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Shure VP83 LensHopper Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone

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Shure VP83 LensHopper Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone
Key Features
  • Mobile Journalist, Vlogger, Run & Gun
  • For Cameras and Portable Recorders
  • 130-Hour Run Time via AA Battery
  • Gain and Bass Roll-Off Switches
Upgrade from your camera's onboard mic to the Shure VP83 LensHopper camera-mount shotgun microphone for better sound, less noise, and more focused directivity. Its long battery life, 3-stage gain switch, and selectable bass roll-off make it well suited for mobile journalists, vloggers, and run-and-gun shooters.
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Shure VP83 LensHopper Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Focused Pickup Pattern
  • 3Easy Camera Connection
  • 4Long Battery Life
  • 5Bass Roll-Off
  • 63-Stage Gain Switch
  • 7Integrated Shockmount Inhibits Vibrations
  • 8Windscreen Reduces Wind Noise
  • 9Durable Metal Construction

Upgrade from your camera's onboard mic to the Shure VP83 LensHopper camera-mount shotgun microphone for better sound, less noise, and more focused directivity. Its long battery life, 3-stage gain switch, and selectable bass roll-off make it well suited for mobile journalists, vloggers, and run-and-gun shooters.

Featuring rugged metal construction while remaining compact and lightweight, the VP83 is designed to be a reliable partner for your portable video rig. Its integrated shockmount attaches directly to your camera or tripod and impedes camera handling noise and vibrations transferred through a tripod. To reduce noise from light winds, the VP83 is equipped with a foam windscreen. Attached to the VP83 is a coiled 3.5mm TRS cable, so you'll never be missing the cable you need when hurriedly hooking up the mic to your camera.

Focused Pickup Pattern

The omnidirectional microphones found in most cameras pick up sound from all directions, yielding too much ambience and noise. The VP83 uses a supercardioid/lobar polar pattern to focus on sound in front of the mic while attenuating portions of side- and rear-entry sound. Its sensitive condenser capsule and low-noise electronics produce more detailed audio and less hiss than traditional microphones built into cameras.

Easy Camera Connection

A coiled cable is permanently attached to the VP83 to provide efficient hookup to your camera without manual cable management. The cable's 3.5mm TRS plug is wired in dual mono, which delivers the mic signal identically to both input channels on your camera or portable recorder.

Long Battery Life

A single AA alkaline battery powers the VP83 for up to 130 hours of operating time. The power/battery LED will be turn red to warn of low battery levels. Approximately 13 hours of run time remain once the low-battery indicator lights up. To conserve battery life during periods of inactivity, use the power switch to turn off the mic or remove the battery from the battery compartment. NiMH or lithium AA batteries may also be used.

Bass Roll-Off

Traffic and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems can create a buildup of low-frequency noise that reduces the intelligibility of your audio. When dealing with such factors, activate the low-cut filter to roll off bass frequencies without compromising the integrity of midrange and high frequencies.

3-Stage Gain Switch

Optimal recording levels are crucial to avoiding distortion and lessening noise. The VP83 features a 3-stage gain switch to accommodate common scenarios. The 0 dB setting is recommended when capturing sounds that are slightly louder than typical speech levels. Use the -10 dB option to prevent distortion from loud sources such as concerts or sporting events. Switch to the +20 dB position for quiet sources or typical speech levels.

Integrated Shockmount Inhibits Vibrations

The VP83 utilizes an integrated Rycote Lyre shockmount to isolate the mic from vibrations and mechanical/handling noise. The bottom of the shockmount features a camera shoe mount with a 1/4"-20 thread, ensuring simple attachment to your camera or a tripod (available separately).

Windscreen Reduces Wind Noise

The foam windscreen on the VP83 is designed to lessen undesirable wind noise from breezes, fans, heaters, and air conditioners. For maximum reduction of wind noise in outdoor environments, acquire a furry windshield such as the Shure A83-FUR (available separately).

