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OnePlus disables the 'X-ray' filter on the OnePlus 8 Pro to avoid “extreme situations” that impact privacy

Launched about a month ago now, the OnePlus 8 Pro is now facing much controversy. What started running through the networks as a curiosity that the 'photochromic' filter of the last OnePlus terminal could see through certain materials has become a problem for the brand . And is that the infrared camera of the OnePlus 8 Pro is now facing an increasing volume of criticism around privacy .

That is why, at least in China, the manufacturer has decided to cut corners and completely disable this sensor . It also does so apologizing to the criticism and stating that they try to “eliminate the possibility of extreme situations that may affect the privacy of our users”.

Infrared on the OnePlus 8 Pro

The commotion began last week, when some users of the OnePlus 8 Pro began to publish some videos of this sensor being capable of seeing through some plastics and fabrics . Given this evidence, some users began to show their concerns about privacy, and that is why OnePlus now cuts off access to this sensor.

According to OnePlus, they have detected that the OnePlus 8 Pro's infrared camera “under very specific environmental conditions, the filter can have a slight perspective effect on specific materials at a very short distance.” This new sensor, which we criticize for being added without too much justification, ends by putting the new OnePlus model in a bind .

And it is because this sensor can only be accessed through the camera in one of its modes, being at the end of the rest of the photographic filters. It does it only in the standard photography mode: nothing in portrait mode, or videos. In the rest of color adjustments, this sensor does not add new capabilities.

How does it work

Infrared photography is an old acquaintance among enthusiasts of this artistic discipline. It is mainly used for the artistic touch it gives with the modification of the tones , especially in some fabrics such as vegetation. The OnePlus 8 Pro's infrared camera is essentially no different than these filters for digital cameras.

It is not about 'X-rays', as some users have come to call it, but it captures frequencies of light that are present in nature. Simply, the human eye is not able to detect them.

OnePlus faces a problem with this new sensor that is also double. And it is that you can hardly disable vision through the most conflictive materials – such as fabrics – without affecting the rest. However, even if it were, both the active community behind could re-enable it manually. Meanwhile, the OnePlus 8 Pro looks like it will ship with one of its cameras completely idle and it's unknown if it will return.

It is not the first time that a manufacturer has faced such controversy. It was already in 1998 when one of the Sony camcorders offered this feature, to collide frontally against the fact of that he could see through the clothes. Finally, Sony decided to remove this functionality from the commercialized model.

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