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Leica M11 delayed? Leica's 50MP camera could be pushed to 2022

Leica M11 details leak: 50MP camera coming 11 November?

UPDATE: It looks like the Leica M11, previously reported to be released with a marketing-friendly 11/11 announcement, might be delayed until 2022. 

The Leica M11 is rumored to feature a new 50MP sensor with variable resolution – and it's new components like this that could account for the potential delay until next year, as it appears that Leica is struggling with the same component crisis as most other manufacturers.

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"I received several reports that the rumored Leica M11 camera launch date could be pushed back because of the current global parts shortage and shipping crisis," reports Leica Rumors. "The new release date is now rumored to be at the beginning of 2022."

The component shortage has affected virtually every manufacturer of late, including everyone from Canon and Nikon to Ricoh and Laowa. Sadly, things look like they're going to get worse before they get better…

ORIGINAL STORY (19 Sep 2021): Details have leaked about the rumored Leica M11, said to be coming on 11 November and featuring a 50MP sensor with variable resolution.

The Leica M11 would, of course, be the successor to the 24MP Leica M10, which was released way back in January 2017. Since then it has been followed by a number of new versions, from the black-and-white only 40MP Leica M10 Monochrom to the high-resolution, 40.9MP Leica M10-R both released last year. 

And it goes without saying that there have also been Leica's usual volley of special edition M10s, such as the Leica M10-P with the quietest mechanical shutter on the market, the Leica M10-D with no rear LCD screen, and the bullet-proof Leica M10-P Reporter (with Kevlar armor).

Still, we've yet to receive a true follow-up to the now four-year-old Leica M10 camera – though the latest leaked information reveals that Leica has registered a new camera, model 2416, which looks to be the M11. 

According to a registration with the Korean certification office, as spotted by reliable leaker Nokishita, the camera will accept a brand new battery (BP-SCL7, which interestingly seems to be manufactured by Fujifilm).

Is this the new battery for the upcoming Leica M11?  (Image credit: Korea Fair Trade Commission)

On top of this, Leica Rumors cites a similar registration with the certification agency in Taiwan that confirms some rumored details about the Leica M11. 

As reported by the website, the camera will have:

• A sensor with variable resolution in RAW (50MP/36MP/15MP)
• No baseplate (setup like the Leica Q2)
• No IBIS
• A new Visoflex 2 EVF (which will work with the current M10 models)
• USB-C support
• Wi-Fi (5GHz & 2.4GHz)
• Bluetooth
• New BP-SCL7 battery
• New BC-SCL7 charger

The site also expects the announcement to take place on 11/11/21, noting that the Leica M9 was announced on 09/09/09.

Obviously these are all rumors that should be taken with a pinch of salt. However, when certification bodies are involved, there is almost certainly fire to the smoke, so we could be getting the latest and greatest Leica rangefinder arriving in November.

Read more: 

Leica M10 Monochrom review
Leica M10-R review
Best Leica M lenses

James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-PhotoDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show. An Olympus (Micro Four Thirds) and Canon (full frame) shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a particular fondness for vintage lenses and film cameras.