Yes, we all still have a ton of VHS movies and a VHS player/recorder that may be on its last legs. What do you do with them? Do you need to go buy them all again? How do you watch them? Panasonic has the answers with their DMR-EZ47V DVD & VHS Recorder that plays both DVD and VHS formats and can record from one to the other. Now you can digitize those tapes for even longer life.
The unit does have an HDMI connector and will 1080p upscale. As if that wasn’t enough, it has an SD card slot and will read in JPG images on SD and SDHC cards. It can handle DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R and DVD+RW and even CD and CD-R/RW formats.
- Digital Broadcast Capable with Built-In ATSC4 Tuner
- Automatic Program Information Acquisition (ATSC4)
- 2x LP Horizontal Resolution (500 lines)
- Progressive Scan
- Long Time Recording with High Picture Quality (EP mode: 8 hours)
- Real-Time Variable Bit Rate Control
- EZ Sync HDAVI Control
- HDMI Simple Connection (HDMI Ver. 1.3)
- Super Multi-Format Recording & Playback5
- DivX Playback6
- JPEG View with SD Slot
- One-Touch 2-Way Copying
At under $300, I think it may be time to snag one of these and complete the switch. VHS – you were a reliable format for many, many years but time does have a way of making old technology obsolete.
Update: despite its ongoing popularity, the EZ47V is getting harder to come by and some vendors are taking advantage of that to make it more expensive, way too pricey if you ask us. If you’re still in the market for an all-in-one VHS to DVD converter, we just covered 2 alternative models from Toshiba and Magnavox that won’t cost an arm and a leg!