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

By Danny Phillips



Our Score:


The deck starts recording instantly after pressing the button and the quality is nigh-on flawless. Starting with Freeview recordings made onto DVD in XP mode, the resulting images are free from noise, packed with pure, fulsome colours and reproduced with crisp edges. Such is the crispness and purity of the recording that it's impossible to tell the difference between the recording and the live broadcast. SP and LP also deliver pleasing results, although EP is excessively soft and juddery. You can also record Freeview onto VHS and the results aren't bad, although we can't see much use for it with DVD recording on board.

Next up we copied a VHS tape containing some BBC comedy shows onto DVD-RAM in XP and the results are very enjoyable to watch - the picture is surprisingly stable, colourful and detailed, although there's no escaping classic VHS artefacts like jitter, tizzing edges, noise and softness, the severity of which depends largely on the state of the original tape. But we're impressed by how slick and easy to use the VCR is, even to someone accustomed to using DVD players for the last decade.

The EZ48V also does a superb job of upscaling DVDs to 1080p, and as a bonus Freeview recordings, live TV and even VHS playback also get the upscaling treatment, which helps them look as clean and sharp as possible on Full HD flatpanel TVs. MP3s also sound terrific when played through a good sound system.


The DMR-EZ48V is a terrific recording tool that not only makes it incredibly simple to copy VHS tapes onto DVD but also offers top-notch 1080p DVD playback and access to free digital TV channels. The feature list is limited compared with this year's crop of Freeview+ and Freesat recorders - the lack of USB port and series link could be a deal breaker for some, particularly at this price - but there's still a lot to like, not least the easy-to-use operating system and solid recording quality.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Performance 8
  • Value 7
  • Features 6
  • Design 7

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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