Mini DV camera: No firewire on Mac

I have an old Sony DCR TRV16 mini dv cam, which I was using with a almost as old Mac Book Pro (Intel Core Duo). Today the mac pretty much died, but I do have a newer Macbook Air. My problem is of course the newer Mac has no Firewire. Is there anyway I can get the old camcorder to work with the new Mac through USB - my conclusion from a long google session is - No!.

It does have a USB stream capability but I suspect that is Windows only.

Alternatively is there a way to get a newer Sony AVCHD to work with iStopMotion. Again my searching would suggest not.

Any thoughts would be great.

Nick

PS my D80 Nikon is recognised but would work! 10.6.8 issue I think