By Craig Zammit

SYDNEY: Panasonic has announced three new DVD recorders to its 2007 line-up, with each boasting a digital tuner for direct recording of digital TV broadcasts, as well as HDMI and Viera Link as standard.

The new models include the DMR-EZ47V (RRP $659) DVD Recorder/VHS with up to 14 hours recording, the DMR-EX77 (RRP $769) with 160GB hard disk drive for up to 284 hours recording, and the DMR-EX87 (RRP $879) with 250GB hard disk drive for up to 443 hours recording.

The full range will also offer enhanced image quality with 1080p technology and will combine Panasonic’s intelligent i/p conversion and 1080p up-conversion technologies.

All three models will also be able to record and play-back DVD-RAM, DVD-R (DL), DVD-RW, +R (DL) and +RW discs, as well as DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, Video CD, SVCD, DVD R DL (single sided dual-layer), DVD-R/+R, Audio CD (CD-DA), CD-R/RW, mp3 jpeg and DivX formatted discs.

The DMR-EX77 and DMR-EX87 models will come equipped with an SD/SDHC Memory Card slot for viewing images taken on a digital camera, as well as mpeg2 movies recorded on a card, which can also be transferred to the HDD or DVD-RAM disc for viewing and archiving. Both hard drive models also take advantage of recording and playback functions such as Time Slip, Simultaneous Play and Record, Chasing Playback and One Touch Recording.

All models offer DV input terminal for easy transfer of data from a digital camcorder.