There is no Firewire to USB adapter for a few bucks. That question comes up a lot and some folk lash out about that.

Sony is no longer making the no-PC transfer deck but you can find them on Amazon and any old desktop can do the capture for under 20 bucks for a firewire card.

Your camcorder is not a brick. But you will find folk that won't use another PC to do the transfer step.
Bob

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