The DRC8300N's DVD recording quality is good, if not exceptional. At the highest quality setting (which gives you about an hour of recording time on a 4.7GB DVD+RW), the recorder captured about 450 lines of resolution, just shy of the maximum resolution a standalone DVD recorder can muster. At the two-hour setting (your best choice for VHS archiving), the DRC8300N's recording quality fell to a still-respectable 430 lines, while it's four-hour performance managed a meager, VHS-quality 270 lines. The recorder's eight-hour mode puts up about 250 lines, but it's plagued with MPEG artifacts that turn the picture into a pixelated, jumpy mess.
Lackluster onscreen programming features and so-so menu navigation aside, the DRC8300N will make relatively quick work of archiving your VHS collection to DVD. But if DV camcorder compatibility and component-video upconversion are important to you, consider instead the similarly priced GoVideo VR3930.