Sony Ericsson brings 8.1 megapixel Cyber-shot cameraphone to Canada

There isn’t an app in the world that can increase your cell phone’s megapixel count.

Photo enthusiasts who’d rather carry a cell phone with an 8.1 megapixel camera and Xenon flash to a smartphone that doubles as a laptop might want to consider the Sony Ericsson C905 Cyber-shot.

The C905, which launched yesterday on the Rogers Wireless network, is the first cell phone in Canada to carry an 8.1 megapixel camera. Pricing starts at $249.99 with a three-year contract.

To take shots, you hold the phone horizontally just like you would any other compact point-and-shoot camera. The user interface is modeled after the Cyber-shot, so operating the features should feel second nature to those familiar with the Sony Ericsson line.

The C905 includes face detection, smile shutter and 16X digital zoom. There is a button dedicated to scene selection, shooting modes and a backlit toggle for flash and red-eye reduction. With a built-in GPS system, the phone also geo-tags each shot you take, which you can upload to Google Maps.

Photos can be transferred out of the phone through Bluetooth or uploaded to the Web using 3G or WiFi. A 2GB Memory Stick is included with the phone, which also comes with a USB Memory Stick adaptor. (The maximum size of Memory Stick supported is 8GB.)

Online photo services from SnapFish by HP are easily accessible through the C905 due to a partnership. The phone is also features interoperability with MySpace and Google’s Picasa.

The flash extends roughly 3.5 metres from the phone, according to Farhad Esmail, channel and product analyst for Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications International.

Computer World Canada met up with Esmail for a first-hand demo of the new handset, which you can watch here. 

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