So this situation really made me mad this morning. I was reading over on Cnet that Huawei posted a photo on the G+ page and implied that it was taken by their new P9 phone.
In fact, the photo was taken during a photo shoot by a Canon camera. The real camera used for the photo was a Canon EOS 5D Mark III, which is a full frame DSLR camera. The 22 Megapixel camera is one of the newest from Canon and is a remarkable camera.
The lens used in the photo shoot was no lame kit lens either. They used a processional L-series lens, the EF70-200 f/2.8L IS, that costs about $1,900. I actually own that lens and can testify that it is an amazing and high quality lens.
The caption on the photo read:
“We managed to catch a beautiful sunrise with Deliciously Ella. The #HuaweiP9’s dual Leica cameras makes taking photos in low light conditions like this a pleasure. Reinvent smartphone photography and share your sunrise pictures with us. #OO”
I’m no expert in linguistics, but if you write that and post a photo along with it, it pretty heavily implies that the photo shown was taken by the P9 phone.
Android Police are the ones who discovered the issue and brought it to light. They claimed that the photo was simply a great shot and they were impressed by the details. The detail in the photo is great and the lens flare from the sunlight was quite good.
In fact, to them, it looked too good.
The great part about G+ is that they give EXIF data about the photo. In the image you can see that it clearly shows the camera and lens used to capture the image. Its not the Huawei P9 either.
Huawei ended up removing the image and issued a statement that they never said the photo was taken by the P9 but could understand how people could have been confused.
Was it an accident?
No way I believe it was an accident. I think they purposely wrote the caption to be vague and not say that it was actually taken by the P9. That way if anyone did figure it out, they could immediately deny any wrong-doing.
However, if no one actually did the research to find out what camera was actually used to make the image, then Huawei would have gotten away with it. Thousands, maybe more, would have continued to think that this great photo was taken with the P9 smartphone. Marketing deception at its finest.
This is why I don’t trust so many companies. Their marketing is full of lies.
This also points out to me the need for proof on everything we review on TwoBoredGuys. When I review cameras in our technology section, I will be very forthcoming and point out the EXIF data on the images we use in our reviews so that there will be no doubt that a photo was taken by the camera under review.
I’d love to hear your comments about Huawei below. Do you think they did it on purpose?