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Panasonic DMR-ES15S DVD Recorder with DV Input (2005 Model)

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  • Slim-profile progressive scan DVD player/recorder; measures 16.9 x 2.3 x 9.8 inches
  • FireWire port for direct dubbing from camcorder
  • Records onto DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and DVD-RAM; plays back dual-layer DVD-R/+R and CD-R/RW.
  • Will only record in 16:9 aspect to DVD-RAM. All other media is limited to 4:3 aspect.
  • Optical digital audio out for Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound.
  • Connections: composite (2 in, 1 out), S-Video (2 in, 1 out), component (1 out), RF (1 in)
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NamePanasonic
Item Weight6 pounds
Product Dimensions10 x 17 x 2 inches
Item model numberDMR-ES15S
Batteries:2 AA batteries required. (included)
Color NameSilver
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank
Shipping Weight8.6 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableMarch 28, 2005
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: DMR-ES15S
  • Surround Sound Effects: Virtual surround, Dolby Digital Surround Sound
  • Color Name: Silver
  • Warranty: 1 year parts, 1 year labor

Product Description

Product Description

Panasonic, DVD Recorder, DV Input


Record your home movies and your favorite TV programs easily to DVD disc with the Panasonic DMR-ES15S progressive scan recorder/player, which provides ultimate flexibility in recording media options. You can choose write-once DVD+R and DVD-R discs or rewritable DVD-RW/+RW and DVD-RAM discs (the latter being a great choice for temporary storage of recorded material as it can be rewritten more than DVD-RW). It's easy to record TV programming with the built-in analog TV tuner with RF pass-through. In addition to standard DVD movie and CD audio discs and its compatible recordable formats, the DMR-ES15S can play back CD-R/RW, dual layer DVD-R/+R, and VCD disc formats as well as JPEG, and MP3 digital formats.

Panasonic's Time Slip function consists of two features designed to give you added flexibility and control when making DVD recordings: Chasing Playback and Simultaneous Record & Play. With Chasing Playback, you don't have to wait for an entire program to be recorded before watching it from beginning to end. This feature allows you to watch a program that's currently being recorded from any point that's already been recorded--while continuing to record the live program in progress. Simultaneous Record & Play allows you to record a program onto a disc while simultaneously watching any other program that's previously been recorded on the same disc.

You can set your recorder to one of five different recording speeds, each varying in recording quality and length. EP mode yields the most recording time, LP & SP modes provide less recording time with higher quality recording, and XP mode gives you the highest quality recording. There's also the FR (Flexible Recording) mode that lets you record with the best picture quality possible for the recording time and remaining space on the disc.

The Direct Navigator feature makes it easy to find a previously recorded program on a disc. A list of recording dates, times, channels and (user-entered) titles are shown on screen. With the Playlist Playback function, you can perform simple non-linear video editing using, such as rearranging the order of scenes, skipping over unwanted scenes, or copying selections

Jump directly to any spot on a disc and begin playback or recording right away with the Rapid Random Access function when using DVD-RAM discs. Even if there is no sequential area of empty space available, this DVD recorder can record data on available space throughout the rest of the disc. You will also avoid searching for a blank spot to start recording, or accidentally recording over desired material.

Enjoy a great picture on you flat screen LCD or plasma HDTV using the component video output, and immersive surround sound via the optical digital audio output for Dolby Digital and DTS home theater effects. It also offers a FireWire port (also known as IEEE1394 or i.Link) for direct connection to a digital video camcorder, enabling you to download footage directly to disc. The full lineup of video and audio connections includes:

  • RF Input: 1
  • Composite video/audio input: 2 (1 front)
  • Composite video/audio output: 1
  • S-Video input: 2 (1 front)
  • S-Video output: 1
  • Component video output: 1
  • Digital audio output: 1 optical

Tech Talk
Component video (also called Y/Pb/Pr) features a three-jack video input, which provides separate connections for luminance (Y), blue color difference (PB) and red color difference (PR). This results in increased bandwidth for color information, resulting in a more accurate picture with clearer color reproduction and less bleeding than you would get with S-Video or composite (RCA yellow video plug) connections. You will need a separate RCA left/right audio cable for sound.

What's in the Box
DVD recorder/player, remote control (with batteries), AV cable, RF cable, power cord, one DVD-RAM disc, printed operating instructions

Customer Reviews

The manual is clear and the installation instructions are very easy to follow.
J. Fletcher
I had one to quit working after a week, one to quit after 3 weeks and one to quit after 5 months.
T. Little
I'd highly recommend the product to any one interested in buying a DVD record..
A. Shain

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

200 of 211 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo Abdullah Nagasaki on November 29, 2006
...after scouring several online audio/video discussion boards like AVS Forum, I chose this player for its acclaimed reliability, ease of use, and compatibility. Almost a year later and over 200 recorded DVDs later, I am happy to say that it has not disappointed me in the least.

