Shure VP83F LensHopper Shotgun Microphone with Integrated Flash Recorder

Shure VP83F LensHopper Shotgun Microphone with Integrated Flash Recorder

Shure VP83F LensHopper Shotgun Microphone with Integrated Flash Recorder

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Product Highlights

  • Camera-Mount Condenser Microphone
  • Records 24-bit/48kHz WAV to MicroSDHC
  • Easy-to-Use Menu System and LCD Display
  • Fully Adjustable Gain in 1dB Increments
  • Integrated Rycote Lyre System
  • Switchable Low-Cut Filter
  • 10 Hours of Battery Life
  • Detachable 3.5mm Gold-Plated Audio Cable
  • Standard-Size Shoe Mount
  • Lightweight All-Metal Construction
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The VP83F LensHopper Shotgun Microphone with Integrated Flash Recorder from Shure is a compact camera-mount condenser that provides detailed, high-definition audio with DSLR cameras and camcorders. It records 24-bit/48kHz WAV audio files to MicroSDHC cards, supporting capacities up to 32GB. The VP83F also features one-button recording and an intuitive operating menu, making it easy to use. Additionally, an integrated Rycote Lyre shock mounting system provides isolation from vibration and mechanical noise.

The VP83F LensHopper features a 60dB gain range, adjustable in 1dB increments, as well as a low-cut filter for adapting to different recording environments. Its lightweight, yet durable, metal construction provides dependability and long-life. The VP83F easily mounts to a standard-size camera shoe or a 1/4" threaded stand. The detachable 3.5mm cable connects to your camera's audio input, while the stereo headphone output allows you to monitor incoming audio. Despite its extensive functionality, the VP83F offers 10 hours of battery life on two AA alkaline batteries. A foam windscreen is included to guard against wind and environmental noise.

Easy-to-Read Menu Display
The backlit LCD screen features complete activity monitoring from its home screen, including indicators for audio and battery metering, track information, headphone volume, mic gain, low-cut filter and remaining recording time.
Joystick Control
The VP83F has a five-position joystick that provides advanced user controls for headphone monitoring, low-cut filter and mic gain adjustments, track management, and playback.
UPC: 042406277006
In the Box
Shure VP83F LensHopper Shotgun Microphone with Integrated Flash Recorder
  • Foam Windscreen
  • Gold-Plated 1/8" (3.5mm) Audio Cable
  • 2 x Alkaline AA Battery
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Shure VP83F specs

    Cartridge Type Electret condenser
    Frequency Response 50 Hz to 20 kHz
    Recording Format 24-bit / 48 kHz WAV files
    Polar Pattern Supercardioid / lobar
    Output Impedance Camera Output: 47 Ω
    Headphone Output: 5 Ω
    Sensitivity Open circuit voltage, @ 1 kHz, typical:
    0 dB gain selection: -35.8 dBV/Pa (16.2 mV)
    +30 dB gain selection: -5.8 dBV/Pa (512.9 mV)
    Maximum SPL 0 dB gain selection, 1 kHz at 1% THD, 1000Ω load:
    129 dB SPL
    Signal to Noise Ratio +30 dB gain selection:
    78 dB
    Self Noise Equivalent SPL, A-weighted, typical, +30 dB gain selection:
    15.6 dB SPL-A
    Operating Temperature 0 to 145°F (-18 to 60°C)
    Storage Temperature -20 to 165°F (-29 to 74°C)
    Relative Humidity 0 to 95%
    Audio Connector Detachable cable with 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS connector
    dual mono, unbalanced
    Output Camera Connector: 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) dual mono unbalanced
    Headphone Connector: 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) dual mono
    Shock Protection Integrated Rycote Lyre
    Mounting Compatibility Standard camera shoe mount
    1/4" threaded base
    Battery Requirements 2 x AA battery (alkaline, NiMH, rechargeable Li-Ion)
    Battery Life 10 hours (record mode)
    Housing Cast aluminum
    Weight 7.6 oz (215 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.0 x 5.8 x 4.5"

