Samsung Used a DSLR Shot to Fake a "Portrait Mode"

Posted by alphaatlas 9:56 AM (CST)

Wednesday December 05, 2018

Dunja Djudjic, a writer and photographer for DIY Photography, recently caught Samsung passing one of her DSLR photos off as a shot from a Galaxy smartphone. After creating an account on EyeEm, one of her shots got sold through Getty images, and out of curiosity, she did a reverse image search to see if it ended up anywhere on the web. Much to her surprise, Djudjic found a heavily (and poorly) edited version of herself on Samsung's Galaxy A8 page. Using a different background, the shot seemingly shows off the A8's "background blur" feature, even though it clearly wasn't taken with an A8. As of this post, Samsung has a "* image simulated for demo purpose" disclaimer at the bottom of the page, but the Internet Archive project managed to capture the page yesterday, when that disclaimer didn't exist.

It's undeniable that smartphone cameras are getting better (and there are more and more lenses with every new phone). But, we definitely shouldn't trust the ads showing off their capabilities, or at least take them with a grain of salt. Although, to be honest, I doubt anyone would believe an ad with a Photoshop job this terrible anyway.