the toughest one to find is manual audio control.
The least expensive camcorders with manual audio control are the Canon HV20, HV30, Sony HDR-HC7 and HC9. Because they are miniDV tape based camcorder, the tape will capture DV or HDV - these offer the best available video quality due to least amount of video data compression. You will need to get a 4-pin to 6-pin Firewire (IEEE1394a, i.LINK, DV - all the same thing) cable.
Using a MacBook, iMovieHD is bundled with the machine but you will need the Apple Intermediate Codec manually installed from yhr System discs that came with the computer - no big deal - boot from the systems disc and do a custom install for just that AIC component.
You DO NOT need a BluRay burner - unless you want to watch the edited video in HD (played in a BluRay player connected to a HDTV). You can shoot HDV, edit HDV and save data files in high definition (see vimeo.com)... but iDVD will burn standard definition video and do the downsampling for you.
For hard drive space, just get an external drive.
AVCHD (from hard drive or flash memory camcorders) has a different set of requirements and the hard drive camcorders do not like loud noise (vibrations).
I am a mac user (Macbook and imac running Leopard). I am looking for a recommendation for a nice camera. I will be using it for home movies, but more so for recording concerts. My son is in a rock band. I am looking for something that will be able to focus well on moving drum sticks, audio that can tolerate high volume, and the ability to edit using imovies. I am willing to spend up to $1000. I looked at the HD models, but realize that I would need a Bluray burner and that the Bluray DVDs are very expensive. Also, I heard that these are not the best to use with a mac and take up large amounts of hard drive space. I am VERY confused, on information overload and need to purchase something by tomorrow, for an important gig. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!!