$50 Handheld Camera Trounces DSLR in Shootout

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. ((You'd have to hack the firmware of the Barbie to allow for manual exposure, though.)) Thanks to DSLRs, the camera is certainly not the bottleneck for making quality films anymore.

[via Planet5d]

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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!

August 9, 2010 at 8:14PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


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

August 9, 2010 at 10:09PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Stephen Henderson

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

August 11, 2010 at 4:12PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Just typing the words "someone should hack Barbie's firmware" sounds very, very wrong.

September 14, 2010 at 1:06PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


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

September 15, 2010 at 4:28AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I totally expected much worse quality from the Barbicam.

January 5, 2011 at 5:31PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


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.

January 22, 2011 at 9:10AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


it's great

March 24, 2020 at 2:34AM