The new OnePlus 8 Pro is a great Android phone for many reasons. It has a 120Hz screen, a Snapdragon 865 SoC and a four-camera system with not one, but two Sony 48MP sensors inside. But that’s not why it’s in the headlines. He’s making headlines with his 5MP infrared camera, which can see through certain materials.
This capability was first demonstrated on Reddit, and has since been demonstrated by several users who have OnePlus 8 Pro in hand. More information on the subject with the SFAM group.
An infrared camera by accident
The transparent camera effect of the OnePlus 8 pro is made possible by the 5MP “Color Filter” camera used to create what OnePlus has called the “Photocrom” effect. But that’s just a clever marketing gimmick. The truth is that this camera has a sensor with the IR filter removed, allowing it to capture infrared light in addition to visible wavelengths. This was not intended by OnePlus…
While OnePlus expected this mode to be used to create false colour images and unique landscape shots, this new feature has produced a rather unexpected effect: some materials such as some thin plastics become transparent, allowing you to see the inside of remote controls or an Apple TV as if you had X-ray vision. You don’t have to take our word for it! Just do a Google search to see the different images taken by this camera, which show the inside of remote controls but also other similar objects.
OnePlus will disable the controversial infrared camera on the OnePlus 8 Pro
Told you, users have discovered that the OnePlus 8 Pro’s infrared sensors can be used to see through thin plastics and black fabrics. OnePlus was quick to respond to this discovery. The manufacturer decided to temporarily disable the Photocrom colour filter in the Pro 8 photo application by running it on an alternative version. OnePlus is now trying to find out how it can offer the same filter, but without making black objects transparent.
In addition to disabling the filter, OnePlus apologized through a statement published in Chinese on Weibo. The statement explains that the company is sorry for “creating privacy issues and causing trouble for OnePlus users and other Internet users“.
That said, after this discovery, SFAM believes that infrared sensors are well on their way to becoming an integral part of next-generation smartphones. Except that other manufacturers will not fail to take note of the OnePlus misadventure and the buzz it has created.