Originally Posted by Wolfgang S.
My understanding would be, that for Canyon shootings or shootings of large events both the TD10, TD20 but also Z10000 are of limited use. Here you will have to use a sbs-rig, and that is not small really.
Actually, the way I designed my system, it is the same physical size as a z10000 with tripod. But with twin TD10's. I have many more shooting options. In a edition to SBS, I can shoot two camera perspectives and I can use the bench rail as a slide table for some nice tracking moves. I do not lose the 24p shooting frame rate which as I recall would have been the main reason to go with the Panasonic. While the physical dimensions of a single Z10000 is about what two TD10's are, the weight of a SBS is about double the Panasonic with tripod. That is due to the added dovetail quick mounts I added for the bench to speed my setup time. When I arrive at a shooting location I can set up my entire twin system from camera and tripod bag in under 2 minutes. Everything synced and the dovetail mounts have everything aligned.
As for canyon shooting it varies with the size. If the nearest object in the shot along the side walls are within 20 ft or so, the TD10 solo in 3D mode is a better, simpler choice. Usually, if it is borderline, I shoot it both ways and that is just a matter of flipping a switch and unplugging one TD 10 from the sync box.
While the TD20 would be even smaller and I doubt sacrifice the shooting quality that much over the TD10, adding it to my kit would make carrying a pocket 3D camcorder into places would be even easier. The Panasonic would go in the wrong direction for what I want to do.
I think the z10000's best advantage is shooting single camera of sporting events as the distances are somewhat longer and the IA is better suited than either of the Sony's or the JVC.
Anyway, got to run and catch my flight home.