Leica M11 Monochrome

Leica M11 Monochrome front

Leica M11 Monochrome overview

Leica M11 Monochrome is Leica's Pro Mirrorless digital camera initially introduced on April of 2023. The camera houses a 60MP, BSI-CMOS Full frame size sensor with a peak resolution of 9528 x 6328.

The M11 Monochrome comes in at #55 out of 70 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & all around #149 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can check out our Smart camera filter to find camera rankings based on your customized factors.

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Here is a chart of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Leica M11 Monochrome history

The Leica M11 Monochrome has a history of related cameras. Below, you can check out all earlier and new models alongside main specifications.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Leica-M11-Monochrome front thumbnailLeica M11 Monochrome60MPFull frame4.5 fps2023
Leica-M11 front thumbnailLeica M11
M11 Monochrome vs M11
60MPFull frame4.5 fps2022
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Leica-M10 front thumbnailLeica M10
M11 Monochrome vs M10
24MPFull frame5.0 fps2017
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Leica-M9-P front thumbnailLeica M9-P
M11 Monochrome vs M9-P
18MPFull frame2.0 fps2011
Leica-M9 front thumbnailLeica M9
M11 Monochrome vs M9
18MPFull frame2.0 fps2009

Leica M11 Monochrome Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of pluses and minuses of the Leica M11 Monochrome based on things which are generally seen as important in a digital camera.

environment proofing
exports RAW files
focusing manually
great battery power (700 shots)
great sensor size (Full frame)
high MP (60MP)
high resolution screen (2,333 k dot)
screen is a decent size (3.00 inches)
silent shooting (1/16,000s)
swap lenses (Leica M mount)
very good high ISO (50,000)
very good min ISO (64)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
fixed screen
lacks phase detect auto focus
low fps (4.5 frames/s)
missing HDMI port
missing headphone port
missing mic port
missing Time Lapse function
no shutter priority
no video shooting
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Leica M11 Monochrome Sensor features

The sensor measurement in the Leica M11 Monochrome is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor can resolve 9528 x 6328 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2.

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

The graphic underneath displays the M11 Monochrome's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The M11 Monochrome sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is outlined in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Leica M11 Monochrome dimensions

Leica M11 Monochrome weighs in at 1.41 lb (640 grams or 22.58 ounces) & has exterior proportions of 139mm x 80mm x 39mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5"). The weight of general Pro Mirrorless camera is 722 grams so the Leica M11 Monochrome is lighter as compared to other competitors.

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Here is a picture of the Leica M11 Monochrome next to a soda to help you to get a feel for its size.

Leica M11 Monochrome dimensions scale

The top view underneath will illustrate the button arrangement on the M11 Monochrome.

Leica M11 Monochrome topview buttons dials

Leica M11 Monochrome Lens features

The M11 Monochrome uses the Leica M mount and has 62 lenses available for purchase. Here is some of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the M11 Monochrome.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Carl-Zeiss-Biogon-T2.8-21-ZM-Leica-M lensCarl Zeiss Biogon T 2,821 ZM21mmf/2.8 280g
Leica-Summicron-M-50mm-f2 lensLeica Summicron-M 50mm f250mmf/2.0 240g
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Leica-APO-Summicron-M-50mm-f2-ASPH lensLeica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f2 ASPH50mmf/2.0 300g
Leica-Summarit-M-90mm-f2.5 lensLeica Summarit-M 90mm f2.590mmf/2.5 360g
Leica-Macro-Elmar-M-90mm-f4 lensLeica Macro-Elmar-M 90mm f490mmf/4.0 240g
Voigtlander-75mm-F1.8-Heliar-Classic-Leica-M lensVoigtlander 75mm F1.8 Heliar Classic75mmf/1.8 427g
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Carl-Zeiss-Tele-Tessar-T4-85-ZM-Leica-M lensCarl Zeiss Tele-Tessar T 485 ZM85mmf/4.0 310g
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Leica M11 Monochrome Connectivity

The M11 Monochrome has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras which include NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily copy files and oftentimes adjust camera settings without connecting straight with the camera.

Many apps also provide a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB port.

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Leica M11 Monochrome Video features

Leica M11 Monochrome doesn't capture video. In case you are looking for a digital camera to shoot just photos, it might not be an issue.

