Leica M11 review

The 60-megapixel Leica M11 combines a classic rangefinder design with (nearly) the highest resolution full frame sensor there is

Leica M11
(Image: © Rod Lawton)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Leica M rangefinders take some learning. First-timers will struggle with the viewfinder and focusing and the stripped down features, but the longer you use these cameras the more they grow on you – and carry on growing. The M11 isn’t quite perfect, but it’s a real class act that can capture very sharp images that also have that distinct Leica ‘look’, thanks in part to Leica’s fiendishly expensive M-series lenses.


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    Super-accurate focusing

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    Compact (if expensive) M lenses

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    Leica build and handling

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    Controls and interface design


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    No AF, no video, no P mode

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    As ever with Leicas, price!

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    28mm lens uses ALL the viewfinder

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The Leica M11 is the latest edition in Leica’s long-running M-series rangefinder line-up. Unlike the mirrorless Leica SL2 and SL2S, and the compact Leica Q2, this is a real old-school camera with manual focus only and not even a through-the-lens viewfinder (though it does have LCD live view if you don’t want to use the direct vision viewfinder).

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com