Panasonic DMR-BWT800 review

As expensive as it is ambitious, Freeview HD, 3D, Blu-ray, Skype and streaming are appealing

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Panasonic dmr bwt800

Panasonic decks almost always excel with picture quality, and the DMR-BWT800 is no different.

Freeview HD, in this case during a live broadcast from the Spanish Grand Prix on BBC HD, is crisp enough and remarkably clean. Even the SD version over on former favourite BBC1 is clean enough and not the turn-off it might be. Recordings, as single programmes or series links, are all made in the lossless DR (Direct Recording) mode, and are identical to the original broadcast.

However, there's a noticeable improvement in colour when viewing our 2D Blu-ray test disc Inception, which also features smooth transitions, edges and pin-sharp close-ups.

It bears all the hallmarks of Panasonic's familiar PHL Chroma Processor Plus (P4HD), which earns its salt by increasing the res of a DVD to a state where jagged edges are barely noticeable.

Avatar on 3D Blu-ray also impresses, with 3D glasses acting as a further filter to refine the contrast – the result being luscious blues for the skin of Na'vi and a more convincing depth to the moon's forests. There was no need to tweak any of the 3D depth settings.

However, 2D to 3D conversion left us unimpressed. It can work on scenes that deserve it – usually close-ups with backgrounds just behind – but it's hit-and-miss. It's pretty obvious, but if something hasn't been designed as a 3D movie, it's unlikely to work consistently well when converted.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player/Recorder
Scan Format1080p
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Digital TunerDVB-T2, DVB-T
USBYes
HDMIYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Media FormatsBD-RE, CD-RW, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM
Digital Audio Optical OutYes
3D Type3D
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
Number of Discs1
Brand NamePanasonic
Audio FormatsCD-DA, MP3
Features2D-3D Conversion, BD Live
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, DivX, DivX HD, MKV, AVCHD, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC, H.264
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Green CompliantYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height66 mm
Width430 mm
Depth238 mm
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMR-BWT800
Product NameDMR-BWT800 3D Blu-ray Disc Player/Recorder
Manufacturer Part NumberDMR-BWT800EB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

VIERA CAST with Skype lets you enjoy real-time visual communication on a large screen with faraway family and friends by displaying their images on the TV. The Blu-ray Disc players also feature a convenient and unique Auto Answering Video Message function. Let Panasonic's Skype-compatible players expand your range of communication from the living room to the world.

The 2D-3D Conversion makes it possible to convert images from DVDs and Blu-ray discs into 3D with natural depth perception. So you can watch your prize DVD movie collection in 3D for greater viewing enjoyment. Even more, the AVCHD movie files recorded with HD Camcorders can also be converted from 2D to 3D. Except for 1080/60p,1080/50p movie files recorded with Panasonic HD Camcorder.

Package Contents
  • DMR-BWT800 3D Blu-ray Disc Player/Recorder
  • Remote Control
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)3.20 kg