The new Leica M11 combines the unique experience of traditional rangefinder photography with contemporary camera technology. At the heart of the new M generation is a full-frame BSI CMOS sensor with Triple Resolution Technology. Raw image files in DNG format and JPEGs can be recorded at 60, 38 or 18 megapixels. The 60-megapixel option provides unprecedented image quality and detail resolution – whereas the lower resolutions facilitate faster camera performance, extended burst lengths, and smaller files. A patented IR + UV cut filter – comprising two extremely thin, cemented glasses – achieves an especially effective correction of even the most oblique rays of incident light. Thanks to a new colour filter array, the camera also delivers an improved, more natural colour reproduction.
The Leica M11 has a sensitivity range of ISO 64 to 100,000; it records at a 14-bit colour depth, and has a dynamic range of up to 15 stops. With its Maestro III processor, the Leica M11 offers a fluid and responsive operation, even at the highest resolution and image quality. In practice, photographers enjoy the benefits of an optional electronic shutter (whose extremely short shutter speeds of up to 1/16000 s enable recordings in bright light with wide open aperture), as well as – for the first time – multi-field metering in rangefinder mode, which produces visibly improved results.
In many aspects, the Leica M11 is significantly more ergonomic than its predecessor. The controls have been redesigned and arranged in a different layout around the new, high-definition touchscreen with a resolution of 2.3 million pixels. The menu structure of the M11 closely adheres to that of the Leica SL2 and Q2, whose straightforward navigation has been widely praised.
The black-finish variant of the Leica M11 features a top plate made of high-quality aluminium with an especially scratch-resistant coating. This makes the black model around 20% (100 grams) lighter than the silver-chrome version, which has a classic, brass top plate and weighs in at 640 grams. Photographers now also have direct access to the battery and SD card, rather than having to remove the base plate. In addition to the SD card slot, the Leica M11 is equipped with a very generous internal storage capacity of 64 gigabytes. As a result, the M11 is the first M model to save image files simultaneously (or, if required, sequentially) onto two different storage media. The battery stores 64% more energy than before. Combined with the camera’s more efficient operation, this allows for considerably longer shooting sessions without changing the battery.
Connectivity, both wired and wireless, has been optimised in line with the latest technological advancements. The universal USB-C port not only facilitates an ultra-fast transfer of image files, but can also be used to charge the camera’s battery. The Leica M11 is an MFi (‘Made for iPhone and iPad’) certified accessory for Apple mobile devices and, as such, offers several unique functions. The included Leica FOTOS Cable makes it particularly easy to connect the camera to the Leica FOTOS app, in order to transfer images to a mobile device.
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