The Leica M11 camera ushers in the next generation of digital imaging customers for Leica. The M-series of rangefinders offers a clear window to the world with access to a massive suite of lenses in a compact form factor that stays true to a proven user experience. So, when you see a significant jump in resolution and a departure from some iconic design elements, it'll raise a few eyebrows. As a working photographer and owner of the Leica M6, I've always been curious about how the shooting experience of a digital M could elevate my workflow. Being a long-time Fujifilm user and experiencing some hiccups with a particular camera in my kit — the M11 seemed like an interesting, albeit extravagant, opportunity to find out if this camera is entirely worth it.
The M11 is a brand new, full-frame sensor that can capture images up to 60 megapixels. We're seeing a large camera brand employing creative technology to allow the sensor to change dynamic resolution without cropping your photo for the first time. You're able to shoot at 36 or 18 megapixels and, in theory, offer better buffer space, dynamic range, and low light performance when needed. The sensor employs back-side illumination and a super-thin, dual UV/Infrared layer, which collectively translates to better image fidelity despite the resolution jump.
What We Love:
Full-Frame BSI CMOS Color Sensor
Make your images true to life with the help of triple resolution technology for incredible file output versatility and unmatched image quality with M-lenses.
High Dynamic Range
With a native ISO of 64 and up to 15 stops of dynamic range, you can be confident in getting that shot even in difficult lighting conditions.
Make It Your Own
The best button layout is the one you create. With three customizable function buttons, you'll have quick access to almost any menu setting in the camera.
What It Has:
Color depth: DNG™: 14 Bit, JPG: 8 Bit
Color space: sRGB
Viewfinder: Large, bright-line rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation, suitable for -0.5 dpt; optional corrective lenses available: -3 to +3 dpt
Display: Four-digit digital display with items show on the top and bottom, Image field limiter: two lit frames: 35 mm + 135 mm, 28 mm + 90 mm, 50 mm + 75 mm (automatic switchover when lens is attached)
Viewfinder magnification: x0.73 (all lenses
What It Does:
Exposure metering: Spot, Center-Weighted, Multi-Field
Exposure modes: Aperture priority mode (A): Automatic shutter speed control with manual aperture preselection Manual (M): manual setting for shutter speed and aperture
Exposure compensation: ±3 EV in 1⁄3 EV increments
Automatic bracketing: 3 or 5 shots, graduations between shoots up to 3 EV, in 1⁄3 EV increments, additional optional exposure compensation: up to ±3 EV
ISO sensitivity range: Auto ISO: IS0 64 (native) to ISO 50 000, also available in flash mode Manual: ISO 64 to ISO 50,000
White balance: Automatic (Auto), Default (Daylight - 5200 K, Cloudy - 6100 K, Shadow - 6600 K, Tungsten - 2950 K, HMI - 5700 K, Fluorescent (warm) - 3650 K, Fluorescent (cool) - 5800 K, Flash - 6600 K), manual metering (Gray card), manual color temperature setting (Color Temperature, 2000 K to 11,500 K)
Camera type: Digital camera system with rangefinder
Buffer: Memory 3 GB | DNG™: 15 recordings | JPG: > 100 recordings
Storage Medium: UHS-II (recommended), UHS-I, SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card (SDXC cards up to 2 TB), internal memory 64 GB
Material: Black: full-metal housing made of magnesium and aluminum, leatherette cover Silver: full-metal housing made of magnesium and brass, leatherette cover
Lens mount: Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit encoding
Operating conditions: +0 to +40°C