Leica First announcement Its M10 Rangefinder camera came back in January 2017 and the company has released it ever since Multiple Alternative From the camera. Most recently, The M10-R added a 40-megapixel sensor Near the camera, a big step above the 24-megapixel found in the original M10. But today, leaving behind the Leica M10 lineup, the brand new camera, the Leica M11, is ready to go.
Well, the “completely new” could be an extension. It may seem familiar to those who have seen Leica’s famous lineup of Rangerfinder cameras before, and it still uses Leica’s M mount for lenses, but the company has added enough new features to justify giving it a new name. First and foremost is a new 60-megapixel full-frame sensor, making this camera a huge upgrade for anyone who bought the original M10 in 2017. The so-called “triple resolution” sensor is 60, 36 or 18 megapixels in DNG RAW or JPG. Significantly, Leica says it will shoot using the entire sensor area when shooting at low resolution instead of cropping the image. But these images may lose some of the sharpness due to pixel binning or line skipping which occurs when using full sensors for shooting at low resolution. .
However, shooting at lower resolution will naturally save storage space and will also offer extended burst shooting. The ISO range of this camera ranges from 64 to 50,000, more than the 100-50,000 range offered in the M10 series. This camera goes from ISO 64 to 50,000, more than the 100-50,000 range offered in the M10 series.
In terms of storage, the M11 has 64GB of onboard storage, which allows photographers to store images on both an internal memory as well as an SD memory card. Leica has redesigned the bottom plate of the camera to provide quick access to the SD cart slot and battery. There’s also a USB-C port at the bottom of the camera, which makes it a bit easier to charge the battery and transfer pictures to the computer. This is a fairly common feature nowadays, but it is still a welcome addition to the M11. Leica adds that the M11’s 1,800mAh battery saves 64 percent more energy than older models.
Like the M10 series, the M11 only uses Leica’s optical rangefinder and manual focus. But the 3-inch rear screen, which you can also use as a viewfinder, has 2,332,800 pixels, more than double the 1,036,800 pixels on the M10. With another exception to modern technology, the M11 has both a mechanical and an electronic shutter.
The standard mechanical option can fire at a speed of 1/4000th of a second, while the electronic shutter goes at a speed of 1 / 16,000th of a second. Perhaps most notably, the electronic shutter will remain completely silent, something that street photographers should appreciate. The M10-R had an “extra silent” mechanical shutter, but you can’t miss a motionless electronic shutter if you need a completely quiet operation.
Leica is offering two models: an all-black M11 and a black and silver option. The latter uses a brass top plate and weighs 640 grams, 100 grams more than the all-black model. To save weight, the camera has an aluminum top with a scratch-resistant cover. No matter which finish you choose, the M11 is extremely expensive, in keeping with the Leica tradition. It costs $ 8,995 without the lens, the same as the M10-R.
In terms of the numerous improvements here, it’s nice that Leica didn’t raise prices further, but – as we said when we checked out the M10-R – the Leica rangefinders are a status symbol as much as they are a photography tool. We said M10-R was the king of that division in 2020, but now it seems M11 has taken the throne. M11 is now available to order.
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