- Great recording functionality, support for DVD-RAM, DVD upscaling
- VHS becoming increasingly rare, no high-definition digital reception
Although the DMR-EZ47V is a great option for anyone looking for a DVD/VCR combo, the gradual disappearance of VHS tapes means that this product is really only suitable for those who already have large collections.
Price$ 549.00 (AUD)
In this age of home entertainment, with competing high definition formats, huge surround sound systems, digital television and HDMI cables running everywhere, it's rare to catch a glimpse back in time to some of the simpler formats that we've used to over the years. Still, every now and then it happens, and Panasonic's DMR-EZ47V is one of the more interesting instances of this phenomenon that we've witnessed. It's essentially a standard DVD/VCR combo, but one that combines a very old, analogue technology like VHS with newer technologies such as HDMI and high-definition video upscaling. It's a great product in and of itself, but one that's definitely geared towards those that are yet loathe to throw out their old VHS collections.
As a recording unit, it's hard to fault the EZ47V. Recording is a simple, one touch process, when recording from TV to either VHS or DVD, or from either format to the other. This makes the EZ47V great for backing up media onto alternate formats or for less cluttered collections (in the case of VHS to DVD, at least!). Although the unit lacks a hard drive, support for DVD-RAM discs still gives it a lot of the benefits that DVD/HDD combos provide, including the ability to watch a previously recorded program whilst recording another to the same DVD-RAM disc, or rewind through a recording that's currently in progress.
The inclusion of a single standard-definition digital tuner also helps to make this a great product for those looking to move forward with their technology without losing some of their older devices and recordings. It picked up the majority of local channels quite easily with a quick scan, although it failed to exclude high-definition channels (which it's unable to display), so you'll need to disable these or set-up a favourites menu yourself to avoid having to flip through blank screens when channel surfing. The lack of dual tuners though means that you'll be unable to watch any channel apart from the one you're recording, although you'll still be able to watch other recordings or tapes/discs on the drive not being used to record.
The design is standard for a DVD/VCR combo, with both trays on the front panel, and the range of connections, including HDMI, component, composite, S-Video and optical audio on the rear. The inclusion of a VHS tray means that it's larger than slimline DVD players, for example, but if there's enough room in your cabinet for a VCR already, you shouldn't have too many problems replacing it with this product.
DVD upscaling, available through HDMI, is an interesting addition to the product, being that it's a relatively new technology included with a product designed around a significantly older technology. Nevertheless, it works well, adding noticeably more detail and definition to DVD movies, sharpening edges and generally improving the image quality.
The DMR-EZ47V isn't the kind of product that will appeal to everyone. VHS tapes are already quite close to becoming a remnant of the past, but for those that still enjoy watching their old collections, this product delivers a great combination of the old and the new.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Acer Swift 7
Lexar® Portable SSD
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Huawei Mate 9
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Google Daydream VR headset
Surface Pro 4
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 2 Kogan curved 4K UHD 55-inch LED LCD TV review
- 3 Panasonic Blu-ray recorder PVR set-top box review
- 4 Garmin Fenix Chronos fitness tracker smartwatch review
- 5 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
Latest News Articles
- Plex Cloud is now open to all paid users
- Google eyes remote content controls for parents in YouTube Kids app
- Up next for Apple TV: 4K streaming reportedly in the works
- Apple’s original TV shows are almost ready for prime time
- Apple snags Amazon Fire TV exec to lead Apple TV efforts
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- First look at the Formula 1 2017 pit lane in Melbourne, Australia
- LG 2017 OLED and Super LED UHD 4K TVs: Hands-on review
- Oppo R9s Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSocial Media ExecutiveNSW
- FTSenior Java DeveloperQLD
- TPSenior SAP Time and Payroll Functional ConsultantQLD
- CCService Desk AnalystNSW
- TPSenior Test AnalystQLD
- FTBusiness Development ManagerVIC
- CCAutomation Test AnalystQLD
- FTSenior Web DeveloperNSW
- FTJunior-Mid Level Implementation CoordinatorQLD
- FTFunctional Consultant - CommercialsQLD
- CCUnix/Linux Systems AdministratorNSW
- FTJunior Software Engineer - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)NSW
- FTApplication Support Analyst - Mortgage SolutionNSW
- FTProcess Documentation AnalystNSW
- FTUX DesignerNSW
- FTTeam LeaderNSW
- TPSenior Business AnalystQLD
- CCFrom Security Operations to Technical Business Analyst, make the move now!NSW
- TP.NET DeveloperWA
- FTWeb DeveloperVIC
- CCNetwork Engineer (cisco)NSW
- CCICT Strategist and AdvisorNSW
- CCSenior Project ManagerNSW
- TPBusiness AnalystQLD
- FTTechnical Solutions ArchitectWA