Pros Copies home made VHS tapes to Single layer DVD-r, but NOT DL or +R discs.
Cons Hangs up on initialization, DRM issues, if you try to copy a DRM tape to DVD, it LOCKS UP, unplugged to reset it. Hangs up frequently on finalization, wasting up to 8 hours of recording time and the disc becomes unusable. Often will ruin new DVD-Rs.
Summary This unit initially cost nearly $400, and I expected a lot more than VHS quality recording onto a DVD. The DVD files do not conform top the DVD standard (no AUDIO_TS files) No subtitling, no second language. No image enhancement, nor tracking control while recording from VHS to DVD-R no chapter control.
Chapter titling and thumbnail selection for the menu is tedious. Finalization is a long running process, and often hangs up ruining the write once discs (DVD-R) Recording doesn't start promptly , there is a delay, and often it fails to start recording. It often ruins DVD-rs upon initiation of first recording. Image resolution is VERY POOR, especially on larger screens (19" and up), The resulting image is fuzzy and has artifacts.
Pros Video quality of DVDs is great, ON THOSE OCCASIONS WHEN THEY FINALIZE.
Cons Frequent failure to finalize; frequent lockup/freeze; region code errors.
Summary This seemed like a great option, as it's near-predecessor had good Consumer Reports ratings. The video quality of recorded DVDs is great, when the unit will actually manage to finalize the disk without freezing. Other times the entire unit freezes, it seems to lock into progressive scan mode and becomes entirely unresponsive to onboard keys or the remote. Sometimes unplugging the unit works to accomplish a reset, but not always. Also, the clock display goes blank, and there are region code errors where it says every disk inserted is not playable due to a region mis-match. Sent it in for service, even Best Buy checked the unit before sending in for service and saw the same problems. However, the Panasonic Service Center sent it back after several weeks, saying there was nothing wrong with the unit (and somehow it had become reset, and worked OK again, FOR A WHILE). I've always thought Panasonic was a brand I could trust, but I will probably replace this Panasonic clunker with a different brand, not just based on the existence of these problems but also that Panasonic failed me as a consumer at the "moment of truth."
Pros Easy recording
Cons Not reliable
Summary We purchased this machine in 1-06. Lock up problems started within a month. However, the unit was fairly easy to reset, and thus we didn't bother taking it in for repairs. The lock ups became more frequent, but we still didn't act. Then, just when the unit went out of warranty, it failed completely. $300 down the drain! My advice--don't buy this machine!
"Great Product"on by Spankmaster
Pros Easy to use, Picture Quality is awesome, Tons of features
Cons None that I know of other than the chapters but you can manually put them in.
Summary This is a great product to be used like a vcr or to copy old VHS tape, just set it an forget it. Also, DVD's are cheaper than tapes .
Pros Great recording and play back quality when it works
Cons Fails to finalize VHS to DVD/Locks up
Summary I had great hopes for this product. I read CNET's review and was satisfied with it. I regret it. I should have read the countless consumer reviews with complaints similar to mine. This unit failed to execute the main function which I got it for, record VHS to DVD. It will not finalize and it locks up. After purchasing several types of DVD-R in hopes that it was the DVD's fault, I broke down and sent it for repair not once but twice! Needless to say, it still will not properly finalize and still locks up. I give up. I will call customer service and request my money back or I will report them to the better business bureau and perhaps initiate a class action. It's too bad CNET continues to give it high praise when it's obvious from all the negative comments that they're WRONG. CNET: 7, customers: 4?...COMMON!!