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OnePlus 8 Pro camera update removes controversial ‘X-ray vision’ feature

OnePlus has moved down to strike down the so-called ‘X-Ray Vision’ camera feature within the OnePlus 8 Pro that enabled users to see through certain objects.

The Photochrom feature, which allowed us to peer beyond the exterior of gadgets and view their internal components, is being adjusted in the new OxygenOS 10.5.10 update rolling out today in Europe.

The update will negate the potential for the feature to be abused (it was also able to peer through some thin clothing), but does lessen a somewhat unintentional benefit offered by the Photochrom feature.

OnePlus has see-sawed by disabling and re-enabling the feature but today’s update apparently cleans things up for good, while maintaining the Photochrom feature within the phone.

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An XDA Developers member has done some digging within the update and believes the fix involves the main camera sensor.

The site writes: “The fix utilises the main camera for the main viewfinder photograph but also layers information from the colour filter camera on top for the Photochrom effect. So if you do block the colour filter camera with your finger, you lose out on the Photochrom effect.”

Elsewhere, today’s update fixes an issue that prevented Amazon Prime Video and Netflix from playing HD video, squishes a bug that prevented some users from charging the battery beyond 90% and bundles in the Android security patch for June.

In our review of the OnePlus 8 Pro, our own Max Parker wrote: “I have been quite impressed with the camera on the OnePlus 8 Pro. It edges on the punchier, more saturated, side of images with skies looking particularly blue, but this does lead to pleasing shots that are captured quickly.”

The device earned a 4.5/5 star review from Trusted Reviews, rewarding its great screen, processing power and wireless charging. X-ray vision didn’t come into it, unsurprisingly.

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