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Shure VP83 LensHopper Shotgun Microphone

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Product Highlights
  • Camera-Mount Condenser Microphone
  • Integrated Rycote Lyre System
  • Three-Position Gain Adjustment
  • Switchable Low-Cut Filter
  • 130 Hours of Battery Life
  • Attached 3.5mm Audio Cable
  • Standard-Size Shoe Mount
  • Lightweight All-Metal Construction
  • Includes Foam Windscreen

The VP83 LensHopper Shotgun Microphone from Shure is a compact camera-mount condenser that provides detailed, high-definition audio with DSLR cameras and camcorders. An integrated Rycote Lyre shock mounting system provides isolation from vibration and mechanical noise.

The VP83 LensHopper features an easily accessible three-position gain adjustment and low-cut filter, allowing it to adapt for different recording environments. Its lightweight, yet durable, metal construction provides dependability and long-life. The VP83 easily mounts to a standard-size camera shoe or a 1/4" threaded stand. The convenient, attached 3.5mm cable connects to your camera's audio input. Its efficient operation boasts 130 hours of battery life on just one AA alkaline battery. A foam windscreen is included to guard against wind and environmental noise.

Capture Detailed, Accurate Audio
  • Full low-end response
  • High sensitivity
  • Low self-noise
  • Wide frequency range
  • Highly directional polar pattern
  • Effective RF immunity
Cartridge Type Electret condenser
Frequency Response 50 Hz to 20 kHz
Polar Pattern Supercardioid / lobar
Output Impedance 171 Ω
Sensitivity Open circuit voltage, @ 1 kHz, typical:
-36.5 dBV/Pa (14.9 mV)
Maximum SPL 1000 Ω Load: 129 dB SPL, 1 kHz @ 1% THD
Signal to Noise Ratio 76.6 dB
Dynamic Range 1000 Ω load: 111.6 dB @ 1 kHZ
Clipping Level 1000 Ω load: -2.7 dBV @ 1 kHz, 1% THD
Self Noise 17.4 dB SPL-A, equivalent SPL, A-weighted, typical
Operating Temperature Range 0 to 135°F (-18 to 57°C)
Storage Temperature Range -20 to 165°F (-29 to 75°C)
Relative Humidity 0 to 95%
Polarity Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on the tip and ring relative the sleeve
Audio Connector Integrated cable with 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS connector
Construction Aluminum Alloy
Shock Protection Integrated Rycote Lyre
Mounting Compatibility Standard camera shoe mount
1/4" threaded base
Battery Requirements 1 x AA battery
Battery Life 130 hours
Weight 4.7 oz (133 g)
Shure VP83 LensHopper Shotgun Microphone
  • Foam Windscreen
  • Alkaline AA Battery
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    ShureVP83 LensHopper Shotgun Microphone
     
    4.7

    (based on 15 reviews)

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          5.0

          Awesome

          By Scott

          from Groveland, FL

          Verified Buyer

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                Comments about Shure VP83 LensHopper Shotgun Microphone:

                Does a great job picking up athletes during sporting events!

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                4.0

                Good alternative

                By Mac

                from Monterey, CA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • It works
                • It Works What More Can I

                Cons

                • Angled Plug

                Best Uses

                • Descreet Shooting

                Comments about Shure VP83 LensHopper Shotgun Microphone:

                I use the LensHopper on my second Pocket Camera. The first is set up with a pre-amp, but I decided I needed something smaller as a "nose mic" for the other.

                As everyone knows by now, the Pocket is notorious for thin audio. This mic at +20, with the mic input on the camera set at 20% delivers very useable ambient audio, and in a pinch, I've even recorded dialog with it - as long as the subject isn't more than 5 or 6 feet from the camera. The Rycote suspension is excellent, and the Mic with the fur (I don't like "dead cat") is surprisingly useable in medium wind. I tested it along side my Sennheiser 416 on the other camera, and although not as robust, this little thing stands up pretty well.

                The angled plug can create a problem for cable clamps on some cages. I filed the side of the clamp on mine - a short extension would be another solution.

