Leica M11 promotional videos leaked! New camera to debut this week?

UPDATE: Two Leica M11 videos have just been leaked, photographers Ralph Gibson and Goncalo Fonseca both the camera to capture images.

These videos appear to be promotional material for the official Leica M11 launch, which is slated to take place on January 7 in Europe and January 13 across the United States from the manufacturer’s “What Makes a Legend” event. .

In these leaked promotional videos, we clearly show a redesigned baseplate in the M11, similar to that of the Leica Q2, thanks to which you no longer need to remove the brass baseplate to expose the SD card and battery. . In this new design, the battery cover is also part of the baseplate and, when inserted, covers the SD card compartment and is flush with the rest of the camera body.

(Image credit: Leica)

In the video featuring fine art photographer Ralph Gibson, we also get a glimpse of the new Leica Visoflex used in situ with the M11, which appears to have been completely resigned and now features a more understated and boxy appearance than the previous generation. Typ020 EVF.

The Leica M11 is actually referenced in Goncalo Fonseca’s account of using the camera and is said to have excellent low-light capabilities. Sample images are also provided by the two photographers in the videos.

These two leaked videos still stay on Vimeo, but it might only be a matter of time before they’re deleted, so if you want to see the latest M11 before everyone else, you’d better watch them. while they are still available!

ORIGINAL STORY (December 10, 2021): Since we first found out that Leica would be releasing a new M-series camera, there have been several rumors regarding its specs. Following the leak online of a second image of the upcoming Leica M11 digital rangefinder camera, we took a look at what features it could offer. As expected, it exudes signature Leica style with a minimalist design, black leather-like texture, and an external dial to control shutter speed.

We first got a glimpse of the new Leica M11 back in October but the photo does not say too much. All you could tell from the initial image was that it was black, it had a dial on the top for shutter speed, next to it was the shutter button and on the other side it was had a smaller dial that could be a mode dial.

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Main features of the Leica M11

New and improved Leica M11 looks a lot like the Leica M10-R according to a picture Nokishita fled. As far as we can tell, there are only a few subtle aesthetic differences.

Internally, however, this is where we might start to see more of an upgrade. According to the specifications disclosed on the Leica Rumors website, the M11 will feature a 50MP sensor that can be cropped to shoot at 36MP or 15MP depending on the zoom you need (Leica typically offers digital cropping to simulate longer focal lengths. long). It is also likely that the Leica M11 will use the new Leica BP-SCL7 battery and charger and it should have Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity.

Similar to the Leica Q2 setup, it will not have a baseplate, which means it will be faster to change batteries and SD cards. This was always a weird and sometimes boring historic design feature inherited from Leica’s M-series film cameras.

Is this the end of the detachable Leica baseplate shown here on the Leica M10 Monochrom? It made sense for older film cameras, but got a bit awkward for digital models frankly. (Image credit: Rod Lawton / Digital Camera World)

The M11 should also be USB-C compatible, which will speed up charging times and eliminate the need for an external charger. While many users were hoping it would have IBIS (In-Body Stabilization), it seems some people might be disappointed as including it would have meant a bigger body – something Leica was unwilling to change.

One of the differences we spotted between the Leica M10 and the Leica M11 is the addition of a small button next to the trigger / on / off switch. We’re not sure exactly what this will be used for, but we could assume it will be to change the resolution of the sensor (in other words, give you the crop factor focal lengths) as seen on Leica Q cameras. and Q2. There has been talk of it being a video button, but we’re not convinced Leica would add video to the M series when it would be much more suitable for the Q or S series cameras.

The Leica M11 could also benefit from Leica’s new Visoflex, an optional electronic viewfinder that sits on the camera’s hot shoe. It’s been six years since this tech got an upgrade, so it’s well overdue and the best news is that the new Finder is expected to be of a higher resolution and backward compatible.

Rumors suggest that this could spell the end of the Leica M10-D, shown here, the model without a rear display. It’s good old school – you can’t even look at your footage until you’ve returned from your photoshoot! (Image credit: Leica)

We still don’t know exactly when there will be an official announcement from Leica regarding the Leica M11 release date and specifications. According to a source from Leica Rumors, the release of the new camera will result in the Leica M10, M10-P and M10-D being discontinued. As we get closer and closer to the end of the year, we’re unlikely to hear anything from that side of 2022. Maybe Leica has decided to launch the new camera in the new one. year and make people wait a little longer.

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John C. Dent