March 13th 2017

When I established the forums in 2005 it was to offer a more richer web experience and greater functionality than the platform where we started this social adventure in 2003, Yahoo Groups. The forums were once a busy hive of activity and provided locals and visitors with a wealth of information just like the Geocaching Ireland Discussion Group on Facebook today.

It was a time where we didn't have the many social media platforms we have today, and it was a different time in terms of mobility and technology. There was no instant access to information, no Google Maps and a very limited base map on your GPSr. Mobile connectivity for me was a 9600bps Infrared connection from a Nokia to a laptop and in later times to a PDA using WAP.

As we moved into the social media era so did our forums users. Geocaching Ireland moved there too, and we have a thriving community on the Geocaching Ireland Discussion Group on Facebook. As a result, forum activity isn't what it used to be and I have taken the decision to disable new registrations to the forums and to make the forums read only so any information there can still be accessed.

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Camera advice

Post by johnrm » Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:30 pm

I'm looking at buying a new camera.
My wife likes point and shoot, but I'd like something with bells and whistles.
So something that can do both would be cool.
Wondering whats good out there.

Post by » Fri Sep 12, 2008 7:02 am

I used to have a Sony that was kind of a hybrid - you got a point and shoot but could buy extra wide angled and zoom lenses for it.

Here's where you need to look before purchasing - they let you do some very good comparisons


Post by Donmoore » Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:40 pm

The aforementioned site is the place where I checked out info on my last couple of cameras. doesn't help when you don't know all that much. But you can compare camers quite easily.

The new 10x optical zoom TZ5 is a tempting small camera ... CAMERA.htm

its a mine field out there.


Post by MadraRua » Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:05 pm

Here is a good place to ask:

THere are some P&S that offer a lot of control
The Canon G9 is a point and shoot with great specs and full manual control.
Fuji also do a series that is good the FInePix S7000 and S8..... I think.

Otherwise it's a DSLR and lenses... and once you walk down that path... :lol:


Post by johnrm » Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:59 pm

I had a quick look, so rather than registering on ANOTHER forum...

What thinks you of Sony DSC H50?

I don't want to get into the SLR thing, but want full manual control.

Post by » Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:08 am

On DPreview it gets a good rating, although only 18 responses so far

Construction - 4.14
Features - 4.43
Image quality - 4.21
Ease of use - 3.93
Value for money - 4.36
Overall - 4.21 ... sonydsch50

No DP Review yet, but there is one for the H10 which is similar and should give you an idea of what to look for in terms of the negatives

Looks like a good camera, in my opinion and exerience with this sort of camera from Sony however, do get ALL of the accessories when you buy it - it'll be expensive, but any extra lenses etc may become as rare as hens teeth if you leave it for a while (like 6 months)

I've always been happy with my Sony cameras and was really happy with my old 5 megapixel version of this one, the night shot feature was awesome and something I really miss.


Post by johnrm » Wed Oct 15, 2008 2:01 pm

The Canon G9 was a contender, but is due to be superceded so I went with the DSC-H50 in the end.
Lots of settings, and a few good photos already.
Many thanks for the input.

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