About the Leica M11 (no lens included)
Leica's new tradition
Leica's new tradition
The M11 — shown in silver with lens (sold separately) — features understated German-built design with a state-of-the-art 60-megapixel full-frame sensor.
Leica's M11 camera embodies their "less is more" aesthetic. Its old-school design and controls can help nudge you toward a more creative approach to photography. And you'll get the striking photo quality that Leica is famous for, crisp and rich in detail.
The M Series body design hasn't changed much since its introduction in 1954, but the digital technology inside is a whole new ballgame. Leica continues to expand its capabilities in the M11 — including a powerful new sensor and UV/IR filtering.
Meanwhile, its manual controls remain simple and precise. They make it a pleasure to work with the complementary relationships between f-stop, shutter speed, and focus. This camera is manual focus only, and any Leica M lens — from 1954 forward — will fit.
Classic rangefinder design with focus assists
A rangefinder camera like the M11 is simple to use once you understand the basic operation principle. Instead of focusing from blurry to crisp like a typical DSLR or mirrorless camera, rangefinders show you two superimposed images that move toward or away from each other when you turn the focus ring. Your shot is in-focus when the two images match each other perfectly and fuse together as one.
Two focus-assist features help you dial in pinpoint sharpness using the LCD monitor in Live View mode. "Enlargement" lets you zoom in on a detail to focus on it. And "focus peaking" highlights the in-focus parts of your image in color. If you want to shoot from lower angles and expand your lens choices, you can add a Visoflex 2 electronic viewfinder that mounts in the M11's hot shoe.
"Triple Resolution" full-frame sensor and fast processor
The M11's secret weapon is a full-frame BSI CMOS sensor with Triple Resolution Technology. It uses the full sensor area, whether it's recording at 60, 36 or 18 megapixels. You'll get unprecedented image quality and detail resolution when you use the 60-megapixel option, and speedier camera performance, longer burst lengths, and smaller files with the lower resolutions.
Its new Maestro III processor is super-fast, with a 3GB memory buffer and sequential shooting at up to 4.5 frames per second at full resolution. It can even write image files simultaneously, giving you a high-quality JPEG and a RAW file in DNG.
Made in Germany
I learned photography on my dad's old 1950s Leica M3, and I bet it's still taking great images for the lucky person he eventually sold it to. I carried it around with me in high school and college, and it traveled along with me in my backpack across Europe in the early '90s. It really took a beating, but that rock-solid, precise German design and build always functioned flawlessly, and took great photos. The M11 is its modern iteration, designed for enthusiasts who want top-notch image quality from a camera made to last a lifetime.
- hand-built in Germany
- classic brass top plate in silver-chrome
- full-frame BSI CMOS sensor
- effective recording at 60, 36 or 18 megapixels
- 3:2 aspect ratio
- variable ISO (64-50,000) for high-resolution, low-noise shots even in low light
- selectable mechanical focal plane shutter or electronic shutter
- minimum shutter speed: 1/16,000 second
- maximum shutter speed: 60 seconds (electronic), 60 minutes (mechanical)
- focus range: 27-9/16 inches to infinity
- continuous shooting up to 4.5 fps at full resolution
- 2.95" high-resolution (2.3 million-dot) LCD touchscreen
- optical viewfinder with four-digit display and exposure alerts
- records photos onto SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards (not included) and internal 64GB memory
- Wi-Fi for convenient sharing and control free Leica FOTOS mobile app
- adds remote control using smartphones and tablets
- provides geotagging and more (with latest firmware update)
- choice of automatic shutter speed control with manual aperture pre-selection, aperture priority A, or manual shutter speed and aperture setting
- manual focus only
- Focus Peaking and Enlargement focus-assist functions
- self-timer with 2- or 12-second delay
- records in RAW (DNG) and JPEG formats for greater creative flexibility during editing
- 1/4" stainless steel tripod thread in base
Dimensions and warranty:
- 5-13/16"W x 3-3/16"H x 1-9/16"D
- weight (with battery): 22.58 oz.
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # 20201
What's in the box:
- Digital camera body (silver chrome)
- Body cap (installed)
- BP-SCL7 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery (7.4V 1800mAh)
- BC-SCL7 battery charger (DC output: 8.4V 1A)
- ACA-SCL7 AC adapter with USB-A output port (DC output: 5V 2A)
- USB cable (Type A USB on one end and USB-C on other end)
- 39" Leica "FOTOS" cable (Apple Lightning connector on one end and USB-C on other end)
- Carry strap
- Drawstring pouch (for battery/charger/cables)
- Quick Start Guide
- Test Certificate
- Registration card
- Rechargeable battery flyer
- Leica FOTOS Cable flyer
- Product Research Note: "What's In The Box" is estimated from the Leica website and the camera Instruction Manual.
