Here’s the Leica M11 60MP Camera – A Legend Reimagined
After months of leaks, the Leica M11 is officially launched – combining the experience of traditional shooting with a rangefinder with contemporary camera technology, providing flexibility for every photographer.
The Leica M11 features an exclusive Triple Resolution sensor capable of producing 60MP, 36MP or 18MP images in Raw DNG or JPEG format while using the full frame sensor across all resolutions.
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The 60MP option delivers unprecedented image quality and detail, and can exploit the full optical potential of the best Leica M lenses featuring APO (achromatic) correction. Meanwhile, the lower resolution allows for faster camera performance, extended choppy lengths and smaller files, making the M11 suitable for multiple workflows.
The camera also comes with a special filter for cutting infrared and UV rays, and consists of two layers of ultra-thin cement glass, to achieve particularly effective correction of even the most deflected rays of the incident light. In addition, thanks to the new color filter matrix, the camera provides improved and more natural color reproduction.
The latest Leica version features a sensitivity range of ISO64-50000, recording 14-bit color images with up to 15 stops of the claimed dynamic range. To handle all this data, a new Maestro III processor has been developed to offer more fluid and responsive operation over the M11’s predecessor, the Leica M10-R.
While the camera maintains the iconic look of the traditional Leica M body, the carefully optimized design of the M11 emphasizes efficiency and ergonomics. The controls are arranged in a unique design around a new 2.3 million pixel touch screen. The menu structure remains consistent with that of the Leica SL2 and Leica Q2, unifying the popular interface for a more user-friendly experience.
One thing that is not traditional, however, is the new Leica M11’s option to use an electronic shutter capable of shooting as fast as 1/16000 seconds. The M11 also features multi-field metering in rangefinder mode, for the first time on an M body, providing photographers with a valuable tool for taking care of light.
An interesting fact is that the black variant of the camera features a top plate made of high-quality aluminum, with a particularly scratch-resistant coating, resulting in a body that is approximately 20% lighter than its copper and silver chrome counterpart (which, by comparison, features a classic copper top plate). yellow and weighs 640 grams).
What distinguishes the M11 is the omission of the traditional main board, providing photographers with easy and direct access to the battery and SD card. In addition to the memory card storage, the camera is equipped with an internal capacity of 64 GB – which makes it the first M model to simultaneously save files on different storage media.
The new 1,800mAh battery stores 64% more energy than before and, combined with more efficient camera operation, allows much longer shooting on a single charge. In addition, the newly added universal USB-C port also charges the camera’s battery using most USB-C chargers.
Firmware-upgraded connectivity features will be available in the second half of 2022. This will enable advanced connectivity capabilities that enhance mobile workflows and the Leica Fotos app, with the ability to include location data and image access via Bluetooth connectivity and allow for increased transfer rates. Furthermore, the Leica M11 is already an Apple-certified “Made for iPhone and iPad” accessory and thus offers unique capabilities with the included Leica Fotos cable.
With the evolution of the Leica M, new accessories are coming to enhance the rangefinder experience. The new Visoflex 2 electronic viewfinder was also announced with the M11 and features a resolution of 3.7 million pixels. Enclosed in a metallic exterior, the Visoflex 2 perfectly matches the M11 in design and functionality, and boasts a 90-degree tilt function.
To improve ergonomics without impeding access to the battery and SD card, photographers will have the option of supplementing the M11 with a newly designed hand grip. This doubles as a tripod, as the camera can be attached to standard Arca-Swiss tripod heads without the need for any additional equipment.
With all these new features added to the Leica M11, this is definitely a new era for Leica and the popular M system. All these new features come at the reassuringly high price of $8,995 / £7,500 / AU$13,500, and the camera is now available.
Pre-order Leica M11 in Adorama (US)
Pre-order Leica M11 at B&H (US)
Pre-order the Leica M11 at Park Cameras (UK)
Pre-order the Leica M11 in Wex (UK)
Order Leica M11 from Leica store (Australia)
Pre-order Visoflex 2
Pre-order Leica Visoflex 2 at B&H (US): $740
Pre-order Leica Visoflex 2 at Adorama (US): $740
Pre-order Leica Visoflex 2 at Park Cameras (UK): £600
Pre-order Leica Visoflex 2 at Wex (UK): £600
Pre-order for M11 hand grip:
Pre-order at B&H (US): $430
Adorama (US) pre-order: $430
Pre-order at Park Cameras (UK): £325
Pre-order at Wex (UK): £325
Pre-order for precautionary case:
B&H: black – cognac – olive green (we)
Adorama: black – cognac – olive green (we)
Park cameras: black – cognac – olive green (United kingdom)
Wex: black – cognac – olive green (United kingdom)
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