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Leica M11 Rangefinder Camera (Black)

BH #LEM11B • MFR #20200
Leica M11 Rangefinder Camera (Black)
Key Features
  • 60MP Full-Frame BSI CMOS Sensor
  • Triple Resolution Technology
  • Optical 0.73x-Magnification Viewfinder
  • 2.95" 2.3m-Dot Touchscreen LCD
Perfectly meshing timeless design with contemporary performance, the Leica M11 rangefinder camera has a revised sensor design and updated connectivity while maintaining the familiar design of a Leica M camera.
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Leica M11 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2
  • 360MP Full-Frame BSI CMOS Sensor
  • 4Triple Resolution Technology
  • 5Maestro III Image Processor
  • 6Imaging Improvements
  • 7Traditional Rangefinder Design
  • 8Optical Viewfinder and Rear LCD
  • 9Updated Body Design and Handling
  • 10Wired and Wireless Connectivity
By B&H Photo's
M11: The Contemporary Classic
Perfectly meshing timeless design with contemporary performance, the Leica M11 rangefinder camera has a revised sensor design and updated connectivity while maintaining the familiar design of a Leica M camera.
60MP Full-Frame BSI CMOS Sensor
Featuring a new higher-resolution design, the M11's 60MP full-frame CMOS sensor also features a back-illuminated (BSI) design that offers improved noise performance and faster readout speeds. The higher resolution suits more detail-oriented applications, like landscape and architectural subjects, and the noise-reduction benefits of the BSI design improves clarity and color accuracy when working in low-light conditions with higher ISOs.

The sensor's physical design also includes an updated ultrathin dual-layer filter glass, which absorbs UV and IR wavelengths for greater clarity and more accurate rendering from the M lenses.

Triple Resolution Technology
Besides the 60MP resolution and BSI design, another first for M cameras is Triple Resolution Technology. This unique pixel binning process allows photographers to select 60MP, 36MP, or 18MP outputs, with each resolution making use of the full sensor area and providing rich 14-bit color. By pixel binning, rather than cropping, the lower resolutions have improved dynamic range and noise levels:
  • 60MP: 14 stops of dynamic range, highest resolution
  • 36MP: 15 stops of dynamic range, best balance of resolution and noise
  • 18MP: 15 stops of dynamic range, lowest noise levels

 

Maestro III Image Processor
The new Maestro III processor contributes to the faster processing and Triple Resolution Technology of the M11. It helps achieve a wider sensitivity range than past M cameras. An ISO 64-50000 range is now available for greater detail, quality, and natural color rendering at lower ISO settings. The Maestro III also enables continuous shooting at up to 4.5 fps and facilitates fast file saving for an intuitive shooting experience.
Imaging Improvements
The M11 is still a photo-only camera that prioritizes manual operation, but a variety of improvements and functional updates have been made to make it the most contemporary M camera yet:
  • An electronic shutter function now permits shooting at shutter speeds up to 1/16,000 sec, which is useful for working with faster f/0.95 lenses without the need for ND filters. A mechanical shutter still offers shutter speed support up to 1/4000 sec and flash sync at 1/180 sec.
  • Two digital zoom steps can simulate working with longer focal length lenses by cropping into the image slightly, at 1.3x (39MP) and 1.8x (18MP) levels. These are reversible crops when recording a DNG or permanent crops if shooting straight to JPG.
  • Multi-field exposure metering is available in addition to spot and center-weighted average, which help reduce the need to meter and then re-compose before shooting.
  • Long Exposure Noise Reduction helps reduce the appearance of noise but can also be disabled for faster saving times.

 

