So, found this near immaculate looking unit at an estate sale, and after being scared stiff reading the terrible Amazon reviews, felt much, much better reading what the experts here were saying about this Panasonic!
Of course, no recorder is going to have everything you want, but I do miss a few things that I so far haven't been able to figure out(I have the manual too)
After recording a few movies, (Quality looked great in 4 hour mode) I noticed...no chapters! on the JVC and the 2 Toshibas I have(hey, I NEED 3 recorders, and I know that's still on the low side from what I read here! ) they defaulted to making one every 5 minutes, which I then changed to every 10 minutes. I usually skip via chapters to make sure the end of the movie is there(I could punch in a particular time on the jvc if I wanted to) but when I hit the chapter button on the remote, I get some odd message...looked through the manual several times, and either I am overlooking it, or I can only add chapters with a RAM disc. I sure hope I am wrong! Went through the "menus" no dice so far.
Also, it seems 4 hour mode = exactuly 4 hours, unlike the 4:16 on the JVC, and 4:12 or so on the Toshibas. Clearly not a huge deal, but I can often get a 3rd film on a disc with that extra 16 minutes. I love the flexible time recording ability, have read more than actually used that, is that the way to get a bit more time on a disc? Is 4:00 what everyone gets on these?
I had a couple more questions, but didn't write them down...Oh well, any answers will be appreciated, thanks!