How do you force consumers to adopt high-definition camcorders? Make the standard-def models as weak and pointless as possible. At least that's what Canon's strategy seems to be and that's fine by me.
Having effectively killed off hard-drive-based standard-def models in 2009, Canon is now down to only two flash-based camcorders--the FS300 and FS31. The FS300 has no internal memory, just an SDHC (XC compatible) card slot while the FS31 has the slot and 16GB of onboard flash memory.