Leica M11

Leica M11

The New Classic in the Making

The Leica M11 is a rangefinder camera that perfectly blends timeless style with current performance. It has a new sensor design as well as enhanced connectivity while preserving the recognizable design of a Leica M camera.

Sensor with 60MP Full-Frame BSI CMOS Technology

Its 60MP full-frame CMOS sensor, which has a new higher-resolution architecture, also has a back-illuminated (BSI) design, which results in enhanced noise performance and faster readout times as compared to previous models.

High-resolution applications, such as landscape and architectural themes, benefit from the increased resolution, while the noise-reduction benefits of the BSI architecture boost clarity and color accuracy while working in low-light circumstances with higher ISOs.

The sensor’s physical architecture has also been upgraded to incorporate an ultra-thin dual-layer filter glass that absorbs ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths, resulting in improved clarity and more accurate rendering when used with the M lenses.

Triple Resolution Technology is a method of resolving conflicts.

Beyond the 60MP resolution and BSI architecture, Triple Resolution Technology is a first for M cameras and is a first for the industry.

With this innovative pixel binning technology, photographers may choose from three different output resolutions: 60MP, 36MP, and 18MP.

Each resolution makes use of the whole sensor surface and provides the rich 14-bit color. Instead of cropping, pixel binning was used to increase the dynamic range and noise levels of the lower resolutions:

  • 60MP: 14 stops of dynamic range, maximum resolution 36MP: 15 stops of dynamic range, the best blend of resolution and noise 36MP: 15 stops of dynamic range, highest resolution
  • 18MP has a dynamic range of 15 stops and the lowest noise levels.

The Maestro III Image Processor is a high-performance image processor.

As a result of the new Maestro III processor, the M11 is capable of quicker processing and Triple Resolution Technology than previous M cameras, as well as achieving a larger sensitivity range than previously possible.

Higher detail, higher clarity, and more realistic color rendering are now possible at lower ISO settings thanks to the addition of the ISO 64-50000 range.

The Maestro III also offers continuous shooting at up to 4.5 frames per second and rapid file saving, resulting in a more intuitive shooting experience overall.

Enhanced Imaging Capabilities

However, a number of enhancements and functional upgrades have been implemented to make the M11 the most up-to-current M camera to date.

These improvements and functional updates include:
Because of the electronic shutter feature, photographers may now capture images at shutter speeds of up to 1/166,000 seconds, which is ideal for working with faster f/0.95 lenses without the use of ND filters. A mechanical shutter can still handle shutter speeds of up to 1/4000 second and flash synchronization speeds of up to 1/180 second.
By cutting into the image significantly, two digital zoom steps can imitate working with larger focal length lenses. These steps are at 1.3x (39MP) and 1.8x (18MP) resolutions, respectively. These are reversible crops if you’re recording a DNG file, or permanent crops if you’re shooting directly to a JPG format.

In addition to spot and center-weighted average exposure metering, multi-field exposure metering is now available, which reduces the need to meter and then re-compose before taking a photograph.

When enabled, Long Exposure Noise Reduction helps to lessen the appearance of noise, but it may also be turned off to save time by compressing the image.

The design and handling of the vehicle have been updated.

  • Its physical design, while identical to that of previous M cameras, has undergone a number of significant revisions. These include:
  • The aluminum top plate of this M11 with a scratch-resistant coating is featured in a black finish with a matte black finish. This design is approximately 20% lighter than the silver-chrome version, which has a brass top plate and weighs 1.2 lb with the battery attached, compared to the silver-chrome version.
  • As the first M camera to do away with a removable baseplate, the M11 draws from the Q and SL systems and uses the new BP-SCL7 battery, which is placed directly into the base of the camera body rather than a separate battery compartment.
  • In comparison to the previous generation’s battery, the BP-SCL7 lithium-ion battery has 64 percent higher capacity and is CIPA-rated to deliver 700 shots per charge. Working just with the optical viewfinder, however, it is feasible to get roughly 1700 photos out of a single battery.
  • In addition, a single UHS-II SD memory card slot has been added to the battery compartment as part of the revised design.
  • Because of the built-in 64GB memory, you may either do away with the usage of a memory card entirely or utilize the internal memory in conjunction with an SD card to imitate having two card slots for separating file kinds or for overflow storage, respectively. To make backups of your images, you can move them from your internal memory to your SD card.
  • The USB Type-C connector on the camera’s base allows for in-camera battery recharge as well as file transmission.

Connectivity via wired and wireless networks

  • Using the accompanying FOTOS Cable, the USB Type-C connector may be used in conjunction with the Leica FOTOS software to enable direct connectivity to an Apple iPhone for convenient file management and sharing.
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth may also be used to wirelessly link the camera to an iOS smartphone, which can then be controlled using the FOTOS application.

Mobile geotagging is possible, as is the option to choose favorites and add ratings to photographs directly from the app, all through your mobile device.

Leica M11 Specs

Body typeLarge SLR
Max resolution9528 x 6328
Other resolutions(M) 7413 x 4928, (S) 5272 x 3498
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels60 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorMaestro III
ISOAuto, 64-50000
White balance presets8
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Lens mountLeica M
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots2,332,800
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder magnification0.73×
Minimum shutter speed3600 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/16000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityNo
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject/scene modesNo
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Continuous drive4.5 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12s)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Storage typesUHS-II type SD
Storage included64GB
USBUSB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
USB chargingYes
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n
Remote controlYes (cable release)
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionBC-SCL7 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)700
Weight (inc. batteries)640 g (1.41 lb / 22.58 oz)
Dimensions139 x 39 x 80 mm (5.47 x 1.54 x 3.15″)
Orientation sensorYes

Leica M11 Price

in stock
6 new from $7,894.95
1 used from $9,445.72
as of October 1, 2022 1:09 pm
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