Was deciding between ordering an 8350 and the 3010. Was leaning heavily toward the 8350 due to not thinking I required 3D and thinking I needed lens shift to help with my mounting.
So wife, kids, and I went to a local store since they had the 3010 for a good discount (until Saturday) and I wanted to see if they'd accept the code that gave a gift card with the purchase I had with this. They said they would.
Thought that was a great deal, especially considering lowest online I found was a bit more, before being given the gift card.
So overall, SO GLAD I got the 3010, at least so far. INCREDIBLE picture - projecting right now from about 11' (on a tabletop, temporarily) with 114" screen onto the gray (glossy) wall), and its amazing. Other than a few defects in the painting of the wall its almost flawless.
I plan on sanding the wall and painting it specifically (with the instructions described in this forum) for a screen, but it exceeded my expectations by far.
3D is just amazing, I really thought it would be more gimicky (Avatar in 3D in the movie theatre being the best I've seen so far, and this BLEW IT AWAY - eyes never got tired (well, until about 4-5 hours later since I stayed up late playing with it) unlike at the theatre).
It is overly bright though I admit, especially in my room (slanted 16' ceiling, painted ceiling white currently, and whole room the glossy gray). Though I was planning on repainting the room anyway.
Also while I was initially planning on ceiling mounting the projector about 15' from the screen (meaning I'd have to drop the projector about 5' from the ceiling at that point), I might try to put it even further back in the room (up to 20') since the brightness is so good (which would also give me the option of a much larger screen, though much bigger than 120" would probably be too big). :-)
Will have to run some calculations to see what moving it back farther would do (on clarity as well). Main issue would be the ability to use the XBox Kinect without our heads getting in the way of the light stream. Further back, the more chance of this occuring. But other advantage of putting it back further is that I wouldn't have to drop the projector much below ceiling height at that extreme (in fact, at the 21' mark, only about 4 inches), so I'd get more stability most likely.
Anyways trying to decide what to do.
But overall I'm VERY impressed. Convergence is VERY good, though if I walk up to the screen I can see at the very top about 1/2 pixel (in the green) line out of convergence. Nothing at all 2-3 feet back. VERY acceptable.
AutoIris at first was VERY noisy the first time the projector was powered up, could easily hear it. However, seems that within about 20 minutes, its barely noticable, and not at all with any sound in the room. Frankly, I kinda like hearing it in dark, quiet scenes, as it reminds me of older movie theatres where you always heard the clickity clack of the projector during the quiet scenes. That said, its only for a second or two and its off (until the next transition). Not annoying at all, at least so far.
Also - the external look of the projector is MUCH better than the boxy ugly 8350. Not that this is any reason to buy the 3010, but since I'll be ceiling mounting it where it will be seen by anyone coming into the room, its a nice touch. Probably the most attractive projector design I've seen.
Anyways, I'm a very happy camper right now. Just need to decide how I'm mounting it permanently.
One curious thing so far is that while the projector has built in speakers (which aren't bad actually - haven't yet hooked up my stereo), I'm disappointed that there's no audio out (yes I know that projectors without speakers typically don't have this). It would be nice to be able to use the projector exclusively to switch between sources (will be running 2 HDMIs and one component) and don't want to have to switch audio - would be nice if the projector could do so.
But overall, very impressed. Already watched a few movies with the kids (two girls, 5 and 7) who LOVED it, and yesterday we had a house full of people (already planned) and everyone was amazed (especially with the 3D, lots of passing around of glasses).