Leica M11

Leica M11 front

Leica M11 summary

Leica M11 is Leica's Pro Mirrorless digital camera initially announced on January of 2022. The camera includes a 60MP, BSI-CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a full resolution of 9528 x 6328.

Leica launched this model as a way to replace the earlier Leica M10 (Read Full Comparison)

The M11 is positioned #53 out of 70 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & over all #136 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please look at our Smart camera search to see camera listings based on your customized criteria.

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Here is a chart of specific factors used in the rating system.

Leica M11 history

The Leica M11 has a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can identify all past and current models as well as important specifications.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Leica-M11 front thumbnailLeica M1160MPFull frame4.5 fps2022
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Leica-M10 front thumbnailLeica M10
M11 vs M10
24MPFull frame5.0 fps2017
Leica-M-Typ-262 front thumbnailLeica M Typ 262
M11 vs M Typ 262
24MPFull frame3.0 fps2015
Leica-M-Edition-60 front thumbnailLeica M Edition 60
M11 vs M Edition 60
24MPFull frame3.0 fps2014
Leica-M-E-Typ-220 front thumbnailLeica M-E Typ 220
M11 vs M-E Typ 220
18MPFull frame2.0 fps2012
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Leica-M-Typ-240 front thumbnailLeica M Typ 240
M11 vs M Typ 240
24MPFull frame3.0 fps2012
Leica-M-Monochrom front thumbnailLeica M-Monochrom
M11 vs M-Monochrom
18MPFull frame2.0 fps2012
Leica-M9-P front thumbnailLeica M9-P
M11 vs M9-P
18MPFull frame2.0 fps2011
Leica-M9 front thumbnailLeica M9
M11 vs M9
18MPFull frame2.0 fps2009

Leica M11 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of positives and negatives of the Leica M11 based on things which are usually regarded as useful in a digital camera.

amazing MP (60MP)
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
good battery life (700 CIPA)
great ISO range (50,000)
great minimum ISO (64)
high resolution screen (2,333 k dots)
large sensor size (Full frame)
screen can move to multiple angles
screen is a decent size (3.00 inches)
silent shutter (1/16,000s)
swap lenses (Leica M mount)
touchscreen enabled
you can focus manually
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
no external mic support
no HDMI out
no headphone support
no image stabilization
no shutter priority mode
no Time Lapse recording
no video shooting
screen isn't selfie friendly
very slow continuous shooting (4.5 fps)
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Leica M11 Sensor details

The sensor dimension on the Leica M11 is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 9528 x 6328 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 60MP and features a standard ISO range of 64 to 50000. RAW files are supported so you have wider room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath displays the M11's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The M11 sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is showcased in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Leica M11 dimensions

Leica M11 has a weight of 1.41 pounds (640g or 22.58 ounces) & has external dimensions of 139mm x 80mm x 39mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5"). The weight of average Pro Mirrorless camera is 722g and the Leica M11 is less heavy compared with its competitors.

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Here is a shot of the Leica M11 alongside a soda so you're able to get a feel for its scale.

Leica M11 dimensions scale

The top view just below will highlight the button design on the M11.

Leica M11 topview buttons dials

Leica M11 Lens specs

The M11 uses the Leica M mount and has 62 lenses that you can buy. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our database which will work with the M11.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Leica-Summaron-M-28mm-F5.6 lensLeica Summaron-M 28mm F5.628mmf/5.6165g
Leica-APO-Summicron-M-90mm-f2-ASPH lensLeica APO-Summicron-M 90mm f2 ASPH90mmf/2.0 500g
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Leica-Tri-Elmar-M-16-18-21mm-f4-ASPH lensLeica Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21mm f4 ASPH16-21mmf/4.0 335g
Leica-Summilux-M-90mm-F1.5-ASPH lensLeica Summilux-M 90mm F1.5 ASPH90mmf/1.51010g
Leica-Noctilux-M-50mm-f0.95-ASPH lensLeica Noctilux-M 50mm f0.95 ASPH50mmf/0.95 700g
Leica-Summarit-M-90mm-f2.5 lensLeica Summarit-M 90mm f2.590mmf/2.5 360g
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Carl-Zeiss-Biogon-T2-35-ZM-Leica-M lensCarl Zeiss Biogon T 235 ZM35mmf/2.0 240g
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Leica M11 Connectivity

The M11 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to transfer files and in some cases alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.

Certain applications even allow a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external display. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Leica M11 Video specs

Leica M11 doesn't capture video. If you are shopping for a digital camera to take only images, this might not be an issue.

