Click to enlarge. SO close
If the pricing on these two projectors was close enough that, say the HC7000 was only $500 more, then I'd expect most shoppers to be really pulling their hair out, trying to decide which to buy. As it is, though, those on a budget can enjoy the slightly brighter, and more "neat feature" laden Panasonic, for significantly less.
Still, those who are purists - hard core enthusiasts, may well want to spring for the HC7000. Consider. For movie watching, I'd rather watch the Mitsubishi - it's sharper, has slightly better black levels, etc. So far, it is now my favorite 3 LCD home theater projector, in terms of picture.