I'm surprised the picture quality is so close. It is sort of like cars, when it comes to basic transportation robot manufacturing and technology have made basic safety, fuel economy, and even power pretty comparable across the board. Obviously the 3D1 would be better matched with the Fuji W1 or W3 as it does not really belong in the same class - but then again if only considering the picture it does the job with albeit severe limitations such as lack of zoom, limited video recording time, horrible battery life, and no 3D viewing screen, etc. [By the way - I wonder how many realize that for an extra $100 one can pick up a Sony HD10 on clearance at BB over the price of a 3D1 - assuming your BB still has any HD10s left in stock.] Panasonic really needs to cut the price of the 3D1 in half which it could easily do if it was marketed better so that it doesn't remain simply a niche product with limited production.