Traditional Rangefinder Design
The M11 has a timeless design inspired by the original M camera, the M3, from 1954. This classic and recognizable form prioritizes intuitive handling and shooting with a sleek and minimalist appearance.
Optical Viewfinder and Rear LCD
  • The optical viewfinder is a large and bright 0.73x-magnification rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation and bright-line frame lines, which are set to match the image sensor size at a focusing distance of 6.6'.
  • On the front of the camera, a viewfinder frame selector can be used to manually change the apparent image field and visualize the scene with varying focal lengths; options are available in 35mm/135mm, 28mm/90mm, and 50mm/75mm focal length pairs.
  • Rear 2.95" 2.3m-dot touchscreen LCD features an updated design that is brighter for improved visibility in sunny conditions.
  • Revised menu layout matches the Q and SL systems for more intuitive navigation and faster settings changes right from the first menu page.
  • Live view stabilization helps reduce the appearance of camera shake on the rear LCD or optional Visoflex 2; this electronic stabilization makes it easier to manually focus longer focal length lenses with greater accuracy.
Updated Body Design and Handling
Despite the M11's similarity to past M cameras, it features a variety of notable changes to its body design:
  • This black finish version of the M11 features an aluminum top plate with a scratch-resistant coating. This design is about 20% lighter than the silver-chrome version, which features a brass top plate, and weighs 1.2 lb with the battery installed.
  • First M camera to not feature a removable baseplate; instead, the M11 borrows a design from the Q and SL systems and uses a new BP-SCL7 battery that inserts directly into the base of the camera body.
  • BP-SCL7 lithium-ion battery has 64% more capacity than the previous generation's battery and is CIPA-rated for 700 shots per charge. However, if working with the optical viewfinder only, approximately 1700 shots per charge is possible.
  • Revised design also incorporates a single UHS-II SD memory card slot within the battery compartment.
  • Built-in 64GB memory means you can forgo using a memory card altogether, or use the internal memory in conjunction with an SD card to simulate having dual card slots for splitting file types or for overflow storage. Image files can also be transferred from the internal memory to the SD card for easy backup.
  • USB-C port on the base permits in-camera battery charging and file transferring.

 

Wired and Wireless Connectivity
  • The USB-C port can be used in conjunction with the included FOTOS cable, which allows direct attachment to your smartphone via the Leica FOTOS app for easy file management and sharing.
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth can also be used for wireless connecting the camera to an iOS or Android device using the FOTOS app.
  • In-app geotagging is possible along with the ability to select favorites and apply ratings to images via your mobile device.

Leica M11 Specs

Key Specs
Lens Mount
Leica M
Sensor Resolution
Effective: 60.3 Megapixel (9528 x 6328)
Image Sensor
35.8 x 23.9 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Image Stabilization
No
ISO Sensitivity Range
64 to 50,000 in Auto Mode
Continuous Shooting
Up to 4.5 fps at 60.3 MP for up to 15 Frames (Raw) / 100 Frames (JPEG)
Up to 4.5 fps at 36 MP for up to 30 Frames (Raw)
Up to 4.5 fps at 18 MP for Unlimited Frames (Raw)
Internal Recording Modes
No
External Recording Modes
No
Media/Memory Card Slot
Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Video I/O
No
Audio I/O
No
Power I/O
1x USB-C Input/Output
Other I/O
1x USB-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Data Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
Wireless
2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Display Type
Fixed Touchscreen LCD
Battery Type
1x BP-SCL7 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.4 VDC, 1800 mAh (Approx. 700 Shots)
Imaging
Lens Mount
Leica M
Sensor Resolution
Effective: 60.3 Megapixel (9528 x 6328)
Image Sensor
35.8 x 23.9 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Sensor Crop (35mm Equivalent)
Crop Factor: 1x 
Image Stabilization
No
Built-In ND Filter
No
Capture Type
Still Only
Exposure Control
Shutter Type
Mechanical Focal Plane Shutter and Electronic Rolling Shutter 
Shutter Speed
Mechanical Shutter
1/4000 to 60 Seconds
Up to 60 Minutes in Bulb Mode
Electronic Shutter
1/16000 to 60 Seconds
Bulb/Time Mode
No
ISO Sensitivity Range
64 to 50,000 in Auto Mode
Metering Method
Center-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot
Exposure Modes
Aperture Priority, Manual
Exposure Compensation
-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
White Balance
2000 to 11,500K
Presets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Warm White), Manual, Shade, Tungsten
Continuous Shooting
Up to 4.5 fps at 60.3 MP for up to 15 Frames (Raw) / 100 Frames (JPEG)
Up to 4.5 fps at 36 MP for up to 30 Frames (Raw)
Up to 4.5 fps at 18 MP for Unlimited Frames (Raw)
Interval Recording
Yes
Self-Timer
2/12-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes
3:2 DNG
60.3 MP (9528 x 6328)
36.5 MP (7416 x 4928)
18.4 MP (5272 x 3498)
3:2 JPEG
60.1 MP (9504 x 6320)
36.2 MP (7392 x 4896)
18.2 MP (5248 x 3472)
Aspect Ratio
3:2
Image File Format
DNG, JPEG
Bit Depth
14-Bit
Video Capture
Internal Recording Modes
No
External Recording Modes
No
Recording Limit
No
IP Streaming
No
Interface
Media/Memory Card Slot
Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Internal Memory
64 GB
Video I/O
No
Audio I/O
No
Power I/O
1x USB-C Input/Output
Other I/O
1x USB-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Data Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
Wireless
2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Mobile App Compatible
Yes: Android & iOS
App Name: Leica FOTOS
Functionality: Access Stored Files, Adjust Settings, Firmware Update, Remote Control, View Live Feed
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)
GPS
*Via Connected Smartphone
Monitor
Display Size
2.95"
Resolution
2,332,800 Dot
Display Type
Fixed Touchscreen LCD
Viewfinder
Type
Optical
Magnification
Approx. 0.73x
Focus
Focus Type
Manual Focus Only
Flash
Built-In Flash/Light
No
Maximum Sync Speed
1/180 Second
Flash Compensation
-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash System
TTL
External Flash Connection
Shoe Mount
Environmental
Operating Temperature
32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
General
Battery Type
1x BP-SCL7 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.4 VDC, 1800 mAh (Approx. 700 Shots)
Shoe Mount
1x Hot Shoe
Tripod Mounting Thread
1x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Material of Construction
Magnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D)
5.5 x 3.1 x 1.5" / 139 x 80 x 38.5 mm
Weight
1.2 lb / 530 g (With Battery)
1 lb / 455 g (Body Only)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
2.79 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
8.5 x 8.5 x 6"

