OnePlus releases update to disable colour filter camera following privacy concerns

Ruben Fields
May 21, 2020

OnePlus stated that it's seeking to alleviate privacy concerns by temporarily disabling this feature.

Visit BGR's homepage for more stories. We have contacted OnePlus Spain: we will update this article as we know the position of the company. Rather than launching another flagship-killer with a price-tag that considerably undercuts the Galaxy S20 and iPhone 11 Pro at the expense of some features, OnePlus has come up with a no-compromise device to go head-to-head for a spec battle with its competition. Is this something that should be disabled, or do you see it as relatively harmless? After the company resolves this issue, the feature is expected to be restored. There was also a color filter camera inside the phone. That will happen before or after the color filter camera gets disabled in OxygenOS.

OnePlus explains in the social media article that it chose to temporarily remove the attribute using a future software upgrade that should arrive next week.

Although the camera was unable to replicate an X-ray scanner, which is somewhat falsely projected in some reports, it appears to have the ability to allow visibility of certain materials, especially those without infrared shielding.

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For those wondering how the camera works, it uses infrared light which can pass through objects that normal light can't.

The plastic has to be thin to your camera trick to operate, and the color filter won't let you see through garments as you anticipate.

The back camera system consists of a 48MP primary imaging sensor, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens, a 48MP ultra-wide-angle snapper, and a now controversial 5MP "color filter" camera.

That is about all it could do, based on after it became viral, demos from people who've tried the color filter. The feature has no practical use in nature except to show it to friends. Which makes it a privacy issue, and that's probably the main reason why will it be going away. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that is not necessarily a bad thing.

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