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Leica M11 Review

Even though the first models of Leica’s M-series cameras were introduced in the 1950s, the Leica M11 is the company’s most up-to-date and feature-packed model. It maintains the superb build quality and simple appearance you would anticipate from a camera of this type (and price). Still, in addition to that, it incorporates a new 60-megapixel full-frame backside-illuminated sensor and other advancements such as 64GB of built-in storage.

This makes the Leica M11 the model with the best resolution of any camera in the M-series to date; in fact, it may have the same sensor as the Sony A7R IV, which we’ve seen in other cameras in the series. Compared to the 40-megapixel Leica M10-R, this is a significant improvement and makes it possible to create significantly larger prints. On the other hand, such a high resolution is extremely unforgiving of even the smallest focusing errors and lens flaws.

Therefore, the M11 is a specialized version of a camera that was already specialized. Still, it maintains many endearing qualities that have made the M-series a desirable choice. The housing of the black model is partially built of aluminum, in contrast to the more traditional brass and magnesium used in producing the silver model’s housing. It is offered in both silver and black iterations.

These stealthy rangefinders are recognized for the more conventional shooting experience they provide, which is maintained by the camera’s basic controls. This not only keeps “pure” photography at your fingertips, but it also preserves the experience.

Leica M11 Features

Even though it is a far more cost-effective option, this gives photographers an unparalleled shooting experience – not even Fujifilm’s X-Pro3 matches it. But even though it preserves this equilibrium between traditional and modern design, the M11 is undoubtedly the most technologically sophisticated camera in the M-series to date owing to several remarkable and practical features.

The M11 has the best resolution of any camera in the series to date thanks to its full-frame, backside-illuminated CMOS sensor that can record 60 megapixels. Because the sensor in the M11 is equipped with Triple Resolution Technology, it is possible to capture DNGs and JPEGs at resolutions of either 60 MP, 36 MP, or 18 MP. This gives you the flexibility to choose the resolution that is most suited to the shooting situation at hand. Since the sensor is now responsible for metering, there are now more metering options available compared to earlier models in the M-series. These new options include spot, center-weighted, and multi-field metering (evaluative).

Leica M11 Build Quality

The M11 is unmistakably geared for photographers who wish to maintain a conventional rangefinder shooting experience while benefiting from straightforward control options. Using the split-image rangefinder visible through the optical viewfinder is the sole method for manually focusing the camera. Focus peaking is accessible while using Live View and gives an option. It is simple to use, but not everyone prefers it; it is certainly not as quick and effective as autofocus; nonetheless, it is available and offers an alternative.

The top plate of the black version of the camera is made of aluminum, while the one that comes with the silver variant is made of classic brass. The camera may be purchased in either a black or silver finish. This results in the black M11 being 110g lighter than its brother, which is a big difference considering how light such a physically compact camera is at 530g (black) or 640g (silver). Despite this, the camera body measures just 139 by 38.5 by 80 millimeters and has a sturdy build quality and a stunningly simplistic appearance.

Leica M11 Image quality

When it comes to the M11’s image quality, its qualifications are rather great on paper. There is a 60-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor with a claimed 15-stops of dynamic range, a base/native ISO of 64 with a range that goes up to ISO 50,000, and 14-bit DNG raw file support. In addition, there is a UV cut filter as well as an IR (infrared) cut filter, both of which Leica asserts have the ability to correct oblique rays of incident light that strike the sensor.

These are all desirable qualities, but the situation is not as black and white as it seems. A sensor with a resolution of 60 megapixels may be too high-resolution for a camera of this kind because it is extremely unforgiving of focusing errors.

If your focus is even slightly off, the pictures that you take may not be usable after you process them. When sharp images are reviewed on the LCD screen, they appear to be razor-sharp; however, as soon as they are imported into Lightroom, it is immediately apparent that they are not quite as sharp as they initially appeared, making it more important than ever to get the focus just right.

Leica M11 Specs

Tipo de cuerpoLarge SLR
Cuerpo materialMagnesium alloy / brass
Resolución máxima9528 x 6328
Otras resoluciones(M) 7413 x 4928, (S) 5272 x 3498
Relación de imagen ancho: alto3:2
Píxeles efectivos60 megapixels
Tamaño del sensorFotograma completo (36 x 24 mm)
Tipo de sensorBSI-CMOS
ProcesadorMaestro III
Matriz de filtros de colorfiltro de colores primarios
YO ASIAuto, 64-50000
Ajustes preestablecidos de balance de blancos8
Balance de blancos personalizado
Estabilización de imagenNo
formato sin comprimirCRUDO
Formato de archivoJPEGDNG (14-bit)
Óptica y enfoque
Zoom digitalNo
Enfoque manual
Montura del lenteleica m
Multiplicador de distancia focal
Pantalla / visor
LCD articuladoTotalmente articulado
Tamaño de pantalla3″
Puntos de pantalla2,332,800
Pantalla táctil
tipo de pantallaLCD TFT
Vista en vivo
Tipo de visorOptical (rangefinder)
Ampliación del visor0.73×
Características de la fotografía
Velocidad de obturación mínima3600 sec
Velocidad máxima de obturación1/4000 seg
Velocidad de obturación máxima (electrónica)1/16000 seg
Modos de exposiciónAperture priorityManual
Construido en un instanteNo
flash externoSí (mediante zapata)
Velocidad de sincronización de flash X1/180 seg
Accionamiento continuo4.5 fps
disparador automáticoYes (2 or 12s)
Modos de mediciónPunto ponderado al centro múltiple
Compensación de exposición±3 (en pasos de 1/3 EV)
Funciones de videografía
Tipos de almacenamientoUHS II type SD
Almacenamiento incluido64GB
USBUSB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/seg)
Carga USB
Puerto de micrófonoNo
Puerto de auricularesNo
notas inalámbricas802.11b/g/n
Control remotoYes (cable release)
Sellado ambientalmente
BateríaPaquete de baterías
Descripción de la bateríaBC-SCL7 lithium-ion battery & charger
Duración de la batería (CIPA)700
Peso (baterías incluidas)640 g (1.41 lb / 22.58 oz)
Dimensiones139 x 39 x 80 mm (5.47 x 1.54 x 3.15″)
Otras características
Sensor de orientación

Leica M11 Final verdict

The Leica M11 provides the distinctive shooting experience that is typical of these manual-focus rangefinders, while simultaneously embracing new technology such as a new 60MP full-frame BSI sensor and 64GB of internal storage space. The M11 exudes quality thanks to its excellent image quality, beautifully understated design, and outstanding construction quality.

When it comes to focusing errors, however, this camera’s resolution of 60 megapixels is very forgiving. Because of this, as well as the high price tag, the M11 is a very specialized camera that is only appropriate for photography enthusiasts.

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