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Leica M11 Monochrome Weather Sealing

Leica M11 Monochrome provides environment sealing which makes it a fantastic selection for use during rough locations. This is especially valuable in case you are unsure about the conditions you might face during outdoor photography.

Leica M11 Monochrome Screen and Viewfinder

The Leica M11 Monochrome is equipped with a 3.00" fixed display screen having a resolution of 2,333k dots.

Additionally the display screen is touch friendly so you are able to change focus points and change settings by using your fingers.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Leica M11 Monochrome are below:

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

Viewfinders can be pretty helpful during sunny outdoor conditions which may make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.

Leica M11 Monochrome Shutter features

Leica M11 Monochrome can shoot continuously at 4.5 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 sec. The camera also has silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 sec. Beware that the electronic shutter might result in "rolling shutter" in some conditions.

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Leica M11 Monochrome Flash and Hot shoe features

Leica M11 Monochrome has external flash ability but is without inbuilt flash.

Leica M11 Monochrome Autofocus features

Leica M11 Monochrome has no Auto focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster and accurate as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Leica M11 Monochrome boasts manual focus in case it is needed during low light situations or you want more accurate focus control.

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Leica M11 Monochrome Battery life

The battery power (BC-SCL7) on the Leica M11 Monochrome is designed to last for 700 images with respect to the CIPA measurements which is higher than the usual when compared to its class. The typical Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 460. Olympus E-M1X has got the highest (870) battery life within this kind of cameras.

Below is a list of Pro Mirrorless cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Leica M11 Monochrome for specific types of photography

The following illustration displays a summation of the Leica M11 Monochrome for specific types of photography. To understand more, check out the specific section underneath.

Leica M11 Monochrome as a Portrait photography camera

The Leica M11 Monochrome has a rating of 91 which is brilliant, meaning that it is a excellent option for portraits. Shooting portrait photos leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support plus the capability to use external lighting.

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has manual focus
excellent MP (60 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW formats

Leica M11 Monochrome Street photography factors

Coming in at a nice rating of 74, the Leica M11 Monochrome is a good fit to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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large sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
weather proof
good ISO range (50,000)
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization

Leica M11 Monochrome Sports photography information

A nice sports photography points tally of 70 suggests the Leica M11 Monochrome is a respectable fit for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have excellent tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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quiet shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
MP count excellent (60MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
environment sealing
good battery power (700 CIPA)
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.5 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
no phase detect autofocus

Leica M11 Monochrome Travel photography advice

Size is really crucial in choosing a travel camera. All things considered, the Leica M11 Monochrome gets a nice 71 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent choice to take on your trips.

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good battery power (700 per charge)
weather proof
fantastic megapixels (60 megapixels)
lack of Timelapse recording
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen

Leica M11 Monochrome Landscape photography information

For anyone who is looking to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most vital factor is going to be image quality. The Leica M11 Monochrome at it's excellent grade of 82 for a landscape camera is a superb choice compared to its rivals.

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focusing manually
swap lenses (Leica M mount)
nice screen size (3.00 inch)
megapixel count fantastic (60 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
good high ISO (50,000)
delivers RAW formats
weather proofing
great battery life (700 per charge)
does not have image stabilization
missing Timelapse mode

Leica M11 Monochrome as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera preferably should have a moving display, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Considering all things, the Leica M11 Monochrome is simply not good for vlogging as it receives a low rating of 9.

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no video shooting

Leica M11 Monochrome Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the M11 Monochrome, here is a number of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the family of Pro Mirrorless.

The line graph followed below shows you a summary of the M11 Monochrome versus it's highest ranking rivals shown previously.

There are more cameras you may view as alternative options. To go through a full comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Leica M11 Monochrome
Pro Mirrorless
Body design
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
36 x 24mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
60 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Highest resolution
9528 x 6328
RAW pictures
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Lens mounting type
Leica M
Total lenses
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3.00 inches
Screen resolution
2,333k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Lowest shutter speed
3600 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Highest silent shutter speed
1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
4.5 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash options
no built-in flash
External flash
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Highest video resolution
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
640 gr (1.41 pounds)
Physical dimensions
139 x 80 x 39mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5")
Battery life
700 photos
Battery form
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12s)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
UHS II type SD
Storage slots
Price at launch