OnePlus will temporarily disable a camera filter on the OnePlus 8 Pro after users discover that they can use it to see through certain plastics and clothing. Although the company said the “Photochrom” filter cannot see through thick materials, it apologized for “creating privacy issues and causing problems for OnePlus users and others.” Abacus News reports. OnePlus announced this decision in a statement on its Weibo page.
The OnePlus 8 Pro was released in April, but it wasn’t until last week that people started paying close attention to what their camera was capable of. On Twitter, Ben Geskin showed how the filter can be used to see through Apple TV black plastic case, while Unpack the therapy observed that he could even see through a black T-shirt (admittedly thin).
The filter appears to work by capturing infrared light which is otherwise invisible to the naked eye. There are many professional uses for cameras that can see infrared light, such as letting firefighters see through smoke, but it is less common to see it on a consumer device such as a smartphone.
When the OnePlus 8 Pro was first announced, Photochrom mode seemed to be little more than an artistic color filter. Although it produced interesting results when photographing trees and plants, we thought it was generally an unnecessary inclusion in our review. “It is silly, low resolution, and not much better than applying an awkward post effect. I don’t know why he’s there, and you probably aren’t either, “was our assessment.
The Chinese language publication of OnePlus on Weibo notes that the filter will be temporarily disabled by an update within a week, according to Abacus News » English translation, but it’s not clear what the company plans to change before bringing it back. OnePlus did not immediately respond to a request for comment.