Pros Pros: Low price. Great recordings in LP (4Hr) speed
Cons PIP & Commercial Skip wont work on Finalized DVDs.
Summary Full user opinion
The Panasonic DMR-ES10 is my second DVD recorder.This DVD Recorder was purchased because my TOSHIBA DR-2 has now become problematic when using blank DVD-RW disks.
I have always trusted the PANASONIC quality products.If Panasonic had a DVD recorder with all these features available sooner. Then I would not have purchased the TOSHIBA DVD recorder.
Unlike previous Panasonic DVD recorders. Besides being able to record on DVD-R and DVD-RAM. This new model will also record on , DVD+R , DVD-RW. This is a much needed and smart move by Panasonic.
Being that this is only a $200.00 unit.
It is not made as sturdily as some of the previous models. But the many important new features and low price make up for that.
Panasonic made alot of bold claims about this unit.I was hesitant about them. Especially since this is only a $200 unit. While other DVD recorders like the SONY sell for nearly $400.00. But I am happy to report that all the claims are true. The unit works great. Panasonic really backs up all thier claims about this DVD recorder.
All the DVDs I have recorded played back with very high quality. I also found no problems with compatibility when playing those DVDs back on other DVD players. Recordings made in the four (4) hour (LP) speed looked identical to those made using the (2) Hour(SP)speed.
The VCR Plus feature is fairly useless if you have it connected to a CABLE box. But if you have it connected to a standard antenna then VCR Plus is a useful feature.
The remote control also controls your TV. Also If you have another Panasonic DVD player/recorder. The remote can be adjusted so it wont turn on your other Panasonic equipment.
Among the important new features is that all the new Panasonic models for 2005 now have improved horizontal resolution. In the LP (4 Hours) mode, this DVD recorder has images twice as sharp as last year's models. It gives up to 500 lines resolution. This is double the horizontal resolution compared to the 250 lines of conventional LP mode recording. Thanks to this, you now have high quality four hour recordings as sharp as the Two Hour (SP )speed.
Another new feature is what Panasonic calls "VHS Refresh". This feature offers improved quality when Dubbing VHS to DVD. When connecting a VCR and the DVD recorder to record VHS videotape images onto a DVD disk. Something called a "Time Base Corrector", helps reduce jitter and also performs signal conversion to create a stable signal.
At the same time, 3D Digital Noise Reduction, detects and virtually eliminates randomly generated noise and color errors to help minimize flicker. Thanks to these two technologies, the tape input signal is automatically detected and optimum processing is performed to provide an easy way to even more beautiful digital pictures. The 3D Digital Noise Reduction, also helps clear up recordings made in the EP 6(or) 8) hour speed. This unit has an option to allow up to Eight (8) hours of record time.
Also new is the nearly instantaneous response in start-up and recording. It is as quick as five seconds from the DVD-RAM insertion to Play or Record. The unit has nearly as fast times for other blank DVD media.
Disk finalizing is a bit slow. (Four Minutes) But that's a minor trade-off for the lightning quick disk recognition. The Panasonic DMR-ES10 DVD Recorder also has a "One Touch Record" button. Each press gives 30 Minutes recording time up to 4 hours. The unit then powers itself off after the recording time has finished.
All Panasonic DVD recorders offer all the benefits of the DVD-RAM format. Which include " Chasing Playback". -- This feature lets you view a program that you're currently recording from any point that's already been recorded, while continuing to record the live program in progress.
So you no longer have to wait for the entire program to be recorded before watching it from the beginning to the end.
Simultaneous Recording & Playback are also possible using DVD RAM. This way you can record a live TV program while watching any other program that's been previously recorded on the same disk.
Time Slip Button -- Just press the Time Slip button once during recording on a DVD RAM, to start playing back the scene recorded 30 seconds earlier. You can also use the cursor keys to return to any point from 1 to 360 minutes earlier.
The Panasonic DMR-ES10 DVD Recorder offers a PIP(Picture-in-Picture function)during playback. But the (PIP)insert picture is a bit large. Each press of a commercial skip button skips ONE minute ahead. - Please note : These two features will NOT work once the disk is finalized. they also wont work on pre-recorded (store bought) DVD movies.
The unit has a new layout with finalize and disk setup which makes it easier to use. Also new is that it goes into record mode and loaded DVDs so much faster. Both are major improvements over earlier units. I also liked the smaller size, and large easy to read numerical readout. Total ease of use is also improved. But novices will still need to read the manual thoroughly.
I like the new sleek look. This model seems more user friendly and priced low enough. If you havent already purchased a DVD Recorder. Then this is the unit that may make you put away your VCR. For those who like their components to match. This unit also comes in Black.
I have only one minor complaint. There is no disk time remaining display during a DVD movie playback. The time remaining display is viewable during recording. Also in Stop mode to view the recording time left on disk.
