The new $13,500 Leica M11 wins bragging rights as the first camera to be announced in 2022, and features an innovative ‘Triple Resolution Technology’ which can capture images at 60, 36 or 18 megapixels, using the full sensor area.
The M11 packs impressive digital technology in a classic Leica rangefinder design, with an expanded ISO range (64-50,000), dual memory, extended battery life and an upgraded menu system.
Leica says a new colour filter array delivers more natural colour reproduction, while a special IR + UV cut filter – comprised of two extremely thin, cemented layers of glass – provides effective correction of oblique rays of incident light to ensure optimal clarity and sharpness.
The Maestro III processor records 14-bit colour depth, with a dynamic range of up to 15 stops. An optional electronic shutter allows shutter speeds of up to 1/16,000 second, providing for the creative option of wide open apertures in bright light, without ND filters.
It comes in a choice of a black finish or silver-chrome, with the black version 100 grams lighter, due to its lighter, aluminium top plate. Both cameras are lightweights, with the heavier silver-chronme version just 640 grams.
Leica has ditched the traditional Leica removable baseplate, giving photographers easy direct access to the battery and SD card slot. The M11 is also equipped with 64GB of internal storage.
Leica claims the 1800mAh battery stores 64 percent more power, allowing for longer shooting sessions with a single charge. The M11 also has a USB-C port, which can be used to charge the camera’s battery.
New accessories include a 3.7-megapixel electronic viewfinder with a diopter adjustment range of -4 to +3 and 90 degree tilt. A new handgrip doubles as a tripod mount.