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Panasonic DIGA DMR-ES40V

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 review of Panasonic DIGA DMR-ES40V. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and image quality. The size and design are also mentioned favorably, but comments are divided on the usability.

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Panasonic's DMR-ES30V was a capable DVD/VHS combo recorder that offered impressive video-recording quality but dropped the ball on a couple of important convenience features. The company did some quick retooling at the factory and has since released...

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

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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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