After Nokia recently announced its flagship smartphone, the Lumia 920, the brand released a trailer portraying the advancements in their PureView technology used in the smartphone. This video was found to be fake and misleading as it appears that makers of the clip used a professional camera to shoot the video and not a Lumia 920. Nokia later apologised for the same and have said that it was done only to show the optical image stabilisation (OIS) features of the camera, and that they should have put up a disclaimer stating that it was for representational purposes only. Nokia got busted once more regarding the camera technology. Blogger Youssef Sarhan has posted a report which states that the sample images of the camera on the Lumia 920 could be fake as well and that they too may have been shot with a professional camera.

Possibly shot with a DSLR

Possibly shot with a DSLR

Sarhan who states that he has lived in Helsinki says that he understands the lighting on the roads and that it is ambient diffused and not spot lighting. Sarhan states, “Going by these still images it’s hard to tell what device really took the photos. We don’t have the EXIF data because these are part of a video, and there’s no cheeky reflections we can zoom in and enhance. However, there is one thing, that once seen can’t be unseen. Diffractions. Diffractions are the sparkle affect generated around the bright lights in the background.”

He goes on to note where Nokia got it wrong by stating, “It’s impossible for a camera with a fixed aperture of f/2 to generate so many spikes from a light source. These kind of diffractions are typical of a DLSR camera with a smaller aperture like f/22. So, it makes perfect sense that if Nokia were to fake the video, they would also fake the stills; which they almost certainly have.”

Evidence in the lights

Evidence in the lights

In what comes as sure proof evidence that these images were captured by a professional camera and not the Lumia 920 is that Sarhan has posted a photo which shows the photoshoot for this trailer. The picture was leaked online by a user of Hacker News, who has shot the photoshoot taking place and from the image we can see the whole lighting set up to display how Nokia managed to achieve such amazing ‘low-light’ shots.

The evidence that possibly closes the case (DSLR circled in red)

The evidence that possibly closes the case (DSLR circled in red)

In what comes as an icing on the cake is that in the extreme left side of the image we can clearly see the lens of a DSLR being used to capture a photograph of the model.

This should be enough evidence to prove that Nokia may have misled the audience regarding the camera capabilities of the Lumia 920.

Here is a quick glance at the main features of the Lumia 920:

  • 4.5 inch PureMotion HD+ LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels
  • 3G, EDGE, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC
  • Bluetooth v 3.1 with A2DP
  • GPS with A-GPS and Nokia Maps Suite
  • 8.7 megapixel camera with  1080p HD video recording and a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera with 720p video recording
  • 32GB internal memory

Publish date: September 7, 2012 1:20 pm| Modified date: December 19, 2013 12:52 am

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