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I bought this DVD recorder a few weeks ago because I love my electronics and my DVDs, so decided to upgrade to a better DVD recorder. I was undecisive at the time as to which one to buy and was looking around my local Currys store and came across this Panasonic Recorder. I have always loved Panasonic makes and thought I couldn't go wrong with this one so when I got home, I managed to order one online from Amazon for just under £300 and it was over £100 cheaper than Currys.
Now, I am not the brightest tool in the box when it comes to electronics and I am still finding new things out with this to use all the features that it has. Despite me trying to understand the user instruction booklet, I have still managed to find a lot of things out for myself.
I have watched quite a few blu-rays on this and the picture quality is excellent and looks and sounds good on my 32" television and so I am very pleased with it, but it does have a few little problems, like the electronic programme guide is not too bad although the channel I am watching, vanishes when I am viewing the guide which is a bit of a dissapointment as well as the adverts that appear on the screen. It also doesnt have a disc tray open/close button on the remote. But these are things that don't really bother me; I have just got used to that.
When I first recorded onto the hard disk drive, I thought the broadcast quality was not going to be excellent but I was surprised because it came out perfect and you are also able to easily compress it if you want to record it onto a DVD/blue-ray. I also thought this was going to be slow but it transferred all what I wanted really quickly, in fact, I had a film which lasted nearly 2 hours and it took just less than 10 minutes! I was very impressed! Ive also noticed that if you watch TV through the box, the picture quality is splendid and even better when I watch the HD channels.
I have also just found out how to copy my HD films from my old Sony camcorder onto the hard drive and then copy them to DVD.
It can record in HD and SD but so far, I have only recorded in HD. It has twin tuners so it can record two programmes at the same time which I have done a few times and also when I use the internet functions, the screen goes blank for a few seconds until the icons appear on the screen with the links to the webpages.
In my opinion, it is hard to understand at first, but once you get the hang of it, its quite simple and I have no regrets buying it.