I wouldn't put too much stock into image stabilisation. It's a useful extra, but it's not a miracle cure that takes away the need for you to keep your eye on shutter speed. And there's lots of photographers out there getting great pictures without IS. Sony SLRs are in general pretty good. Some will say that 2009 is a long time ago in digital technology terms, but unless I'm pushing the limits in nasty conditions, nobody can tell the difference between shots taken on my 2006 camera, and my 2011 camera.