Huawei has been teasing the P30 smartphone by sharing pictures that hint at the smartphone’s superzoom technology. The company shared a few macro shots, that the company claimed were taken on P30, which seemed quite impressive and were seen not lose any detail. However, now it has come to light that the photos shared by Huawei were taken from a DSLR, and not Huawei P30. One of the photos was taken from a photographer’s portfolio and one was even sourced from Getty Images. This unethical marketing practice from Huawei has undermined the phone’s actual photo-taking skills.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Huawei has been caught using DSLR images to represent the photos taken on its devices. The company got caught in a similar controversy when posted fake Nova 3 selfies.
These fake photos used by Huawei to represent P30’s camera capabilities put the company in a bad light and was first spotted by GSMArena. The volcano photo was taken from Getty Images and the kid playing with ducks was taken from a photographer named Jake Olson’s portfolio. It is quite possible that Huawei bought the copyrights of these photos before using them as its own, nevertheless, it still isn’t an exact representation of what the photos will look like if taken from the Huawei P30.
Huawei was caught in a similar controversy when it used DSLR images and put them forth as Nova 3 sample photos. Back then, Sarah Elshamy, one of the actors in the ad, posted photos on her Instagram page, and one image revealed a photographer shooting the “at-home selfie with a DSLR”.
The renders of the P30 Pro show that the smartphone sports a triple camera module on the top left corner of the back panel. There is a 3D ToF camera sensor alongside the triple camera module as well as laser autofocus and dual LED flash. It is being speculated that the periscope camera would be the third one which has a squared finish to it, unlike other round sensors. Describing the photography prowess of the P30 Pro, Wong stated that it will offer “something nobody has done before.”
Huawei had also recently shared a photo of the moon claiming that it was taken on P30. The details in the photo hinted at the superzoom capability on the smartphone. Huawei’s VP of Global Product Marketing, Clement Wong says that the photo was taken on-device, handheld, with no additional help.
According to rumors, the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro will come with OLED screens with a waterdrop-style notch and optical in-display fingerprint sensors. The Huawei P30 is said to have a maximum of 40-megapixel and support for 5x lossless zoom. At the front, the smartphone is expected to have a 24-megapixel selfie camera. The devices will also reportedly be powered by Kirin 980 SoC. The Huawei P30 is said to be coming with a 6.1-inch OLED panel with 8GB of RAM, whereas the Huawei P30 Pro will feature a larger 6.5-inch display with 12GB of RAM.