Huawei posted a picture (which is now taken down) on their Google+ page which was taken using a professional camera setup costing around $4500 but the description in the post implied that it was taken using Huawei’s latest P9 smartphone. The P9 is company’s latest flagship whose camera is developed in corporation with Leica and the company is hell-bent on promoting its imaging prowess.
The person uploading the picture likely did not know that Google+ preserves the EXIF data of the image which contains complete information about the equipment used and the lighting conditions. The picture in this case is taken with Canon 5D Mark III DSLR which goes for around $2600 (2.6 lac rupees) and Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L lens which falls in Canon’s premium lens range costing around $1900 (1.9 lac rupees). The EXIF data further reveals that the lighting conditions were in-fact very good while taking the picture.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Focal Length: 135mm
F Number: f/4
Camera make: Canon
Flash: Not used
Exposure Bias: -1 EV
The description of the picture says that Huawei managed to take this beautiful picture and the P9’s dual lens camera can take such low light pictures. The words seem to have been carefully crafted in case Huawei has to deny the origin of this picture however for the non-critical eye, the description seems to say that the picture is taken with P9.
This is not the first time a smartphone manufacturer is caught faking or doctoring the sample pictures taken by their smartphone. Microsoft has been caught in past doing similar things while promoting their Lumia 920.
The said post was actually made in March, 2016 but it recently came to attention after a reader tipped Android Police. Once they published an article about it, Huawei took down the post which also goes on to show that they have realized their mistake of not deleting the EXIF data before uploading the picture (like all of their other posts).