It is useful to have a small, pocketable 3D camera. The 3D Bloggie does pretty well for that purpose. Now Panasonic offers a better pocketable 3D camera - same dimensions, just a little thicker than the Bloggie: the Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1.
The upgrades in 3D mode:
1. Optical stabilization
2. Optical 4X zoom
3. Auto warnings if too close for good 3D
4. True auto focus in 3D mode (the Bloggie is fixed focus in 3D mode).
5. And, most of all, better quality 3D stills (8 megapixel) and better 3D video (same 1/2 sbs format, although a higher bitrate and AVCHD). The quality difference is visible in 2D and 3d, stills and video - not subtle.
6. Better stereo audio.
7. 30mm io distance versus 20mm for the Bloggie 3D (more is not necessarily better, but I think 20mm is a bit too close for general use).
One drawback - no autostereoscopic screen (but the screen is much higher quality and bigger than that on the 3D Bloggie (3.5")).
After 9 months of shooting video in 3D outdoors in run and gun fashion, I have concluded that it is not possible to really make use of 3D displays while shooting, aside from static set-ups. I understand what is required for effective 3D, and the warnings the 3D1 gives - a bright red icon on the screen - let me know if I have missed something close on the edge of the frame, for example. I would like to review the takes in 3D on the camera after a shoot, but I have otherwise not found this to be a problem - I got no surprises when viewing in 3D what I took. Indeed, on my Z10000 I just use the 2D viewfinder - 3D LCD in bright sun is just not very useful when moving from shot to shot quickly. Useful for set-up shots, but I do not use a pocketable camera for that. Of course, having the option for a 3D screen is better than not. I am just saying it is not as big a deal as it might appear.
The 3D1 performed well in my casual quick visit to a spot where there is typically lots of activities. Here is a 3D real, not test, video I took with the camera. No time to set up shots - just shoot the action, paying attention to fundamentals when possible:
Travel to Union Square NYC in early Spring, where one sees, after a train, subway and escalator ride: a Ghandi statue, selling flowers, activities in a playground, the 'Occupy Wall Street' protesters, mounted police, confronting park rangers, and - lots of tap dancing and a juggler! All in 3D.
108060i original 3D video edited in Sony Vegas Pro 11.http://youtu.be/ZB8X52pPYKA?hd=1