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Leica M11 Weather Sealing

Leica M11 has got environment proofing which makes it a excellent candidate for use in tricky places. This can be especially useful whenever you are not sure about the conditions you might encounter in outdoor photography.

Leica M11 Screen and Viewfinder

The Leica M11 includes a 3.00" fully articulated display boasting a resolution of 2,333k dots.

Additionally the display is touch friendly so you are able to adjust focus points as well as change settings with your fingers.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Leica M11 are below:

  • ViewFinder Optical (rangefinder)
  • Coverage 100 percent
  • Magnification 0.73x

Viewfinders can be really helpful in sunny outdoor conditions which can make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.

Leica M11 Shutter specs

Leica M11 continuous shooting rate is 4.5 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000s. The camera also has silent electronic shutter of 1/16000s. Beware that the electronic shutter might cause "rolling shutter" in certain lighting conditions.

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Leica M11 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Leica M11 has external flash support but does not include built-in flash.

Leica M11 Autofocusing specs

Leica M11 has no Auto focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster and accurate compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Leica M11 has manual focus if needed in low light scenarios or you require more accurate focus control.

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Leica M11 Battery life

The battery life (BC-SCL7) on the Leica M11 is fashioned to last for 700 shots with respect to the CIPA specifications making it higher than the usual when compared to its class. The average Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 460. Olympus E-M1X features the best (870) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Here is a number of Pro Mirrorless cameras that have the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Canon-EOS-R3 front thumbnailCanon R3
M11 vs R3
760 yesnoyes
Nikon-Z9 front thumbnailNikon Z9
M11 vs Z9
740 yesnoyes
Leica-M11 front thumbnailLeica M11700 yesnono

Leica M11 for varying forms of photography

The following diagram displays a outline of the Leica M11 for varying forms of photography. To read more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Leica M11 Portrait photography features

The Leica M11 receives a rating of 90 which is wonderful, meaning that it is a tremendous fit for portrait photos. Photographing portrait photos leans heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW photos & option to utilize external flash.

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has manual focus
amazing megapixels (60MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
saves RAW formats

Leica M11 Street photography advice

Getting a impressive rating of 80, the Leica M11 is a great pick for street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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fully articulated screen
large sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW formats
environment proof
great high ISO (50,000)
does not have image stabilization

Leica M11 Sports photography features

A nice sports photography points tally of 69 means the Leica M11 is a respectable choice for photographing sports. A camera should have good autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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silent shutter (1/16,000s)
MP count amazing (60MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
environment proof
better than average battery pack (700 per charge)
continuous shooting slow (4.5 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
no phase detect auto focus

Leica M11 Travel photography details

Size is very critical when buying a travel camera. On the whole, the Leica M11 gets a very good 71 as a travelling camera which is a very decent fit for your travels.

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great battery power (700 per charge)
weather proof
resolution is amazing (60 megapixels)
does not have Timelapse mode
doesn't offer selfie friendly display

Leica M11 Landscape photography advice

If you find yourself planning to buy a camera for landscape photographs, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Leica M11 and it's exceptional rating of 82 for a landscape camera is a wonderful fit among its competition.

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has manual focus
switch lenses (Leica M mount)
good sized screen (3.00")
great MP (60 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
good ISO range (50,000)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
better than average battery power (700 per charge)
no image stabilization
missing Timelapse function

Vlogging with Leica M11

A camera for vlogging ought to come with a articulating display, mic port and ideally IBIS. Considering all things, the Leica M11 is simply not acceptable for vlogging as it comes to a subpar score of 9.

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no video shooting

Leica M11 Alternatives

If you are shopping for alternatives to the M11, here is a selection of the top scored cameras which fall under the family of Pro Mirrorless.

The line chart listed below will give you a bird's eye view of the M11 vs it's highest rated competitors mentioned previously.

Here are a few more cameras you might take a look at as alternate options. To see a detailed comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Leica M11
Pro Mirrorless
Physical type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
36 x 24mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Highest Possible resolution
9528 x 6328
RAW photos
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Lens mount
Leica M
Number of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fully Articulated
Screen size
3.00 inches
Screen resolution
2,333k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Fastest silent shutter speed
Continuous shutter rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash options
no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Maximum video resolution
Mic support
Headphone support
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
640g (1.41 lbs)
Physical dimensions
139 x 80 x 39mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5")
Battery life
700 pictures
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12s)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
UHS II type SD
Card slots
Launch cost