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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
By B&H Photo's
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

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
IP StreamingNone
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Internal Memory64 GB
Video I/ONone
Audio I/ONone
Power I/O1 x USB Type-C Input/Output
Other I/O1 x USB-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Data Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
WirelessBluetooth, Wi-Fi
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Resolution2,332,800 Dot
Display TypeFixed Touchscreen LCD
MagnificationApprox. 0.73x
Focus TypeManual Focus Only
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
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
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 (With Battery)
1 lb / 455 g (Body Only)
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.79 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.5 x 8.5 x 6"

Leica M11 Reviews

Camera freezes / locks up

By Eric
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-30

I really like using this camera and am extremely pleased with the quality of my photos. I had been using Sony camera which now feel like computers with a lens. I appreciate the simplicity of the Leica M11, which keeps my focus on the photo composition rather than the camera operation. The camera feels solid and well engineered, and I smile each time I push the shutter button. Yes, it's an expensive camera but I'm so glad I bought it. I am a street photographer and wanted a small and light full frame camera, with good interchangeable lens options, and zone focusing capability. I love that internal hard drive option, being able to quickly remove the battery and SD card with ease, the ability to select one of three sensor resolutions, the live view feature, and USB-C port. My main concern is that the camera often freezes or locks up. I have to remove and then put back in the battery to reset it. I have reported this to Leica and have seen other camera owners report the same issue. I'm sure Leica will eventually address this issue and I'm not too worried because I have a 2 year warranty.


By William
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-10

I have used all the Leicas since the F2 in the 50s. I inherited those from my parents when they started with the M2 and M3. I bought my first as an M4 and bought them all through the M5. Then the digital M8, 9, 10 and this is marvelous too. The M10 had terrible batteries. These batteries are better OR Leica has managed the electronics to drain less juice. Whatever truly, it's about the lenses not the box but this is a wonderful box to tie your better lenses too.

Back in the shop

By Kenneth
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-06

Love this camera when it works. Headed back to Leica for second time in a month


By Mamuka
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-12

The best ever-made camera. There is no review needed!


By Jay
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-11

I knew it would be good but it far exceeds my expectations. Began shooting today and it works smoothly, easily and fast. Extremely high quality. Can't wait to add more Leica lenses. Started out with 35mm F 2. It is super! Easy focus and great quality results. Fantastic! Wow!

The best Digital M Camera Yet

By Steven
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-08

For years I have been using the Leica M-P typ 240 digital camera, mostly for landscapes with great success, but I decided it's time to upgrade. And what an upgrade! The 60MP sensor makes the most of great M-mount lenses like the Zeiss 35mm/1.4, Voigtlander 90mm/2.8 Apo, and Leica 24mm/3.8 and 75mm/2 Apo. Image file noise levels are much lower than the M-P. The Visoflex II EVF is a huge step up from the EVF for the Leica M typ 240 series. Best of all is the well thought out software, with up to 4 user customizable Info Profile screens for the EVF & Live View, including choices of turning on or off: grids, histogram, level indication, focus peaking, and exposure settings. Rear control wheel can be set to control EVF/LV magnification. I find focusing with the M11 EVF to be quite precise with the focus peaking off, when zoomed in on a particular part of the scene, but peaking is good to check the overall depth of field of a scene. I bought the Really Right Stuff M11 grip for improving ergonomics of holding the camera, and to use the Arca-Swiss-compatible dovetails, which allow the camera to be mounted quickly on a tripod or monopod (in horizontal or vertical orientation). It's a must-have accessory I think. I look forward to capturing some great travel and landscape images with my M11, but I think it would also make a good camera for street or reportage photography. With the shutter set to full electronic the camera could be used in complete silence for concert photography or shooting marriage ceremonies.

Ridden with bugs - DO NOT BUY

By Nathan
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-24

The Leica M11 is riddled with bugs. It freezes up. Bricks on firmware upgrades and, consistent with Leica standards - you cannot get support from Leica unless you want to part with the camera for at least a month. I recommend waiting this camera out until they provide a stable build.

More Than Incremental

By Jules
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-13

More than an incremental improvement over the M10-P. The colors are deeper and the pictures sharper. Easy to shoot with, more like a M6. I love it.

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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:
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: 2022-06-29

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: 2022-09-08

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: 2022-08-21

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: 2022-05-13

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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