Okay, I will post this with the caveat that it is only rumor. Having said that, I am anxious to get my hands on the new XF100 video camera, so I called Canon and asked if they had any info on when they might start shipping. Got routed to the Canon call center in Chesapeake, VA and spoke to an agent named Richard. When I asked the question, he did not have any specific information, but put me on hold and asked a supervisor. The answer from the supervisor was that they should begin shipping "next week".
So, the pipeline should be charged and product should start appearing on retailer shelves within the next 2 to 4 weeks. Great news for those of us that are looking for an alternative to the JVC GY-HM100. Guess it's time for me to actually place my pre-order so I get an early spot in line!