Summary: I bought this one because it claimed it would make a DVD copy of a VHS tape look BETTER than the original tape. Though I couldn't be certain of this most of the time, I can definitely say that the DVD copy of the VHS tape showed NO loss in copy-generation (i.e. the DVD copy looked as good as the original tape).
Summary: I purchased this Panasonic DMR-ES35V new (unlike some of my other DVD/VCR's). Unlike the units I purchased used, this one has problems. It tuned fine (no longer relevant because the tuner is analog) and plays with adequate quality. It recorded okay, too. But, two years into its life, it stopped taking instruction from its remote.
Summary: I'm a videophile, I have well over 1000 original Hollywood movies as well as home made footage and video that I shot professionally. So I bought a couple machines last year to do the onerous task of transferring video to DVD. This is no fun if you have a lot of material. The Panasonics have a significantly better video player than the others. This is highly important, especially if your original is less than ideal.