Connections - 1 RF(TV) Input/1 RF(TV)Output, 1-Front Panel Audio/Video(S-Video)3-Rear Panel Audio/Video(S-Video),1 Rear Panel component video input. 1- Audio/Video (S-Video)Outputs,1- Digital Audio Optical Output.Updated
The Panasonic DMR-ES10S - AUTOMATICALLY -creates CHAPTERS(every 10 Minutes) However, the DISK must be finalized in order to access the DVD disk by Chapters.
You can NOT Create your own chapters with DVD +/-R or DVD-RW Disks.
Pros Ease of use.
Cons Cannot record 16:9 widescreen on +R or -R media
Summary I just got this item today and noticed in the owners manual that it will only record in 16:9 aspect widescreen mode if you use DVD-RAM disks. Since I plan to use DVD-R this is a big disappointment. I called Panasonic and after 20 mins on hold they confirmed what I already suspected. No widescreen. The Sony RDR-GX300 does record 16:9 on DVD-R's so it definitely has an advantage. I guess you get what you pay for. Since I have regular DirecTV I probably only receive a 4:3 signal, but when I upgrade to DirecTV HD I will definitely want to replace this Panasonic with a Sony. I researched this purchase for about a month and didn't notice. Hopefully this review will help some of you before it's too late. I look at it this way. In a year when I get HD (when they finally have a variety of programming), any DVD burner I buy now will be obsolete anyway. I'd rather replace this $189 unit than a $350 Sony.Updated
My previous review refered to the lack of 16:9 widescreen recording ability on +R and -R media. I've now recorded almost 100 DVD's (-R format) on this thing and I must say I am more impressed every day. My -R's play on even older DVD players. Picture quality is exceptional! I especially like the flexible record mode which allows you to record a 2hr 15min movie without having to resort to 4hr recording mode (losing quality). You simply set this recorder to 2hr 15min mode and it fills the media perfectly! If you want a great recorder and you don't have HDTV buy this! If you have HDTV you'll want one that can record in 16:9 aspect ratio (like the Sony).
Pros Easy to record from TV, VCR, TiVo; good tuner; excellent tech support 7-days a week; bonus RAM disk.
Cons Manual could be a lot better; inputting chapters takes a lot of button pushing
Summary This is my first DVD recorder and I read a lot of reviews before I bought it. I was nervous because it seemed like there were lots of complaints about every model out there. This one is a jewel. For under $200 (it was $199 less 10% off sale at BestBuy.com and I picked it up at my local store) it can do everything I want.
I'd heard that DVD recorders could be very finicky about which blank DVDs they used, with some units only accepting certain very specific brands. This one worked perfectly with the Sonys I bought. Later, when talking to their technical support I was told they recommend Panasonic (of course--but at $38 for 10, forget it!) and also Pioner and TDK disks. They also recommend buying them in jewel cases rather than on spindles because any warping or flaws are much more critical and more likely to cause failure then when burning CDs.
Basically the unit works very much like a VCR (and it even has VCR+ built in, though with TiVo, I don't need that feature). I have recorded from TiVo (to permanently keep programs and clear space for new ones on TiVo), from VCR tapes, and from TV. All worked flawlessly.
The RAM disk they supply with the unit allows you to record over and over 100,000 times they say. I find it useful for recording from TV occasionally and I also used it for practicing before I burned "real" DVDs (since DVD-Rs allow you to erase a program on them but not reclaim the space I didn't want to waste them).
Set up on a normal system is very easy--mine is rather complicated with all my different components so I called their tech support for guidance. I only had to wait 5 minutes and got excellent assistance. Later I called again because there were several things I didn't understand in the manual. Again I waited only a few minutes and got patient answers to all my questions.
About the manual--it seems like it was written by someone with attention deficit disorder. It jumps around a lot and although it has plenty of information, it's rather confusing, especially if you're not familiar with recording to DVDs. The manual is the reason I rate the product a 9 instead of a 10.
You can select images from the programs to use as menu thumbnails and you can edit the chapter titles using an onscreen sort of keyboard. My wrist got prettty tired moving up and down the layout picking letters, but it is workable.
Overall, I'm very glad I bought it. It is a lot easier to use than I thought it would be and works a lot better than all the reviews I'd read of other units led me to believe it would.
Pros Great Price, Nice to have features, easy to use, Customize DVD etc.
Cons Cannot record 16:9 , except when using DVD-RAM
Summary I was able to set this unit with my Cable box in a breeze. Very easy to Use...You don't need a $400 Recorder from Sony. Has everything that you need.
Ofcourse, you cannot record in HD (we may have to wait another couple of years for that)
This unit works exactly like a VCR with a better Video Quality.
Another Great feature is that you can customize your DVD. Create Titles, Chapters and Even Edit!! Awesome features for the price........
Pros More formats than any other brands of recorder. Easy to understand menus
Cons Looks like a DVD player from 1990. No DivX
Summary This is an excellent entry level DVD recorder, the big pros being the multiple formats that can record on (Only DVD+RW is not supported) and it's ease of use. True a hard drive would be nice but that doubles the price (DMR-ES85) It does everything that your standard VCR does and all the things you would expect from a DVD recorder including chase play and has the added bonus of 500 lines of resolution in EP mode. For the money you won't be dissappointed with this recorder.