Huawei caught insinuating that the P9's dual cameras snapped a professionally taken photo

Huawei caught insinuating that the P9's dual cameras snapped a professionally taken photo
Should Huawei get a medal for genius marketing, or get punished for being deceptive? Here are the particulars. The other day, Huawei posted a photo on its Google+ account and included the following comment about it: "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"

What Huawei didn't consider was that the EXIF data was available for anyone to peruse. Sure enough, somebody did. As it turned out, the photo was actually snapped by the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. The body of this camera only, goes for $2600 on Amazon. Oops. And the lens employed for the photo, an EF70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM, will run you another $1900. Our math skills might have decayed throughout the years, but using fingers, toes and other appendages, we computed that the equipment used to take the photograph amounted to $4500. That is several times the price of the Huawei P9.

When confronted by this, Huawei took down the image and released a statement that basically admitted that the P9 was not used for the photo. Huawei did say that it's intentions were not to mislead, but to "inspire our community." The company added that it should have been clearer with its caption, although we should point out that nowhere in the caption did Huawei say that the picture was snapped using the P9. It was insinuated, but not explicitly stated.


So would you give Huawei a medal, or put it in the penalty box? The decision is up to you.


source: AndroidPolice

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48 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Didn't they learn from Nokia? Lol Why not use the P9? It is a great shooter, but stupid from them to not believe in their product.

3. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

There's no way a phone lens could take that kind of shot. You really need a huge expensive lens costing more than a phone to take that. That all being said, Huawei is just a cheap chinese company who just happens to sell phones at higher price. And this just proves it.

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Obviously a phone can't take that kind of shot, pretty sure PA said something about $4k+ worth of equipment lol. Huawei makes great smartphones and the camera on the P9 is far from bad. Their phones are pricey but that can be said about all high-end phones from big OEMs.

10. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Actually with an entry-level DSLR and a 50mm 1.8 lens (around $100) you can get really close to that picture. Smartphones have a long way to reach DSLR quality.

46. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

I think f1.8 would cut the dynamic range to razor thin making it really hard to get the whole girl in focus.

11. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Exactly, Huawei is selling their phones at so much higher prices ..

12. dimas

Posts: 3342; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Cheap chinese-made phones that sell at higher price? Sorry, I thought you're talking about ip.. Never mind. Just go to manilashaker's website. See which phones he pitted xperia x performance with on auto modes and guess who's the loser.

13. PhoneFixer unregistered

You will NEVER see the difference btw. expensive lens and those in smartphones unles you want to be in billboard business.. ;) so many ppl just do stupid selfies and occasional holiday photos that's all..

16. PhoneFixer unregistered

Another PA bias article... :) They can't simply take that p9 is best smartphone shooter so they creating another bias article.. Pathetic/naive

43. Djz89

Posts: 441; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

say what? you can definetly see a difference, you have no idea what you are talking about, p9 is good but far, far, far far from a proper full frame with a propper lens, you are actually a BLIND fanboy if you really cant se a difference, a huge one To be fair!

19. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I never said it can take the exact same shot. What I meant is that it is capable of delivering some great shots that they should've used instead of trying tk deceive costumers.

22. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And I wouldn't call their phones pricey. The P9 was released for $440 in my country, compared the $750 price tag that usually come with a Samsung, LG and HTC flagship once released.

47. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

given the low end processor P9 uses, even 440$ is a lot. Amd it costs more than 700$ in most countries.

27. FriendlyFoe09

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

I think a phone can still take a shot like that. It's in sunlight and there is still enough light. They dynamic range isn't that much. I have taken a few images similar to that with my old Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. When there is a great range between light and dark or in low light situations is when you can see what a camera is capable of. All these OEMs are the same. They don't have faith that their products can do the job. Says a lot about them. Only company really pushing their cameras in ads is Apple with their "shot on the iPhone" ads.

45. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Good luck with getting that lens flare.

35. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Chinese smartphone companies are liers.

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

IKR, it's not like the P9 has a bad camera, just that Leica didn't have much input into the creation of it like Huawei claimed.

28. FriendlyFoe09

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

The whole Leica claim is bull and all marketing. Huawei just paid them to put their logo on the back.

44. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yeah I know, the only thing leica actually did was help with the software side of the camera just a little bit.

30. BobbyBaster

Posts: 28; Member since: Mar 07, 2016

ROFL, the losers chinese copycats cheating again.

2. realhumanbeing

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

Lmao!

6. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Ah, China....

8. dimas

Posts: 3342; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Racist. Get a meizu mx5 and try the camera, I'm sure you'll want this than htc 10s.

34. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Its not about their phones. I talk about their attitude. Just try their rice, then tell me. Its original or plastics? Sorry, never tried any Meizu. But I know the reasons why most people sell it on OLX. They want go back to Samsung or others.

7. dimas

Posts: 3342; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Good job huawei marketing, you sure know how to screw people's trust. Good thing I didn't bought your p9, I might regret it if I assume you'll be even with s7's camera quality.

15. PhoneFixer unregistered

You ar an idiot so ape(apple) doesn't lie to ppl right? P9 makes great pictures it's been proven so why u jumping here like monkey?

32. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

`where in the world did you learn how to speak English. Fact is who are we lied. Plain and simple get over it

40. dimas

Posts: 3342; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Can't construct proper english can you? Every company lie. What huawei did was obvious lie.

9. Jason2k13

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

"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" So I'm guessing Huawei thought majority of their fans don't speak or understand English? Nowhere did they mention a professional camera was used, and if their smartphone can take the same quality pictures, why didnt they use it? Karma just bit them in the butt!

14. Ghost04

Posts: 517; Member since: May 03, 2014

There are many Beauty creams around the world who advertise there products as it can beautify a person to extreme extent . But in reality it never happens . There are many products levelled as "Fairness Cream" . But can a cream makes you fairer then your actual skin tone is . Marketing , Marketing , Marketing . It's all marketing . All brands do some cheating doing Marketing . All Consumer Products brand evaluate there product more then there real world performence . Does any car is as Fuel efficient as the company says ???

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