Shure VP83F LensHopper Shotgun Microphone with Integrated Audio Recorder

Shure VP83F LensHopper Shotgun Microphone with Integrated Audio Recorder
Key Features
  • Mobile Journalist, Vlogger, Run & Gun
  • Integrated WAV Audio Recorder
  • Separate 3.5mm Camera & Headphone Outs
  • Gain, Volume & Bass Roll-Off Controls
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The Shure VP83F LensHopper merges all the functionality of the VP83 camera-mount shotgun mic with a self-contained recorder and a dedicated headphone jack. Designed for mobile journalists, vloggers, and run-and-gun shooters, it features a backlit LCD screen with easy access to the mic gain, bass roll-off, metering, and more.
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Shure VP83F LensHopper Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Integrated Audio Recorder
  • 3Focused Pickup Pattern
  • 4Separate Camera and Headphone Outputs
  • 5Battery Powered
  • 6Bass Roll-Off
  • 7Adjustable Mic Gain and Camera Output Level
  • 8Backlit LCD Screen
  • 9Integrated Shockmount Inhibits Vibrations
  • 10Windscreen Reduces Wind Noise
  • 11Durable Metal Construction

The Shure VP83F LensHopper merges all the functionality of the VP83 camera-mount shotgun mic with a self-contained recorder and a dedicated headphone jack. Designed for mobile journalists, vloggers, and run-and-gun shooters, it features a backlit LCD screen with easy access to the mic gain, bass roll-off, metering, and more.

With its integrated WAV audio recorder and separate audio output, the VP83F allows convenient redundant recording to a microSDHC card (available separately) and your camera while supporting real-time headphone monitoring.

Featuring rugged metal construction while remaining compact and lightweight, the VP83F 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 VP83F is equipped with a foam windscreen. A detachable coiled 3.5mm TRS cable is supplied for easy connection from the mic to your camera.

Integrated Audio Recorder

The VP83F's integrated audio recorder allows you to capture 24-bit / 48 kHz WAV files to a separately available microSDHC card (32GB maximum, Class 6 or higher) while recording the VP83F's output to your camera. Even if the audio cable gets disconnected or the camera settings are misconfigured, the VP83F continues to record. A 32GB microSDHC card will yield up to 64 hours of recording time. Transfer titled and timestamped WAV files to a computer using an SD card adapter or USB adapter (both available separately).

Focused Pickup Pattern

The omnidirectional microphones found in most cameras pick up sound from all directions, yielding too much ambience and noise. The VP83F 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.

Separate Camera and Headphone Outputs

A detachable coiled cable is included with the VP83F to provide efficient connection from the VP83F's main output to your camera. 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. Additionally, you can plug headphones into the dedicated volume-adjustable 3.5mm headphone output for convenient real-time monitoring of your signal.

Battery Powered

Two included AA alkaline batteries power the VP83F for up to 10 hours of recording time. The power/battery LED will be turn red to warn of low battery levels. Approximately 15 minutes of run time remain once the battery icon begins flashing. 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.

Adjustable Mic Gain and Camera Output Level

Optimal recording levels are crucial to avoiding distortion and lessening noise. The VP83F features adjustable microphone gain and camera output volume. Apply up to 60 dB of mic gain in 1 dB increments, and choose from three camera output volume settings—high gain (0 dB) for cameras with a low-gain preamp, medium gain (-20 dB) for most cameras, or low gain (-40 dB) for cameras with a sensitive preamp.

Backlit LCD Screen

Use the ergonomic 5-position joystick to navigate the menu system, which is displayed on a backlit LCD screen. See track information, low-cut filter status, remaining recording time, headphone volume, mic gain, and meters for the battery and audio level at a glance. A record/pause/stop button and an LED indicator are placed next to the joystick for easy transport operation.

