Leica announces M11 Monochrom, a 60-megapixel camera built for black and white photography.
The M11 Monochrom is a digital rangefinder sporting a 60-megapixel full-frame backside-illuminated monochromatic image sensor. This is the same resolution as the standard color Leica M11 camera, and the M11 Monochrom also features the same multi-resolution functionality, allowing users to swap between 18, 36, and 60-megapixel resolution, complete with varying crop factors (sort of like swapping between different prime lenses).
- 60MP BSI CMOS sensor with dual gain design
- Multi-field (matrix) light metering
- ISO 125 – 200,000
- Three Raw or JPEG resolution options (60MP, 36MP, 18MP)
- SD card accessible from battery compartment (no removable base plate)
- 256Gb of internal memory
- Exposures up to 1 hour, e-shutter down to 1/16,000 sec
- Live view stabilization (digital shake correction of preview image)
- Compatible with Visoflex II 3.68M-dot tilting accessory EVF
Focused on the Essence of Photography: Creating Pictures with Light and Shadow
Wetzlar, 13th April 2023.
Leica Camera AG has always gone its own way, and its courageous decisions were doubted more than once. Success, however, proved the long-established company right. Even in 2012, when it decided to be the only manufacturer worldwide to launch a camera with a dedicated black-and-white sensor: the Leica M Monochrom. Today, in the eleventh year of the Monochrom success story and with a treasure of experience from almost 70 years of Leica rangefinder cameras, Leica Camera AG introduces the fourth camera generation with black-and-white sensor: the new Leica M11 Monochrom.
With its sensor completely geared to black-and-white photography, the Leica M11 Monochrom focuses like no other camera on the most basic of all photographic practices: the composition of pictures solely through light and shadow.
With the monochrome multi-resolution full-format sensor exclusively developed for the new M generation, the M11 Monochrom provides extraordinary black-and-white images. Raw files in the DNG format or JPEGs with a resolution of either 60, 36 or 18 megapixels can be created. In combination with the enormous ISO range of 125 to 200,000, the camera grants an extreme creative freedom when taking pictures. As a result, you get images with an unprecedented rendition of even the finest details, an exceptionally natural-looking definition even in difficult light conditions and an extremely low noise even in the high ISO range.
The 256 GB internal memory and the convenient connectivity to the Leica FOTOS app ensure an optimal mobile workflow. Via Bluetooth or the USB-C port, pictures can be quickly and easily transferred to the app and processed further from there. In addition, the camera can be directly controlled with the app and photos can be immediately assessed at the smartphone or tablet thanks to tethered preview. Moreover, the Leica M11 Monochrom is a certified Apple “Made for iPhone and iPad” accessory and thus offers unique options with the included Leica FOTOS cable.
With an all-metal body and a top plate made of high-quality aluminium, with a sapphire glass display, solid leather covering as well as black, scratch-resistant paint finish, the M11 Monochrom presents itself in a timeless and unobtrusive M design. Details such as the deliberate omission of the Leica logo and the dark chrome-plated coating of the optical viewfinder underline the reduced, iconic design of the new addition to the legendary Leica M family.
Thanks to the build quality typical of Leica, the new Leica M11 Monochrom combines all the requirements of a premium camera “Made in Germany”.
The Leica M11 Monochrom will be available globally at all Leica Stores, the Leica Online Store and authorized dealers starting now. The recommended retail price will be €9,450.00 including VAT.
Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lens
Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. is a fresh versatile lens, featruing an improved minimum focusing distance of 1.5′, a new 11-blade diaphragm for smoother bokeh, and an updated lens body that matches the Summilux-M 35mm’s sleek and lightweight design along with a built-in, retractable lens hood.
Leica Summilux-M 50mm F1.4 ASPH lens costs $4,495, first available for pre-order at B&H.
|Max Format size
|Number of diaphragm blades
|Special elements / coatings
|1 aspherical element
|0.45 m (17.72″)
|337 g (0.74 lb)
|59 mm (2.32″)
|59 mm (2.32″)
|Hood product code