Leica M11

    61
    Image cannot be found

    Highlights

    • 60.3 MP Full Frame BSI-CMOS Sensor
    • 64 - 50,000 Native ISO
    • 3.0" 2,333k dot Fixed Screen
    • Optical (rangefinder) Viewfinder
    • 4.5 fps Continuous Shooting
    • Built-In Wi-Fi
    • Wheather Sealed Body
    Image cannot be found
    Image cannot be found

    Disclosure: We earn money from the affiliate links to products associated with content in this article.

    Overview

    Leica M11 was announced in 2022 and is a Full Frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm) Mirrorless camera with 60.3 Megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor. Its native ISO ranges from 64 to 50,000. The camera has a Fixed 3.0" screen with 2,333k dot resolution and built-in Optical (rangefinder) viewfinder.


    Here is the Leica M series lineup, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the cameras within the same series.

    Leica M series lineup
    Model Date Sensor Native ISO Screen Price
    Image cannot be found Leica M11 Monochrom April
    2023
    60.3 MP
    Full Frame
    64 - 50,000 Fixed 3.0"
    2,333k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Leica M11 January
    2022
    60.3 MP
    Full Frame
    64 - 50,000 Fixed 3.0"
    2,333k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Leica M10 January
    2017
    24 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 50,000 Fixed 3.0"
    1,037k dot
    Image cannot be found Leica M Edition 60 September
    2014
    23.7 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 6,400 Fixed 3.0"
    920k dot
    Image cannot be found Leica M-E Typ 220 September
    2012
    18.0 MP
    Full Frame
    80 - 2,500 Fixed 2.5"
    230k dot
    Image cannot be found Leica M Typ 240 September
    2012
    24 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 6,400 Fixed 3.0"
    920k dot
    Image cannot be found Leica M Monochrom May
    2012
    19 MP
    Full Frame
    160 - 10,000 Fixed 2.5"
    230k dot
    Image cannot be found Leica M9-P June
    2011
    18.0 MP
    Full Frame
    80 - 2,500 Fixed 2.5"
    230k dot
    Image cannot be found Leica M9 September
    2009
    18.0 MP
    Full Frame
    80 - 2,500 Fixed 2.5"
    230k dot
    Image cannot be found Leica M8.2 September
    2008
    10.35 MP
    APS-H
    160 - 2,500 Fixed 2.5"
    230k dot
    Image cannot be found Leica M8 July
    2007
    10.35 MP
    APS-H
    160 - 2,500 Fixed 2.5"
    230k dot

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Leica M11 Monochrom vs M11 vs M10 vs M Edition 60 vs M-E Typ 220 vs M Typ 240.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Leica M11.

    PROS

    •   Large Sensor
    •   High Resolution Sensor - 60.3 Megapixel
    •   64 Lowest Native ISO
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,333k dot
    •   High DxO Overall Score - 100
    •   High USB Speed
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   USB Charging
    •   Internal Storage
    •   Orientation Sensor

    CONS

    •   Expensive
    •   No Video Capture
    •   50,000 Highest Native ISO
    •   Timelapse Recording
    •   No Face Detection
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Fixed Screen
    •   No HDMI Output
    •   No Built-in Microphone
    •   No Microphone Input
    •   No Headphone Output
    •   No Built-in GPS

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/4000 sec
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/16000 sec
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 4.5 fps
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/180 sec
    •   Weight - 640 g (1.41 lb / 22.58 oz)
    •   Battery Life - 700 shots

    Predecessor

    Here we are comparing Leica M11 to its predecessor M10 and displaying the major changes.

    UPGRADES Leica M11 vs Leica M10
    Sensor Type BSI-CMOS vs CMOS
    Higher Sensor Resolution 60.3 Megapixel vs 24 Megapixel
    Lower Native ISO 64 vs 100
    More Powerful Processor Maestro III vs Maestro II
    Max Image Resolution 9528 x 6328 vs 5952 x 3992
    Touch Screen vs
    Higher Resolution Screen 2,333k dot vs 1,037k dot
    Lower Min Shutter Speed 3600 sec vs 8 sec
    Higher DxO Low Light ISO 3376 vs 2133
    Higher DxO Color Depth 26.3 vs 24.4
    Higher DxO Dynamic Range 14.8 vs 13.3
    Higher DxO Overall Score 100 vs 86
    Built-In Bluetooth vs
    Environmental Sealing vs
    Lighter 640 g (1.41 lb / 22.58 oz) vs 660 g (1.46 lb / 23.28 oz)
    Longer Battery Life 700 shots vs 210 shots
    Internal Storage 64 GB vs
    DOWNGRADES Leica M11 vs Leica M10
    More Expensive $8995 vs $6595
    Timelapse Recording vs
    Lower Max Continuous Shooting 4.5 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Shutter Priority vs

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Leica M11 vs M10.

