I had the JVC 700U, predecessor to the 790. I know own the Panasonic 370, traded the JVC in towards the 370 purchase. I am MUCH happier with the 370. Image is cleaner, you get a variety of different looks with the camera, and the AVC Inra codec is wonderful. I've been using that codec on my last couple of projects and it's great. I would go for the Panasonic.