Original Poster here.
I wanted to think everyone that added something to this thread. It had a big impact on my decision. I haven't gotten thru all 11 pages yet to catch up. I had no idea this one would go on this long. The question whether 3D is Dead is certainly an interesting debate and I have to say for awhile I thought it was over even after Gravity. But even on new TVs now they're basically adding 3D as a feature so it's still there and will continue to be there.
I decided to go ahead with a 3D camcorder. For awhile I was thinking about getting into 4K but decided against it for several reasons. Cost number one. Camera, plus a fast enough machine with 4k gpu, with at least one 4k display and a 4k TV, I just bought a 3DTV just 2 years ago so not ready to buy a 4k tv. Really the only benefit of 4k is for larger displays anyway. I'll get into 4k at some point, when the price is lower and more affordable.
But what is affordable right now?
3D. Just purchased a Panasonic AG-3DA1 for a fairly reasonable price. Also got the 0.6 wide angle lens kit for it for very cheap. 3D has been out for a few years. I've taken some advice from what I've read here. I was a little worried about getting a camera that's 3 years old but really the tech hasn't changed that much with 3D and HD altogether so not worried about getting older camera. 2D cameras aren't updated that much either. Canon hasn't updated their pro cameras since 2011.
I've had some time to play around with the 3DA1 today and wow! this thing is awesome. It's just weird creating your own 3D like I need to put the Blu ray back in the case when I'm done. Already I see a few problems with this one, some I already knew beforehand but not much I can do about it. Not sure why they would make a pro camera with 384 kb dolby digital audio instead of LPCM. The focal range is also pretty bad. 1.8-2.4, already knew both of these issues before I got it, but the wide angle lens will help with the focal range up close.
I'm also getting the HDC Z10k.
This one I might use to solve the audio problem on the 3DA1, and use the Z10K for audio. Also has better focal range 1.5-2.7. Plus 2D. Looking to do some projects here soon when it gets green outside still the 3DA1 looked amazing outside in the drab, colorless yard. I've got 2 big projects I want to do this summer and put on 3D Blu ray.
So from what I understand the 3DA1 compresses each frame left/right at 21 mbps avg 24 max each while the Z10k compresses both frames together at 28? Meaning the 3DA1 is compressed at a much higher overall rate? Overall, I really like the 3DA1 so far, I will say it feels a little too plastic, then again, it would weigh a ton if it were of stronger material. The plastic looks and feels strong, but I wouldn't want to drop it and find out. The push buttons could also be different, they're a little hard to press. The manual focus and manual zoom rings are really nice and easy to adjust, but you have to be careful not to bump them. An easier auto mode would be nice instead of manual everything. But because 3D is mostly a specific recording medium, it won't be difficult to set up each shot specifically to its needs. Also no anti shake, but it's about 6 lbs so it doesn't move around that much even when hand held. Overall, I like it, it has a few faults, but it captures amazing 3D pictures.