Summary: I bought this so I can transfer my videos to my PC, everything works fine, except the fire-wire port, so I was unable to transfer my videos, don't know if it is the cable, my laptop or the port in the camera, other than that it is a good product.
Summary: I purchased this product to be able to save my movies onto a computer. Unfortunately, I didn't do enough research and even though this camera has a USB port on it you need a firewire to actually be able to transfer the videos to your computer. None of our computers (even the laptop purchased within the last month) come with a firewire port and so that and the cable are an extra $50+ expense. We'll probably resell the camera and purchase something different.
Summary: I recently found out that using old, recorded tapes and viewing them and downloading them on different Sony models of mini DV Camcorders is a problem. The tapes don't run correctly and the sound and picture is distorted. So be careful and replace your old Sony camcorder with the same, exact model or will have problems with your old, recorded tapes. You can call Sony technicians and verify this.