OnePlus will temporarily disable the camera filter on the OnePlus 6 Pro after users discovered they might use it to see through certain plastic materials and clothes. Although the company provides stressed that the “Photochrom” filter are not able to see through thick materials, it apologized for “creating privacy concerns and causing troubles for OnePlus users and other netizens,” Abacus News reports. OnePlus introduced the move in a statement on its Weibo page.
The OnePlus 8 Pro was launched back in April, but it wasn’t till last week that people started paying severe attention to what its camera had been capable of. On Twitter, Ben Geskin demonstrated how the filter can be used to look out of the Apple TV’s black plastic housing, while Unbox Therapy observed it could even see through an (admittedly thin) black T-shirt.
The filter seems to work by capturing infrared light that’s otherwise invisible towards the naked eye. There are many professional utilizes for cameras that can see infrared light, like letting firefighters look out of smoke, but it’s less typical to see it on a consumer gadget like a smartphone.
When the particular OnePlus 8 Pro was first introduced, the Photochrom mode appeared to be a bit more than an artistic color filtration system. While it produces some interesting outcomes when photographing trees and plant life, we thought it was an unneeded inclusion overall in our review. “It is silly, low-resolution, and not much better than applying a heavy-handed effect in post. I don’t know why it’s there, and likely neither will you,” had been our assessment.
OnePlus’s Chinese-language Weibo post notes that the filtration system will be temporarily disabled by a good update within a week, according to Abacus News’ English translation, but it’s unclear exactly what the company plans to alter before bringing it back. OnePlus failed to immediately respond to a request for remark.