The answer is Premiere will only connect to tape camera's.
Yours is avchd which is solid state.
Now normal procedure would be to copy all the files off the camera to the harddisk and import.
But! CS3 does not support files from an avchd camera.
There are two ways solve this:
1. convert files to something Premiere CS3 supports. Best way imo is Cineform / NeoScene, or
2. Upgrade to CS6.
thank you for the quick reply ---am disappointed in adobe, because the way I read it after looking where to find neoscene it will cost me $129.00 . but that is not your fault---thanks again.
...am disappointed in adobe,...
AVCHD was hardly invented when CS3 was released and its doubtful any of us had systems that were powerful enough to edit it