Huawei caught claiming DSLR images were taken with its phones

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Huawei is once again in the spotlight for passing off DSLR images as “taken with Huawei smartphones.”

The company recently promoted a photography contest on Chinese microblogging platform Weibo, posting a video with a number of stunning photographs. It claimed that these pictures were shot by Huawei phones. However, one of those images was actually taken using a $3,000 Nikon D850 DSLR (h/t South China Morning Post).

The misleading photo was discovered by Weibo user Jamie-hua. When he saw the video, it reminded him of images he had seen before. After a bit of digging around, he found one of the photos on photography platform 500px. The source of the image clearly states that it’s been shot using the Nikon camera and its EXIF data also proves the same. You can see that image below.

Huawei fake DSLR photo500px/Su Tie

For its part, Huawei has apologized for the mistake. The company said that an editor “wrongly marked” the photos in the promo video as “taken by Huawei phones.” The company also thanked the Weibo user for pointing out the discrepancy.

Huawei has altered the video since then and said that it’ll be more careful in the future to prevent something like this from happening.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time Huawei has been caught in a situation like this. This has happened at least three times in the past. The last time, the company published a series of photos on Weibo implying that they were taken by the P30 series of phones. The issue was later addressed when the company admitted that its promotional material could’ve been misleading.

We don’t understand why Huawei insists on making the same mistake again and again. Its cameras are some of the best in the industry and it really doesn’t need fake photos to prove that.

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