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Now there’s an HV40. Primarily, that topic has been covered here and elsewhere in abundance. A simple search should get you all the input you need. The price is reasonable. The camera line is excellent. Tape will be a thing of the past sooner rather than later, but probably should last for the perceived lifetime of your Canon. Were it not for the higher priced, but better features, Panasonic, JVC and other models going to hard drive, DVD and especially memory card (SDHC) medium, I’d go with an HV30/40.
Keep in mind that this camera will do a great job for most basic production needs, but does not stack up to the $3-$6K models and their various professional capabilities including CMOS/CDD (CDD remains preferred IMHO) size and 3 vs 1, audio in/out capabilities, manual adjustment for audio visual levels, etc.
No, never got around to purchasing one, but have had some hands-on experience and it was good. Beyond that, do the search here and elsewhere to read more.