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I use the TD10. But I believe the TD20 shoots just as good, maybe better for home use because it is smaller making it even easier to tote around in a crowded theme park. The JVC, IMO, has a couple disadvantages which makes it a "never own" in my kit. First, as Joe explained, it requires you to take extra steps to begin editing due to it's files not being compatible with your best editing tool, Sony Vegas Pro. It offers no 5.1 audio which I personally like. The OIS is not as good as the Sony technology. The advantage is that the JVC does have a higher bit rate mode in it's saved camera files which you may or may not see in your final output. However, the camera video will need color adjustment as it seems all agree it tends to have red push adding a warmer look. I think it reproduces greens and yellows better than the Sony however.
In the end, you'll have to decide what is important to you as both JVC and Sony will produce great looking video.
When it comes to support, you should also recognize that Sony supports the complete 3D package from consumer to broadcast, from consumer editing tools to Hollywood editing tools, consumer 3D camcorders to broadcast. JVC only made those two camcorders and they are not directly compatible with Sony Post products. Panasonic is directly compatible but only makes consumer to Broadcast level 3D camcorders all supported by Sony editing products. Don't expect much support from JVC after they discontinued the product. Probably the best support you'll get is from Joe Clark here on AVS. Example- At trade shows, JVC, nobody can even talk 3D. At Panasonic, they have a couple of engineers to show and demo their 3D camcorder lineup. At Sony that have a whole team who knows 3D and offer free training classes in 3D editing, both group sessions and open one on one work stations to help you with specific issues.
I'm retired, I shoot 3D for fun and hobby!
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