Huawei posted a picture on Google+ with a caption that indicated it was taken by company’s P9 smartphone with dual Leica camera. But it turns out there was a $4500 (Rs 3 lakh approx) worth of Canon DSLR behind the shot.
The issue was first pointed by Android Police’s David Ruddock. Photo-sharing services like Google +, and Flickr preserves the camera EXIF metadata in images posted by users, which is how Ruddock could access the specifications of the gadget with which the photo was taken.
Also, according to Ruddock, the details of the picture were a little too excellent for a smartphone camera. He posted the contents of the EXIF data for the photo on the site.
The details posted by Ruddock is as follows:
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
Huawei had captioned the picture, “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”
While the caption points to the fact the image has been shot using P9, EXIF metadata clearly has a different story to tell. Soon after the report appeared in Android Police, Huawei took down the picture saying the photo was taken while filming a Huawei P9 advert.
Huawei, in a statement said, “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.”
Huawei probably wanted to associate the low-light performance of P9’s Leica dual camera with the photo. But the caption indicates to a different meaning.