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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