How Good Is the New Leica M11 Camera?

Leica's M11 has hit the market, and it brings with it a variety of improved and entirely new features that help to modernize the company's M series. This great video review takes a look at the new M11 and the kind of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice. 

Coming to you from Alex Barrera, this excellent video review takes a look at the new Leica M11 rangefinder camera. The M11 has a range of new and improved features. Perhaps most notable is the markedly high resolution of its sensor, which, at 60 megapixels, is just a tiny bit behind the 61 megapixels of the Sony a7R IV, which sits at the top of full frame options. Leica has some tricks up their sleeve with that resolution, with 36- and 18-megapixels modes that take advantage of the lower resolutions to increase dynamic range and improve noise performance. Along with that, the shutter fires at up to 1/16,000 s, the viewfinder features automatic parallax correction, there are 64 GB of internal storage, and the real LCD offers live view electronic stabilization. Altogether, it looks like an impressive modernization of the legendary series. Check out the video above for Barrera's full thoughts on the new camera. 

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Jordan Steele's picture

"Perhaps most notable is the markedly high resolution of its sensor, which, at 60 megapixels, is just a tiny bit behind the 61 megapixels of the Sony a7R IV"

It's likely the same sensor, and both produce images with almost exactly the same pixel resolution. M11 is 9528x6328...A7R IV is 9504x6336. If you do the math, the M11 files actually have very slightly more pixels (75,840), and also a very slightly wider aspect ration than the standard 3:2. They just have slightly different active pixels

But they are both 60.3MP images..it's just that Leica doesnt exaggerate.

Nick Rains's picture

It's not the same sensor. All M camera sensors are custom built for Leica because they need to be fully optimised for M lenses.

Sam Antha's picture

It is a camera for lawyers and doctors, as Jared Polin always states ! 🤣🤣🤣

John Ricard's picture

Simply not true. Check out the work of Ruddy Roye on IG to see an example of a working professional photographer who is consistently producing striking, important even, images with a Leica M camera. There are many others. I do agree Leica has a branding problem where they allow themselves to be seen as a plaything for rich people and they have priced themselves too high for many working professionals. But still, there are indeed quite a few working professionals producing great work using Leica M cameras.

Sam Antha's picture

I adore Leica. They are a dream. But I would rather buy a Z9 instead of this one. Z9 offers a million more options and new S line lense are matching Leica's quality with tons of more features.

Andrew Montague's picture

Nobody is saying that Leicas can't be used for professional work, they are after all excellent ceras, just that they are pretentious AF. There's nothing a Leica does that a Sony, Canon or Pentax can't.

They are the Louis Vuitton handbag of the camera, very nicely made, will last ages and are a quality item... but are also there to be seen using too, so that everyone knows you are a Leica shooter.

John Ricard's picture

True, but maybe the Leica users want to be seen to let others know that they are independent thinkers. That they didn't want to follow the crowd and use the state-of-the-art Sony, Canon, and Nikon cameras that 99% of their peers use. Maybe Leica users are proud to let people know that don't need the innovations of the past 30 years in order to produce good photographs. Maybe they want people to know that they enjoy the actual process of taking pictures so much that they want to handle as much of it as possible. It's akin to wanting to grow your own vegetables and cook your own food rather than just ordering takeout. Maybe they want others to know that they are so committed to black and white photography that they are willing to shoot B&W without a safety net -without any possibility of converting to color if the client requests that conversion. I could go on...

doug mcgoldrick's picture

not as good, as it is expensive

Andrew Montague's picture

It's a lifestyle choice as much as it is a camera. Technically brilliant and beautifully made. They do know their market though and are selling to a premium buyer who wants to be seen shooting Leica.

Probably not a bad idea given house the arse is dropping out of the mass consumer market though...