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                5.0

                Great quality on my GH3

                By Matt Geller

                from San Diego, CA

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                      Comments about Shure VP83 LensHopper Shotgun Microphone:

                      Awesome product and easy to use. I think that there is a MASSIVE difference between stock audio and this device. I should have upgraded to the model with the storage capacity internal. I could have used that in many different ways... Overall excellent product, it mounts nicely and the cord stays tucked away well.Big fan

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                      5.0

                      BETTER THAN RODE

                      By California Guy

                      from Beaumont, Ca.

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • AA Battery
                      • Easy In Out Battery
                      • Great sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Better Sound Than Camera

                        Comments about Shure VP83 LensHopper Shotgun Microphone:

                        I read the reviews on the Rode then this Shure VP83 and I felt much better buying this one. I'm sure glad I did. It works FANTASTIC. If you get it, you won't be sorry. No battery-dept door opening problem like the Rode and this Shure takes a AA battery.....easy. Great quality.

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                        4.0

                        great microphone

                        By ggg

                        from brooklyn, NY

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                              Comments about Shure VP83 LensHopper Shotgun Microphone:

                              I was between the Rode video mic pro and the Sennh MKE400, I tested both and then I saw this Shure and gave it a try. It has a much better build quality than the others, a great rycote shock mount and is very very sensitive. The levels on my GH3 are always at 1 with it. It also has a LED to warn you about battery life and an extra +20db setting. Great microphone for the price. delivering great audio.

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                              5.0

                              Great buy

                              By Rogelio

                              from Rancho Cucamonga

                              Comments about Shure VP83 LensHopper Shotgun Microphone:

                              I picked this mic for $[*] after a $[*] rebate at B&H.It works great with my Canon 5d mark III and with my vixia hf G30. It is well built, uses one double A battery, the vibration mount is well designed and the +20db allows me to record clear sound directly in to the camera.

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                              5.0

                              A great boost for my DSLR audio

                              By Ant M

                              from San Juan, PR

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                              Pros

                              • Great audio
                              • Great battery life

                              Cons

                              • Can Not Monitor Audio

                              Best Uses

                              • Dslr video
                              • Interviews
                              • Video

                              Comments about Shure VP83 LensHopper Shotgun Microphone:

                              So far, this microphone has been a great companion to my Canon t3i. I have used both the LensHopper and the Rode VideoMic Pro, and I have to say that both of them have the same audio quality. But the LensHopper is stronger and will not fall from its shock mount. Plus, you can use a single battery for weeks. The only downsides are that you can't monitor your audio levels (no headphone plugin) or your battery life until it is drained, but for the price you can't complain about that.

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                              4.0

                              Solid mic for what it is

                              By Fa

                              from New York City

                              Comments about Shure VP83 LensHopper Shotgun Microphone:

                              I returned a rode mic video pro which was extremely problematic to remove and replace the battery cover and also felt flimsy and rubber banded on basically. This is a sure fire upgrade from that as this is a sturdier more solid mic which also fictions on a cheaper battery. I have only used it once so far but it's far superior . I'm using it for a mark iii and solid and sturdy. Sound is great and gives you several options x

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                              5.0

                              Excellent product

                              By Jim

                              from Elmhurst, IL

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good product for the

                              Cons

                              • none

                              Best Uses

                              • On Off Camera Use

                              Comments about Shure VP83 LensHopper Shotgun Microphone:

                              Will be used with the Nikon D800, I'm just starting with video, I'm mainly a still photographer. When set at the proper gain I can eliminate background, hissing noise. I also use it off the camera near the subjet to help eliminate camera noise. I purchased the Shure mic, because the company has been around a long time. Thanks B&H for fast shipping.

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                              5.0

                              Shure is good!

                              By Steve

                              from Salt Lake City, UT

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                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Effective Shockmount
                              • Gain And Wind Cut Control
                              • High build quality
                              • Long Battery Life
                              • Uses A Single Aa Batery
                              • very good audio

                              Cons

                              • None so far

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Shure VP83 LensHopper Shotgun Microphone:

                                I'm using the VP83 on a Panasonic GH3 and it's a big improvement over the built-in mic as expected. The Shure brand goes way back. They know what they're doing and this little shotgun mic has not disappointed me. Now it isn't quite as good as a full size shotgun mic but it does a really nice job for its compact size. Only caveat is remember to switch it on before starting to film since it isn't phantom powered.

