The newest M11 camera from German photo gurus Leica, the M11-P leaves a digital legacy that might prove handy in an increasingly digital world.
Ever worried about people taking your images as their own? How about worrying that photos you had taken were being manipulated without your permission? It’s not something most of us have had reason to worry about in the past but times, they’re a changin’, and in a world where it’s increasingly difficult to know what’s real and what’s not, it’s nice to have a little ace in the hole.
That ace comes in the form of the new Leica M111-P, the world’s first camera to store metadata by attaching Content Credentials at the point of capture to protect the authenticity of digital images. Content Credentials are like a digital nutrition label and have become the foundation for increased trust and transparency online.
The new M11-P pioneers the use of secure metadata in compliance with the Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI) open-source standard, providing an additional layer of transparency when designing and modifying an image. It allows information such as names, dates, changes made and tools used to be securely attached, creating awareness of the file’s origin. This means that each Leica M11-P image captured receives a digital signature backed by a CAI-compliant certificate that can be verified using open-source tools.
When the “Leica Content Credentials” function is activated in the camera menu, the Content Credential logo is visible in the display and every image taken by the Leica M11-P is reliably signed using a special algorithm. The image thus receives an unalterable and verifiable proof of camera model, manufacturer, and image attributes. The certificates prove whether an image is available in the original or in an edited version and in the latter case, they provide insight into the history of the content changes.
Further distinguishing features of the Leica M11 perfect the traditional M understatement and expand the range of applications of the Leica M11-P even further. The deliberate omission of the red Leica dot on the camera front, for example, allows for even more discreet photographing. Instead, a subtle Leica lettering is engraved on the top plate. This plate and the bottom cover are milled from aluminum in the matte black Leica M11-P and from brass blocks in the silver chrome camera version. Merged with the all-metal body made of a highly solid magnesium alloy, the interior of the camera is carefully protected.
In addition, the LCD monitor, made of sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflection protective coating, enables an optimal evaluation of the pictures in all lighting conditions while the 60 MP BSI CMOS sensor, Triple Resolution Technology, high-performance Maestro-III processor, and a large internal memory 256GB) ensures sharp and detail rich images every time.
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