OnePlus says it’ll suspend ‘X-ray’ camera that can see through plastic
The Photochrom filter on the OnePlus 8 Pro uses infrared
OnePlus says it’s temporarily suspending a camera filter feature on its new smartphone after some users reported that it can see through certain objects and produce what looks like an X-ray effect, sparking privacy concerns.
Late last week, multiple tech bloggers discovered that the camera app on the OnePlus 8 Pro carries a so-called Photochrom filter. When the filter is selected, the camera lens can reveal the components inside some plastic-wrapped devices, such as an Apple TV box, for instance.
It turns out that the feature isn’t based on new technology. Neither is it based on X-ray, as some people have dubbed the function.
But the technology also has what appears to be an accidental side effect. The OnePlus 8 Pro’s camera can see through objects that are penetrated by infrared but not visible light. That’s how TV boxes, remote controls and other devices with very thin plastic casing can appear transparent.
OnePlus stressed that infrared has very limited penetration power.
“In everyday scenarios, most objects -- including clothes or even a piece of tissue paper -- aren’t ‘see-through,’” a company representative told Abacus.