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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 is a rangefinder camera featuring a revised sensor design and updated connectivity and 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

M11: The Contemporary Classic

Perfectly meshing timeless design with contemporary performance, the Leica M11 is a rangefinder camera featuring a revised sensor design and updated connectivity and 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 ultra-thin 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 output, 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, as well as helps achieve a wider sensitivity range than in 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 the M11 the most contemporary M camera yet:
  • An electronic shutter function now permits shooting at shutter speeds up to 1/16,000 sec, which is perfect 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 helps reduce the need to meter and then re-compose before shooting.
  • Long Exposure Noise Reduction helps to reduce the appearance of noise but can also be disabled for faster saving times.

Traditional Rangefinder Design

The M11 features a timeless design inspired by the original M camera, the M3, from 1954. This classic and recognizable form prioritizes intuitive handling and shooting along 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 to help 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 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 is inserted 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 type-C port on the base permits in-camera battery charging and file transferring.

Wired and Wireless Connectivity

  • The USB type-C port can be used in conjunction with the included FOTOS Cable, which allows direct attachment to an Apple iPhone 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 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

Imaging
Lens MountLeica M
Sensor ResolutionEffective: 60.3 Megapixel (9528 x 6328)
Sensor Type35.8 x 23.9 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Image StabilizationNone
Built-In ND FilterNone
Capture TypeStill Only
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeMechanical Focal Plane Shutter, Electronic Shutter
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/4000 to 60 Seconds
Up to 60 Minutes in Bulb Mode
Electronic Shutter
1/16000 to 60 Seconds
ISO Sensitivity64 to 50,000 in Auto Mode
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual
Exposure Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
White BalancePresets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Warm White), Manual, Shade, Tungsten
Continuous ShootingUp 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 RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/12-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes3:2 DNG
9528 x 6328
7416 x 4928
5272 x 3498
3:2 JPEG
9504 x 6320
7392 x 4896
5248 x 3472
Aspect Ratio3:2
Image File FormatDNG, JPEG
Bit Depth14-Bit
External Video Capture
IP StreamingNone
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Internal Memory64 GB
Video I/ONone
Audio I/ONone
Other I/O1 x USB Type-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Data Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
Power I/O1 x USB Type-C Input/Output
WirelessBluetooth, Wi-Fi
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Monitor
Size2.95"
Resolution2,332,800 Dot
Display TypeFixed Touchscreen LCD
Viewfinder
TypeOptical
MagnificationApprox. 0.73x
Focus
Focus TypeManual Focus Only
Flash
Built-In FlashNo
Maximum Sync Speed1/180 Second
Flash Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
General
Battery Type1 x BP-SCL7 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.4 VDC, 1800 mAh (Approx. 700 Shots)
Tripod Mounting Thread1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Accessory Mount1 x Hot Shoe Mount
Material of ConstructionMagnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.5 x 3.1 x 1.5" / 139 x 80 x 38.5 mm
Weight1.2 lb / 530 g (Body with Battery)
1 lb / 455 g (Body Only)
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.79 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.3 x 8.5 x 5.8"

Leica M11 Reviews

Excellent upgrade from the M10

By Lorenzo
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-01

One major caveat** Leica needs to improve their quality control procedures immediately. It's embarrassing the amount of mistakes they let through. I've experienced this with M lenses and M camera bodies. Customer Service is excellent but QC needs an overhaul This is an excellent upgrade over the M10R. I don't know how Leica did it, but the color rendering over the M10R looks so good. Also the electronic shutter and ISO 64 means no more need for ND filters, and electronic shutter for moments when you want complete silence. The weight of the black version is a welcome improvement, I only wish they made the silver version lighter also. The black coating is slightly textured, along with the lighter weight, makes it's easier to grip without need for a thumbs up.

Great upgrade from the M10

By WALTER
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-17

First impressions compared to my M10: Much better highlight control. Incredibly sharp and beautiful photos. Great color. Much improved battery life and I like the new battery format, similar to the Q2/SL2. I like the lighter weight and the external power/data connection. No learning curve required. I like the new menu and sharp & bright display. As far as dislikes, I really have none.

Leica needs to improve quality control

By Cory
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-08

Testing the camera, I found the rangefinder to be out of alignment. I learned my lesson about using Leica Service through 7 months of aggravation with a defective M10-R, and therefore just returned this camera. Currently waiting for an exchange. Leica's service does not match the premium position of their products, and lack of a professional service program disqualifies their equipment from professional use. The file quality is beautiful and it really is the smallest, highest quality full frame camera kit available...if it operates properly. The battery capacity is much better than the M10-R, and the slightly lighter weight is a welcomed change. The USB port should have a dust cover. I have not figured out why File Format, DNG Res, and JPG settings are on p. 2 of the menu, Storage Options on p. 3, and Storage Management on p. 4, instead of all together? The Leica Photos phone app is quicker for connecting and transferring images than some other companies'. The return portion of the B&H exchange procedure worked well.

Great upgrade

By Jose Luis
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-06

Amazing. Battery life is very improved from M10. Electronic shutter is great for shooting wide open in daylight. Even with the Noctilix. New visoflex is great accessory. Worth the upgrade.

Lovely!

By Peter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-04

Not much else to say... got it with EVF, which I'm haven't felt the need to use.

Five stars for B&H but...

By BING
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-27

I got mine yesterday and I don't think good quality control from Leica too. There is a large and obvious dirty spot (white) that cannot be removed from the outside because it is inside the window. I returned it without even charging the battery and turning it on. But the service of B&H is great!

M11 Revisions Worth Upgrading

By Daniel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-05

My new M 11 is worth the upgrade from my M 10 R. There are several obvious benefits, but a more subtle one is the organization of the menu. The menu is more intuitive on the M 11. After two weeks I remain impressed.

Excellent Upgrade

By Charles
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-23

I previously owned the Leica M10P-a great camera. But the modern updates like the 60mp sensor, USB-C charging, longer battery life and easy access battery compartment motivated me to upgrade to the M11. It doesn't sound like much until you start using the camera.

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