive boondoggle. My original satellite receiver from Direct TV still picks up the majority of programs - it just does not pick up high definition programs. But there are very few programs which are available ONLY in high definition which anybody wants to see. We have had extremely good luck with ALL of the Panasonic VCR/DVD combos which we have been using - mainly because we find that the home made DVDs are compatible with with every DVD player we have used them in - and that includes the DVD player on my computer as well as DVD machines available in motel rooms when we travel. I checked out this page because I was disappointed when I discovered that the DMREZ48V was the ONLY Panasonic model left which was capable of transferring VHS to DVD, as well as recording and playing back in both the VCR and DVD modes. We found all of these comments very helpful.


April 21, 2011, 2:58 pm

I had a PANASONIC VHS player/recorder - it broke down after ~ 18 months or so.
Friend of mine has DMR-EZ48V DVDF-VHS recorder and it broke down after ~ 2 years.
MY ADVICE: stay away from ANY PANASONIC electronics gear - they manufacture JUNK; they use cheap parts and they do NOT care that your item will break down. The days that Panasonic stand for top quality are gone for good.
I personally will never ever buy Panasonic or Mitsushita item !!!

Geoff Harrison

August 13, 2013, 11:21 pm

I have a dmr-ez48v works like a charm its 3 years old , I clean the heads and drum etc ..has never missed a beat , have copied maybe 200 vhs to dvd all perfect ...


September 14, 2013, 8:14 pm

this is an excellent product. In fact I've never had a problem with it up until this morning. When I attempt to use the remote control nothing works and a digital sign come across the front of the recorder that says, "RC2"

Can anyone out there explain to me what this means and how it can possibly be corrected? Contact me by e-mail if need be:


Tom Degan


January 5, 2014, 12:27 pm

can this unit record HD channels


November 10, 2015, 9:07 pm



November 10, 2015, 9:08 pm

VHS does not die because it's so simple to use.


April 25, 2016, 7:30 pm

Tom I had the same issue with mine. All you have to do is press and hold the "OK" button and then "2" for five seconds or so and it then syncs the remote with the recorder.

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