Some Panasonic EZ series owners would respond by suggesting that the DMR-EZ47 combo recorder from 2007 is even worse than the DMR-EZ48 combo recorder from 2008/2009/2010.
The usual justification for purchasing VHS/DVD combo recorders--copying videotapes to DVD--fails with the crude results produced by Panasonic EZ series combo recorders.
The best current method for copying videotaped recordings to DVD may be had by connecting an external VCR to an input on a Magnavox 2160 Hard Disc Drive/DVD recorder, transferring videotape recordings to the hard drive by recording from the input in real-time, editing/dividing the hard drive recordings (if desired) and high-speed dubbing the recording(s) to DVD(s).
Why is it that folks continue to purchase Panasonic EZ series recorders when they may purchase the outstanding Magnavox 2160 HDD/DVD recorder for less than $160?
The first photo shows my little used ($25) 2007 DMR-EZ47 just before I swapped in some VHS mechanism cradle parts from a parts machine. The VHS mechanism lower cradle cassette visor opening finger, indicated in the second photo, would not correctly align with the visor release button on VHS cassettes, indicated in the third photo, resulting in a cassette jamb when the visor would not open, indicated in the fourth photo, whereupon there was a forced eject revealing additional alignment and functionality problems. The replaced original VHS cradle parts are seen in the fifth photo. The VHS mechanism now functions correctly.
Was my DMR-EZ47 set up for daily use after returning it to functionality? No Way! Not as long as my much better Panasonic ES series recorders and Magnavox 2160 Hard Disc Drive/DVD recorders are set up for daily use.
So, what is my litle-used DMR-EZ47 good for? In a word, PARTS. Perhaps I'll pull out it's good VXY1961 DVD Drive for swapping into one of my 2007 DMR-EZ17 DVD recorders that experienced a laser assembly failure last fall. That project must await another day.