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Zi8 is a stunner and will drive internet bandwidth usage

Following on from the Jeff Pulver #140 Conference in London yesterday I’ve been trying out a new toy.

This is the Zi8 HD digital video camera by Kodak and I have to tell you it is a stunner. Presented to me yesterday by Jeffrey Hayzlett, CMO of Kodak the HD video quality is outstanding and it is extremely easy to use.

My kids have already latched onto it and started playing with it though rapid adoption by children is not necessarily a pointer to how easy a gadget is to use – technology comes naturally to them.

The camera facia comes printed with the YouTube and Facebook logos, which is a strong enough hint for even the dumbest of users.

I’m not going to bore you with the camera spec. What I will says is that the 75MB of the 59 second video below is well within the 2GByte allowance that YouTube gives for a single video!

The video is presented below for all to see. It’s no professional production and I note that I should have combed my hair first – I’m desperate for a haircut. That’s showbiz folks.

The Zi8 is groundbreaking and although I’m no expert I have no hesitation in recommending it after just a short test.

You may have noticed that this blog doesn’t major on gadget reviews.  The point here is that this another contributor to the growth in bandwidth usage as people start to upload more and more HD footage to sites such as YouTube. What goes up once of course gets downloaded many times, assuming it is any good. It’s a worry for those of us having to manage ADSL backhaul bandwidth but that’s progress for you.

Trefor Davies

By Trefor Davies

Liver of life, father of four, CTO of, writer, poet,

3 replies on “Zi8 is a stunner and will drive internet bandwidth usage”

Get another and have it as a prize. We all want one now!!!

And yes, as more and more of us make our own videos etc, bandwidth consumption will soar. But right now with current plans for NGA, many of us will still have to resort to pigeons and posting dongles cross country unless something major happens to bang the truth home…..

As an example, I have video from this morning’s flood that could have been included in the ITV News footage at 10pm about our tiny bit of Cumbria. But I have no way to get it out of the village in a timely manner. Sadly, the “First Third” plans (yes, we should definitely be the primary recipient of NGA, not the final one) seem to have overlooked our potential contribution and involvement in news, business, healthcare, education, leisure activities, sharing files (media, documents, etc), and much more.

For those who need to manage the bandwidth, it’s easy. Make it abundant not scarce! You’ll make a fortune…..

I was thinking of you and cyberdoyle as I was writing the post. Another pleasure denied! – HD video! I could say of course that you have other compensations – fresh air, walks in the hills etc but then again I saw the floods 🙂

sort of lines up with Cisco view of the world were they forecast 2 exabytes (1,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes) of data/month by 2013 – driven mainly by video

Don’t think my 1.5meg ADSL with cope 🙁

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