I would really appreciate some helpful advice choosing a camcorder with which to start my film making.

I am a beginner but very enthusiastic, with up to 400 to spend. What i really want is a camcorder which has a view finder and the capacity for adding additional equipment such as lenses, external mics, lights etc. Having said this i am not looking to buy these straight away but rather add them as i build on my experience.

I want something that will produce good video quality, sound (though this does not have to be outstanding) and which will allow some ease with editing.

I would also like the camcorder to use a format which lends itself to easy editing.

Iv anyone would also like to suggest some sort of editing software I should purchase with this that would be very helpful (I have a Macbook)

Any and all insights and recommendations are welcome