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Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M11

Portability
78
Imaging
65
Features
23
Overall
48
Leica M-Monochrom front
 
Leica M11 front
Portability
76
Imaging
84
Features
56
Overall
72

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M11 Key Specs

Leica M-Monochrom
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 10000
  • No Video
  • Leica M Mount
  • 600g - 139 x 80 x 37mm
  • Released May 2012
Leica M11
(Full Review)
  • 60MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 64 - 50000
  • No Video
  • Leica M Mount
  • 640g - 139 x 80 x 39mm
  • Released January 2022
  • Old Model is Leica M10
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Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M11 Overview

Following is a thorough assessment of the Leica M-Monochrom and Leica M11, both Pro Mirrorless digital cameras and both of them are offered by Leica. There exists a significant gap between the sensor resolutions of the M-Monochrom (18MP) and M11 (60MP) but they feature the same exact sensor sizing (Full frame).

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The M-Monochrom was revealed 10 years before the M11 which is quite a sizable gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before diving straight into a complete comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the M-Monochrom matches up against the M11 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Leica M-Monochrom over the Leica M11

 M-Monochrom M11 

Reasons to pick Leica M11 over the Leica M-Monochrom

 M11 M-Monochrom 
ReleasedJanuary 2022May 2012More modern by 117 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen sizing3.00"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution2333k230kSharper screen (+2103k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Leica M-Monochrom and Leica M11

 M-Monochrom M11 
Focus manually Dial exact focus
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M11 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry around your camera often, you will want to think about its weight and volume. The Leica M-Monochrom features external dimensions of 139mm x 80mm x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") with a weight of 600 grams (1.32 lbs) whilst the Leica M11 has sizing of 139mm x 80mm x 39mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") having a weight of 640 grams (1.41 lbs).

Take a look at the Leica M-Monochrom and Leica M11 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you select at the time. Following is the front view physical size comparison of the M-Monochrom and the M11.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M11 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the M-Monochrom and M11 is 78 and 76 respectively.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M11 top view buttons comparison

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M11 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be difficult to see the difference between sensor sizes just by checking specs. The image underneath will help offer you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the M-Monochrom and M11.

All in all, each of the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same MP. You should count on the Leica M11 to give you more detail because of its extra 42MP. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop shots far more aggressively. The more aged M-Monochrom is going to be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M11 sensor size comparison

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M11 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M11 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Leica M-Monochrom
Portrait photography with Leica M11
71
you can focus manually
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
does not have liveview
90
you can focus manually
fantastic MP (60 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Street photography information
Leica M11 Street photography information
65
great sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
no moving screen
no image stabilization
80
screen articulates fully
great sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
environment proof
good high ISO (50,000)
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom as a Sports photography camera
Leica M11 as a Sports photography camera
45
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
does not have liveview
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
bad battery pack (350 per charge)
does not have phase detect auto focus
69
quiet mode (1/16,000 seconds)
fantastic MP (60MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
environment proof
good battery pack (700 shots)
max frames per second very slow (4.5 fps)
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Travel photography info
Leica M11 Travel photography info
54
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
no Timelapse function
bad battery pack (350 CIPA)
screen isn't selfie friendly
71
good battery pack (700 per charge)
environment proof
fantastic MP (60 megapixels)
missing Timelapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Landscape photography info
Leica M11 Landscape photography info
58
you can focus manually
change lenses (Leica M mount)
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
screen is small (2.5")
does not have liveview
no image stabilization
bad battery pack (350 CIPA)
no Timelapse function
82
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Leica M mount)
screen is a good size (3.00")
fantastic MP (60 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
good high ISO (50,000)
supports RAW files
environment proof
good battery pack (700 shots)
does not have image stabilization
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Vlogging features
Leica M11 Vlogging features
9
no video
9
no video shooting
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Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M11 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica M-Monochrom and Leica M11
 Leica M-MonochromLeica M11
General Information
Company Leica Leica
Model Leica M-Monochrom Leica M11
Type Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Released 2012-05-10 2022-01-13
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor measurements 36 x 24mm 36 x 24mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 864.0mm²
Sensor resolution 18 megapixels 60 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Max resolution 5212 x 3472 9528 x 6328
Max native ISO 10000 50000
Lowest native ISO 160 64
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Lens
Lens mounting type Leica M Leica M
Number of lenses 59 62
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display sizing 2.5 inches 3.00 inches
Display resolution 230k dot 2,333k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display tech TFT color LCD with a sapphire glass LCD cover -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (rangefinder) Optical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.68x 0.73x
Features
Min shutter speed 32 secs 3600 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Max quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 2.0fps 4.5fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash modes Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync no built-in flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync 1/180 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Max video resolution None None
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) Yes
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 600 grams (1.32 lb) 640 grams (1.41 lb)
Dimensions 139 x 80 x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") 139 x 80 x 39mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 350 pictures 700 pictures
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - BC-SCL7
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12s)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC card UHS II type SD
Storage slots One One
Retail cost $7,950 $8,995