I picked this camera up for [...] thinking that its spec was pretty amazing for the price, with 12 megapixels, 5x optical zoom and HD movies. Well, the specs are true but I haven't fallen in love with the camera itself. Its best attributes are its looks and its small size and weight - easy to slip into a pocket and take anywhere.
Once you actually turn it on, the software menu system is one of the ugliest I've seen and is packed with gimmicky modes I will never use. In particular, switching between stills mode and movie mode requires going into the menu and doing about 6 button presses. This is something which should really have been done using a physical switch on the camera body. I had a Sony in 2003 which had such a switch, and it's definitely the only way to go. Consequently I rarely shoot any video with the H90.
As people have said, the H90 takes great photos outside on a sunny day, but bring it indoors, out at night, or in any low light source, and the image quality drops drastically. Anything shot at ISO400 or above looks blurry. This is the camera's major downfall and the reason why I often reach for a different camera ahead of the H90 when heading out of the door. For [...] it was still a reasonable purchase, but I think there are a couple of models out there which perform much better for £100-120.