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Features & specs
|LCD Screen Size||2.95"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||None included|
|Live Stream Capable||No|
|Internal Memory||64 GB|
|SD Cards||SD, SDHC, SDXC|
|Highest Resolution||9828 x 6328|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||22.58|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
Overview: The Leica M11 digital rangefinder camera (model 20201-silver chrome) has a 60.3 MP full-frame BSI (back-side illuminated) CMOS image sensor for capturing high resolution images. With the Maestro III image processor, the camera delivers beautiful color photographs with wide dynamic range and increased sensitivity. The M11 has the same slim body style as Leica's film cameras, making them easy to handle. The camera features a full metal housing made of magnesium and aluminum, with a silver chrome finish and leatherette cover. Strategically placed rubber seals help to keep out moisture and dust. The M11 comes with a rechargeable battery, a battery charger, the Leica FOTOS cable (for iPhone/iPad), and shoulder strap. No lenses are included in this "body only" package.
Firmware Update: Leica has recently updated the firmware to version 184.108.40.206 (12/13/2022) which introduced numerous major upgrades. The update has added Bluetooth capability, and the ability to geotag GPS location data from your smartphone or tablet to your images. The update also expanded Wi-Fi to the 5 GHz band for faster transfer speeds. You can easily update the camera's software through the Leica FOTOS app or on the Leica Camera website.
Lenses: The M11 features the Leica M bayonet mount which accepts Leica M lenses. With an optional adapter from Leica, you can attach Leica R-series lenses, as well.
Viewfinder/Rangefinder: The camera has a large optical viewfinder with 0.73x magnification for composing and focusing your shots. The viewfinder is calibrated to -0.5 dpt, and corrective lenses from -3 to +3 diopter are available. The camera is also equipped with a rangefinder which displays split or superimposed bright field images for accurate manual focusing control. The optional Leica Visoflex 2 EVF (electronic viewfinder) can be attached to the accessory shoe to provide additional features, including a diopter adjustment and an eye sensor for automatic activation.
Monitor: On the rear panel is a 2.95" Active Matrix TFT LCD panel with 2,332,800 dots and touch control. The 3:2 aspect monitor has a Gorilla Glass 5 cover to protect the panel from light impacts and scratching.
Full-frame Image Sensor: The camera features a Full-Frame (24 x 36mm) BSI CMOS color image sensor with 60.3 effective megapixels with a 3:2 aspect ratio.
Still Images: The M11 gives you extreme flexibility, allowing you to choose from 60, 36, or 18 megapixel resolution for both JPEG and DNG formats, while always using the full sensor area. The camera can take JPEG still images in 3:2 aspect ratio only in three sizes: Large (60.1 MP): 9504 x 6320 pixels, Medium (36.2 MP): 7392 x 4896 pixels, or Small (18.2 MP): 5248 x 3472 pixels. In addition, you can capture lossless DNG (digital negative) images using the raw data from the image sensor with 14-bit color depth. Three sizes of DNG photos are available: Large (60.3 MP): 9528 x 6328, Medium (36.5 MP): 7416 x 4928, or Small (18.4 MP): 5272 x 3498. You'll need to convert the raw data to JPEG or other format files using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom or Capture One Pro.
Note: The M11 cannot record movies.
Internal Memory and Memory Cards: The camera has an internal memory of 64 GB, as well as a single card slot that will accept SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards up to 2 TB. The camera is compatible with UHS-II (recommended) and UHS-I high-speed cards. With dual memory types, there are several options for storing data, selectable in the menu:
- Split: The recordings are stored by format--DNG files are stored to the Internal Memory, and JPEG files to the SD card.
- IN First: Both DNG and JPEG files will be saved first to the internal memory until it runs out of space. After that, files will be saved to the memory card.
- SD First: Both DNG and JPEG files will be saved first to the inserted SD memory card until it runs out of space. After that, files will be saved to the internal memory.
- SD Only: All files are saved to the inserted SD memory card. The internal memory remains unused.
- IN Only: If no SD card is inserted, files will be saved to the internal memory, no matter the selected setting.
- Backup: All files are saved to both storage locations, creating an automatic backup of each file.
Drive Modes: The menu offers the following drive modes:
- Single: Normal, single image recording.
- Continuous Shooting Mode: You can choose from Continuous-High Speed (approx 4.5 fps) or Continuous-Low Speed (approx 3 fps).
- Interval: For shooting a series of photos over an extended period, you can set the camera to record a specific number of images over a set amount of time. In the menu, you can select the Number of Frames, the Interval Between Frames, and the Countdown to the first shot.
- Self Timer: You can set the self timer to 2 seconds (to avoid camera shake) or 12 seconds (to allow the photographer time to get into the picture) for taking a single exposure.
- Exposure Bracketing: Exposure Bracketing lets you take 3 or 5 images, each with different exposure compensation settings. The exposure difference which can be set to up to 3 EV.
Focusing Methods: The M11 has a focus range of 70 cm to infinity. You can choose to focus in Live View Mode or via the Rangefinder. Using the Rangefinder, you can use the superimposed image (double image) method or split image method. For portraits, you can focus on the eyes, turning the focus ring on the lens until the contours are aligned exactly in the metering field. For architectural photographs, you can aim the rangefinder at a clearly defined vertical line and turn the focus ring until the split images line up. In Live View mode, you can view the target image in the LCD monitor, using a zoomed in portion of the screen to bring your item into focus. You can also focus using a Focus Peaking assist function which shows the focused areas of the selected target inside a colored frame.
