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Panasonic DMR-E30S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 130 reviews of Panasonic DMR-E30S. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The image quality and usability also get good opinions. There are some critical reviews about the finish and reliability. There are some mixed comments about the price.

usability, image quality, design, size

reliability, finish

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Panasonic DMR-E30S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Panasonic DMR-E30S from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Reviews about the reliability and usability are on the whole positive, whereas many are negative about the price.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic DMR-E30EBS DVD RecorderPanasonic DMR-E30EBS DVD Recorder

Oct, 2016

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 93 user reviews of Panasonic DMR-E30S from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Reviewers really like the size and design. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. The finish and reliability get negative views. There are some mixed comments about the price.

usability, image quality, design, size

reliability, finish

72% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic DMRE50S DVD Player/Recorder , SilverPanasonic DMRE50S DVD Player/Recorder , Silver

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: David Katzmaier (

Panasonic DMR-E50 review: Panasonic DMR-E50


Relatively inexpensive; excellent recording quality in XP and SP modes; simultaneous recording and playback with DVD-RAM; MP3 CD playback.

No IR blaster for cable or satellite control; soft recording quality in EP mode; no FireWire input.

The least-expensive DVD recorder on the market lacks some key add-ons, but it performs its basic tasks well.

Aug, 2003

Expert review by: Bill Howard (

Panasonic DMR-E30, DMR-HS2


The progressive-scan Panasonic DMR-E30 is a DVD player that also records to rewritable DVD-RAM discs ($8 each) or write-once DVD-Rs ($5 each).

Mar, 2003

Expert review by: (

Disappointed with DVD-R Features


My wife purchased at Circuit City based on the strength of the features explained to her (ease of creating chapters, markers, dividing chapters, ...

Mar, 2008

Expert review by: Richard Elen (

Panasonic DMR-E30 DVD Video Recorder


Introduction The arrival of affordable DVD recorders - and certainly their acceptance - has been delayed by that good old audio industry phenomenon, a format war. There are no less than four different recordable DVD formats, with apparently very little...

Jan, 2001

Consumer review by: (

great dvd recorder.


easy to use and program, nice console and great quality


Jul, 2003

Consumer review by: jkropp (

Only Broken Twice


Others have discussed the condescending software that comes with this unit. I'll address the integrity of the thing. I got the DVR on 3/03. It has been in for warranty repairs twice since then. In 7/03 it just refused to burn anymore and wouldn't ...

Recorded material plays on other playersAccepts cheap media

Stupid remote, softwareBREAKS!No support from Panasonic

Jan, 2004

Consumer review by: jeffjj (



I must admit, I am a techno geek dweeb, so when this product hit the shelves I was one of the firs ...



Jul, 2003

Consumer review by: pepper99 (

Good riddance VHS - DVD Recordable has arrived!


I've long wanted a DVD recorder, but price was always a major deterent, along with the price of the media itself, and the seeming incompatibilities amongst the +R/-R formats. When my VCR died several months ago, and our (Cheap) backup VCR on it's way ...

Price, disc compatibility with standalone DVD players, DVD-Ram capability.

Poor IR reception, clunky "Keyboard" letter input, slow reaction to buttons, inability to disable VCR-Plus.

Jul, 2003

Consumer review by: tommynawrocki (

Well worth the money.


Ive been using this unit for 5 days since I received it so Ill try to give you an overview of my experience with it. The first thing you notice is the sleek utilitarian look of the unit. The LED cover shines like a mirror when the unit isnt turned on....

Very affordable, progressive scan, general fun factor.

Poor remote, some media incompatibility. no DV input.

Jun, 2003

Consumer review by: kertel (

Technology Needs Time to Mature


I purchased this product for two main reasons: (1) to be able to eliminate the low quality VCR from my set up and record HDTV broadcasts and (2) to be able to convert my laserdiscs and tapes to DVD. At this point I have been unable to do either of...

Easy set up

Not enough connection options

May, 2003

Product Specifications

Panasonic's innovative DVD recorder allows consumers to record superb digital video onto DVD-RAM and DVD-R1 discs in a snap. The DMR-E50's joint support of DVD-RAM and DVD-R media provides the best of both worlds: DVD-R for the highest compatibility, allowing consumers to share video recordings with virtually anyone with a DVD player; and DVD-RAM for rewritability and benefits like Time Slip, Chasing Playback, and Simultaneous Play and Record. DVD-RAM offers the perfect solution for recording and re-recording favorite programs - over 100, 000 times on the same disc. In addition to an attractive price tag, the feature-rich DMR-E50 offers users the benefits of progressive scan, chasing playback, enhanced time-shifting, simultaneous record and playback, instant access, and on-disc video editing. When connected to home theater components, the recorders enable consumers to enjoy playback of multiple digital entertainment formats, including DVD Video, music CDs, CD-R and CD-RW discs. With the Panasonic DMR-E50 DVD recorder, consumers can watch what they want, when they want. In addition to having the ability to automatically record and instantly access favorite television shows, consumers can watch last week's episode of their favorite show while recording this week's, from the same disc at the same time. With instant recording onto a DVD disc, there's no need to have to find blank space as with a VHS tape. Just press record and the unit will automatically find space on the disc, much like a hard disc drive. Panasonic's unique Time Slip feature allows viewers to replay a scene recorded earlier without disrupting the recording process, simply by touching a button on the remote (in 30 second increments). And Chasing Playback allows users to watch a show in progress that's being recorded, right from the beginning, while the show continues to record to the end. Consumers can easily transfer their favorite VHS tape recordings to space-saving discs. Personal movie libraries and family videos can be archived, preserved, easily cataloged and accessed, and even edited right from the disc. The new DMR-E50 also features progressive scan, for optimum picture quality when viewing a DVD movie. Progressive scan doubles the scan lines of an interlaced signal (from 480i to 480p) by scanning all 525 lines in 1/60 of a second for each pass. The higher-density video signal creates film-like DVD images extraordinarily close to the way they originally appeared in the cinema - with rich detail, extraordinary depth of field, and precise color reproduction.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Surround Sound Effects:Advanced Virtual Surround Sound (V.S.S.)


BD Live: No
DLNA certified: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): No
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
Progressive Scan: Yes
Show View: Yes


DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
UPnP: No
USB Interface: No
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

Dimensions & Weight



Form Factor:Tabletop
Media Load Type:Tray
Media Type:CD / CD-R / CD-RW / DVD / DVD-R / DVD-RAM / Video CD/CD / CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / DVD-RAM / Video CD
Search Speed:Up to 100x
Supported Digital Audio Standards:MP3
Type:DVD recorder

General Features

1080p Upscaling: No
3D: No
DVD Player / Recorder:DVD Recorder
Integrated VCR: No
Static / Portable:Static
Table / Portable:Table


Country Kits:Europe/North America
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic DMR




Blu-ray Playback: No
DivX Playback: No
DVD Audio Playback: No
DVD-R Playback: Yes
DVD-RAM Playback: Yes
DVD-RW Playback: No
DVD+R Playback: No
DVD+RW Playback: No
HD-DVD Playback: No
PC Streaming: No
Super Audio CD Playback: No
Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: No


Blu-ray Recording: No
Double Layer Recording: No
DVD-R Recording: Yes
DVD-RAM Recording: Yes
DVD-RW Recording: No
DVD+R Recording: No
DVD+RW Recording: No
HD-DVD Recording: No
MP3 Encoding: No
MPEG4 Recording: No
USB Recording: No

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


DTS Decoder: No
Real Dolby: No