The latest generation of Leica M has been officially announced. The Leica M11 will become the new standard for rangefinder cameras, replacing the Leica M10 which has been available on the market since 2017.
Features of Leica M11
The retro rangefinder design that characterizes the Leica M is retained. However, the Leica M11 now brings a touch screen with a higher resolution. Leica has also rearranged the placement of the buttons to make it even easier to use.
The Leica M11 also comes with a battery cover panel similar to the Leica Q2. So, it’s easier to access the battery and SD memory card slot when compared to the previous generation of Leica M.
The most notable update of the Leica M11 is in the sensor sector. The Leica M11 features a 60 megapixel full frame BSI CMOS sensor with “triple resolution” technology. Triple resolution means this camera is capable of shooting in DNG and JPEG formats at 60, 36 or 18 megapixels using the entire sensor area.
That way the Leica M11 offers more flexibility in terms of performance and file size. The 60 megapixel resolution would be ideal for professionals who need high resolution photos with all the potential optical qualities of a Leica M-series lens. Meanwhile, lower resolutions will offer faster performance and smaller photo file sizes. So, it can save more storage space.
Speaking of storage space, this camera has been equipped with 64GB of internal memory. So, you don’t have to worry if you forget to bring your SD memory card when you travel.
In addition to the ability to choose the resolution of the photo, Leica has also added a special infrared and ultra-thin UV filter in front of the sensor. That way the Leica M11 is claimed to be able to produce photos with more natural color reproduction.
The sensor is also supported by the Leica Maestro II processor. This processor allows the Leica M to shoot with ISO settings from 64 to ISO 50,000, supports 14-bit color and offers a dynamic range of up to 15 stops.
Another advantage of the Leica M11 is that it can shoot with camera shutter speeds of up to 1/16000 seconds. This means that users can shoot in very bright lighting conditions without the need to use an additional ND filter. The M11 is also the first rangefinder camera to feature multi-field metering.
For the battery, the Leica M11 carries a battery with a capacity of 1800mAH. This battery saves 64% more power. So, users can take longer photos. Leica also equips it with a USB-C port that can be used to charge the battery.
Leica M11 price
If interested, the Leica M11 is sold at a price of US $ 8995.