Note: The M11 can only focus manually. There is no auto focus function.
ISO Sensitivity: You can set the ISO sensitivity between ISO 64 and ISO 50000. There are 30 total ISO settings, selectable in the menu in 1/3 EV increments. On the ISO setting wheel, you can quickly set the camera to ISO 64 to ISO 6400. The sensitivity can be set manually or automatically.
White Balance: The Leica M11 lets you select the white balance using four different methods: automatic control, fixed presets, manual setting via metering, and direct setting of the color temperature. The presets include Daylight, Cloudy, Shadow, Tungsten, HMI (metal halide), Fluorescent Warm, Fluorescent Cool , and Flash. The color temperature settings can be selected in the menu between 2000 K and 11500 K.
Exposure Modes: There are two exposure modes: Aperture Priority or Manual. Aperture Priority sets the exposure automatically according to the manually selected aperture. Once you set the aperture value (on the attached lens), the camera automatically selects the appropriate shutter speed to obtain the exposure you desire. Low aperture settings provide a narrower depth of field to make your subject stand out against an unfocused background. A high aperture setting gives you a wider depth of field with items in the foreground and background in focus. In Manual exposure mode, the user sets both the aperture and shutter speed.
Exposure Compensation: You can adjust the metered exposure to make an image lighter or darker. Exposure compensation can be set in the range of -3EV to +3EV in 1/3EV increments.
Shutter Speeds: The M11 comes with a mechanical shutter and an electronic shutter. The shutter speed range is 60 min to 1/4000s for the mechanical shutter and 60 sec to1/16000s for the electronic. In Hybrid mode, you can choose a working range of 60 min - 1/4000s + 1/4000s - 1/16000s. You can set shutter speeds automatically (in Aperture Priority mode), or manually. On the top panel is a shutter speed setting dial with Auto, Bulb, and shutter speed settings of 8 seconds to 1/4000. Fixed shutter speeds above 8 seconds are available. Bulb settings are available up to 16 minutes (depending on the ISO setting) while the shutter button is held down. When the Time Function is enabled, the shutter button doesn't have to be held down. The Time exposure starts when you press and release the shutter button, and ends when you press and release the shutter button a second time.
Auxiliary Displays: To help you with your images, you can view the auxiliary displays. The Clipping Display marks bright areas of your image in flashing red and dark areas in flashing blue. A Level Gauge shows the orientation of your shot along horizontal and vertical axes. Zero positions are shown with green lines, and tilted positions are shown in red. When shooting in portrait orientation, the camera will automatically switch the aspect of the level gauges. You can choose between two grid overlays (3x3 and 6x4) to divide the image into multiple fields to facilitate picture composition. There is also a histogram display that represents the brightness distribution of the image.
Battery: The M11 is powered by the supplied BP-SCL7 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery (7.4V 1800mAh). The battery charges in the supplied BC-SCL7 charger (output: 8.4V 1A). An AC adapter and USB cable are included for delivering power to the charger. Charging time is approximately 2 hours to charge to 80% or 3-1/2 hours for a full charge, using the included charger. A fully-charged battery provides approximately 700 shots, according to the conservative CIPA standard. In a Leica adapted shooting cycle, up to 1700 shots are possible.
Review Mode: Directly after shooting, the photo is automatically displayed in the LCD screen for a set duration. You can choose 1 sec., 3 sec., 5 sec., Permanent, or until the Shutter Button is pressed. You can also turn Auto Review off. In Review Mode, you can view the stored recordings one at a time, or multiple thumbnails simultaneously. Pressing the Play button brings up the last picture taken. The images are visually arranged on a horizontal reel, and you can scroll left to right using the directional buttons or by swiping the touchscreen with your finger. Tapping an image allows you to view the camera settings in the header and footer lines. You can zoom into any section of the image for closer inspection using a two-finger pinch/spread action or button control. You can view 12 (3 rows of 4 images) or 30 (5 rows of 6) thumbnail images to make photos easier to find.
Apple MFi Certified: The Leica M11 is certified Made for iPhone and iPad, and delivers a direct cable connection from the camera to your iPhone or iPad through the included FOTOS cable (Apple Lightning-to-USB-C) or a USB-C to USB-C cable (for USB-C equipped iPads). This allows you to control the camera using the Leica FOTOS app, and quickly download photos from the camera to the device.
Wi-Fi/Bluetooth: The camera can connect wirelessly to your local network (2.4 GHz/5 GHz) through the Leica FOTOS app. You can also connect wirelessly via Bluetooth 4.2. When connected, you can take pictures remotely via the mobile device, change image settings, and transfer images and data to the mobile device. The Leica FOTOS app is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 14.0 or later. It is also compatible with Android devices running version 8.0 and up.
Geotagging: With the recent firmware update, the Leical M11 is now capable of using the GPS in your smartphone to geotag location information into your photos. The data is transferred through the FOTOS app on your device when you are connected via Bluetooth.
- Dimensions: Width: 5.795", Height: 3.161", Depth:1.514"
- Weight: 18.7 ounces (with battery), 16.05 ounces (without battery)