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Panasonic DMR-EH52

alaTest has collected and analyzed 356 reviews of Panasonic DMR-EH52. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviews about the size and image quality are generally positive. The price and usability are also appreciated. Views about the design and reliability are mixed.

usability, price, image quality, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Panasonic DMR-EH52 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Panasonic DMR-EH52 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Reviews about the reliability and price are on the whole positive, but many are critical about the design and image quality.

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image quality, design

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

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic DMREH50 Multi-Format Compatible DIGA DVD Recorder with 80GB Built-in Hard Disk and SD SlotPanasonic DMREH50 Multi-Format Compatible DIGA DVD Recorder with 80GB Built-in Hard Disk and SD Slot

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Panasonic DMR-EH52


alaTest has collected and analyzed 192 user reviews of Panasonic DMR-EH52 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Reviewers really like the size and image quality. The price and usability also get good feedback. Many are critical about the design and reliability.

usability, price, image quality, size

reliability, design

80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic DMR-EH50S DVD Recorder with 100 GB Hard Drive RecordingPanasonic DMR-EH50S DVD Recorder with 100 GB Hard Drive Recording

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Ben Patterson (

Panasonic DMR-EH50 review: Panasonic DMR-EH50


Outstanding recording quality, especially in LP mode; 100GB hard drive; chasing playback; high-speed HDD-to-DVD dubbing; free TV Guide electronic programming guide; slot for Secure Digital media cards; flexible custom recording speed.

TV Guide EPG is still somewhat glitchy and not compatible with satellite TV; remote scrollwheel is more hindrance than help; no FireWire input.

Panasonic's top-of-the-line recorder boasts eye-popping recording quality, but its programming guide may pose a setup challenge with some cable systems.

May, 2005

Expert review by: Melissa J. Perenson (

Panasonic DMR-EH50S


A svelte DVD recorder with a 100GB hard drive, Panasonic's DMR-EH50S impresses on many levels. In our tests, it produced excellent videos recordings w...

Excellent images, no compression artefacts, easy to use TV guide

No firewire, scheduling restrictions

The DMR-EH50S makes high-quality recordings and is easy to use, but some users may not like the TV Guide On Screen program guide.

Mar, 2006

Expert review by: Alex Kidman (

Panasonic DMR-EH50


The DMR-EH50 offers exceptional playback and recording options, although some small quirks do detract from the overall package.

Records to multiple DVD formats ; Good recording quality ; Multiple inputs

Can't downsample HDD recording quality ; Scrollwheel annoying ; Complex menus

The scroll wheel on the remote is a cute idea, but in actual use we found it a bit clunky and slow to respond. We also hit a problem in some menu functions with it, as there's a natural inclination to hit the enter key to stop track seeking, where in...

Sep, 2005

Consumer review by: FASTER (

Panasonic DMR-EH50S DVD Recorder

Nov, 2005

Consumer review by: daam2340 (

Panasonic does it right again


So I've had this recorder for over a year and a half. I use it every day to record for later viewing and archiving when I want to keep it. It records to hard drive flawlessly and archives to DVD +/- R, 99% of the time. Sometimes if the video has been...

Good menu navigation, 99% dependable dubbing, 100% hard drive recording and scheduling

The newer models have firewire input

May, 2007

Consumer review by: jenericbook (

Hearty machine


I'm on my second DMR-E50. The first one finally died after a year's hard labor (daily, nonstop use). I bought my second one shortly thereafter, and it's going strong. Excellent machine if you don't need a hard drive for editing.

Produces discs that work in all machines; produces an excellent produce; hearty

Doesn't produce an excellent product beyond the 3 hour mode

Dec, 2006

Consumer review by: coffeedrink88 (

Good bye to the VCR


I was getting tired of juggling tapes around... putting them in to see what was recorded on them to make sure I didn't tape over anything I hadn't seen yet, etc. Then having a bad recording because the tape I used several times was worn out. Plus I...

Ease of use, functionality, versatility

None really

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: toolmandbq (

Good VCR Replacement


My good old VCR was dieing a slow death. You can't fine a good VCR for sale anymore, you have to go with a DVD recorder. There are many out on the market and their prices are going down fast, but if you spend a little more You can get a great machine.

100 mg harddrive, quite small easy set up

24 hour setup for TV guide, Manual

Oct, 2005

Consumer review by: three_ster (

Panasonic DMR-E50 DVD Recorder / Player : The best DVD player I have ever owned


The Panasonic DMR-E50 DVD Recorder / Player is a very advanced piece of technology. Its shows just how far that we have come from VCR's. DVD players are now not just the thing of the future, but are quickly becoming a must-have if you are a movie...

Great Quality, records very well, Nice Playback Mode

A tad Expensive for a DVD player

Jul, 2004

Consumer review by: gamercubed (

Excellent low-mid price range DVD burner, with one weakness.


With set-top DVD burners becoming affordable, we decided to take the plunge. We already have a DVD+R burner on our computer (more on this later), but we wanted an easier way to convert our old VHS camcorder tapes to DVD. After doing quite a bit of...

Great progressive scan component video quality, recording is easy and generally good

Does not play DVD+R media, remote has annoying door covering some frequently-used buttons

Jan, 2004

Product Specifications

Improved horizontal resolution in LP mode renders images twice as sharp as last year's models, delivering up to 500 lines of horizontal resolution. A new 12bit Analog-to-Digital converter provides high bit, high rate sampling to convey even subtle nuances and produce smooth, beautiful recordings with astounding depth. What's more, this model has the PAL Progressive Scan feature, so you can enjoy highly detailed, high-resolution playback. The DMR-EH50's built-in SD Memory Card slot and SD viewer for JPEG images allow fast, easy networking and file sharing between the DVD Recorder and many Personal Computers, Digital Cameras and Video Cameras, and other SD-enabled A/V devices, such as Panasonic's line of fully integrated VIERA Plasma Displays.

Built-in Display


Cassette System

Type: None

CD Recorder

Device Type: None

CD System

Device Type: None

Combined Device

Type:DVD recorder / HDD recorder


BD Live: No
DLNA certified: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG):GUIDE Plus+
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
Media Player: No
Progressive Scan: Yes
Show View: Yes
Web Content Access: No


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

Digital Player (Recorder)

Device Type: None

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Type:DVD recorder

General Features

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic DIGA

MD System

Type: None


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


Device Type: None


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


DTS Decoder: No
Real Dolby:Dolby Digital


Television Type: None

TV Tuner

Tuner Qty:1


Device Type: None

VCR 2nd

Device Type: None