Most people couldn't care less that VHS is going the way of the dodo, but there are many others who just can't let tape technology go, either because they need a VCR to play their video collections or want to transfer irreplaceable tapes onto DVD before they fall apart. If you're one of those people, then Panasonic has the ideal machine for you - a DVD recorder with a built-in VCR that allows you to copy tapes onto discs internally (and vice versa).
Of course, being a Panasonic DVD recorder, it's packed with more features than you can shake a tape at, including an HDMI output with video upscaling to 720p, 1080i and 1080p. Not only does this work with DVDs but also VHS tapes, potentially making those fuzzy SD tapes look better than ever before.
It's also equipped with a digital terrestrial tuner that gets you the entire Freeview channel line-up as well as digital text and a 7-day EPG, the latter making timer programming as easy as pressing a button. That said, it lacks the series and split recording features that make Sony and Pioneer's latest recorders such a joy to use. Freeview channels can be recorded onto either DVD or VHS, but unlike most other DVD recorders the digital tuner isn't backed up by an analogue version - a sign of the times perhaps?
Joining the Viera-Link compatible HDMI socket on the rear is a set of progressive scan component video outputs, two SCARTs (one of which is an RGB-capable input for making recordings on DVD from external digital TV boxes) and composite/S-video outputs. On the audio side you'll find optical digital and analogue stereo outputs.
Panasonic has always packed its recorders with a wealth of recording and editing features and the EZ47V is no exception. First up, it will record onto every DVD format going, most notably DVD-RAM and DVD-RW, both of which open the door for flexible non-linear editing of your recordings. It also supports DVD+RW, and for permanent recordings it'll accept any write-once disc, including the double-layer variations of DVD-R and DVD+R.
The Panasonic DMR-EZ47V DVD/VCR Recorder Combo combines functionality and versatility, with abilities to record your favorite home movies onto DVD-R/W, DVD+R/W and DVD-RAM discs with an extended (4 hr) LP high-resolution recording mode. Your current DVD library will look and sound better than ever before, because the DMR-EZ47V is a Progressive scan player capable of upconverting your DVDs to a 720p/1080i/1080p high-definition experience.
In addition, the Panasonic DMR-EZ47V features ACCUTUNE high-precision analog (NTSC)/digital (ATSC) tuners for recording and viewing digital broadcasts without a set top box. It offers multi-format playback capabilities, One-Touch 2-Way Recording, DivX Home Theater Certified, Auto DVD Disc Finalizing, With connectivity to virtually any A/V source, optical digital-audio output, HDMI Output, EZ Sync HDAVI Control, and 8 hour recording capability, your entertainment choices are endless with the Panasonic DMR-EZ47V.
ACCUTUNE Digital Tuner
The DMR-EZ47V features ACCUTUNE Digital Tuner capable of receiving both digital and analog broadcasts. This high-performance hybrid tuner uses a signal processor to effectively control noise and distortion, especially when digital broadcast signals drop out or break-up with block-noise. The ACCUTUNE Digital Tuner produces a crisp picture even under difficult reception conditions, such as when there are obstacles interfering with direct signal access.
High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)
If you're looking to pump high-definition DVD playback into your HD displays or projectors, the DMR-EZ47V will do the job. It has a high-bandwidth processor capable of upconverting to 720p/1080i/1080p through the HDMI output. HDMI supports standard, enhanced, or high-definition video, plus multi-channel digital audio on a single cable.
High Resolution LP Recording Mode
This DVD recorder offers twice the horizontal resolution (500 lines vs. the 250-line standard) of many other DVD recorders when recording in LP mode. You can fit up to four hours of recordings on one DVD (4.7GB capacity) and still enjoy the crisp, vibrant and exceptionally detailed images delivered by 500 lines of horizontal resolution.
The DMR-EZ47V is a progressive scan DVD player, capable of scanning an entire video frame at once; scan-lines commonly associated with interlaced video are drastically reduced. The result is a spectacularly clear image with no motion artifacts (stair-stepping), and details so sharp they seem as if they're etched onto the screen.
One-Touch 2-Way Dubbing
The DMR-EZ47V features One-Touch 2-Way Dubbing, which offers the ability to record a VHS tape from a DVD, and vice-versa, by pushing a single button.
This features enables the DMR-EZ47V to read recorded start-signals on a VHS tape, and automatically record designated thumbnails on the DVD disc.
DV (IEEE 1394) Input
Just connect your digital video camera to the DMR-EZ47V's DV front-input terminal, and you're ready to record images onto a DVD recordable disc.
Don't worry about limited playback capabilities, the DMR-EZ47V plays: DVD-Audio/Video, DVD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW DL, DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW DL, DVD-RAM, CD (CDDA), CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, JPEG.
DivX Home Theater Certified
DivX is video compression software which enables high quality video to be compressed into very small files then downloaded onto CD-R or CD-RW and played back with very little loss of quality.
Recordable DVD Media
Record your favorite shows onto DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW and DVD-RAM discs. The DMR-EZ47V offers 5 recording modes: XP, SP, LP, EP, and FR.
With playback specifications that meet the standards of professionals, the DMR-EZ47V features a component video output for high-resolution low-distortion video playback, and an optical digital-audio output for high-quality audio playback.
Dolby Digital and DTS Sound
The DMR-EZ47V offers built-in Dolby Digital and DTS decoders capable of advanced surround-sound processing.