Durable Metal Construction

The VP83's cast aluminum housing provides a durable, rugged frame for rigorous operation in a variety of environments. It also offers enhanced RF immunity to mitigate unwanted audio artifacts from cellular and RF devices.
UPC: 042406276993

Shure VP83 LensHopper Specs

Form FactorStand/Boom Mount
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrincipleLine Gradient
CapsuleElectret Condenser
Polar PatternLobar, Supercardioid
OrientationEnd Address
High-Pass Filter170 Hz, 12 dB/Octave
Tone AdjustmentNone
Gain Adjustment-10 dB to +20 dB
Indicators1 x Single LED (Power)
On-Board ControlsGain/Sensitivity, High-Pass Filter, On/Off
WindscreenFoam (Included)
Frequency Range50 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL129 dB SPL (1 kHz, 1% THD, 1-Kilohm Load)
Off-Axis Rejection4 dB at 60°
18 dB at 120°
17 dB at 180°
Impedance171 Ohms
Sensitivity-36.5 dBV/Pa at 1 kHz (Open Circuit Voltage)
Output Level-2.7 dBV (Max)
Dynamic Range111.6 dB (1 kHz, 1-Kilohm Load)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio76.6 dB A-Weighted
Equivalent Noise Level17.4 dB A-Weighted
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS
Number of Conductors2
Operating VoltageNot Specified by Manufacturer
Battery Type1 x AA (Included)
Approximate Battery Life130 Hours
MountingCamera/Shoe-Mount, Shockmount (via Integrated Hardware)
Mounting Thread Size1/4"-20 Female
Included CaseNone
Construction MaterialAluminum
Operating Temperature0 to 135°F / -17.78 to 57.22°C
Operating Humidity0 to 95%
Storage Temperature-20 to 165°F / -28 to 73°C
DimensionsH: 3.3 x W: 1.7 x L: 5.9" / H: 83.82 x W: 43.18 x L: 149.86 mm
Weight4.7 oz / 133.25 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.275 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.1 x 5.4 x 4.3"

Shure VP83 LensHopper Reviews

Great mic

By Peter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-23

I use this on my Panasonic GH-3. It produces excellent audio--it's in the same league as my Audio Technica shotgun I have for my Panasonic X1500. With the Shure dead cat it performs well in breezy conditions. Battery life is also great.

Shure does it again

By George
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-07-17

I have given it a test drive and very happy with the shotgun mic.. Shure company tells all and delivers a great mic for my camcorder, does everything shure says it does. Small and powerful.

good quility

By Jimmy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-07-16

this shut gun mic is built to last and the designed is well thought of.

Rattle noise inside

By Patrick
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2018-02-08

It had rattle/clunk noise when I tilt the camera down or up. It was ok panning side to side. When I shook it gently off the camera, I could hear something is loose inside. I returned it and got the Rode. I'm surprised no one is talking about this issue.

Spot on Mic

By jaimie
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-12-19

I just recently go this mic and started doing light testing for far it pick up sound wonderfully, from all around so it'll be great for ambient sounds. It seemingly will also do well in a controlled sound environment as well.

This > RodeVideoMic Pro

By Luke
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-09-26

The build quality is great, it feels so solid compared to the plastic of the Rode. The sound quality is also up to par! With the proper audio levels on your camera, there?s little static, and with an audio recorder, it?s even better! Highly recommend this as a first microphone before stepping up to XLR

Great mic, bad windfilter quality

By Mario
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-03

This mic is one of my absolute best choice of microphones regarding sound quality and usability. I have used this in different conditions and various spaces and still after 5 years of use (I bought mine in October 2015) I love this little powerhouse. The only thing I'm sad about is that the windfilter started to crumble off to the point that the mic became 'naked'. Now I only depend on the dead cat I bought with this mic. That's why to me this gets a 4-star rating.

Beyond great!!

By Isaac
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-07

by far one of the best shotgun mic out there.Great quality and sharp audio. Works perfect on my Nikon Z6

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Will the Shure vp 83 work with a LUMIX g9? I see ...

