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Panasonic DMR-E50

alaTest has collected and analyzed 206 reviews of Panasonic DMR-E50. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other DVD Players for all reviews. People really like the size and design. The image quality and price are also appreciated, whereas many are less positive about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Panasonic DMR-E50 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic DMR-E50


alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 user reviews of Panasonic DMR-E50 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other DVD Players on Opinions about the finish and size are overall positive. The design and price are also appreciated. Reviews are divided on the image quality. Some have doubts about the reliability.

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85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic DMR E50EBS DVD RecorderPanasonic DMR E50EBS DVD Recorder

Jul, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic DMR-E50


alaTest has collected and analyzed 92 user reviews of Panasonic DMR-E50 from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other DVD Players on Reviewers really like the size. The image quality also gets good views, but comments are divided on the price. Some have doubts about the design and reliability.

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68% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic DMR-E50K DVD Player/Recorder , BlackPanasonic DMR-E50K DVD Player/Recorder , Black

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : David Katzmaier (

Panasonic DMR-E50 review



Relatively inexpensive; excellent recording quality in XP and SP modes; simultaneous recording and playback with DVD-RAM; MP3 CD playback.

No IR blaster for cable or satellite control; soft recording quality in EP mode; no FireWire input.

The least-expensive DVD recorder on the market lacks some key add-ons, but it performs its basic tasks well.

Aug, 2003

Consumer review (

Decent recorder


Solid product, very reliable, good quality recordings

Slow to finalize disks and also to get out of certain menus

Aug, 2007

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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 (

Hearty machine


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 (

Worth the extra money.


Very reliable & easy to use.

Creating & naming chapters is tedious & produce delays during playback.

Nov, 2006

Consumer review (

What's wrong with the E50


I purchased my Panasonic DMR-E50K (black model) in July of 2004. I don't no why some people are having problems recording to certain brand of Disc's. I've used Office Depot, HP, JVC, Memorex, Phillips DVD-R & all were recorded successfully! All my DVD ...

Records on almost any "popular" brand DVD-R Disc. LP recordings are 640x480 size like SP!

Can't change the chapter settings from 5 mins. Premature cooling fan failures!

Sep, 2006

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Works OK but user interface engineering team should be FIRED


OK I've had this for about 1 year now. It records shows fine, but has some significant user interface problems. 1) You cannot record a program and watch a different one at the same time. A guess the $10 for another tuner is too much to ask. You can ...

Records shows and good price

Maddeningly lame user interface. If you like to channel surf, get something else.

Sep, 2006

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Love/hate relationship with a DVD recorder


A while ago, CNN reported that Americans spend, on average, 20 minutes trying to get a new “gadget” to work before taking it back for a refund. If this is your approach to new electronics toys, don’t even think about it with this one. It is...

Lots of features and flexibility at a moderate price

Not easy to use, awkward remote, difficult instructions

Apr, 2006

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Does what it advertises


I purchased the EH50 after first owning and returning a Panasonic E85H. That unit had firmware issues that could not be resolved, but being a Panasonic fan I stuck with them and tried this one. My persistence seems to have worked. This unit does all I ...

Picture quality, ease of use, IR blaster, High speed dubbing.

TV Guide, remote thumbwheel, Owners manual, inability to transfer chapters to DVD

Apr, 2006

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Great little machine


I have wanted a DVD recorder and DVR for quite a while. I finally decided it was time to bite the bullet and buy one. I was running out of room to store videotapes, and hoped to start dubbing the indispensible ones to DVD and free up some room. ...

Picture quality, uses nearly all media. Great feature set for the price.

Often confusing menus and manual. Scroll wheel on remote is annoying.

Jan, 2006

Product Specifications

The DMRE50 supports DVD-RAM which offers the benefits of total flexibility and convenience. It's not simply VHS in DVD form, but a format that provides increased user access to programs, convenient playback and recording functions, all on a durable disc which offers large storage capacity. It's a format that delivers a host of exciting and meaningful benefits designed to meet consumers' demands and expectations in the digital age. This model allows users to record superb digital video onto both DVD-RAM and DVD-R discs. The ability to record/playback on both DVD-RAM and DVD-R media provides the best of both worlds: DVD-R for the highest compatibility, allowing users to playback recordings on virtually any DVD player; and DVD-RAM for re-writability and advanced functions such as Time Slip for chasing playback and simultaneous record/playback. DVD-RAM technology offers the perfect solution for recording and re-recording favorite programs - over a 100, 000 times on the same disc - and provides huge storage capacity of 4.7 to 9.6GB per disc. In EP mode, up to 12 hours (6 hours per side) recording time is available on a 9.4GB double-sided disc, while a 4.7GB DVD-R disc in EP mode offers 6 hours recording time. There is a choice of four recording modes or alternatively users can choose the FR mode which automatically selects the optimum recording time with the best picture quality taking into consideration the remaining space on disc. With Panasonic's unique Time Slip feature the recorder's Simultaneous Record and Play function enables the recording of one program and playback of another. The DMRE50 also provides a 16-programmed timer recording feature. Time Slip's Chasing Playback is another convenient function which enables users to watch a recording that has already started, from the beginning, as the unit continues to record to the end of the program. In addition to virtually unlimited re-write capability, the DMRE50 allows you to use your DVD recorder like a personal video recorder. Recording is instantaneous with the touch of one button. Unlike other formats, where disc space has to be found manually, DVD-RAM's random access enables the DMRE50 to search for blank sections on the discs and starts recording at the touch of a button. There are no more worries about mistakenly recording over existing programs. Direct Navigator mode provides fast access to recorded programs by displaying a list of programs recorded on a disc. Simply click on the desired program and it immediately starts - even as another program is being recorded at the same time. The quick playback feature enables recordings to be viewed at 1.3 time normal speed with the sound adjusted to remain audible whilst staying in sync with the visual image. In addition to recording new video content, the DMRE50 also allows consumers to transfer their favorite VHS tape recordings to space-saving discs. Personal movie libraries and family videos can be archived, preserved, and easily cataloged and accessed. When connected to home cinema components, the DMRE50 enables playback of multiple digital entertainment formats, including DVD video, music CDs, CD-R, CD-RW discs and MP3. Finding and viewing recorded material is fast and easy because there's no need to search, fast-forward or rewind. The DMRE50 also provides a major benefit to the video editing enthusiast. The Playlist function lets the user perform simple non-linear video editing - such as rearranging the order of scenes, skipping over unwanted scenes and creating custom playlists of favorite scenes on a disc.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Surround Sound Effects:Advanced Virtual Surround Sound (V.S.S.)

Dimensions & Weight



Form Factor:Tabletop
Media Load Type:Tray
Media Type:CD / CD-R / CD-RW / DVD / DVD-R / DVD-RAM / Video CD/CD / CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / DVD-RAM / Video CD
Search Speed:Up to 100x
Supported Digital Audio Standards:MP3
Type:DVD recorder


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic DMR



Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty