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OnePlus removes 8 Pro’s ‘X-Ray’ camera filter in latest Oxygen OS 10.5.10/11 update

The latest flagship OnePlus 8 Pro launched a couple of months ago and is already on sale in North America, most on the EU (Europe) and Asian countries like India. The OnePlus 8 series launched with Android 10 out of the box based on latest Oxygen OS 10.5 firmware build and an Android 11 developer preview build ready to flash as well. While the devices come with top-notch hardware and software specifications, there is one accidental feature that caught everyone’s attention. It is called the X-Ray Vision camera filter. Well, bad news. OnePlus finally pulled the plug on the ‘X-Ray’ camera filter in latest Oxygen OS 10.5.10/11 update by readjusting Photochrom filter.

If you are wondering what the ‘X-Ray’ vision camera is, then it is a color filter that can see through certain objects like thin plastic, and even clothes. (video below) A little obscure for some but seemingly clear for certain objects. OnePlus 8 Pro has a 4th camera with a color filter sensor. The X-Ray vision of the camera can be enabled via Photochrom camera filter in the sock app. It is now gone!

Note that the IR filter is not going away. OnePlus just decided to adjust the Photochrom filter. Which means that you can still use the Photochrom filter, but can no longer see through objects. Checkout the changelog from Oxygen OS 10.5.10 for OnePlus 8 Pro EU variants. The same comes to the global variant and Indian variant as well.

If you are running a build prior to Oxygen OS 10.5.10, then you can access this X-Ray Vision camera filter by first launching the stock OnePlus camera app on your Oneplus 8 Pro. On the top right corner you will see a filter option; select it. Choose the last option called Photochrom filter. Point at an object like a remote or TV box, or certain clothing.

X-Ray camera filter removed from OnePlus 8 Pro by adjusting Photochrom

OnePlus already pushed an OTA update to 8 Pro user in the United States just to disable the Photochrom filter with Oxygen OS 10.5.9. The company later assured in a forum post stating the camera filter will stay on the global variants of 8 Pro. So they are temporarily disabling it.

However, it is now officially removed from Oxygen OS 10.5.10 or Oxygen OS 10.5.11. While the changelog sates adjusted Photochrom filter. What that really means is the X-ray vision is gone! Reddit user tlfvulmort posted a screenshot of the latest update. It does not display the Photochrom filter or the IR camera filter.

x ray camera filter removed on oneplus 8 pro
IR camera filter removed on oneplus 8 pro

Here is a great explanation of how the X-Ray camera filter works on the OnePlus 8 Pro: