Panasonic DMR-BWT800 review

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

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The Panasonic DMR-BWT800 is a strange beast. Massively ambitious and hugely capable, it makes a superb catchall HD and 3D Blu-ray product, but it has a split personality.

Hard disk housekeeping could confuse (or simply bore rigid) a rocket scientist, while making a video call to the other side of the Earth is a cinch.

We liked

Picture quality is outstanding all-round; this is a top quality slice of AV heaven for anyone interested in reference-level performance from all sources, while the myriad recording, archiving and storage options will excite any HD obsessive or HD camcorder user.

Add 3D compatibility, that second HDMI output and Freeview HD, and the Panasonic DMR-BWT800 is a catch-all solution like no other.

We disliked

Though hardly tiny, that 500GB doesn't compare well with the latest PVRs around. But the main issue is the user interface. We've seen worse, but it doesn't have the joined-up feel that Panasonic's other 2011 AV products benefit from. Nor does it have Viera Connect, which means no BBC iPlayer.


Hugely impressive in some ways, the Panasonic DMR-BWT800 is also your classic AV misfire. Designed to appeal to all, the basics – speed and simplicity – have been slightly overlooked in favour of geek features.

This is a better option that the far cheaper DMR-BWT700, not only for the extra 180GB of HDD capacity, but also for its 3D home cinema features. However, those after Freeview+HD features will probably find life easier with a dedicated PVR such as the Humax HDR-FOX T2, the Icecrypt T2400 or TVonics DTR-Z500HD.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player/Recorder
Scan Format1080p
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Wireless LANYes
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Digital TunerDVB-T2, DVB-T
DLNA CertifiedYes
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
Product ModelDMR-BWT800
Product NameDMR-BWT800 3D Blu-ray Disc Player/Recorder
Manufacturer Part NumberDMR-BWT800EB
Manufacturer Website Address
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