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Panasonic DMR ES45V-S

Panasonic DMR ES45V-S
alaScore 70

132 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 132 reviews of Panasonic DMR ES45V-S. 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 really like the size. The image quality is also appreciated. There are mixed comments on the price and usability, while many are critical about the design and reliability.

image quality, size

reliability, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Panasonic DMR ES45V-S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 114 user reviews of Panasonic DMR ES45V-S 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 really like the size and price. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the design and reliability.

usability, image quality, price, size

reliability, design

71% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic DMR-ES45VS DVD Recorder / VCR Combo with HDMI, SD Card, and DV Input

Jul, 2015

Consumer review by: WHF99 (

Panasonic DMR-ES45V


Nothing about this recorder works properly. What a hugh disappointment. I use to be a big supporter of Panasonic. Not anymore. Put your money elsewhere.

The box it came in was nice

Poor quality in every way. It is completely unreliable

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: serralles2 (

Panasonic DMR-ES45V


My Panasonic worked well for two years, but it the finalizing menu for dvd discs vanished from the unit. Also prevented me from going into the setup menu to find a solution or even change the time. Even after unplugging the unit to try to reset the...

Timed recordings work well

Finialize menu vanishes from unit, locked out of setup menu

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: testuser11 (

Panasonic DMR-ES45V


I have used this product for about 15 months and everything worked well. I typically use the DVD for recording TV program on disc. However, it stopped working last week (after the 12 months warranty expired). I am getting "No read on disc" error and a...

Easy to use, both DVD and VHS recording quality is good

Durability of this product is below expection

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: Mike+Greenberg (

Panasonic DMR-ES45V


Can't get over the lack of quality in this unit. Not user friendly whatsoever. Cannot read DVD-R discs recorded on a PC that my other players read without incident. Cannot even read store bought discs without saying disc error. Panasonic should recall...

Has many useful features

Implementation and user interface is extremely poor

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: nclblows (

Panasonic DMR-ES45V


Obviously, the manual is the big problem with this thing. If I could decipher it, I could tell you if there were any pros or cons. Every single step for any given function is written in Yoda. That's both in the manual, and within the system.

Gee, Ma, I can record with it

Convoluted Manual, Functions, and Incomplete Remote

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: 911ert (

I would say buy this model


It makes the disks playable in most any DVD player. Well worth the price!

NewEGG of course, I had this unit up and running in no time at all. I really didnt even need to read the instructions. I wanted to back up some VHS stuff i have and it worked like a charm

On some tapes you have to deal with it being copywritten so it wont work for that. Oh well

Dec, 2006

Consumer review by: K. Wyrsch (

Panasonic is the best


Forget Sony. Sony has always give me nothing but problems. Panasonic is always the way to go. Not many machines are compatible with a lot of Disc media. And this machine can read and write almost anything. DVD-Ram is awesome. But make sure your PC DVD...

It takes a day to understand all the features. Not a problem, if you are Tech savey. Makes sure you have a decent grasp of TV technology to get full use of all the features ; Not a con. But I wish that Component video would up-convert signals to HD......

Oct, 2006

Consumer review by: JJ (

Everything I wanted!


It's the best DVD recorder/VCR combo out there. You have the ability to be recording a show and watching the same show or other shows at the same time. Just like a TIVO, except I dont have to pay a monthly service fee. :) ; You can watch a show...

None yet

Sep, 2006

Consumer review by: dual1219 (

GREAT in Capital letters-Does a Lot!


To answer the previous thread finalizing can be done through the remote control menu options -with the Drive Select Mode set to DVD you use the FUNCTIONS key-then OTHER FUNCTIONS-Press ENTER to access DVD Management then select Finalize. It's really ...

Massive flexibility

Requires considerable patience off the starting line.

Dec, 2007

Consumer review by: dgrichmond (

Good machine


I've had this unit for nearly a year. I'd wanted a DVD/VCR recorder for a long time. It was expensive, but my wife bought it for my birthday. I've loved being able to record digitally. The picture quality beats tape hands down. There is a ...

It's a solid, versatile combination DVD/VCR recorder that can read and write all DVD formats.

Steep learning curve. Time consuming functions (such as loading or ejecting discs).

May, 2007

Product Specifications

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. It can be heartbreaking when you play an old VHS home video and find that years of playback have degraded the image and sound quality. Preserve your precious VHS tapes by transferring them to DVD, which will provide durability and many years of enjoyment. With One-Touch 2-Way Transfer, you can dub a VHS tape to DVD by pushing a single button. 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.

Cassette System

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CD Recorder

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CD System

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Combined Device

Type:DVD recorder/ VCR combo

Digital Player (Recorder)

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Digital Storage Media

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Dimensions & Weight



Type:DVD recorder


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic DMR

MD System

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Television Type: None

TV Tuner

Tuner Qty:1


Device Type:VCR
Media Type:VHS

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