Leica Releases World’s First Encryption Verification Camera, Is Video Next?

This post is by Sunny Shrestha from No Film School

While it might seem like it’s only on the horizon right now, the content creation industry is setting itself up to change in vast and eventually rapid ways. Of course, a big part of this changing landscape hinges on the development of AI and its generative capabilities.

But another area changing quickly is in the realm of content verification and encrypted credentials. The latest example of this new technology comes in the form of a camera.

The Leica M11-P is the world’s first camera to fully embrace content credentials with a built-in encryption verification system for putting encrypted metadata baked into every photo. While this Leica camera is obviously a photo-only product, the same tech could be coming to video cameras soon.

Introducing the Leica M11-P

\u200bThe Leica M11-P on a black background

While we’re chiefly focused on film and video production here, it’s hard not to geek out a bit about this new Leica camera—at least a little bit. If you’ll indulge us, Leica has made a name for itself as one of the premiere photo camera manufacturers in the world. Despite the high price points, Leica cameras are known worldwide for their phenomenal advanced imaging technology.

These Leica cameras have been on the frontlines of history for quite some time as the M-series in particular has been a favorite choice for photojournalists and high-end photographers for years.

This newest camera, the Leica M11-P, aims to combine the best contemporary tech with Leica’s classic design.

The camera features a 60MP full-frame CMOS sensor with a back-illuminated design that provides improved noise performance and faster readout speeds. The higher resolution is really tailored for more detail-oriented applications like landscape and architectural subjects, and the noise-reduction perks of the BSI design should improve clarity and color accuracy across all low-light conditions and higher ISOs.

Content Credentials with Authenticity Initiative Technology

But the real fascinating aspect here is Leica’s content credentials and content authenticity initiative technology at work. The M11-P is the world’s first camera to feature this tech, which comes from a collaboration between the Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI) and Adobe, as well as other organizations like the New York Times and Leica of course.

With the goal of developing a new standard for digital content attribution, you could think of new tech as a first step into a world in which all future content can be encrypted and verified the instant it is created.

This Leica Content Credentials technology works by using a secure processing chip that can encrypt image metadata at the point of capture. This metadata information can then be independently verified and even appended to when using compatible apps or software, like Adobe Photoshop for example.

The Future of Content Credentials

It makes sense that this new technology would be rolled out first with a photo-only camera.

However, it’s not unreasonable to assume that this technology is perhaps already being tested with video cameras as well. It doesn’t sound like this extra encrypted metadata will be too information-heavy to attach to video files in the future either.

However, because so much of the industry is set to change so quickly, it’s important that this is done right. Having a central authority like the Content Authenticity Initiative at the heart of these new endeavors should be key to keeping this technology on the best path forward.

Yet, there are still so many questions. Could we see the next Canon camera includes this technology perhaps? How will this technology eventually work with faces and subject tracking for verification of persons? Will there be ways to retroactively apply this technology to photos and footage shot from before?

We’ll have to wait and see what happens next, but for now—if you’re interested in trying it out and using one of the best and most professional photo cameras now on the market—the Leica M11-P promises to be a great option.

Here are the specs for the Leica M11-P as well as purchase options:

  • 60MP Full-Frame BSI CMOS Sensor
  • Leica Content Credentials Technology
  • Iconic Design with No Logo
  • Optical 0.73x-Magnification Viewfinder
  • 2.95″ Touchscreen with Sapphire Glass
  • Internal 256GB Memory and SD UHS-II Slot
  • ISO 64-50000, Up to 4.5-fps Shooting
  • Wi-Fi & USB Type-C, Dedicated FOTOS App
  • Classic Brass Top Plate
  • Electronic Shutter, Multi-Field Metering

Leica M11-P Rangefinder Camera

Leica cameras have been on the frontlines of history. The M-series has long been favored by photojournalists and has been used to capture iconic imagery across the decades. Continuing the tradition of the series is the Leica M11-P.