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It's the sassiest camera money can buy.
August 19, 2010 2:42 PM   Subscribe

A comparison between my two new cameras: The $1,800 Canon 7D versus the brand new $50 Barbie Video Girl... available in the girlie aisle of your local Toys R Us.

This is also a spoof of another video that compared the Canon 7D and iPhone 4: "iPhone 4 as good as the 7D? No, but it's amazing for what it is." link
posted by heyho (34 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
That one camera is shaped like a small woman!
posted by everichon at 2:47 PM on August 19, 2010


A-and the other one is Barbie Video Girl!
posted by chavenet at 2:50 PM on August 19, 2010 [4 favorites]


That's one camera shaped like a small woman!
posted by stavrogin at 2:51 PM on August 19, 2010


Back in my day, the biggest advancement in Barbie technology was velcro hair.
posted by phunniemee at 2:53 PM on August 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


That camera is quite voluptuous.
posted by MegoSteve at 2:55 PM on August 19, 2010


The footage obtained with the blonde-woman-shaped camera jnf bs n ybjre dhnyvgl guna gung znqr va gur fdhng, oynpx yrafl nssnve.
posted by everichon at 2:56 PM on August 19, 2010 [4 favorites]


Life in plastic, it's fantastic!
posted by gman at 2:58 PM on August 19, 2010 [4 favorites]


Ah, technology. Just think what fabulous new devices Barbie will have implanted in 2020...
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:58 PM on August 19, 2010


Thanks, but I already have a camera that get a finger in the shot.

The video, though, is quite entertaining.



And the fact that this doll exists, even for $50, is AMAZING to me. And would have been really, really amazing to 10 year old me. Think back 25 years ago and sometimes my brain hurts.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:59 PM on August 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


The footage obtained with the blonde-woman-shaped camera jnf bs n ybjre dhnyvgl guna gung znqr va gur fdhng, oynpx yrafl nssnve.

You made me laugh out loud.
posted by not that girl at 2:59 PM on August 19, 2010


Actually, I was surprised at the Barbie cam. If they hadn't fallen into the common trap of messing up the white balance such that it's always too blue, it wouldn't be half bad. Not HD, by any means, but acceptable for non-HD YouTubeish purposes. The color cast is terrible, though.
posted by wierdo at 3:11 PM on August 19, 2010


Barbie sex tape in 3...2...
posted by lobstah at 3:13 PM on August 19, 2010


Barbie sex tape in 3...2...

That's totally what I was thinking!
posted by everichon at 3:16 PM on August 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


7D v hacked GH1
posted by the cuban at 3:34 PM on August 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


I would not be allowed to work at the Barbie Design Center.

"You know where we should put the USB port?"

"NO."

"Well, how about the batteries? I have this hilarious idea!"

"HR will be by with a cardboard box, I'll take your ID now."
posted by maxwelton at 3:37 PM on August 19, 2010 [8 favorites]


And in twenty years something like the Canon 7D will be given away in Happy Meals and satirically compared to a SonyKodak AwarenessCapture-4Tz
posted by maus at 3:58 PM on August 19, 2010 [5 favorites]


Hopefully, this video surveillance will help put a stop to Barbie brutality.
posted by orme at 4:23 PM on August 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


jesus. they turned a doll depicting a woman into a camera. it would be funny were it not so... awful.
posted by hollisimo at 4:31 PM on August 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


They put the lens too high up on the doll.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 5:51 PM on August 19, 2010


Ah, technology. Just think what fabulous new devices Barbie will have implanted in 2020...

Can't, futurepolice will arrest me.
posted by cog_nate at 5:59 PM on August 19, 2010


jesus. they turned a doll depicting a woman into a camera. it would be funny were it not so... awful.

No, no. No child thinks this way or will absorb any of the subtle negative connotations you are reacting to. And by the time they are sophisticated enough to care, they will not be playing with Barbies. I don't think outrage has a place here. At least, not outrage above and beyond that normally targeted at Barbie.
posted by gilrain at 6:32 PM on August 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


"Excuse me, sir. My eye is down there!"
posted by chairface at 6:39 PM on August 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


She has some powerful thighs.
posted by msbutah at 7:01 PM on August 19, 2010


I'm trying to think up a joke involving a Ken doll and the Male Gaze, but it's just not working.
posted by ODiV at 7:41 PM on August 19, 2010


Barbie usually ends up naked, in my limited experience. That sort of adds a new dimension to Miss Video here - just a nude doll with a lens between its boobs.
posted by longsleeves at 8:30 PM on August 19, 2010


You're gonna pay 100-200% the price for a 10% increase in quality, and more than half the photographers (or videographers) will claim they can't tell the difference.

The other half will realize that, yeah, they need to shell out the money for the Cine-Xenar to get the look they need. And a bazillion internet flamewars will ensue, mostly on private mailing lists and web forums.
posted by Slap*Happy at 8:33 PM on August 19, 2010


maxwelton: It's been done.
posted by dhartung at 8:59 PM on August 19, 2010


No, no. No child thinks this way or will absorb any of the subtle negative connotations you are reacting to.

Yeah, I think it's really neat and could encourage a lot of creativity in young girls. Failing that, wouldn't it be cool to have a bunch of home videos you made when you were 4?
posted by maus at 9:32 PM on August 19, 2010


jesus. they turned a doll depicting a woman into a camera. it would be funny were it not so... awful.

Look, it will encourage little girls to be cyborgs. All the best toys I had growing up made me and other little boys want to be cyborgs or robots (or habitual steroid abusers), so to me this is a bold step forward for gender equality.
posted by Grimgrin at 12:51 AM on August 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


Video cameras for 4 year olds, all right. But why IN the doll? I mean, wtf?
posted by cronholio at 1:29 AM on August 20, 2010


My Six Million Dollar Man action figure (it's NOT a doll...) with bionic eye™ wants this Barbie's phone number.
posted by Pseudonumb at 12:16 PM on August 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


maus: "wouldn't it be cool to have a bunch of home videos you made when you were 4?"

I've been letting my niece shoot footage on my cellphone since she was six months old. By twelve months old she could make movies of herself walking along and jabbering into it like a pro. (Not long afterwards she got the hang of pressing buttons and letting her use my phone became a quick way to change the menus into Greek or run up a hug bill ringing Abu Dhabi.)

I had a vague idea about posting the footage online somewhere and inviting people to submit pretentious critiques about her use of light and shade and the deeper symbolism of the moment when she tries to chew the camera.
posted by the latin mouse at 1:59 PM on August 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


My god, that's it. I haven't paid my hug bill.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 6:54 PM on August 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


I wonder if they will make a life size version of the camera?
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