Five months ago I bought a Panasonic DMR-EH50, which up to now has been an excellent machine. I chose this machine as it:
Supported a Flexible Recording mode (which compresses a recording so it just fits a single disc).
Was a Panasonic - and so hopefully would have stable software, and good editing.
In fact the DVD assembly died after 3 months - but has now been fixed. Back in the best-thing-since-sliced-bread category.
I like to use the FR modes to put 3 hours on a disc - it looks excellent, although the 4 hour LP mode is pretty good too.
Recording and editing on HDD was a revelation - very good!
So yes, I love my EH50!
ps If you want multiregion - make sure it is when you buy it.