    Screen and Viewfinder

    Fixed Touchscreen

    Leica M11 has a 3.0" Fixed touchscreen with 2,333k dot resolution which is quite high by today's standards.


    Optical (rangefinder) Viewfinder

    Camera has a built-in Optical (rangefinder) viewfinder. It has a 100% coverage and 0.73x magnification.

    Sensor

    BSI-CMOS Sensor

    Leica M11 features a 60.3 megapixel Full Frame BSI-CMOS sensor with dimensions of 35.8 x 23.9 mm and a total area of 855.6 mm2. Its native ISO range is 64 - 50,000.

    The camera has BSI-CMOS sensor, short for Backside Illuminated Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor sensor. In traditional CMOS sensors, the wiring and circuitry are located on the front side of the sensor, which can block some of the incoming light. BSI technology flips this design by placing the photosensitive elements (pixels) on the backside of the sensor, allowing more light to reach the pixels. This significantly enhances light sensitivity and improves low-light performance. BSI-CMOS sensors are particularly effective in low-light conditions, as they can capture more light, resulting in brighter and less noisy images. This makes them well-suited for indoor and night photography. BSI-CMOS sensors deliver a higher SNR and reduced cross-talk.


    Here is a sensor size comparison chart where you can see how Leica M11's Full Frame sensor compares with other types of sensors:

    Sensor size chart
    Sensor Dimensions Area Aspect Ratio Crop Factor
    Image cannot be displayedMedium Format44 x 33 mm1452 mm24:30.79x
    Image cannot be displayedFull Frame35.8 x 23.9 mm855.6 mm23:21x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-H27 x 18 mm486 mm23:21.3x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C23.6 x 15.6 mm368.2 mm23:21.5x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C (Canon)22.3 x 14.9 mm332.3 mm23:21.6x
    Image cannot be displayedMicro Four Thirds17.4 x 13 mm226.2 mm24:32x
    Image cannot be displayed1-inch13.2 x 8.8 mm116.2 mm23:22.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/1.7-inch7.44 x 5.58 mm41.5 mm24:34.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/2.3-inch6.17 x 4.55 mm28.1 mm24:35.6x

    Photography Features

    Camera is equipped with Maestro III processor and can take pictures up to 9528 x 6328 resolution. It can also take pictures with lower resolutions like (M) 7413 x 4928, (S) 5272 x 3498 with 3:2 aspect ratios.


    Lens Mount

    Leica M11 has Leica M lens mount. Due to Full Frame sensor its crop factor (also called lens multiplier) is 1x. This means that a 35mm equivalent focal length of the mounted lens will be equal to its actual focal length.


    No In-Body Image Stabilization

    The camera does not have in-body image stabilization (IBIS) so it needs lenses with optical image stabilization for vibration reduction.

    Check out the cameras which are frequently compared to Leica M11.

    Connectivity, Battery and Storage

    Built-in Wi-Fi

    Camera has a built-in Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi 5, 802.11ac/b/g/n, 2.4/5 GHz) which allows to easily transfer photos and videos from the camera to other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets, printers, or computers. This eliminates the need for cables and allows for quick and convenient media sharing and social media integration. It gives you the ability to control your camera remotely using a smartphone or tablet. This is particularly useful for taking self-portraits, group shots, or capturing images in challenging conditions without having to touch the camera. Firmware updates can also be downloaded and installed wirelessly.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in WiFi.


    Bluetooth

    Camera has a built-in Bluetooth (version 4.2) which lets you to connect the camera to a smartphone or a dedicated remote control device. This allows you to remotely trigger the camera, adjust settings and controls remotely through a paired mobile app. While Wi-Fi is generally faster for transferring larger files, Bluetooth can be used for small, selective transfers, it can provide real-time information about your camera's battery status, memory card capacity, and other key settings directly on your paired smartphone or smartwatch.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in Bluetooth.


    USB Input

    Leica M11 has a USB 3.2 Gen 1x1 (5 GBit/sec) Type-C input for data transfer and battery charging.


