Huawei apologises for misleading P9 image actually shot by $4500 camera

by Jed John 2

A few days back, Huawei published a stunning photo on its Google+ page with a title which suggested the photo (the one you see below) was shot using the Huawei P9’s dual cameras, which by the way is doing marvelously well in the market.

Huawei P9 Canon EOS 5D Mark III

The truth about the photo’s details would not have been known if the image had been posted on any other platform. But posting the photo on Google+ was their undoing, because Google+, just like some photo-sharing services such as Flickr, preserves the camera’s Exchangeable image file format (EXIF) metadata in any image you post.

Undoubtedly, the photo is a great one of a very attractive lady.  The details exposed by the crisp and clear shot is downright impressive for a smartphone camera but turns out the shot wasn’t taken by a smartphone camera. Huawei has since taken down the photo from its Google+ account but here’s a screen shot.

Huawei P9 camera

Make no mistake, the post didn’t outrightly say the photo was taken by the P9 but it’s downright deceptive. Here’s the post, you be the judge:

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.

The EXIF data was able to unravel the fact that the shot was actually from the all powerful Canon EOS 5D Mark III shutter. The high-end camera currently carries a price tag of $2600 on Amazon while the EF70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM lens which comes separately, is priced at $1900. That makes it a whopping $4500 camera setup. The image’s EXIF details…..

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Focal Length: 135mm

Exposure: 1/800

F Number: f/4

ISO: 500

Camera make: Canon

Flash: Not used

Exposure Bias: -1 EV

Huawei has however issued the following statement in regard to the image (like I said earlier, they have since deleted the controversial image from their social networks):

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 recognise though that we should have been clearer with the captions for this image. It was never our intention to mislead. We apologise for this and we have removed the image.

So, Huawei’s saying this was just a mix up, if you believe that you’d believe anything I’d say.