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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
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 Factor
Stand/Boom Mount
Sound Field
Operating Principle
Line Gradient
Element Type
Electret Condenser
Polar Pattern
Lobar, Supercardioid
End Address
High-Pass Filter
170 Hz, 12 dB/Octave
Tone Adjustment
Gain Adjustment
Up to +60 dB
1 x Single LED (Status)
On-Board Controls
Gain/Sensitivity, Headphone Volume, High-Pass Filter, On/Off
Foam (Included)
Frequency Range
50 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL
129.2 dB SPL (1 kHz, 1% THD, 1-Kilohm Load)
Off-Axis Rejection
4 dB at 60°
18 dB at 120°
17 dB at 180°
47 Ohms
-35.8 dBV/Pa at 1 kHz (Open Circuit Voltage)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
78.4 dB A-Weighted
Equivalent Noise Level
15.6 dB A-Weighted
Output Connector
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS
Headphone Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm
Number of Conductors
Digital Audio
A/D Conversion
Sample Rate
48 kHz
Digital Signal Processing
Internal Memory
Operating Voltage
Not Specified by Manufacturer
Battery Type
2 x AA (Included)
Approximate Battery Life
10 Hours
Camera/Shoe-Mount, Shockmount (via Integrated Hardware)
Mounting Thread Size
1/4"-20 Female
Included Case
Construction Material
Operating Temperature
0 to 145°F / -18 to 63°C
Operating Humidity
0 to 95%
Storage Temperature
-20 to 165°F / -28 to 73°C
ø: 3.8 x L: 6.6" / ø: 96.52 x L: 167.64 mm
7.6 oz / 215.46 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
10 x 5.15 x 4.15"

Shure VP83F LensHopper Reviews


By Taylor
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2023-04-28

This is the first Shure mic I have used that I did not really love. It isn't super terrible. It is not super great as a shotgun mic. It does pic up some of the box-like sound in a small room. I personally did not like the sound that came from the mic. Thankfully B&H has a good return policy.

Good sound - sampling rate is overkill

By Robert
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-01-14

This mic definitely improves sound pickup in the field.  Im using it with the optional Fur Windjammer windscreen and it makes a tremendous difference in wind noise reduction. My only observation is that using 24-bit/48kHz to record voice generates a much larger file than needed, but I guess Shure didnt want to have any complaints about sampling rate, so that should definitely satisfy everyone.  And not having extra menu options (like sample size/rate) does make life simpler.

Perfect for Run and Gun

By Andrew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-10-08

While I prefer how the Rode Video Mic Pro sounds, its drawback is relying on often sub-par camera mic pre-amps. Not so, with the LensHopper VP83F. Plus, its not tied to your camera, so you can close mic your subject with a boom. And if you're using it for run and gun attached to the cold shoe of your camera, you get the added bonus of having an in-camera back up recording via the mic out. I mostly use it for run and gun, but it has also saved my bacon more than once, when a subject's movements made the lav recording unusable.

Excellent shotgun mike for amateur usage

By The video guy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-06-25

I got this microphone for a Sony AX-53 camcorder + Canon 5D MK3 and I'm very satisfied with it. I film mainly smaller concerts, interviews and documentaries. For interviews this microphone is a big help. Of course it's not the right mic for recording music, but whenever you need a directional microphone the Shure Lenshopper is a good choice in this price range. I got the one with flash recorder because the camcorder and camera input does not record in such a nice quality. I like this microphone and use it for portable recordings often together with a Zoom H5. Thumbs up!

Excellent acquisition!

By Marcos Hirano
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-05-18

I've received the product couple days ago and the first impression was the best it could be. First class build quality, very friendly operation menu. I've already used it to record some interviews in noisy environments and the sound was crystal clear. Everything has been doing well. I still haven't tested recording in windy conditions to check if the windjammer will really do its job. I only have a concern with the operation joystick because I feel it a bit fragile. The same for the battery compartment cover. Hope to be just a wrong impression. As a suggestion to the manufacturer, it might have a wireless connection to be operated remotely by a smartphone of even a wireless remote control which could be replaced in case of fail.

Great for multimedia reporters

By Grant
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-02-16

I use this mic and recorder for DSLR video, but more often I use it for simultaneous audio reporting and still shooting. The option to record straight to the mic makes this possible. This is a really hot mic that reaches out and grabs your subject. It manages to not have total side to side rejection like larger shotguns. When reporting in the field I actually like this as it allows me to use the mic to record scene setting sounds when the gain is high. Run the gain low and you can close mic your subject and isolate them from the rest of the environment. I have even tracked my own audio in the field for radio stories with this mic with the gain in the basement. Editors never noticed. Only downside are the wires that connect to the two 1/8 inch outputs. The headphone side shorted. I sent it back to Shure hoping they could repair it. Instead they sold me a brand new unit.

It’s okay

By Dennis
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-21

It’s okay and seems to do what it says. My first unit had obviously seen use so it had to go back. I was disappointed that a $300 mic doesn’t come with a $3 micro sd card. And to use this with any wind you have to spend $45 extra for a cheap piece of synthetic fur. Shhh! Don’t tell my wife I actually fell for it. I should have fashioned one myself out of a pink 60’s toilet seat cover. Oh, and the screen is pathetic for modern electronics. I’m sure they will change that right after I bought mine. Not what I’m used to from Shure for sure.

great quality for the price

By Aaron
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-06

Easy to set up. Great quality as well. windjammer is a little tough to get on. that shouldn't steer you away from the product.

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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


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.
The VP83F contains a single microphone element so recordings are mono. Both the headphone monitoring output and camera output jack on this mic are TRS, however they are actually delivering dual mono output, not stereo.
Answered by: Product Rep Shure Expert
Date published: 2020-08-28


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


Can this be used without using the flash recorder?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes. I use it all the time. - Stacy Poulos Playback dot net Video #Film #Multimedia
Answered by: STACY P.
Date published: 2018-08-28

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: James Cruz
Date published: 2020-12-07


Does this come with the micro SD?
Asked by: Anonymous
I don't remember that it did. But I suggest getting the fastest & largest SD chip. Audio is FAT, fatter than video. Nothing worst than running out of space. - Stacy Poulos Playback dot net Video #Film #Multimedia
Answered by: STACY P.
Date published: 2018-08-28


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
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