The Panasonic DMR-E100HS is the latest Panasonic DVD recorder to feature a hard disk drive alongside a DVD-RAM/DVD-R drive.
The 120Gb drive makes the Panasonic DMR-E100HS quite possible the most desirable DVD recorder on the market. Having a hard drive as well as DVD recording capability allows the DMR-E100HS to take onthe functions of a personal video recorder as well as a DVD recorder. So if you want to time-shift TV programmes or pause live TV, you can record to the hard disk. If you want to archive programmes to keep, you can record them directly to a DVD disk (the Panasonic DMR-E100HS, like other Panasonic DVD recorders, supports both the DVD-RAM and DVD-R formats) or onto the hard drive and then from the hard drive to a DVD disk. You can also watch one recorded program, while recording another.
The DMR-E100HS is useful for more than just recording from television. It has a digital video port (also known as FireWire and iLink) so you can connect a digital video camera and copy footage from it to the DVD recorder’s hard drive. You can then use the Panasonic DMR-E100HS’ basic editing functions to edit your videos, before viewing them on the television.
There’s also a PC card that’s compatible with standard PC cards, as well as Compact Flash, Secure Digital (SD), MultimediaCard (MMC), Smart Media, and Memory Stick formats, with the appropriate adaptor. There’s also and additional SD card slot. Photographs stored on these memory cards can be copied to the DMR-100HS’ hard drive and viewed on-screen.
Other inputs are; three video composite, three S-Video, three pairs of composite audio, and RF. Outputs are; two composite video, component (Y, PB, PR), two S-Video, and two pairs of composite audio. Playable disc formats are; DVD-Video, DVD-Audio (two channel), DVD-RAM, DVD-R, VideoCD, CD, CD-R/W. MP3 files stored on CD or DV can also be played back.
The Panasonic DMR-E100HS is an impressive DVD recorder, offering just about every feature you could want. It’s expensive, compared to say, the Phillips DVDR75, and if the DVD+RW format becomes dominant, it could be left out in the cold. But the functionality offered by the inclusion of a hard disk, not to mention the advantages of DVD-RAM over DVD-R and DVD+R, is worth the extra money.