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Panasonic DIGA DMR-ES40V

Panasonic DIGA DMR-ES40V
alaScore 67

11 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 reviews of Panasonic DIGA DMR-ES40V. The average rating for this product is 2.3/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. People are impressed by the image quality and usability. There are some negative views about the reliability.

usability, image quality


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Panasonic DIGA DMR-ES40V is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 67/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

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Panasonic DMR-ES40V


Stellar recording quality with VHS-to-DVD transfers, especially in LP mode; custom speed settings for Flexible Recording; includes front-panel DV input and rear-panel S-Video input; outputs VHS via component video; chases playback with DVD-RAM discs.

Cannot place chapter stops on DVD+R/-R/-RW discs; poor editing options; no IR blaster.

While its inability to place chapter stops on DVDs is a bummer, the capable Panasonic DMR-ES40V dubbing deck shines in most other areas.

Nov, 2005

Consumer review by: Toof2 (

Panasonic DMR-ES40V


Having been misled by expert written advice, I purchased this combo unit. I wanted to transfer to DVD from home DV movies. After struggling through the manual and wasting a few blank DVDs I was able to transfer one home movie to DVD. In total I was...

Looks impressive, that's it

Not useful as a DVD player or recorder

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: scismgenie (

Panasonic DMR-ES40V


This unit initially cost nearly $400, and I expected a lot more than VHS quality recording onto a DVD. The DVD files do not conform top the DVD standard (no AUDIO_TS files) No subtitling, no second language. No image enhancement, nor tracking control...

Copies home made VHS tapes to Single layer DVD-r, but NOT DL or +R discs

Hangs up on initialization, DRM issues, if you try to copy a DRM tape to DVD, it LOCKS UP, unplugged to reset it. Hangs up frequently on finalization, wasting up to 8 hours of recording time and the disc becomes unusable. Often will ruin new DVD-Rs

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: Spankmaster (

Panasonic DMR-ES40V


This is a great product to be used like a vcr or to copy old VHS tape, just set it an forget it. Also, DVD's are cheaper than tapes

Easy to use, Picture Quality is awesome, Tons of features

None that I know of other than the chapters but you can manually put them in

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: zetterbug (

Panasonic DMR-ES40V


We purchased this machine in 1-06. Lock up problems started within a month. However, the unit was fairly easy to reset, and thus we didn't bother taking it in for repairs. The lock ups became more frequent, but we still didn't act. Then, just when the...

Easy recording

Not reliable

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: paulcm (

Panasonic DMR-ES40V


This seemed like a great option, as it's near-predecessor had good Consumer Reports ratings. The video quality of recorded DVDs is great, when the unit will actually manage to finalize the disk without freezing. Other times the entire unit freezes, it...


Frequent failure to finalize; frequent lockup/freeze; region code errors

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: nclawman (

"You will regret buying this product!!!"


I am a law enforcement officer in NC and bought this product for just ONE reason: to dub all of my VHS home movies onto DVD.

When it worked properly, the quality was good

Too many to mention here; read my review

Feb, 2006

Consumer review by: cloranger (

"Pleasently Surprised!"


I ordered the unit from the Circuit City Web and picked it up at the store. I was recording movies within hours.

Easy setup; great recording quality; finalizing worked so I can play my DVDs on all my DVD players.

On power up keeps going into set up mode. VCR Dubbing for some reason wouldn't allow for greater than LP (4 hours). Editing the disk Title worked, but I couldn't get the edit chapter Title to work.

Dec, 2005

Consumer review by: sendemail2mehere (

"Excellent, just like VCR including taping show off of HBO"


Overall.. I love it, its just like a vcr.. I can tape shows off of HBO with the dvd, or i can tape shows from my vcr tapes to dvd. It won't allow me to tape copywrited vcr tapes.(first thing i tried)

Excellent play back, you can use dvd to record show off tv

Only have had it a month now, still going to owners manual to see how to do stuff.

Dec, 2005

Consumer review by: frydwansky (

"Almost great...but frustrating!"


I am converting years of VHS and 8mm archived tapes to dvd. This unit seemed to have it all until...locking up once a dvd is copied but not finalized. Needed to unplug the unit to recycle. I am exchanging it to try AGAIN as most features work well and...

Ease of use and copy quality is excellent

Firmware is buggy...hangs on finalization and poor editing

Nov, 2005

Product Specifications

Thanks to high-speed quick start, DVD disc is ready to record just one second after switching on the power. Being able to record almost immediately means you'll never miss the scenes you want to catch. The Virtual Multi Encode System enables LP mode recording with the same 500 lines (D1) of horizontal resolution as that in the SP and XP modes. Which is double the horizontal resolution compared to the 250 lines (1/2 D1) of conventional LP mode recording. Thanks to this, you can enjoy viewing extended recordings (4 hours [single-sided DVD-RAM/R] /8 hours [double-sided DVD-RAM]) with exceptionally detailed images and twice the picture quality. The Virtual Multi Encode System achieves this by virtually encoding multiple aspects of a scene, such as detail and movement, while selecting the encoding system that assures optimum picture quality. You set the DVD Recorder to start recording at 6:00 PM, when your favorite show begins. The problem is that you get home at 7:00 PM, while the program is still in progress. With the handy Chasing Playback function, you don't have to wait till recording is finished to watch the show. You can play it from the beginning while it continues to record to the end. While you're recording this week's episode of your favorite show, you may want to watch last week's episode. The Simultaneous Record & Play function makes it possible. It lets you record one program while you watch another one that has already been recorded onto the same disc. Just press the Time Slip button once during recording to start playing back the scene recorded 30 seconds before. You can also use the cursor keys to return to any point from 1 to 480 minutes ago while watching the playback on a screen. The One-touch Record feature seeks out empty space onto a DVD-RAM disc before it begins recording, eliminating the possibility of accidentally recording over a previously recorded program. With the One-touch Play feature, blank portions of the disc are automatically skipped, saving you the need to manually search for the desired program. You can select from among the scenes recorded on a disc and arrange them in any order you want, to create your own original scenario, then save it as a playlist. You can also enjoy seamless transitions between edited scenes. You can play back at 1.3 times the normal speed, complete with sound, so you can quickly check the contents of a recorded program when you don't have time to watch it at normal speed. Panasonic DVD Recorders are equipped with a high-precision progressive video processor that handles 30-frame progressive scan images on NTSC disc. This lets you enjoy high-resolution progressive playback of original DVD images.

Built-in Display


Combined Device

Type:DVD recorder/ VCR combo

Dimensions & Weight



Type:DVD recorder


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic DIGA

TV Tuner

Tuner Qty:1


Device Type:VCR
Media Type:VHS

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