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Hi there 🙂 I have shot a few gigs of local bands so low light on a stage is something I am familiar with and I hope I can give you a few hints – at least until the pros here answer your question 🙂
1. an adequate low-light sensitive camera is not cheap and neither are the fast lenses you will require unless you get them used
2. Every camera requires you reading a manual but no tech knowledge, really, so you’ll understand it, no worries
3. iMovie is great at its compatibility so just about any low to mid range camera will be fine with it
4. if you have a compatible computer then using the H4N is simple as importing the audio into your timeline and synching it up. This is usually done with an audible marker at the start of recording such as a clap or a voice saying “starting” or some such. It is then easy to match up or synch.
5. the only accessory matching that, ideally, is for the GoPro which isn’t the greatest at low light. Tripods are the way to go. Since it is to be used indoors and for static shooting, an inexpensive one is all that is needed.
My recommendation is to look for a used 5D MK11 or 111 as they do well in the low light of a bar or club, is not difficult to run and you can add a fast lens cheaply – for example the nifty-fifty does a pretty good job (for amateur online videos). Mirrorless cameras are getting better and better but I don’t know the price points for that nor how they perform under these conditions. I think it would be worth your time to check them out as well.
Hope that helps – if not, then hopefully the pros will answer you soon 🙂