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Panasonic DMR-E500H

Panasonic DMR-E500H
alaScore 68

21 reviews

Jun, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 reviews of Panasonic DMR-E500H. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviewers really like the image quality. The price is also appreciated, but there are some critical views about the design and usability.

price, image quality

usability, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Panasonic DMR-E500H is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 68/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Panasonic DMR-E500H from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on People are impressed by the price, whereas many are less positive about the usability.



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This summary is based on the products: Panasonic DMR-E500HS DIGA DVD Recorder with 400 GB Hard Drive and Ethernet PortPanasonic DMR-E500HS DIGA DVD Recorder with 400 GB Hard Drive and Ethernet Port

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Jeremy Roche (

Panasonic DMR-E500H


Panasonic's high-end DVD recorder includes an enormous 400GB hard disk drive, which the company claims can store over 700 hours of video.

Outlook: Due to hit stores at the beginning of October, the Panasonic's E500 will retail for a whopping AU$3,299. Certainly, it is an expensive DVD recorder but that doesn't stop us dreaming about seeing one under the Christmas tree. It will also be...

Sep, 2004

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At last simple , fast quality recording on to dvd format

Jun, 2005

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Do Not Buy From iBuyPlasma Until This is Resolved

Apr, 2005

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Panasonic DMR-E500H


it does not say that it can stream media from a pc to the device, that would be the main reason for having a LAN port, to gain extra storage and play video that is already in our libraries.

Sep, 2007

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"Wats wrong with everyone!"


Whats wrong with everyone? Its not even that expensive.. only $3299.00.....

Feb, 2006

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Panasonic DMR-E500H


panasonic dmr-e500h review: Panasonic's high-end DVD recorder includes an enormous 400GB hard disk drive, which the company claims can store over 700 hours of video.

Good picture, good sound apart from the synch and not expensive

The lip synch - sound and vision synchronisation - s out on my model. I have tried contacting the seller whose English was not too good but I got he impression that it was a known fault and I was refered to Shinco who have not replied. I was hoping for...

While its cheap offering price is enticing, issues with the physical design and build quality make the Shinco SDP-1720A a less than appealing portable DVD option.

Sep, 2004

Product Specifications

Your hectic schedule isn't always compatible with TV program schedules, so being able to quickly locate your favorite shows and record them for later viewing is important. The TV Guide On Screen Electronic Program Guide lets you easily find your favorite programs and set up your DVD recorder to record them unattended. Explore program listings up to 8 days in advance, searching by genre or keyword to help narrow down your choices. Once you've found what you want in the listings, simply select the program and your DVD recorder will automatically begin recording at the preset time. Typically, if you record a show on your hard disk recorder in the living room, then the living room is where you'll have to watch it later. There's no portability. The DMR-E500HS does away with that inconvenience by utilizing your home network. Connect multiple DMR-E500HS DVD recorders together via their Ethernet connections and serve up recorded video and JPEG images to different decks throughout your home. If you get sleepy while watching a show you previously recorded in your living room, head into your bedroom for the rest of the show; the DMR-E500HS in your living room can send its hard disk content to the deck in your bedroom. You can even stream MPEG4 videos and JPEG still images from the DMR-E500HS hard disk to your PC for viewing. You sit down to watch this week's episode of your favorite show and realize that you never got around to watching your recording of last week's episode. Not a problem with Time Slip, featuring simultaneous record and play. Select this week's episode in the program guide, start recording, and as it records you can watch your recording of last week's episode. What if you set up your DVD recorder to record a movie from 8: 00 to 10: 00 while you're out, but dinner was faster than you expected and you get home early? With the Chasing Playback feature, you don't have to wait for the program to finish recording in order to watch it. You can begin watching the portion of the program that has already been saved while the DVD recorder continues recording the remainder of the program. If you own a VCR, it's almost certain that at some point someone has accidentally recorded over a movie or show that you wanted to keep. One-Touch Record will save your favorite programs from the same fate by automatically scanning the disc for blank space before starting the recording process. No more worries that your favorite sitcom's season finale will be overwritten by a family member's Sunday fishing show. You and your family are sure to enjoy the convenience of your DVD recorder so much that you'll have a large library of recordings in no time. Keeping track of all those programs would be difficult if it weren't for the enhanced Direct Navigator, which displays thumbnails of every program on the disc as you browse, making it easy to identify the contents of each recording. The massive capacity of the built-in hard disk means you'll have plenty of space to record shows for everyone in the house. Record lots of programming, figure out what you want to keep, then move it to DVD-R/RAM in minutes for long-term storage. The goal of any playback device should be accurate reproduction of the original content. In the case of DVDs, most of that content is film-based. Utilizing advanced progressive scan playback techniques and very accurate MPEG video decoders, this DVD recorder provides an image that faithfully represents the image you see at your favorite movie theater.

Built-in Display


Cassette System

Type: None

CD Recorder

Device Type: None

CD System

Device Type: None

Combined Device

Type:DVD recorder / HDD recorder/DVD recorder / HDD recorder / digital multimedia receiver

Digital Player (Recorder)

Device Type: None

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Type:DVD recorder


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic DIGA

MD System

Type: None

Network & Internet Multimedia

Connectivity Protocols:IEEE 802.3 (Ethernet) / IEEE 802.3u (Fast Ethernet)
Functionality:Digital photo playback / Digital video playback


Device Type: None


Television Type: None

TV Tuner

Tuner Qty:1


Device Type: None

VCR 2nd

Device Type: None