I've just switched from Lightroom, and much admit it's one feature I do appreciate, is the automated backup capacity on importing the images. Is it available in some property menu or a hidden feature, or am I relegated to manually backing up?
Yes, you can have backup as you import. Next to the LOCATIONS bar, there is a small arrow. Click on that and the dropdown will let you ENABLE BACK-UP. You will then have the back-up location option available.