I'm looking for a DVD recorder for normal home use - ie recording corrie st and eastenders to time shift, the odd film or programme to watch later etc etc etc. My main motivator is to archive my old 8mm camcorder tapes, but reading elsewhere it appears that this might not be the best medium - if so what is? Im looking for a branded budget machine and narrowed down to the LG DR4912 at £150 or the Panasonic DMR-E55 at £160 or £150 for a refurb model. The LG offers DVI which would suit my new camcorder, but will this really make much difference to picture quality? and it has the bonus of using rw discs againt DVD RAM. I'm not to bothered about using +R as -R appears to be the most versitile format. Everything recommends the Panasonic. Can anyone please advise.