Summary: Purchased this back in '07 did not last long suddenly the DVD locked up froze and refused to work, too much money or a short life expectancy when called Panasonic states product was fresh out of warranty, so . . . what to do.? This is not a good product not happy will not recommend Panasonic as quality overall is very mediocre.
Summary: I love the ability to record and play either VHS or DVD. The copy function is great for converting unprotected VHS to DVD, too. The only drawback is that the device is slow in powering up - even with the Quick Start function activated. This makes it difficult to make an impromptu record when a TV show is beginning.
Avoid this machine. Worst Panasonic product I've ever owned.
James L. Myers "banjojimmy", Amazon
7 December 2010
Summary: I write this from the perspective of a career TV production engineer. I have always had great respect for Panasonic commercial & consumer electronics & have owned many of their fine VCRs & TVs over the years, but this machine is an exception. Problems? It refuses to record ANY brand of DVD-RW. It often locks up during playback of prerecorded DVDs [usually at the end] & must be cycled through its full shutdown process--holding down the Off button for half a minute.
Summary: I bought this unit as a second DVR. It took me quite a frustrating time to figure out how to set it up and get it working properly. It is not user friendly when you first try to use it. I finally did get familiar with it and found I had to be very careful with programming or trying to get it to do different things. It still freezes up on me for no reason and it suddenly decides to not open the tray.
Summary: I was a big fan of Panasonic products before I bought this unit. That is why I didn't check the user ratings and just bought it on impulse. Big mistake. It has been a nightmare from day one. It never reliably did a timed recording since I have had it. Sometimes it would record, sometimes it wouldn't. I could never figure out why. I should have returned it but I thought that it was something I was doing wrong. I bought the special Panasonic RAM disks but that didn't help.
Summary: I bought this for three reasons: a) to replace my 12-year-old VCR, b) to take advantage of the digital tuner for my ancient TV, and c) to transfer my VHS tapes to DVD. It failed at all three. The digital reception is great but on a standard 4:3 screen there is a 1 inch black border around the picture, so your 19" TV instantly becomes an 18" TV. I have it hooked up to 13" TV in the bedroom. I'm not happy. The digital tuner is also inconceivably slow changing channels.
Summary: I bought the DMR-EZ475V 3 years ago for $300. It S-U-C-K-S and has ever since I bought it. Very user-UNfriendly. It is ERRATIC, UNRELIABLE, and a piece of JUNK. I've had nothing but frustrations with its operation from day 1.
Summary: The controls aren't the same as every other DVD player I have owned. Example, if you want to bring up the menu of the DVD you have to hit the "direct navigator" button, no menu button. I never have been able to get the sd card slot to work. And a device in this class should have eject funtionallity on the remote.
Excerpt: You can also use the device to play back recordings including DVDs, VHSs, pictures off of a camera memory card, and music CDs, eliminating the need to buy a lot of other expensive and large equipment. You can even transfer pictures from your camera’s memory card onto a DVD to create a slideshow movie with your pictures. All in all this is a very useful, fun, and interesting device that anybody can find a reason to use.
Summary: One of the biggest factors in rating a product, for me, is its durability. I would have given this DVR a higher rating but it has essentially conked out after 17 months of use. For $300, I expect a product to last at least 5 years. Pros: Once I got it working it recorded good video and audio quality using the LP or SP settings.