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MIN- In most of my complex projects I use a collection of cameras to achieve the best results for each shot. I mix the output from each camera and camera system in the edit and apply corrections as necessary. Then edit the video mostly to an iso file for personal viewing ( Blu Ray 3D ) and WMV SBS Half for upload to YT
My more simplistic projects are like others have shown here, use a single camcorder or a twin rig of one system and then render to YT for presentation.
I can tell you that if you do it right, YT will give you very little difference in PQ from the original SBS file I upload. YT quality of conversion is very very good IMO. The main degradation I see is what I do here when I take the high quality originals and render to a wmv SBS Half for the YT requirement. The degradation is just that the video goes softer than the original MVC or MPO files. I have also tested some h.264 SBS Half renderings too for YT upload and while the image color is a tiny bit cleaner ( less chroma noise) the difference is not worth the longer render times and much longer upload times as well as YT processing times. IMO, wmv gives a good bang for the time cost. Some projects I have done would be worth it so instead of gaining a tiny advantage with h.264, I upload a very large iso file to my server and give the link to those for free who are seriously interested in the higher quality. Then the recipient must unpack the file to an iso and burn it to a BD-R for a free highest quality content.
On most passive and active TV's the quality of the compressed iso on a Blu Ray disk is visually equal to the original clips if played right out of the camcorder's hdmi connection to the TV unedited.
TD10 vs Panasonic 3D1 vs Fuji W3
I don't own the W3 so I won't comment on it other than to repeat what others have told me- i.e. the image quality is not good.
The Pany 3D1 and the TD10 are two different camcorders that offer different advantages for the shooter. That is why I own both. You have to decide what sort of work you will be doing. If it is just family fun video and you won't edit much but need something easy and fast to grab the moment, no doubt the Panasonic 3D1 is your camera. It carries in your pants pocket of on a belt holster like a smart phone. Both the stills and videos offer 3D quality that I can easily mix with my TD10 clips in a project and with color correction make it very hard to tell the difference. But the Panasonic 3D1 has less creative capability with only a 4:1 zoom that cannot be zoomed while recording. The image stabilizer is much inferior to the TD10 but does offer significant improvement over none at all. If I'm going out to shoot a specific project whether it is a professional looking documentary or a family event, I will go the extra mile and carry the TD10 kit. If, like earlier today, I'm just out and about, need to be ready for an opportunity which happened today, I grab the 3D1 and a spare battery. Pop both in my pocket and go. Can't do that with the TD10. Today, when I leave the house I pocket the 3D1, my smart phone, a CW, my wallet and my keys. Always ready for any opportunity.