Leica today has unveiled its new M11 rangefinder camera, the successor to the M10 model which itself has seen plenty of variants since its initial launch back in 2017. As expected, the new shooter is equipped with a slew of improvements over its predecessor in features and overall image quality.
In terms of product design, the M11 looks almost no different than the previous model. Present is Leica’s M mount in front, an optical viewfinder, various dials on top of its body, and a large fixed rear display. For the latter, the camera is equipped with a 2.95-inch 2M dot LCD touchscreen with 2M dot resolution, offering a higher resolution when compared to the M10.
It is also worth noting that the M11 is offered in two variants: all-black option and silver – both of which differ in terms of finishing, but comes with the same features and hardware. The former features an aluminium top with scratch-resistant coating and weighs at 540 grams, whereas the latter uses a brass top plate and is slightly heavier at 640 grams.
Under its hood is an all-new 60MP full-frame sensor, which is a significantly huge leap over its predecessor’s 24MP sensor. This is accompanied by an ISO range of 64 to 50,000, exposure compensation of -3 to +3 EV (1/3 steps), as well as mechanical and electronic shutter options. In regards to the latter, the mechanical option can shoot at speeds of up to 1/4,000th of a second, while the electronic variant goes up to 1/16,000th of a second.
As mentioned earlier, the M11 also comes with Leica’s Triple Resolution Technology, which basically allows it to shoot at either 60, 36 or 18 megapixels in DNG Raw or JPG. Leica explains that shooting at a lower resolution will have the camera utilise the full width of its sensor, but at the cost of image quality.
The new rangefinder comes with an internal storage capacity of 64GB, as well as support for SD, SDHC, and SDXC (UHS-II) memory cards. In addition, the M11 features a USB-C port, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support, and a 1,800mAh that lasts up to 700 shots on a single charge.
The Leica M11 rangefinder is retailing at RM39,390, but is currently in backorder as per its listing on the official Leica Malaysia website. On that note, the company has yet to confirm the new camera’s local availability.