Leica M11 Reviews

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Do the camera come with a separate charger?

Do the camera come with a separate charger?
Asked by: Lew
Yes the Leica M11 comes with this external charger: https://bhpho.to/3toCj9i
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2022-06-28

Is there the ability to shot a 3, or 5 frame ...

Is there the ability to shot a 3, or 5 frame bracket to make a HDR ?
Asked by: Madison
Yes the Leica M11 has Automatic bracketing: 3 or 5 shots.
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2022-05-13

Does Leica prvide filter software for black and ...

Does Leica prvide filter software for black and white such as yellow, orange or red filters?
Asked by: Dennis E.
No, it does not come with software that is specific for adding filters to the images in post.
Answered by: Robert
Date published: 2022-05-13

I hope it takes b&w photos only (monochrome) and ...

I hope it takes b&w photos only (monochrome) and no video, correct?
Asked by: Fifth
The M11 is capable of shooting monochrome and color images, but it cannot record video.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2023-07-01

The pixel/pitch size of the M11 sensor (3,79um) ...

The pixel/pitch size of the M11 sensor (3,79um) is about the same of the CL2's aps-c sensor (3,92um). Will, then, the M11 yield similar dynamic range and noise rendition as the CL2?
Asked by: Ricardo
Although pixel pitch is something to consider when looking at camera sensors, performance from sensor to sensor will differ, especially when comparing APS-C sensors made in 2017 to full frame sensors made in 2022. Sensor technology has improved drastically since 2017, and the M11 features a BSI (back side illuminated) sensor (the CL does not) which further improves noise performance. Regarding dynamic range, the M11 boast 2 stops more of dynamic range compared to the CL (15 stops vs 13 stops).
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2023-03-29

We sometimes hear that the black finish is not as ...

We sometimes hear that the black finish is not as durable as the chrome finish. What is it really?
Asked by: Jean-Michel
While both cameras are extremely durable due to their all metal construction, the Silver Finish has a brass top plate while the Black Finish has an aluminum top plate, making it 20% lighter. Both cameras will eventually reveal the metal that is beneath the paint over time, with the paint on the Black Finish being the most resistant to scratches.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2023-02-12

Does Leica plan a monochrom version of this ...

Does Leica plan a monochrom version of this camera?
Asked by: Allen
There is no way to know at this point, but they made a black and white version of the M9, M240 and M10 so it is logical to assume that they will make an black and white version of this camera. If we follow the pattern of the previous releases, we should expect it to take over a year for this black and white camera to be released.
Answered by: John
Date published: 2023-04-15

Which diopter correction lens fits the finder, ...

Which diopter correction lens fits the finder, size I or size II?
Asked by: Ivo
Any of the Leica Correction Lens II will fit the M11.
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2022-05-13
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