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                                5.0

                                Great Sound!

                                By James

                                from Rancho Belago, CA

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                                Pros

                                • Frequency response
                                • Looks
                                • Weight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Documentary
                                  • Replace On-cam Mic

                                  Comments about Shure VP83 LensHopper Shotgun Microphone:

                                  Used on a Canon 60D using the +20db switch and adjusting the volume manually in camera. The mic picked up voices excellently while keeping the background noise where it needs to be - in the background. Overall great sounding mic when placed closer to the person being filmed, don't have any complaints thus far. Major kudos to B&H for free shipping during the holidays!!!!

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                                  5.0

                                  Good Camcorder Mic

                                  By Jay Bee

                                  from Beacon, NY

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Gain Settings
                                  • Low Cut Filter
                                  • Powered By A A Batteries
                                  • Solid Construction

                                  Cons

                                  • Price

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Versatile Accessory Mic

                                  Comments about Shure VP83 LensHopper Shotgun Microphone:

                                  In limited use thus far with my Panasonic X920 camcorder this mic performed very well and significantly outperformed the built-in mic which on the X920 is itself not that bad. I considered a Rode VideoMic Pro but went with this model because I read it had a sturdier shock mount and a robust coiled cable. It also uses a single AA battery as opposed to a 9V on the Rode which made more sense for me. I was worried about the mic showing in video taken with my X920 d/t the forward placement of the cold shoe but it was clear of the lens' field of view even with an accessory 0.8X wide angle adapter. This mic has a gain adjustment dial which can be set to -10, 0 and +20dB and a low cut filter which has performed well in eliminating background noise. Overall the mic is well constructed and performs as advertised. A bit pricey but in the range of its Rode equivalent. I am happy with the purchase.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Microphone!!!

                                  By SDVideoGuy23

                                  from San Diego, CA

                                  Comments about Shure VP83 LensHopper Shotgun Microphone:

                                  This is an amazing mic for the cost. What attracted me to this more than the Rode VMP is the sturdy rycote suspensions instead of the rubber bands used by Rode. In terms of audio quality it's a great step up from the internal mic on my t3i. People recommend to lower the input gain on the internal mic to one notch above 0 and enable the +20db gain on the mic itself to reduce the hiss on the internal preamps of the cameras. It does work but I would even recommend just leaving it at 0db because +20db will tend to make your audio over modulated and become distorted especially if the subject talking is extremely close. In all, this was a great purchase and highly recommend it.

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                                  4.0

                                  very good

                                  By sophia

                                  from miami, florida

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about Shure VP83 LensHopper Shotgun Microphone:

                                  i used it for a documentary for class. my professor was impressed by how good the sound turned out.

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                                  5.0

                                  Practically Silent

                                  By Votawgrapher

                                  from Peoria, IL

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good sound
                                  • Low Pass

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Shure VP83 LensHopper Shotgun Microphone:

                                      I have used this microphone only a few times since I was given it as a gift (but I did ask for it specifically). I have used it on my Pentax DSLR and there's a little static when there's silence, but when recording on the computer there is practically silence when there is no sound. This means that the microphone has almost no static itself. I think the only thing I don't like about this microphone is that the switch goes right up to "On" instead of the low pass filter (the little line between) but other than that it works very well. I like the tripod screw on the bottom, the aluminum body, the single AA battery use, and the plastic holder.

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                                      Adapters allow more interconnectivity options.

                                      Kopul -  XLR to Mini Adapter
                                      • You Pay: $9.95
                                       

                                      Wind Protection

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                                      Protect your audio from wind noise with a windscreen.

                                      Shure -  Fur Windjammer for VP83 and VP83F LensHopper Microphones
                                      • You Pay: $45.00
                                       

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                                      Additional hardware extends the flexibility of your system.

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