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Nokia doctored Lumia 920 PureView camera capabilities, apologises profusely

One of the highlights of yesterday’s presentation by Nokia was the PureView video stabilization technology used by the Windows Phone-based Lumia 920 (opens in new tab) (check the archived webcast of the Nokia 2012 New York event (opens in new tab)).

Turns out it was a fake video as discovered by the sleuths at TheVerge. What was supposed to be a video shot by a man riding a bicycle and shooting a woman with the Lumia 920 (opens in new tab) turned out to be a video produced by a team from a van using a sizable video camera.

Another website, Neowin, also found out that some of the photos apparently taken with the Lumia 920 were also doctored.

This forced Nokia to issue a convoluted apology on its “Conversations” blog courtesy of the site’s editor-in-chief, Heidi Lemmetyinen. Pure PR nightmare indeed.

(opens in new tab)Lemmetyinen said that Nokia indeed produced a video that “simulated” what the company will be able (our emphasis) to deliver with OIS (Optical Image Stabiliser).

She pointed out that there should have been a disclaimer to highlight this as well as the fact that it was not created using the Lumia 920 (at least not yet she added).

She ended the post with a video shown at the press conference that was shot with the Lumia 920 and compared to an OIS-less smartphone.

One question remains though. Would Nokia have issued an apology and a disclaimer if the journalists at The Verge and Neowin didn’t uncover this embarrassing truth?

Sources: The Verge (opens in new tab), Neowin (opens in new tab)

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.