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Panasonic DIGA DMR-ES20S

Panasonic DIGA DMR-ES20S
alaScore 72

236 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 236 reviews of Panasonic DIGA DMR-ES20S. The average rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other DVD Players for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Panasonic DIGA DMR-ES20S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 236 reviews)

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 200 user reviews of Panasonic DIGA DMR-ES20S from The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other DVD Players on

60% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic DMR-ES20S DVD Recorder SilverPanasonic DMR-ES20S DVD Recorder Silver

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: (

Panasonic DMR-ES20S


Relatively inexpensive; excellent recording quality; chasing playback and quick-start recordings with DVD-RAM discs; easy-to-use menus; Flexible Recording mode; DV input for easy camcorder dubbing.

Inability to create chapter stops on +R/-R/-RW discs; no IR blaster for timed recordings.

Panasonic's entry-level DMR-ES20 DVD recorder offers excellent recording quality and easy camcorder dubbing, but its editing features fall short.

Nov, 2005

Consumer review by: (

Panasonic DMR-ES20S


I have made recordings through the scheduler and manually on this unit several times, and about half the time recording stops part way through, even when I use manual recording...or it won't finalize or even play the disc after recording. I missed the...

Works good when it works, but you can never be sure when that will be

Very unreliable recording...sometimes just ceases to function all together and I have to unplug the unit from the wall to reset it

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: (

Panasonic DMR-ES20S


I have to say that the editor review is incorrect about the automatic chapters. I have this same exact recorder and the thing I love about it is the automatic chapter input. I think when they tested this machine they never actualy finalized a disc, if...


none at all

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: (

Panasonic DMR-ES20S


Like I said this is a nice recorder BUT also like I said the earlier DST change makes recording a pain. The clock just changes whenever it wants.

Very easy to and better then a VCR

Ever since the eariler DST change the clock falls behind by an hour and there is no update for this on Panasonic's website

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: (

Panasonic DMR-ES20S


I bought this as a secondary DVD recorder to my JVC. Mainly because it was pretty cheap. It does what I need it to do, and for the price, I can't complain.

Price, records

Slow load time, takes about 2 sec to start recording, no chapters option

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: (

Panasonic DMR-ES20S


I had this machine for only a year and it has broken down more than 2 times. I really regret that I bought this machine!

Works for a few days

Break down so quickly

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: desertrat45 (

DO NOT BUY THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!


I purchased this unit in early march 06, 1 week later I was online with tech support.This unit was rejecting all the media type that was recommended, with the exception of the ram disk. I had this thing lock up on me lot's of times, especially in the...

gives great headache

too many to list

Dec, 2006

Consumer review by: babey1n2 (

These panasonic recorders die a quick death.


This es20s is unreliable. you have a 50 50 chance that it will, or will not, produce a playable dvd. at times it will record the dvd. you can get the disc out, look at it, it has been recorded.... you just will not be able to play it.... you will not...

It still plays dvds

this es20 is unreliable. Sometimes it will record and then it will not read its own burn. sometimes it will record, then it will not "finalize". so it will not play even on the same es20. gets worse

Aug, 2006

Consumer review by: user077 (

It broke down after 4 months of use


We bought this unit in March 2006. It was good while it lasted. After 4 months of very ligh use it froze while I was finalizing a DVD. I called the customer service and reset it twice and still it didn't work. Does not record and won't play back any...

It was good while it worked

Difficult to use freezes constatly

Jul, 2006

Consumer review by: mmiyasato (

Good recorder if you don't want to play on the PC


This is an excellend DVD recorder for backing up TiVo'd shows, esp. for my wife and daughter who tend to fill up the hard drive with Barney and Nancy Grace. I've also been archiving movies for watching later on biz trips. However, I've recently found...

Great for recording TiVo'd shows

Can't play with high resolution on PC

Jun, 2006

Product Specifications

Panasonic's vision of the digital future is driven by the needs and aspirations of its business customers and millions of consumers around the world who use its products every day. The company shares their dream to live a fuller life by providing ways of working smarter and enjoying the rewards of technological advances.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)



Form Factor:Tabletop
Media Load Type:Tray
Media Type:CD / CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-Audio / DVD-R / DVD-RAM / DVD-RW / DVD+R / DVD+RW / SVCD / Video CD
Supported Digital Audio Standards:MP3
Type:DVD recorder


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic DIGA



Video Output

Analog Video Format:NTSC / PAL
Analog Video Signal:Component video / Composite video / RGB / S-Video