The HF M30 from Canon gives you 8GB of internal storage to record up to 3 hours of high-def video. It offers SD card back-up, a touch-panel LCD, advanced image stabilization, and a 15x optical zoom. Judging from specifications, it's a pretty good mid-range option for new users through advanced ones; in fact, it's almost identical to the higher-level HF M31, with the only difference being the amount of built-in storage.
From Canon's Press Release:
The Canon VIXIA HF M31, VIXIA HF M30 and VIXIA HF M300 Flash Memory camcorders offer consumers stunning HD video in an ultra-sleek, compact and lightweight body. The VIXIA HF M31 and VIXIA HF M30 incorporate 32GB and 8GB of internal flash memory, respectively, and the VIXIA HF M300 records video directly to an SD memory card. Recording Full 1920 x 1080 HD video, these camcorders include a Genuine Canon 15x HD Video Lens, a 2.7-inch Touch Panel LCD with Touch & Track technology, Smart Auto, Powered IS and Advanced Video Snapshot. In addition, the VIXIA HF M31 and VIXIA HF M30 models both include Canon's Relay Recording and HD-to-SD Downconversion. The VIXIA HF M31, VIXIA HF M30 and VIXIA HF M300 Flash Memory camcorders are scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price of $799.99, $699.99 and $679.99 respectively.