Sony Ericsson announce the C905 Cyber-shot 8.1 megapixel camera phone

17 June 2008 by
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Sony Ericsson today announced the C905 Cyber-shot top of the line camera model. C905 has a 8.1 megapixel camera resolution with autofocus and face detection

Sony Ericsson today announced several new mobile phones and accessories where the C905 was the device that caught the most attention. No wonder why. It has a 8.1 megapixel camera with autofocus, face detection, smart contrast and image stabilizer.

C905 seems a little large, especially the depth. Dimentions are (height, width, depth) 104 x 49 x 18 mm which are acctually a little smaller than the comparable Nokia N95. The navigation menu is familiar for many as it is the same found in earlier Sony Ericsson phones.

In contrast to Nokias new E-models announed yesterday, Sony Ericsson has dropped infrared connectivity but we have Bluetooth, USB and WLAN.

C905 camera highlights

  • 8.1 megapixel camera
  • Autofocus
  • Image stabilizer
  • Assised GPS for geo-tagging of photos
  • Xenon flash
  • Face detection. Auto focus on faces in frame 
  • Smart contrast for more correct exposure

Check out the example picture we captured with the C905

Sony Ericsson C905

Sony Ericsson C905

Press release:

The new C905 Cyber-shot and S302 Snapshot camera phones from Sony Ericsson allow consumers around the world to capture and share vivid photos whatever their needs, photography skills or budget. Whether it is a compact camera phone with prestige good looks, or a real alternative to a digital camera, Sony Ericsson has the phone for the job.
Singapore, 17 June 2008 – The C905 is Sony Ericsson's first Cyber-shot slider and its most advanced camera phone yet. With an 8.1 megapixel camera and real camera flash amongst its cutting-edge capabilities, it offers easy photo-taking in a phone that derives its looks from a digital camera and offers the picture quality to match. In comparison the S302 Snapshot is for those who want it all at an affordable price – good looks, must-have features and a pocket-sized slim design.

"The C905 Cyber-shot and S302 Snapshot have been developed to make us all better photographers! That means making it easier to take great shots and never missing that magic moment." said Sven Totté, Head of Imaging Marketing at Sony Ericsson. "Although both have photography at their core, the phones are very distinct; the 8.1 megapixel C905 is a viable alternative to a digital camera and the S302 is perfect for those who don't want to miss a moment and like to send or Bluetooth their photos to their friends."

The new C905 Cyber-shot
Take your best shot

  • Complete digital camera experience on a phone – true digital camera styling and an 8.1 megapixel camera with Xenon flash
  • Outstanding picture quality – complete with face detection auto-focus, smart contrast and image stabilizer
  • From baby's first steps to an amazing sunset; store them all on the 2GB Memory Stick Micro (M2) included
  • The USB adaptor (CCR-70) provided in-box allows for easy transfer of your photos to-and-from your PC.
  • View high-quality pictures on the phones impressive 2.4" scratch-resistant mineral glass display
  • Share your memories – send your photos wirelessly from your phone to your TV via Wi-Fi (using DLNA), or connect with wires using the TV-Out Cable ITC-60, also announced today
  • Upload photos to your own online blogsite or print your photos with fantastic resolution up to A3 size
  • Much more than a camera phone - GPS-enabled for geo-tagging of photos and navigation support.

Building on Sony Ericsson's camera phone heritage, the C905 Cyber-shot phone all-round performers that maximise their camera credentials. The S302 introduces a premium looking, yet affordable phone with a snapshot camera at-hand when needed. The C905 is a powerful 8.1 megapixel camera phone that looks, feels and acts like a real camera.

The C905 Cyber-shot will be available in three colours (Night Black, Ice Silver and Copper Gold) in selected markets from Q4 2008. It will support the following networks:

C905: GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS/HSDPA 2100.
C905a: GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS/HSDPA 850/1900/2100
C905c: GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900.

Sony Ericsson C905 specifications


  • 8.1 megapixel camera
  • Xenon flash
  • Auto focus Face detection
  • Smart contrast
  • Image stabilizer
  • Red-eye reduction
  • BestPic™
  • Digital zoom – up to 16x
  • Photo fix
  • Photo flash
  • Photo light
  • Video light
  • Video recording
  • Video stabilizer
  • Picture & Video blogging
  • Geo-tagging
  • Photo feeds
  • PictBridge printing


  • Album art
  • Bluetooth stereo (A2DP)
  • Media player
  • Music tones (MP3/AAC)
  • PlayNow
  • TrackID
  • 3D games
  • FM radio
  • Java
  • Video streaming
  • Video viewing


  • Access NetFront Web browser
  • WAP 1.2.1
  • WAP 2.0 XHTML
  • Web feeds

Communication & Messaging

  • Video calling
  • Speaker phone
  • Polyphonic ringtones
  • Vibrating alert
  • Email
  • Exchange ActiveSync
  • Instant messaging
  • Picture messaging (MMS)
  • Predictive text input
  • Sound recorder
  • Text messaging (SMS)


