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$50 Handheld Camera Trounces DSLR in Shootout

08.9.10 @ 5:14PM Tags : , ,

We’ve seen DSLR vs 35mm film comparisons, wherein DSLRs like the Canon 5D, 7D, T2i, and Panasonic GH1 prove to be untouchable from a price-performance perspective. But we all know that some day, a better camera will come out in the same price range. Everyone’s wondering which manufacturer will be the one to premiere such a camera — Sony, Panasonic, Canon, RED? As it turns out, the upstart manufacturer is none of the above. And the camera that bests the Canon 7D from a price-performance perspective? It’s available today. Here’s a shootout video featuring this new camera, filmed by Brandon Bloch:

Heh heh heh. What do you think? Does the $1,700 Canon 7D look 34 times better than the $50 Barbie Video Doll ? Because that’s how much more it costs, and from a bang-for-the-buck perspective, the Barbie trounces the DSLR. An even more important question: is the 7D’s “Rugged Body Casing” better than the Barbie’s “Stylin’ Zebra Hoodie?”

Watching the comparison, I found myself thinking: you could honestly make a good feature film with either one of these cameras.1 Thanks to DSLRs, the camera is certainly not the bottleneck for making quality films anymore.

[via Planet5d]

  1. You’d have to hack the firmware of the Barbie to allow for manual exposure, though. []


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  • ” from a bang-for-the-buck perspective, the Barbie trounces the DSLR.” maybe true, but you would have to do something about that arm!

  • Stephen Henderson on 08.10.10 @ 1:09AM

    That’s awesome! Where are all the Barbie 4 music videos?

  • See?!?! The next generation of this thing will be a 3D Video Barbie Girl, with one camera inside each eye to make the stereoscopic efect. hahahaha

  • Just typing the words “someone should hack Barbie’s firmware” sounds very, very wrong.

  • Haha, fun comparison…
    but seriously, I thought the Barbie camera was like 8mm film, just if the arms were placed out of the way…
    it’d be the modern way of shooting super8… haha

  • I totally expected much worse quality from the Barbicam.

  • I’d love to take a crack at Barbie’s firmware. I mean, I don’t know the first thing about hacking, but Dammit I’d give it my best shot. Sweet, sweet firmware.