I use dpreview.com for all my camera review needs.
Barry, I'm not sure who you are addressing your post to, but I have no intentions of going professional, I already have a profession that I enjoy. This is simply as a hobby. My Sony does have image stabilization so, thats not really a worry. I've kept my Sony point and shoot for day to day use, but its getting on in years.
It came down to deciding what I want...limited power $300 point and shoot that will be good, but I'll still want DSLR, or spend the money and get what I want that meets my criteria, even if it is not a Canon.
Diamond White Classic Aurora - Back on the Road
Galaxy Silver Grand Prix GTP CompG - Soon to be mothballed