There are still some serious new competitors coming out that might be a better choice for you, but, all considered, you don't get to play with them like I do, picking apart the finer points of each. Sure, maybe if you saw a JVC RS2 - with its best in class black levels, side by side with the HC7000, you might want more, but, for all but the most hard core enthusiasts, the Mitsubishi HC7000 should provide great pleasure and no complaints.
But for brightness, and my large 128" diagonal screen, I could definitely live happily with the HC7000. Also, brightness issues notwithstanding (and I don't use an anamorphic lens), I definitely have a preference for the HC7000, relative to the less expensive Panasonic PT-AE3000. We'll see shortly, how the other new models compare, but keep in mind, the projectors in this class are all, well, really, really good!