"The price-performance ratio makes it a winner."3.5 starson by mediafrenzie
Pros: Compact. Reliable recording. S-Video "in" and "out" is huge!
Cons: Large learning curve. Read your manual to get the most out of it.
Summary: I've owned the DMR-ES15S which has no HDMI hook up so I am a little familiar with the Panasonic product line. Even though they are similar this unit was a perfect upgrade. If you have an HDTV LCD or Plasma screen but have standard satellite or cable you know the picture is lousy. Using the old addage, "you are what you eat", I ran the satellite box via the S-video out connection to the Panasonic's S-video "in" connector. Then connected the Panasonic to the LCD with an HDMI connector. Huge improvement in image quality – sharper, cleaner and better sound too. (the sound was piped in using the RCA connectors from the satellite).
Then the SD card connection and ability to copy its contents to a CD or DVD is awesome! Over you will not be disappointed.