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Shure VP83 LensHopper Camera-Mounted Condenser Microphone
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- Detailed, high-definition audio with full low-end response for professional results every time.
- Highly directional super cardioid/lobar polar pattern rejects unwanted off-axis audio while clearly capturing the intended sound source.
- Superior RF immunity to avoid against unwanted audio artifacts from cellular and RF devices.
- Integrated Rycote Lyre shock mounting system provides superior isolation from vibration and mechanical noise through its customized, robust design exclusively developed with Rycote for the VP83 model.
- 125 hours of battery life from 1 AA alkaline battery (included).
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VP83 LensHopper Camera-Mount Condenser Microphone
The Shure VP83 LensHopper is an ultra-compact, rugged shotgun microphone designed to provide an all-in-one solution for users to easily capture detailed, high-definition audio with DSLR cameras and camcorders. Easily accessible controls for low-cut filter and three-position gain enable adjustments for different recording environments. Developed with a highly directional supercardioid/lobar polar pattern, the VP83 provides superior off-axis rejection and delivers natural audio reproduction. An integrated, custom-designed Lyre shock mount (exclusively developed with Rycote) provides robust isolation from vibration and mechanical noise.
- Detailed high-definition audio with full low-end response
- Supercardioid/lobar polar pattern rejects unwanted off-axis audio
- Easily accessible controls at the back of the microphone including: three-position gain switch (-10 dB pad, 0, +20 dB boost) and low-cut filter switch
- Integrated Lyre shock mounting system
- 130 hours battery life from 1 AA alkaline battery (included)
- Integrated 3.5 mm audio connector
- Standard size shoe mount with 1/4” threaded base
- Durable all-metal construction with superior RF immunity
Exceptional Audio Performance with Easy-to-Use Controls
Detailed, high-definition audio with full low-end response for professional results every time. High sensitivity and low self-noise with wide frequency range for natural audio reproduction. Highly directional supercardioid/lobar polar pattern rejects unwanted off-axis audio while clearly capturing the intended sound source. Superior RF immunity to protect against unwanted audio artifacts from cellular and RF devices. 125 hours of battery life from 1 AA alkaline battery (included).
Easily accessible controls at the back of the microphone include a three-position gain switch (-10 dB pad, 0, +20 dB boost) to compensate for different recording environments, a low-cut filter switch to eliminate distracting background noise and room ambience, and the on/off function switch.
Durable, Lightweight All-In-One Solution
Integrated Rycote Lyre shock mounting system provides superior isolation from vibration and mechanical noise through its customized, robust design exclusively developed with Rycote for the VP83 model. Ultra-lightweight yet durable, all-metal construction is designed to legendary Shure quality standards. Integrated 3.5 mm audio cable for quick connection to camera or recording device. Standard size shoe mount with a 1/4” threaded base for both on camera use, or easy mounting on a stand. Includes foam windscreen to reduce unwanted wind noise without affecting sound quality. Rycote Windjammer accessory available separately.
The VP83 Includes: 1 AA alkaline battery for 130 hours of battery life Integrated 3.5 mm gold-plated audio connector output cable for quick connection to camera or recording device Standard size shoe mount with a 1/4' threaded base for on-camera use or easy mounting on a stand Foam windscreen (Windjammer available separately)
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SHURE VP83 Lenshopper Camera Mount Microphone
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If you have questions, feel free to ask. I will respond. I use this microphone a lot, in many different situations.
The green LED power indicator turns red when battery level is low. Depending on battery type, you have varying amounts of time from the Red warning to change the battery. All options are very forgiving. You'll have plenty of warning to change the battery once the indicator turns Red.
I did a wide by side test when I received the Shure. No exceptions, no conditions, no qualifications, the Shure is better. Not even close. Perfect design, functionality, build and durability. Superior in natural sound, low cut filter engagement, more gain, lower noise level, lower handling noise, smaller size, more side rejection, more battery life, excellent battery compartment access, recessed controls to reduce accidental changes in settings and power, attached cable is stronger and better attached, better cable strain relief, better shock mount support, better shock mount isolation, better and thicker coiled cable, you name it, Shure does it better by far. I would expect the Shure is better than the comparable Sennheiser, as some comment that Senn is a bit too thin for the sake of clear dialog. I like the fuller sound of the Shure, but not the boomy sound of the Rode. Shure is right in the middle, just right IMO.
What would have been cool is if Shure had included a carrying bag or zipper case of some kind. BTW, the packaging of the product is as if it were an Apple product. Sweet. I've kept the boxes and packaging, although I can't imagine selling it any time soon. (The Rode is for sale.)
A lot of my decision was based on reviews on this site and that "B" company in New York. I want to thank all the contributors for their honest appraisals which helped steer me to the right decision. Hope this helps you, too.
For $300, this is a great setup. Since it is good for the money, I give it 5 stars. It's pretty awesome that it is a flash recorder as well. The microphone is pretty directional and captures transients well. So, that means it capture details well. The only thing I don't care for is the frequency response. The way it drops off after 10 kHz leaves me some top end I wish I had. It also rolls off the bottom end slightly starting around 200Hz, which can be good or bad depending on the situation. For voice it works well enough for a general purpose shotgun microphone. It's really about convenience with this mic. Sure, I can get a much better sound with my $250 Audix VX5, pop filter, yamaha 01V console, and ADAT interface, but the price is high and convenience is low on that setup. I use that for voice overs. So, for the overall package, the VP83F gets the job done, has quiet enough circuitry, and can give you a good enough sound to make it sound professional. It just won't blow you away with sound quality or anything. It is definitely an upgrade from any internal camera mic. However, if my camera had a mic input of it's own, a $300 shotgun mic would sound better.
*IMPORTANT INFO FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO HAVE QUALITY AUDIO OTHER THAN ONBOARD MIC ON DSLRs*
Attaching an expensive mic onto your DSRL won't make a drastic difference in your sound quality! The audio processing systems that reside in DSLRs are mediocre at best. That leaves you with two options, getting a separate digital recording system OR purchasing the Shure VP83F with the intergrated flash to record stellar sound quality! Purchasing this item will definitely cut down on bulk if you're planning on moving around as you record your shots and also will make it easier to manage overall!
The only negative downside i could even think about is that the screen is on the small side, but it really isn't an issue at all. I'd take a smaller screen size in order to make this system highly portable anytime!
Definite must buy.
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Pros: It sounds way better than its competitors.Read more
Audio quality is very good, not excellent but very good.