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Leica M11 Monochrom Rangefinder Camera

BH #LEM11M • MFR #20208
Leica M11 Monochrom Rangefinder Camera
Key Features
  • 60MP Full-Frame B&W BSI CMOS Sensor
  • No Color Array or Low Pass Filter
  • Triple Resolution Technology
  • Optical 0.73x-Magnification Viewfinder
Leica is committed to black & white photography with the M11 Monochrom, the fourth-generation model in their series of unique black & white-only digital rangefinder cameras. Taking the fundamental elements of the M11 platform, including the timeless M camera design, heightened resolution and Triple Resolution Technology, and updated connectivity, the M11 Monochrom adds a modified 60MP sensor that exclusively records black & white imagery.
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Leica M11 Monochrom Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2M11 Monochrom: Dedicated to Black & White Photography
  • 360MP Full-Frame Black & White BSI CMOS Sensor
  • 4Triple Resolution Technology
  • 5Maestro III Image Processor
  • 6M11 Series Imaging Improvements
  • 7Monochrom Updates to a Traditional Rangefinder Design
  • 8Optical Viewfinder and Rear LCD
  • 9Updated Body Design and Handling
  • 10Wired and Wireless Connectivity
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M11 Monochrom: Dedicated to Black & White Photography
Leica is committed to black & white photography with the M11 Monochrom, the fourth-generation model in their series of unique black & white-only digital rangefinder cameras. Taking the fundamental elements of the M11 platform, including the timeless M camera design, heightened resolution and Triple Resolution Technology, and updated connectivity, the M11 Monochrom adds a modified 60MP sensor that exclusively records black & white imagery.
60MP Full-Frame Black & White BSI CMOS Sensor
Based on the M11's high-resolution back-illuminated sensor design, the M11 Monochrom has modified the 60MP full-frame CMOS sensor by removing the color filter array (CFA), which offers the ability to solely record monochromatic imagery using only luminance values for enhanced clarity, depth, and resolution. By omitting this CFA, the camera also achieves a higher sensitivity range (compared to color-enabled M11 cameras) of ISO 125-200000.
Triple Resolution Technology
The M11 Monochrom also retains the Triple Resolution Technology first debuted in the M11— 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 the lower resolutions seeing an improvement in dynamic range and noise levels.
Maestro III Image Processor
The Maestro III processor contributes to fast processing, continuous shooting up to 4.5 fps, and the Triple Resolution Technology of the M11 Monochrom, as well as helps achieve a wider sensitivity range than in previous M cameras. This ISO 125-200000 range has a lower base ISO than past M Monochrom models, for improved detail, along with a higher top end for greater flexibility when working in low-light conditions. And, due to the monochrome design of the sensor, noise levels and quality at ISO 200000 remains usable with a broad dynamic range and fine detail rendering.
M11 Series Imaging Improvements
The M11 Monochrom is a photo-only camera that prioritizes manual operation, but a variety of improvements and functional updates have been made to make the M11 platform the most contemporary M camera yet:
  • An electronic shutter function 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.
Monochrom Updates to a Traditional Rangefinder Design
  • The M11 platform 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.
  • Lightweight aluminum top plate features a scratch-resistant black paint finish.
  • The Monochrom version of the M11 has a revised appearance that, fittingly, removes all color from the body design in favor of a stealth-like monochromatic aesthetic. The Leica Red Dot has been removed from the camera, the coating of the viewfinder has a dark chrome tint, the dial engravings are filled with white and gray paint, shutter and bayonet lock buttons are black, and there is a discreet MONOCHROM engraving on the top plate.
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. The LCD also features a durable, scratch-resistant sapphire glass cover.
  • 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 platform's similarity to past M cameras, it features a variety of notable changes to its body design:
  • First M camera to not feature a removable baseplate; instead, the M11 series borrows a design from the Q and SL systems and uses the BP-SCL7 battery, which is inserted directly into the base of the camera body.
  • BP-SCL7 lithium-ion battery has a greater 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 256GB 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 a mobile device 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 Monochrom 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) BSI CMOS
Image Stabilization
No
ISO Sensitivity Range
Photo
125 to 200,000 in Manual, Auto Mode
Continuous Shooting
Mechanical Shutter
Up to 4.5 fps at 60.3 MP for up to 15 Frames (Raw) / 100 Frames (JPEG)
Internal Recording Modes
No
External Recording Modes
No
Media/Memory Card Slot
Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II) [2 TB Maximum]
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) BSI 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
Electronic Shutter
1/16000 to 60 Seconds
Bulb/Time Mode
Bulb Mode
ISO Sensitivity Range
Photo
125 to 200,000 in Manual, Auto Mode
Metering Method
Center-Weighted Average, Highlight Weighted, Multi-Zone, Spot
Exposure Modes
Aperture Priority, Manual
Exposure Compensation
-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Continuous Shooting
Mechanical Shutter
Up to 4.5 fps at 60.3 MP for up to 15 Frames (Raw) / 100 Frames (JPEG)
Interval Recording
Yes
Self-Timer
2/12-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes
3:2 DNG
60.4 MP (9536 x 6336)
36.6 MP (7424 x 4936)
18.5 MP (5280 x 3506)
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
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) [2 TB Maximum]
Internal Memory
256 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, Remote Control, Setup, 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
Aluminum
Dimensions (W x H x D)
5.5 x 3.2 x 1.5" / 138.8 x 80.3 x 38.5 mm
Weight
1.2 lb / 542 g (With Battery)
1.0 lb / 461 g (Body Only)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
2.955 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
8.5 x 8.5 x 5.9"

Leica M11 Monochrom Reviews

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M11 comes without a lens?

M11 comes without a lens?
Asked by: lubomir
Yes, the Leica M11 Monochrom Rangefinder Camera comes without a lens.
Answered by: samikg
Date published: 2023-08-08

I've been reading about a v1.6.1 firmware update ...

I've been reading about a v1.6.1 firmware update for the M11 Monochrom. I have received no prompt in FIOS to install it. Why?
Asked by: Jay
You can download the latest M11 firmware update from the Leica website.
Answered by: Boyd
Date published: 2023-08-21

Will the M11 Monochrome be made in sliver/chrome?

Will the M11 Monochrome be made in sliver/chrome?
Asked by: David
Leica Monochrom cameras have only been made in black in recent years. Very doubtful a silver version would ever become available.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2023-05-16

I have an M6 with several lenses. Can I use these ...

I have an M6 with several lenses. Can I use these lenses on the M11 monochrome?
Asked by: Jeremiah
Yes, the lenses from the Leica M6 do fit and work on the Leica M11 monochrom.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2023-08-08
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