Will the Shure vp 83 work with a LUMIX g9? I see the mike comes with a TRS cable to input to the camera and the G9 has a TRRS audio input.
Asked by: Robert
You will need a TRS to TRRS adapter to make it work. We have no issues recording into TRRS on my laptop or iPhone using a small adapter.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2019-06-20


Is there anyway it will hear the autofocus in my dslr?
Asked by: Anonymous
It depends on the lens you're using. Some lenses are noisier than others. Be sure to use a lens designed for video work. The shock mount this mic uses does a great job of isolating the mic from handling noise and I think it's an excellent mic, I've been very happy with the results.
Answered by: STEVEN W.
Date published: 2018-08-28

Could I use this as a boom mic interview style ...

Could I use this as a boom mic interview style (placed above the talent) with an extension cable?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, you can use the VP83 with an extension cable and mount the mic on a boompole or stand. The bottom of the camera shoe mount attached to the shock mount has a 1/4"-20 female thread which you can use to attach the mic to a boompole or stand. You may need to use a thread adapter. Tripods typically have a 1/4"-20 thread, but most boompoles have a 3/8" thread and most microphone stands have a 5/8" thread. For a boompole or stand with a 3/8" male post, you can use the Impact Small 3/8"-16 Female Threaded Adapter to 1/4"-20 Male Threaded Post (B&H # IMCA103) . For a microphone stand with a 5/8" male thread, you can use the CAMVATE 5/8" Female to 1/4"-20 Male Mic Stand Adapter (B&H # CAC0988). For an extension cable, you can use the Hosa Technology Stereo Mini Male to Stereo Mini Female Cable - 25' (B&H # HOSMMSMF25) or any similar aux cable in the length you prefer.
Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2021-04-14


im im using garageband 2016 ish version . . is there a noise gate/noise reduction setting in there can use? . . or noise gate software i can buy from you guys for about $100?
Asked by: john d.
Garageband does include a noise gate setting. There are various tutorials available online that can help you find where the control is within the app and activate it, based on your current version. In addition, the Shure VP83 does also feature a low-cut filter to help eliminate unwanted background noise and room ambience. You can turn this on/off using the lower of the two switches on the back of the device.
Answered by: Product Rep Shure Expert
Date published: 2018-08-28


I shoot live rock and blues in a small club. What I'm looking for is a mic that will produce accurate sound without a lot of audience noise. I have a Canon D5 M2. Is this for me? or should I look at others?
Asked by: Anonymous
It's a nice mic but possibly not the best option for your purpose. First, it's a mono mic. It is directional so you will cut out some surrounding noise but if the club forces you to be quite close you you may overemphasize one performer or instrument and if you are further back you may have audience in front of you defeating your purpose. Also, it won't help with audience noise reflecting back from the stage area.Be aware that you will need to turn off IS or risk picking up noise from the IS motors despite the shock mounting. It is very noticeable and distracting if the IS is on on the 24-105 on my 5D3.I now use a Zoom H6 and sync in post. It has flexibility to position it away from the camera but can be hot-shoe mounted and fed straight to the camera as needed. It is stereo with the option to bring in up to four more tracks from a mix-board, etc.
Answered by: Steven C.
Date published: 2021-03-18


Will this mic block the EVF on an Eos M50?
Asked by: Job
Hi Job,The VP83 will not block the electric view finder. This shotgun microphone is elevated enough to where it'll keep your line of sight clear. I hope this helps!Thank you,
Answered by: Product Rep Shure Expert
Date published: 2018-08-28


I have a Canon D5 M2. I shoot a lot of loud live rock and blues in a small club. I need a mic that will give me accurate sound. Is this the one I'm looking for?
Asked by: Richard
Yes, it is. Just manually set your camera's audio to a low setting, and set the mic to a -10 db, and sound check accordingly. The mic records nice, crisp, clean sound, great mic for the price.
Answered by: JASMINE A.
Date published: 2018-08-28


I have a Nikon d3400, will this be compatible ?
Asked by: Anonymous
Agreed, David T's answer is correct.
Answered by: Product Rep Shure Expert
Date published: 2018-08-28
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