3. max optical zoom (10x)
Don't buy superzooms. They invariably have chromatic fringing and are soft through a lot of their range.
Point and shoots are pretty useless for telephoto photography anyway since they have small apertures and low resolving power. If you want to take sports/action/wildlife photography, you need an SLR with a nice prime or fast tele zoom.
Zoom is a stupid metric used to move merchandise (like the megahertz myth or OMFG LCD response times).
Buy a camera that suits your photography needs and gives you the best value at the price.
Wind, Sand and Stars.