Help with a mirrorless purchase

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Help with a mirrorless purchase

I think it's getting close to upgrade time.  I have a Nikon D90, which I really like, but the low light performance isn't great and there's something happening with my SB-600 flash.

New cameras at ISO 6400 look as good or better than this one at ISO 800, I think, so I could probably avoid using a flash completely most of the time.

I think I have it narrowed down between the Sony a6400, Fuji XT-30, and the Nikon Z-50.

Here are my thoughts on each:

Sony a6400:  Sony makes fantastic cameras and they inherited a lot from their purchase of MInolta (my first digital camera was a Minolta A1).  The video quality will be fantastic, I imagine, but I'm not much of a video shooter.  A good number of lenses.  A bit fiddly, with most functionality in the menu system, or so I've heard.  Small form factor.  I think this one is the most expensive, and I'm not sure why it's so much more.

Nikon Z-50:  The advantage here is that I'll be very familiar with the controls and layout.  I imagine it would adapt well to my existing lenses, at least my newer ones.  My main concern is that this is Nikon's first foray into mirrorless, and I imagine they have a lot to learn.  I don't know how many new lenses Nikon will make, though, for this mirrorless.  A bit bigger than the Sony.

Fujifilm XT-30:  I love the control layout, from what I've seen online.  I'm concerned about lens availability and, actually, camera availability.  Nobody near me has it, so I can't get my hands on one before buying, unless I take the trip to B&H.  Supposedly has great JPEGs, which is good for me, because I gave up on RAW years ago.

For some reason, none of these have in-body stabilization, which seems to be standard in all 4/3 cameras.  Do any APS-C mirrorless have it?  Also, why are primes so much more expensive for mirrorless?

I mostly take pictures of people, family and friends, events.  Nothing pro.  I like APS-C sensors, because they tend to be a good trade-off between size, cost, etc.

Can someone sell me on one of these?  Are there others I should throw in the mix?

Fujifilm X-T30 Nikon D90 Nikon Z50 Sony a6400
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