Integrated Shockmount Inhibits Vibrations

The VP83F 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 VP83F 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 VP83F's all-metal construction 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: 042406277006

Shure VP83F 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 AdjustmentUp to +60 dB
Indicators1 x Single LED (Status)
On-Board ControlsGain, Headphone Volume, High-Pass Filter, On/Off
WindscreenFoam (Included)
Frequency Range50 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL129.2 dB SPL (1 kHz, 1% THD, 1-Kilohm Load)
Off-Axis Rejection4 dB at 60°
18 dB at 120°
17 dB at 180°
Impedance47 Ohms
Sensitivity-35.8 dBV/Pa at 1 kHz (Open Circuit Voltage)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio78.4 dB A-Weighted
Equivalent Noise Level15.6 dB A-Weighted
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS
Headphone Connector1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm
Number of Conductors2
Wireless ConnectivityNone
Digital Audio
A/D Conversion24-Bit
Sample Rate48 kHz
Digital Signal ProcessingNone
Internal MemoryNone
Operating VoltageNot Specified by Manufacturer
Battery Type2 x AA
Approximate Battery Life10 Hours
Mounting1/4"-20 Female, Camera/Shoe-Mount, Shockmount (via Integrated Hardware)
Construction MaterialAluminum
Operating Temperature0 to 145°F / -17.78 to 62.78°C
Operating Humidity0 to 95%
Storage Temperature-20 to 165°F / -28 to 73°C
Dimensionsø: 3.8 x L: 6.6" / ø: 96.52 x L: 167.64 mm
Weight7.6 oz / 215.46 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10 x 5.35 x 4.25"
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Can you connect the mic to a recorder instead of ...

Can you connect the mic to a recorder instead of a camera using the red output jack and record to the recorder? So you don’t have to use a SD card.
Asked by: Christina
Yes. This is designed to record to both an SD card and or a camera /recorder
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2020-12-07


Can this mike/recorder generate a slate tone for syncing audio and video?
Asked by: Paul R.
The VP83F does not have a slate tone function. When using this device it is recommended that more traditional slate methods be used in order to aid in syncing your audio with video in post. Please reference this helpful video for further information:
Answered by: Product Rep Shure Expert
Date published: 2018-08-28


Can I use this to record podcasts, without video?
Asked by: Sergio
Yes absolutely. Please also check out Shure's line of Motiv microphones.
Answered by: Product Rep Shure Expert
Date published: 2018-08-28


Is there an auto gain option?
Asked by: Njord N.
No, this option is not available on the Mic gain setup menu.
Answered by: Cesar Graeff S.
Date published: 2018-08-28


Is this a mono or stereo mic?
Asked by: Lam P.
This is a monophonic microphone.
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2019-05-23


Does this Mic offer Level adjustments?? Looking to use this Mic as a Pass-thru Mic, but utilze it's Levels (if available) to monitor audio, etc. Thanks!
Asked by: Scott
If you mean can one adjust the gain the answer is yes. You can easy adjust the gain during a sound check and during actual recording as well. I like this mic very much. I run it through a Canon 5D mk3 so the preamp in the mic is being used instead of the camera preamp. It also records a high quality WAVE file to a memory card (the mic is also a recorder). Produces a backup. If you mean headphone levels I am not sure because I go by the actual meters not volume of the headphones which can get you into trouble because it has nothing to do with actual levels of the input that is being recorded. Hope this helps. If not, ask again and I will try to answer. Paul
Answered by: paul o.
Date published: 2018-08-28


Can I use this for any DSLR or mirrorless caemra which doesn't provide headphone output jack?
Asked by: Anonymous
SLR cameras suck for shooting video with audio, I thought I was going to do a work-a-round but #digitalcameras can only handle 'digital or analogue', never both. Hopper output is analogue. It was the best solution to record with insurance you have audio at all with a good level to the mic because you can record to the camera and the mic. Somehow you have to slate it like in the early 1900's to painfully sync latter. However, you have no idea the audio level going/receiving into the camera. I find it to be over modulated. The hopper is a great solution for what SUCKS about the canon t5i. #Canon needs to get their act together instead of make EXCUSES and put a Fricking head phone jack. My #t5i was a waist of money I'm stuck with. If you need to shoot #video with audio, the hopper is a good back-up but your not going to know the true level going into the camera --ever. You can't even playback the footage in your camera to check if came out, SUCKS SUCKS SUCKS! Hopper is good. - Stacy Poulos Playback dot net Video #Film #Multimedia
Answered by: STACY P.
Date published: 2018-08-28


what type head phones to use with the shure lens hopper ?
Asked by: Anonymous
Never skimp on headphones. You need to block out all possible sounds so you can hear feedback, hissing, etc. I use 'Sennheiser HD 280 PRO' They are big and bulky but block out a lot of outer sound. -Stacy Poulos Playback dot net video film multimedia
Answered by: STACY P.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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