About DV - all true. Ease of editing is part of the reason I love DV over HDV.
Get the mic input - essential for film making.
Ignor pixel count - almost irrlelveant and other factors swamp this.
Any zoom over about x5 is useless hand held. My pro cam has a 16 zoom with times 20 being the highest on pro lenses - stupid high zooms are pushed as people seem to want them but in fact they are totally useless unless you are a bird watcher with a good tripod or a pap. lols.
Also the higher the zoom the worse the lens may be as it contains more glass.