yes you can. if you connect the camera to your laptop your camera will show up as a device in "My Computer" next to your disk drives. if you double click on it you can see the live image from the camera and also you can capture stills. To capture video you can use windows moviemaker that is already installed or you can choose any other video editing application available for download. There's a free version of Avid express DV and you can try Vegas Video, Adobe Premiere or what have you.