USB is for the still picture transfer. Here's the card and cable for most laptops -> http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=CL-PCM13-BP&cat=CCD
I'm looking into buying my first Camcorder. I was thinking about the Canon ZR830 MiniDV as a cheap but decent starter cam. Unfortunately it seems to only use firewire as a means to transfer information to a PC. I only have a laptop so installing firewire isn't an option. My my question is this, are there any cheap decent camcorder models out there that use USB?