Summary: Takes a bit of getting used to. You know, following the steps in the right order, and all that. So far I've copied two VHS tapes quite easily. Even found it easy to program, to record TV right on to DVD. No different than VHS player in this way. You set the times, the mode (SP, LP, EP) and make sure you turn the unit off once it's set. There are differences. With a VHS machine, you just pop in a blank tape and start recording.
Summary: If you are looking for a good gift this will work. This player is awsome. It takes about a day to figure out but when you do its worth it. Keeps him occupied and happy which makes me happy. Thanks Panasonic for makeing such a quality product.
Summary: Bought this product after returning a Toshiba unit. The VHS section of the Toshiba broke after 5 tapes were copied. I have been using the Panasonic since early April 2008. Have copied many movies from the satelite system with no problem. Transferred many VHS tapes to DVD and again no problem. The only thing that I don't like is you must use DVD-RAM to copy still pictures from a SD card to DVD.
Summary: I had purchased a dvd vcr combo without a tuner I returned it. I was used to being able to record from the cable directly. I do not have a cable box. This DMZ EZ 47v by panasonic was refurbished so I was very worried but the price was very tempting. with all the features and half the price. opening the box and it was in new condition. Every funtion is working . It is as advetised!
Summary: The vendor delivered the product when they said they would and the product works great. I havent come accross any quirks or funky operating parameters. My standard DVD's and VHS tapes look great on my 46in Sony Bravia through the HDMI connection. Though they still look good through the standard inputs you can tell the difference.
Summary: Panasonic DMR-EZ47V Up-Converting 1080p DVD-Recorder/VCR Combo with Built In Tuner For several years I have bought hardware in an attempt to convert the dozens and dozens of treasured family VHS films. We hadn't been very successful because the process was too complicated (or the *$#!@ hardware--- specifically Philips brand) didn't work. I kept getting promises of "upgrades.
Summary: One of the reasons that I purchased a combination VCR and DVD recorder was to transfer a stash of VCR tapes to DVD's. I was replacing a VCR recorder that was having difficulty playing some tapes and beginning to eat some tapes. I could not find many VCR's and thought that like audio casset players and eight track players the technology will be abandoned.