Huawei has a long history of using DSLR images and passing them off as having been taken by their smartphones. The company has been caught again, this time using photos taken on a top of the line Nikon and pretending they were shot by a smartphone.
The images, taken by a Nikon D850, were used in a video that featured multiple photos apparently snapped using Huawei's smartphones. Photographer Huapeng Zhao first noticed the issue, eventually finding the photos on the 500px account of Su Tie and noting they were taken by the D850 and a $1,600 lens.
Huawei took to Weibo to say that a "negligent editor" had "incorrectly marked" the images and that they were sorry for the mistake. The company also posted an updated version of the aforementioned video.
Nonetheless, it is a bit hard to take Huawei at face value, as the company has been caught passing off professional camera images as phone photos multiple times in the past, such as in 2019, when they used a stock photo taken by a DSLR to promote the P30 Pro. It also is not clear if the company received permission from Su Tie to use the images in the video.
Lead image by Designer2k2, used under Creative Commons.