To anyone thinking of buying a Panasonic DVD recorder take a look at the JVC and think again. I have been using both for awhile now and can tell you that the JVC is a far superior machine for only a slightly higher price. The advantages are almost too long to list here but first and most important is picture, the JVC definitely has a noticably better picture than the Panasonics, it also uses more of the disc giving 2 hours 14 minutes in SP on a DVD-R, the Panasonic records for 2 hours and stops even though there is still space left on the disc. Panasonic gives only 4 record speeds, unless timer recording with flexible record, the JVC is adjustable in 5 minute increments from 1 to 6 hours giving the ability to get the best possible recording with available disc space. It also records to RW discs the Panasonics do not. The list of advantages goes on and on, too many to list here. The only disadvantages that I have found are disc labeling, Panasonic gives more options, and quick timer recording, the JVC though it holds 2 hours 14 minutes will only let the quick timer be set for 2 hours in SP. To anyone who wants a hard drive they are due to come out very soon if they haven't already.