Leica has announced a new full-frame rangefinder, the Leica M11, price tag £7,500, which boasts a new triple resolution sensor with the option to shoot images at 18, 36 or 60-megapixel resolution.
With Leica’s new Triple Resolution Technology, the M11’s full-frame BSI CMOS sensor can shoot raw DNG files or JPEGs at 60, 36 or 18 megapixels using the full sensor area. The benefits of shooting at the lower resolution options are faster camera performance and extended burst shooting, as well as smaller files.
The Leica M11 also offers a native sensitivity range of ISO 64 to 50,000 and records 14-bit colour depth with a dynamic range of up to 15 stops. Leica says it has also improved colour reproduction thanks to a special IR + UV cut filter that combats incident rays of light.
Paired with the new sensor design is Leica’s Maestro III processor. This unit helps the new Leica camera’s electronic shutter shoot at speeds of up to 1/16,000sec.
In another improvement, the Leica M11 has an SD card slot along with 64GB of internal storage. The M11will the save your images simultaneously to both your memory card and the internal storage. Meanwhile, a new 1800mAh battery promises 64% more energy than before for longer shooting sessions, and a new USB-C port allows you to charge the battery while it’s still in the camera.
Design-wise, the Leica M11 retains the traditional Leica M rangefinder look, with a few tweaks. ON the back is a new 2.3-megapixel touchscreen LCD and the body is about 20% (100g) lighter than before.
Leica has also unveiled new accessories for the M11, such as the 3.7MP Visoflex 2 electronic viewfinder, which offers a tilt function.
The Leica M11 release date is 13 January 2022 and is available worldwide.