I have had zero problems with playback on dozens of other people's DVD players and computers, and a grand total of 2 coasters (only with the cheapie Phillips brand DVDs, none with the Taiyo Yuden blank DVDs which were also an online-discussion-board word-of-mouth selection).

Three caveats:

1. Panasonic is known for making outstanding bang-for-the-buck mass products, but their user manuals have never been very well written as say, Sony's manuals (if only Sony's price/performance ratio were anywhere as good, unfortunately). So read and reread it as you go along, many things are not very clearly explained but quickly become clear after a little trial and error. For instance, one of the reviewers here claims that this player cannot play back widescreen material in widescreen format...absolute rubbish!

2. Consumers who are buying a DVD recorder to duplicate copyrighted DVDs will sometimes blame the DVD recorder when they cannot do this. It's not the recorder's fault, it's the electronic copyright protection on the DVDs, stupid! You're NOT supposed to be able to do that, because it's illegal, duh! There are semi-legal ways around this using certain additional hardware but you'll need to Google that up yourself, I don't want the Feds coming after me, lol.

3. Use decent quality blank DVDs...
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112 of 116 people found the following review helpful By G. Gilbert on June 2, 2006
Having grown weary of dragging my home video collection (which is very important to me) all over the place, and knowing that my wife and I both enjoy making films, we decided that we'd like to get a DVD recorder. The first one that we got was a piece of junk from Samsung (I normally like Samsung, but not this time) which I got rid of immediatly, and replaced with this one from Panasonic. I was not at all disappointed.

The DMR-ES15S is a fantastic, very easy to use DVD recorder. It is extremely versatile as far as what kind of media it will accept: DVD-RAM, DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW as well as other types of media. Most of the menus and functions are very self-explanatory, but if you do need the instruction manual it's laid our very nicely. The S-Video and DV inputs in the front of this unit (as well as the standard AV inputs) are very convinient and make this unit very user-friendly.

In the month or so that we've had the unit I've already recorded about 30 DVDs, and have had no trouble at all. Do note that this unit will NOT record copywrited material: in fact most DVD recorders wont, so don't be too disappointed in this one. This was an excellent product for the price as well - I highly recommed this unit!
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Steiner TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 27, 2007
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After weeks of research I purchased the Panasonic DMR-ES15S DVD Recorder last February, but came very close to throwing it into the trash shortly afterwards. This compact machine is full of fantastic features and I was extremely pleased with it for awhile. I even bought a Panasonic DVD-S52S DVD Player to use in another room with the DVD disks I hoped to make with the recorder. I was committed to moving from the old VHS tape recording technology to the more contemporary DVD equipment.

I used the proprietary DVD-RAM disks to schedule/record TV shows from my cable service for their versatility and advantages over the more common DVD-RW and DVD+RW disks for recording. This was a "no brainer" choice of recording media since the Panasonic DVD system offers so many advantages when using DVD-RAM disks and they can be used over and over thousands of times. I bought a dozen of them even though the recorder can handle a wide variety of other disk formats.

Eventually I started to notice that my recorder was having difficulty recognizing the RAM discs. I blew a number of recordings and saw frequent error messages advising me of some vague problem and that I should try a different disk. I unsuccessfully followed a number of instructions in the owner's manual in order to solve that problem. Everything else on the machine was working just as it should and I couldn't believe the brand new RAM disks I was using were faulty.

I telephoned the Panasonic support line and also contacted the support service online, but received no help at all. I was told to take my machine to an authorized service center for repair. Because the closest approved shop was miles away that didn't appeal to me very much.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Bobby R. Pilkinton on May 30, 2007
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Update May 30 08, follow-on to note below: Good news and bad news. The bad news is that, in total, the disk drive in four of my five units failed. The good news is that warranties were still in effect and warranty service was superb (see below). At present, all units perform flawlessly.

WORTHY of note (added Mar 05 08): Panasonic support continues to be superb. I had disk drive failure in two units; warranty repair was prompt and thorough, no hassle. The warranty is for one year on BOTH parts and labor (better than most), and shipping is paid both ways. Couldn't ask for more! My experience has been that disk drives in general are problematic (including some other brands, NOT just Panasonic).

Note (added Dec 08 07): My S15s have continued to perform well. A few problems have been corrected with The Panasonic Firmware Update Disk.

After this few months of use my experience is that RAM disks just don't go the distance: at least 80% failure rate after 10 or 15 uses. I think the problem is the technology or the disks, not the recorder. This same is true to some extent with -RW but a much lower failure rate. I have not had any failure with -R disks. Over three years of using various recorders, I "guesstimate" my failure rate with DVD-R disks to be no more than 1% (if that). I use mostly Memorex, some TDK (a few Sony) DVD-Rs, Panasonic RAM, and Memorex -RWs.

Again, owners take note that Panasonic's Firmware Update Disk can correct some of the problems that I read about in these reviews.

Throughout, Panasonic's support has been superb.

Note (added Jun 12 07): I confirmed with Panasonic that this -ES15 is discontinued and I find that it is no longer widely available.
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