Huawei Caught Pretending High-End DSLR Images Were Shot by Their Phones... Again

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.

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davidlovephotog's picture

Funny they didn't just use a pic taken with an iphone. Wonder why that is. They want professional right?

Motti Bembaron's picture

I own Huawei Pro20, love it. They stupid to do so, the camera is great, many tests proved that. Just use the darn thing for your ads.

Ariel Martini's picture

According to source ( they didn't even update the video! they just no longer say the photos were taken with the phone ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Alex Cooke's picture


Billy Walker's picture

You want real quality? Stop doing business with a country who has no respect for us or our copyrights and/or trademarks.

super steel_'s picture

never bought or will buy a chinese phone.

Piotr Maksymowicz's picture

but you probably own an iphone which is made in china :) if so yeah you bought one already

super steel_'s picture

dont assume. I use lg v20 and plan to get another. love the swappable batteries. great for me for wedding days. I keep my battery in my wallet, swap while walking. go from 5% to 100% in a minute. no cables, no need to be tied to a wall, no battery pack to carry and having the tips of the connectors bend while its in your pocket. screen brightness at 100% all the time. infrared remote also. shame they didnt make it the same with the v30 and onwards.

C H's picture

I rather stop doing business with a racist western country that spread the virus, keeps pushing sinophobia and wants to go to war with China!

Ben Coyte's picture

You'd think, if you were going to lie like this, that you would go out and take the DSLR shot yourself.

Alex Lancashire's picture

Rarely use a phone for photos, there is no fun in it. I like the feel of my big heavy equipment and, also, my camera equipment.

Just me's picture

Huawei Caught Pretending
Huawei Caught Spying
Huawei Caught Copying Cisco Equipment
Huawei Caught selling communication equipment to N.K. and Iran...
A little sorry, and let's do it again.

Motti Bembaron's picture

The only ones caught spying are US agents. And on their allies...

Deleted Account's picture

This is just a running joke at this point so I hope they keep it up for the lulz.

Alvin Bartolome's picture

I still own the P10, still rocks for my needs, but I now shying away anything from China.

Fristen Lasten's picture

Wow. No way!

Yes, Huawei.


C H's picture

I guess you would not say the same about IPhone since this story is encouraging people not to buy Chinese brands and just purchase only American brands that are truly poor quality!

Deleted Account's picture

Has Apple been caught passing off DSLR photos as "Shot on iPhone" photos?

Mick Collinge's picture

So Huawei have been caught misleading. But honestly, are other companies not guilty of stretching the truth themselves. Certain companies may say their original footage was taken on a phone, but never tell the public the extra gear that was also used to achieve the results or the expensive post production work needed.