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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 (check the archived webcast of the Nokia 2012 New York event).

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 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.

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, Neowin

Desire worked at ITProPortal right at the beginning and was instrumental in turning it into the leading publication we all know and love today. He then moved on to be the Editor of TechRadarPro - a position he still holds - and has recently been reunited with ITProPortal since Future Publishing's acquisition of Net Communities.