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Panasonic DMR-E50

Panasonic DMR-E50
alaScore 70

164 reviews

Jan, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 164 reviews of Panasonic DMR-E50. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviewers really like the finish. The usability is also mentioned favorably. Reviews are divided on the price.

image quality, usability, finish

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Panasonic DMR-E50 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 user reviews of Panasonic DMR-E50 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Reviewers are impressed by the finish. The image quality is also appreciated.

image quality, finish

85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic DMR E50EBS DVD Recorder

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 53 user reviews of Panasonic DMR-E50 from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on People really like the image quality. The usability is also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed comments about the price.

usability, image quality

70% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic DMR-E50K DVD Player/Recorder , Black

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Panasonic DMR-E50K


Except for its relatively thick black case and a big, unattractive DVD Recording logo on the drawer, the E50K looks pretty much like a regular DVD player. The unit is also available in silver as the DMR-E50S . The central, animated display is well...

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.


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"Works as advertised"


Good quality, easy to use

None so far

Consumer review by:

"Systemic errors in E55"


We bought about a dozen for our business, Dub... 

The Price is reasonable

Defective Finalizations

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"A poor performance DVD recorder"


This unit got poor rf reception. I have to re... 

have 3 inputs to use

only can record on DVD-R, or DVD-ram

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"Reads all cheap media except -"


This is good if your like me and buy copied m... 

Reads all cheap media a dvd copied movies, Muilti reagion

No DVI out and control is big and award. When you not using cable though coaxial

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"I like this DVD recorder but was suprised at a few missing features that I thought would be standard"


Aside from being surprised that there are a f... 

Easy to navigate through on-screeen menus, nice video quality on XP and SP recordings

No "last position" memory and no repeating event timer recording option

Consumer review by:

"Excellent product."


It be sweet if this DVD Recorder lets you rec... 

works great no problems yet :)

It be sweet if this DVD Recorder lets you record everything

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It has progressive scan and component hook ups. Great recording quality in the XP or SP mode. Tevio capabilities without paying for it. records DVD-R not +R

Crashs more times then Windows 95. in shop now for the second time. They want to charge me $600.00. You never know when you start recording if it is going to work or not. Sometimes the tray wont open, or it will break up the recording into seperate progra

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"Died not long after the warranty ran out"


Worked great while it worked...Good for TV recording and transferring videos to DVD, not too hard to learn to use

The DVD drawer suddenly opened and stayed that way, even when manually closed (it opened again on its own). Probably the circuit board, but I've only had it 14 months! You'd think Panasonic would build a better quality machine...

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"Be very careful!!"


Basic, easy to program. Simple to record home movies from analog vid-camera. Good replacement for VCR by using RAM discs with better picture quality

Was in Factory twice! RAMdrive replaced each time. Took eight weeks. Rep.called and strongly advised to use NAME brand discs only,i.e. Panasonic, Memorex,Maxell,etc. Generic disks will freeze the machine everytime

Product Specifications

The DMRE50 supports DVD-RAM which offers the benefits of total flexibility and convenience. It's not simply VHS in DVD form, but a format that provides increased user access to programs, convenient playback and recording functions, all on a durable disc which offers large storage capacity. It's a format that delivers a host of exciting and meaningful benefits designed to meet consumers' demands and expectations in the digital age. This model allows users to record superb digital video onto both DVD-RAM and DVD-R discs. The ability to record/playback on both DVD-RAM and DVD-R media provides the best of both worlds: DVD-R for the highest compatibility, allowing users to playback recordings on virtually any DVD player; and DVD-RAM for re-writability and advanced functions such as Time Slip for chasing playback and simultaneous record/playback. DVD-RAM technology offers the perfect solution for recording and re-recording favorite programs - over a 100, 000 times on the same disc - and provides huge storage capacity of 4.7 to 9.6GB per disc. In EP mode, up to 12 hours (6 hours per side) recording time is available on a 9.4GB double-sided disc, while a 4.7GB DVD-R disc in EP mode offers 6 hours recording time. There is a choice of four recording modes or alternatively users can choose the FR mode which automatically selects the optimum recording time with the best picture quality taking into consideration the remaining space on disc. With Panasonic's unique Time Slip feature the recorder's Simultaneous Record and Play function enables the recording of one program and playback of another. The DMRE50 also provides a 16-programmed timer recording feature. Time Slip's Chasing Playback is another convenient function which enables users to watch a recording that has already started, from the beginning, as the unit continues to record to the end of the program. In addition to virtually unlimited re-write capability, the DMRE50 allows you to use your DVD recorder like a personal video recorder. Recording is instantaneous with the touch of one button. Unlike other formats, where disc space has to be found manually, DVD-RAM's random access enables the DMRE50 to search for blank sections on the discs and starts recording at the touch of a button. There are no more worries about mistakenly recording over existing programs. Direct Navigator mode provides fast access to recorded programs by displaying a list of programs recorded on a disc. Simply click on the desired program and it immediately starts - even as another program is being recorded at the same time. The quick playback feature enables recordings to be viewed at 1.3 time normal speed with the sound adjusted to remain audible whilst staying in sync with the visual image. In addition to recording new video content, the DMRE50 also allows consumers to transfer their favorite VHS tape recordings to space-saving discs. Personal movie libraries and family videos can be archived, preserved, and easily cataloged and accessed. When connected to home cinema components, the DMRE50 enables playback of multiple digital entertainment formats, including DVD video, music CDs, CD-R, CD-RW discs and MP3. Finding and viewing recorded material is fast and easy because there's no need to search, fast-forward or rewind. The DMRE50 also provides a major benefit to the video editing enthusiast. The Playlist function lets the user perform simple non-linear video editing - such as rearranging the order of scenes, skipping over unwanted scenes and creating custom playlists of favorite scenes on a disc.

Audio System

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

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic DMR



Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty