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Huawei again 'accidentally' passes off DSLR photos as shot on its phones

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What you need to know

  • Huawei claim to have accidentally passed off DSLR photos as "captured on Huawei" shots.
  • The mistake was discovered when a user on social media traced the photo back to a Nikon D850 via its EXIF data on 500px.
  • Huawei has apologized and says it was a mistake.

Huawei has been dinged for misleading users by passing off photos shared by a DSLR as shot on its own smartphones. The images were spotted on a video shared by the firm to Weibo showing off pictures shot on Huawei smartphones.

The problem? Not all of those pictures were shot on Huawei smartphones, or even on any smartphone in general. One user decided to investigate after spotting a picture that looked familiar, eventually discovering it on 500px and learning via its EXIF data that it was captured by a $3,000 Nikon D850.

As per the South China Morning Post:

Huawei has since apologized on Weibo, saying that the photos were "wrongly marked" due to "an oversight by the editor." It said the images were intended to encourage people to share their works on Huawei's online gallery.

Well, that's all then. It's all a big misunderstanding, nothing to see here.

If this sounds familiar, it's because Huawei had a similar mishap with the P9 a couple of years back. The company told Android Police then that:

It has recently been highlighted that an image posted to our social channels was not shot on the Huawei P9. The photo, which was professionally taken while filming a Huawei P9 advert, was shared to inspire our community. We recognize though that we should have been clearer with the captions for this image. It was never our intention to mislead. We apologize for this and we have removed the image.

And Huawei also had a similar whoopsie with its P30 camera last year, sharing DSLR photos in a manner that appeared to pass them off as P30 shots.

When called out, the firm told Android Authority then:

We would like to reiterate that those are, in fact, only teaser posters, and are only intended to hint at the unique new features that will come with the Huawei P30 series. Huawei has acquired the licenses to the original images and the posters are artistic renditions of said features only. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank the media for their interest in our posters.

As a smartphone company that makes really good cameras, it doesn't make sense for Huawei to pass keep persistently undermining themselves at a time where trust in them is perilously low. On the other hand, maybe the dog just really likes their homework.

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18 Comments
  • No surprise coming from this company. How many times have they already tried to pull this off? Like 3 times
  • Yeah, an ‘accident’. Sure it was....
  • Let's be honest every phone company does this but it's a big deal cos it's Huawei. Is kinda pointless though when they already have the best camera on any phones to begin with 🤷🏼‍♂️
  • Lets be honest not every phone company needs to fake their camera photos. Huawei has already been caught doing this 3 times and will continue to try again. If they have the "best camera" there's no need to promote fake camera shots. That's bec they don't.
  • They don't have to but they all do. Apple, Samsung, Huawei etc etc. Huawei do have the best camera on a phone though...
  • You have no shame! You are worse than Beno with his pixel 2!
  • I don't even own a Huawei these days but I still have camera envy of the P40 Pro. And anyway Beno moved on and OnePlus became the only phone for him but now it's iPhone. He's really going downhill in the wrong direction You and IJKBB should get a room. You both blindly insult all things Huawei just for the sake of it. It's pretty funny 😂
  • Lol, blindly insult Huawei? There's alot of good well known reasons out there to insult /go after Huawei. You on the other hand just blindly don't see it or just choose to ignore them cause you can't handle the truth about them.
  • Have you ever used one? 🤷🏼‍♂️
  • I never make fun of them only you!
  • I don't really pay attention to anything you say tbh Ridgeline. Your digs are much as irrelevant as you and your opinions 🤷🏼‍♂️
  • Only thing different between Beno and you is Beno is funny.
  • Are you still here? 😕
  • Nope never have or will. I will give them that they are nicely build. They have a good camera system but definitely not the best. Google and Apple's camera system still take much better pictures. All 3 have their strengths and weaknesses but Google and Apple's are more consistent for most situations. The only thing that makes Huawei's camera system appealing is their periscope lense.
  • @dov1978 That damn Beno has morphed into an isheep now. lmao
    He's too funny!
  • It won't last. He'll be on iMore soon telling them all an LG is the greatest thing ever soon probably 😂
  • This sounds just like someone else and their u12+.....
    Kinda fishy.... 🐟 lol
  • You mean how HTC have done everything first and continue to do everything better despite the company being pretty much defunct for about 5 years? 🤔 I think I know who you mean 😉