Published: Tue, August 21, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Huawei caught using a DSLR to fake smartphone selfies

Huawei caught using a DSLR to fake smartphone selfies

Sarah Elshamy, the female model in the above commercial, shared the incriminating photo on her Instagram page yesterday, though it has since been removed.

Her post even shows that the actor supposedly holding the Huawei smartphone to take the selfie only pretended to do so. In that ad, we see the Nova 3 getting flashed around multiple times, especially when it comes to taking a series of selfies. However, the still shot was not actually taken with the phone, as the pic tries to imply.

The Chinese company has been caught misrepresenting the photography capabilities of the camera set up on its Nova 3 and Nova 3i smartphone by using pics captured on proper DSLR camera in its advertising to Arabic-speaking audiences, according to Android Police. In the at-home selfie moment, the woman in the couple is hesitant to participate in the photo until she is done applying her makeup. By doing so, she accidentally revealed that a DSLR-camera was used to take one of the still shots that Huawei's smartphone appeared to capture in the ad. Huawei, who has partnered with famed camera lens maker Leica for its premium models, naturally wants to give buyers of its mid-range smartphones the same assurance. The company that has taken some long strides in making some great smartphone cameras apparently felt the need to dupe people with some professional photos. The commercial shows a couple who are on a vacation, and having a time of their life in the sun and beach.

In 2016, Huawei used a photograph of a girl standing in the sunlight to sell their P9 smartphone.

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Never believe what you see in online ads and television commercials.

"Disappointed, but not surprised", one person wrote.

"The company was caught photoshopping away bezels on renderings for the P8, and it was found to have posted a shot that appeared to be from a P9 on its Google+ page that EXIF data revealed to have been shot on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III", said the report. Then check out the smoking gun, which is the behind-the-scenes photo embedded below.

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