This unit offers a lot of recording and playback options. It is possible the people with poor picture quality did not get settings right. Software options are the weak point of this machine. It offers a lot but does not tie it together well.
Record options are HQ, SP, SPP, LP, EP, SLP, SEP
Play back through Rf, video inputs, S video, and compent video
You have a progressive scan playback if your tv supports it.
You can playback in NTSC or PAL
Picture shape can be played back in 4:3 LB, 4:3 PS, 16:9 WS
These are just the playback options. So with poor software menus. If you are not sure what you are doing you can easily end up with poor picture quality.