  • Auto rotate
  • Navigation key
  • Picture wallpaper
  • Wallpaper animation


  • GPS and aGPS
  • Bluetooth technology
  • Modem
  • Synchronization
  • USB mass storage
  • USB support
  • Wi-Fi
  • DLNA


  • Stereo portable handsfree
  • HPM-62
  • 2GB Memory stick Micro™ (M2™) card
  • Memory Stick Micro USB adapter (CCR-70)
  • Media Manager software
  • USB cable DCU-65 
  • Hand strap
  • Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • User Guide


TV-Out Cable ITC-60
Share your images on the big screen.

Desk Stand CDS-75
Charge your phone and transfer files to your computer simultaneously.

Camera Phone Kit IPK-100
Never miss a shot with a protective case, tripod and belt clip.

C905 Facts and Figures

Size: 104 x 49 x 18 mm
(19.5mm over the lens) Weight: 136 grams

Night Black, Ice Silvera and Copper Gold

Screen: 262,144 colour TFT
Resolution: 240 x 320 pixels
Size: 2.4 inches

Phone memory: Up to 160MB
2GB Memory Stick Micro™ (M2™) provided

Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 9 hrs
Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 380 hrs

Talk time UMTS: Up to 4 hrs
Standby time UMTS: Up to 360 hrs

Sony Ericsson C905

Sony Ericsson C905

Sony Ericsson C905

Sony Ericsson C905

Sony Ericsson C905

Sony Ericsson C905

Another video showing the exterior and menu system

On 17 Jul 11:07 johnbarcelona wrote
sony Ericsson is the best cry nokia hahaha, give me free phone c902
On 15 Jul 16:01 Melcon wrote
Mobile is excellent....Whats the price?
On 13 Jul 16:54 YashpalSingh wrote
I'm really impressed from the specsf...But it should be bug free and faster working.
On 12 Jul 19:10 Ovi wrote
Just awesome. But I'll wait for more...
On 11 Jul 16:07 DaveeBee wrote
Looks so big and awful. The menu looks like a kids toy. Rubbish phone!
On 8 Jul 17:40 mikefromtz2557179393 wrote
my first phone to use was nokia but then i changed to sony ericsson and to say the truth i found something unique in se which will make me never shift to any other phone,i would love to have the c905 but they are not here in tanzania,pliz if u see this message make arrangements for them to be here
On 7 Jul 18:32 vincent wrote
give it free to 10 million people
On 7 Jul 09:26 kAIFkHAN wrote
On 6 Jul 04:22 DavidPosada wrote
is a amazin cellphone!!! i never saw anything before!!!!
On 6 Jul 03:06 pako wrote
the best cellphone
On 5 Jul 13:02 maryan wrote
smartlytakin' good for SE
On 5 Jul 10:29 RadenMazBagaz wrote
On 5 Jul 09:42 wabco wrote
this phone ist very funny shit
On 3 Jul 03:28 Ngizi wrote
On 2 Jul 10:51 prashantkumar wrote
still not optical zoom for cybershot!
On 1 Jul 13:42 K850iGreekuser wrote
Very GOOD, but TOO, TOO, TOO BIG and uncomfortable - Exactly like k850i. I prefer waiting for a more slim and durable cellphone with the same traits!

Note: Don' t buy such an expensive mobile on its first releasing weeks unless you are assured that it has NOT any important software problems
On 30 Jun 20:36 esh wrote
awsum,just 2 resume!
On 30 Jun 09:11 qwerty wrote
i need c907 (!!!) WITH operating system!
On 29 Jun 06:46 arya wrote
is that company made it for iran?
On 28 Jun 15:15 Aritra wrote
I am presently using K810I that is also a great phone to me & C905 is amazing.What will be the price in India.
On 26 Jun 15:13 Coujou wrote
makes nokia going to be CRYbaby phone :D
On 26 Jun 06:45 Prom1 wrote
To Rachel, and others complaining its java ... lets ALL hope that a finalized Firmware will support MIDP3! IF you don't know do a full search on it, read it, LEARN what it offers! You'll then be DEMANDING it considering how powerful J2ME apps have become that we all love, and then this'll be just as much a smartphone as any others, sure sophistication limits it, but hey looks very stable for Capuchin project.

