The new HF10 announced has a lot more appeal to me than the HV30 as for as a camera to backup my HV20. With the HF10 at least were talking moving into the future and not just a small improvement on what we now have.
I can predict the next big question coming soon to this forum. Should I purchase an HV20 now or wait till the HV30 or other new Canons from the VIXIA family reach the stores?
1. today you can pick up an HV20 for under $700.
2. the HV30 will be $1000 with possible discounts of a $100 maybe for basically the same camera.
3. the HF10 will use new storage technology that will eleminate built in audio noise but probably about the same as the HV30 otherwise. It will sell for about $1100 in the dual flash version which I would easily spend the extra money for over the HF100.
Frankly I am almost at a decision to purchase a backup or second camera to work with my existing HV20 and I think there is no doubt in my mind I would choose to spend the two to three hundred dollars more to advance my technology to the HF10, than to stay with the existing HV20. It will be interesting to watch how the prices on the HV20s hold and how the new VIXIA Canon line of cameras are accepted. In either case it looks like all of our peripheral investments in our HV20s are preserved in the VIXIA line. Time will reveal what the reality is.