    Battery

    Leica M11 comes with BC-SCL7 battery pack with battery life of 700 shots.


    Internal Storage and External Storage Slots

    The camera has 64 GB internal storage and a single SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II) card slot.

    Other Features

    Shutter

    Leica M11 has Mechanical Focal Plane shutter and Electronic shutter. Shutter speed can go up to 1/16000 sec with electronic shutter and up to 1/4000 sec with mechanical shutter. Camera can shoot continuously up to 4.5 fps.


    Flash

    Leica M11 has no built-in flash but an external flash may be connected via Hot Shoe. The fastest flash synchronization speed is 1/180 sec. Flash compensation can be set from -3 to +3 EV with 1/3 EV step increments.

    Physical Parameters

    Leica M11 has dimensions of 139 x 39 x 80 mm (5.47 x 1.54 x 3.15"). It weighs 640 g (1.41 lb / 22.58 oz) which is neither heavy nor lightweight.

    139 mm (5.47")

    39 mm (1.54")

    Image cannot be displayed


    39 mm (1.54")

    Image cannot be displayed


    80 mm (3.15")

    Image cannot be displayed

    Leica M11 dimensions

    Leica M11 for Different Types of Photography

    We give scores to the camera for different type of photography based on its features and specifications. Let us see how Leica M11 is suitable for six different types of photography.


    Landscape Photography

    EXCELLENT
    91

    Leica M11 gets a score of 91 and is EXCELLENT choice for Landscape photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,333k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing

    Sports Photography

    GOOD
    71

    Leica M11 gets a score of 71 and is GOOD choice for Sports photography.

    •   50,000 Highest Native ISO
    •   No Face Detection
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,333k dot
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 4.5 fps
    •   Battery Life - 700 shots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Wildlife Photography

    GOOD
    72

    Leica M11 gets a score of 72 and is GOOD choice for Wildlife photography.

    •   50,000 Highest Native ISO
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,333k dot
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 4.5 fps
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Battery Life - 700 shots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Portrait Photography

    GOOD
    84

    Leica M11 gets a score of 84 and is GOOD choice for Portrait photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   No Face Detection
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,333k dot
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/180 sec
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Street Photography

    EXCELLENT
    87

    Leica M11 gets a score of 87 and is EXCELLENT choice for Street photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,333k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 640 g (1.41 lb / 22.58 oz)

    Travel Photography

    EXCELLENT
    85

    Leica M11 gets a score of 85 and is EXCELLENT choice for Travel photography.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,333k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 640 g (1.41 lb / 22.58 oz)
    •   Battery Life - 700 shots

    Leica M11 Evaluation

    We evaluate Leica M11 and give score of 61 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


    OVERALL
    61

    Sensor

    EXCELLENT
    85

    We give Leica M11 a score of 85 for Sensor parameters.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   High Resolution Sensor - 60.3 Megapixel
    •   64 Lowest Native ISO
    •   50,000 Highest Native ISO
    •   High DxO Overall Score - 100

    Photo

    GOOD
    71

    We give Leica M11 a score of 71 for Photo parameters.

    •   Timelapse Recording
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/4000 sec
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/16000 sec
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 4.5 fps
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/180 sec

    Video

    BAD
    0

    We give Leica M11 a score of 0 for Video parameters.

    •   No Image Stabilization

    Focusing

    BAD
    0

    We give Leica M11 a score of 0 for Focusing parameters.

    •   No Face Detection

    Screen and Viewfinder

    EXCELLENT
    87

    We give Leica M11 a score of 87 for Screen and Viewfinder parameters.

    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,333k dot

    Connectivity

    GOOD
    78

    We give Leica M11 a score of 78 for Connectivity parameters.

    •   High USB Speed
    •   No HDMI Output
    •   No Built-in Microphone
    •   No Microphone Input
    •   No Headphone Output
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth

    Battery, Storage and Physical

    GOOD
    70

    We give Leica M11 a score of 70 for Battery, Storage and Physical parameters.

    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 640 g (1.41 lb / 22.58 oz)
    •   Battery Life - 700 shots
    •   Internal Storage


    For a full specification list please go to the specifications page:

    Amazon Affiliate Disclosure

    ZKelectronics is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for website owners to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon (.com, .co.uk, .ca, etc) and any other websites that may be affiliated with Amazon Service LLC Associates Program.