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The Panasonic DMR-ES15, i would consider as the best DVD recorder in its price range. Panasonic recorders have always been amongst the best, and for around £150 you wont get better than this for a straight forward DVDR.
This recorder will allow you to record roughly 8 hours worth of high quality video. It has PAL progressive scan to give you a better playback quality.
It now comes with a DV input to make it much easier for connecting your camcorder to, making your life a lot easier when transferring your home videos to a DVD.
You also get the 'TimeSlip' capability which allows you to start watching something that you are recording, and the machine will continue to record the end of the program.
The only thing missing from this machine is a built in digital tuner. If you are wanting this option then you would need to spend a little more and get the Panasonic RES25.