    Shure VP83F reviews

    VP83F LensHopper Shotgun Microphone with Integrated Flash Recorder is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 30.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome One of the most solid and well built devices I've owned in a long time. It really has everything you could ask for in a product of this type at this price. The headphone jack and the visual levels meter for monitoring audio was perfect for my DLSR. Only downside was formatting flash cards... if your on a Mac you need to partition your cards using Apple Disk Utility; MBR (partition) + Xfat. Then the device will give an error when reading the card but then you can reformat it using the internal Shure utility. In another other format the Shure mic will give an error when reformatting the card.
    Date published: 2014-06-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Nice! I purchased this mic to capture quality sound for my 5D II. I literally opened the box on a Friday and and shot a wedding with it the next day. Everything worked extremely well. The build quality is solid and feels very durable for the long term. I used the mic to record to my camera for syncing in post but the power of this mic is to record straight to its micro-sd card. It works perfectly for capturing solid audio on the run. I also recommend purchasing a deadcat, Shure hadn't released it so I bought a rode deadcat and it worked great. Have fun recording!
    Date published: 2013-07-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Mic for DSLR I had just purchased the Rode Videomic Pro when I bumped into a friend who wouldn't stop singing the praises of the VP83F. And, sure enough, after taking the VideoMic on a test run, the little rubber shock mounts seemed poorly attached and designed. I returned the VideoMic and used my balance (plus a little extra cash) to buy the VP83F and I haven't looked back. The build seems much sturdier than the VideoMic and I don't worry about having to reattach the shock mount. I love the recorder, too. No more DSLR-hiss from the pre-amps from recording to camera. All in all, a great little mic that's a wonderful addition to my 5D. Only con would be battery life. It's strongly reduced by the LCD display, but just buy some rechargeable AA's and keep them handy and it shouldn't be too much of an inconvenience.
    Date published: 2013-11-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Audio, Great Price! I've always loved shure microphones, and the quality it brings, so when i got the news of this new LensHopper I had to get it! I've been using this LensHopper mic with my Nikon coolix P7700 to capture interviews and live performances, and I must say that it really have made a huge difference in the sound quality of my recordings. It blocks out the majority of those noisy backgrounds, and gives the subjuct a much warmer, richer tone. I also love the ability to record the sound separately while sending audio to the camera- Super kool! Oh, and the transfer for editing in post production is a breeze. Love it!... I gave it four stars 'cause there's always room for improvement ;)
    Date published: 2014-04-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from versatile on camera mic I bought the vp83 version first, and realize that I better just go with the vp83f with build-in recording feature. So I exchanged to the vp83f. This device has very professional looking. feel solid. The menu is very intuitive. I can change setting very fast. So why build-in reocording? seems redundant, right? The main purpose for me is for capture unintentional dialogue from any events. Many times you were't recording video for some reasons. Maybe you think that part is not important for your editing. but there might be some interesting dialogue occurs. and you missed it. you might use some part of the dialogue for editing. so this vp83f come handy. you can just let it rolling for entire events. and you won't miss any dialogue. You can later use any part of the audio for editing. This is the main purpose for me to buy this vp83f. The only feature it miss for me is the limiter. It is important to prevent clipping. Also how come no pouch included..Man for this price, it should include.
    Date published: 2013-12-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Idea, Good followthrough... I have yet to compare it with similar mic's (meaning DSLR specific mic's as this is still the only one in it's class that has the ability to record) but the build, the functionality the display are all perfect... It is a little heavier than I would like BUT I would not sacrifice the weight if it made the mic more fragile... I like the solid metal build... the front door is a bit odd getting to the microSD card and the batteries can be a bit challenging ESPECIALLY when you have the optional SURE / RYCOTE Windjammer. I plan on using this with my JuicedLinked RM333 in unison with the onboard flash recording... this way I will have a constant track from the LensHopper that can then snap everything (my lav's, my handheld Tascam, and the LensHopper) in sync using plural eyes...I will report back with how this theoretical workflow works in real life.
    Date published: 2014-01-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Improves Camcorder Sound - Substantially Sound quality(both clarity and strength), and ease of use, are absolutely as advertised. Glad I bought it. And the sound that is sent to be recorded to my Canon Vixia audio file is just as good as the sound of the file recorded on-board the mic. I suspect that for most people, they will want to turn the audio-in on their camera down about as low as they can, because the SHURE sends a very strong signal. Even with the SHURE Gain set at about half (30 or 60). If you hate your camcorder's sound, buy this puppy. You will almost certainly be glad you did.
    Date published: 2014-10-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome for DSLR It's built like a tank, sounds fantastic, and the ability to record crystal clear and hiss-free audio directly to memory is a killer feature. The pass-through signal can be set quite strong which allows the horrible DSLR preamps to be turned way down as well, eliminating most hiss when recording to camera too! It's well balanced and well designed (if a bit heavy due to the all-metal body... which is a good thing in general). Battery life is so-so at best; I can't record a whole wedding day on NiMH rechargeables but surprisingly I can generally on alkalines. My only real complaints are the needlessly complicated battery/microSD compartment (why a door within a door??) and the lack of a USB port (requiring you to physically remove the microSD card every time you wish to transfer files). But I can overlook those flaws due to the amazing performance of the device itself... a definite keeper!!
    Date published: 2014-07-21
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