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Panasonic DMR-EX99V review

After a DVD recorder, VHS recorder and Freeview PVR all rolled into one? Here's your answer – and it's a decent performs to boot Tested at £430.00

Our Verdict

It's a world away from cutting-edge but it does exactly what it says on the packaging – and to a good standard, too


  • Multi-functional
  • 250GB HDD
  • reasonably easy to use
  • solid, detailed images
  • makes quality recordings


  • Styling looks drab and dated
  • some picture noise
  • struggles to keep a grip on moving images

With all the attention being lavished on new tech such as 3D TV and Blu-ray, it's easy to forget where it all started.

Products like the Panasonic DMR-EX99V serve as a timely reminder that there are people for whom DVD is still the disc du jour and who need a VHS tape deck to play all those old movies and home recordings.

The 'EX99V also acts as a Freeview PVR. Inside, there's an integrated 250GB hard disc drive, on to which you can record TV programmes and even rip CDs at the touch of a button.

Considering you're getting three machines squeezed into one, the unit is reasonably easy to operate. Yes, the remote is packed with buttons, but it needs to be to cover all the functions.

Numerous recording modes
You can record in one of five different modes. 'XP' gives you the best results with a crisp, well-defined image and should accommodate around 55 hours of video on to the hard drive. Motion is a bit problematic and the image could be clearer, but overall you're treated to a very viewable picture. 'SP' recording mode bumps the recording time to 110 hours and is only a slight step down in quality.

The 'EX99V can upscale DVD and Freeview images to 1080p over HDMI, and the results are good, if not spectacular. Spin The Men Who Stare at Goats and as Ewan McGregor and George Clooney drive through the desert, the player displays good edge definition and detail.

As is the case with Freeview, there is the odd movement issue and images aren't quite as pristine as we'd like, but there are no major issues.

Of course, a machine like this won't appeal to everyone, but if you're looking for something with all these features rolled up into one package, the 'EX99V is one to consider.

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Address
Brand NamePanasonic
Product TypeDVD Recorder/VCR
Manufacturer Part NumberDMREX99VEBK
Product NamePanasonic DMR-EX99V
Product ModelDMR-EX99V


Package Contents
  • DMR-EX99V DVD Recorder/VCR Combo
  • Remote Control


Number of SCART Interfaces2
Digital Audio Optical OutYes
Composite VideoYes


Remote ControlYes


Audio FormatsMP3
Sound SystemDolby Digital

Technical Information

FeaturesPseudo HD Up-conversion
Media FormatsDVD-RAM
Maximum DVD Recording Time14.33 Hour
Maximum HDD Recording Time3 Week
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes


Video Signal FormatNTSC
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG2)
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Scan Format1080p
Video FormatsDVD Video

Physical Characteristics

Width430 mm
Depth346 mm
Weight Approximate6.10 kg
Height84 mm
Dimensions84 mm (H): 430 mm (W): 346 mm (D)


Hard Drive Capacity250 GB


Memory Card SupportedSD


Limited Warranty1 Year