Me I'm going S60 because the calendar is STILL lacking for my needs.
On 25 Jun 07:18 Siddharth wrote
Its a Java Phone......not on Symbian OS as like P1i
Whats the use of only 8.1MP camera. Should have series 60 3rd edition as like nokia or On Symbian OS UIQ3 like P1i of SE.
On 24 Jun 19:50 david wrote
et cell phones ta loquisimo manden m datos pa comprarlo $
oigan sin chelcha esta loquisimo prrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrra
the cell phones like me ok.
On 23 Jun 21:08 Rob wrote
Ok i love SE. I have a SE myself, and am pleased with it very much. But i mean when such a high end phone comes out they should try a little bit harder. They could change the normal menu crom the normal SE version. Add new features. if you were given my W850i and this the C905 without the numbers saying 2 megapixels and 8 megapixels you would hardly know the difference.
On 22 Jun 15:51 johnarokciaraj wrote
iam going to buy one sony ericssion mobile pls send the C 905 model price immdly
On 21 Jun 22:01 dt wrote
I will just wait for Nokia to come and eat SE's lunch again. Too little, too late. SE is on the way down.
On 21 Jun 07:00 RadenmazBagaz wrote
On 21 Jun 05:18 steve wrote
wow! dream phone. but it could be very expensive..
On 21 Jun 02:13 JuanjoJJ wrote
I don't see the speakers! =S
On 21 Jun 00:45 AbsH wrote
When is the next high end Candybar from SE??
On 20 Jun 18:15 kithu wrote
This phone is really good and stylish! Is this java again?????????????????????
On 20 Jun 16:22 mat wrote
GPS enabled?

Sony Ericsson don't make any mention of that on the C902 product page.

Are you perhaps thinking of the C702, which only has a 3.something mpx camera, but definitely has GPS?
On 20 Jun 11:48 Darek wrote
What about movie recorded by this phone? Is it 320x240 ?It will be great. SE beat Nokia in camera phone:D
On 20 Jun 02:23 escapeE wrote
On 19 Jun 18:36 LibikUK wrote
If C905 had an optical zoom it would be the best phone in the world.

PS: Noni, thx for the link, hope its not true. :-( Im big fan of K-serie.
On 19 Jun 17:39 AzizAlBanna wrote
One of the best looking phones I've ever seen.
On 19 Jun 15:38 Noni wrote
I like it that
On 19 Jun 14:00 budala wrote
libikUK from what I've seen on esato from this topic:
the K series are cancelled.
about the new C905.I'm totally impressed.The more I hear about it the more I want it.
On 19 Jun 13:17 LibikUK wrote
Looks good! K-serie is much better. Does anybody know when comes K-serie K900i ???
On 19 Jun 06:26 Rachel wrote
Looks like a great phone, but is this java....again?!?
On 19 Jun 05:41 Tutai wrote
My K850i is fine also, although the small lens makes light pretty important. Sfter all its a bloody phone first, and a camera second.
On 19 Jun 01:48 dayz wrote
ok... we need photo review since we got the video
On 18 Jun 19:57 theincredible wrote
Thank God for this beautiful awsome phone
On 18 Jun 14:08 crysis wrote
this se phone is very ugly and the lens looks like it is too small to be an eight megapixel camera.
On 18 Jun 02:22 Arthur wrote
Wow, that silver version!+ And WLAN!!! :D
On 18 Jun 01:57 Sator1973 wrote
Still such a tiny lens on a 8 MP cam? I'm afraid picture quality will be even more dependent on the phone's software. A cheap compact camera will do a lot better, even with less MP's. I want my phone to make good snapshots, and for that, you don't need 8MP! I'd rather see SE improve their sensors and lenses, and make better 3 or 5 MP camphones (with bigger screens).
On 17 Jun 20:52 jeff wrote
can it open powerpoint and word files? it's a bit thick and what was the problem with k850i? mine's fine!
On 17 Jun 20:49 mOjo wrote
i cAn sAy thiS iS thE AmAZinG WhiCH i SEEn ! hiS cAmrA RESult wAS AmAzinG ! bUT i ThinK hiS FunCtioN WAS nO To moDErATE! BuT ireAlY pREferED thAT pErSOn Who reAllY WAnT To tAKE BEutyFuL piCs muST BouGhT thiS sEt!
On 17 Jun 17:52 masada71 wrote
not much impressed..i got my lesson from my previous k850i...
On 17 Jun 17:06 norbinw wrote
thx for the video :D you showed us all in cam menu
On 17 Jun 16:35 PeterKay wrote
Amazing, Stunning, Beautiful, Well done SE
On 17 Jun 16:28 EddieAdams wrote
One of the best looking phones I've ever seen. Construction looks very solid. Looks like SE learned from the K850. Hope C905 does everything it's suppose to do. Will be my next phone as long as it's priced reasonably.
On 17 Jun 15:53 slead wrote
is that all he is doing? browsing the cam menu to show us the options... silly video
such a nice phone and all he does is show us one!
On 17 Jun 15:02 strizlow800 wrote
I'm really impressed from the specs.... Now we need to wait and see if this phone is bug free, has stable and reliable software... :)
On 17 Jun 14:26 MuhammadOli wrote
Good stuff. Thats some nice pictures of what I think is the best looking SE phone ever!

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