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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)
|Package Height||4.2 x 5.4 x 10.1 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1.5 pounds|
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|Item Dimensions||4.2 x 10 x 5.2 in||3 x 9 x 5 in||3 x 10 x 4 in||2.59 x 10.2 x 3.1 in||7.7 x 11.3 x 2.7 in||2.5 x 7 x 4 in|
SHURE VP83 Lenshopper Camera Mount Microphone
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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.
Compared to the Rode videomic pro the sound is more sensitive, has way more tonal range, deeper base, cleaner mid tones, and is crisper on the high end. Aside from all of that, it has a longer battery life, batteries are easier to swap out (AA vs 9 volt is also a plus), and the build quality is much higher. It seems to be able to withstand abuse, while the Rodes were falling apart after being used for a few years. In our opinion, this is the new winner for DSLR shotguns.
If you have questions, feel free to ask. I will respond. I use this microphone a lot, in many different situations.
I have only had the opportunity to try this microphone a couple of times. So far I have gotten great sound. I am using on my Canon 6D and do not get any noise from the camera or the operator, just clear audio from the subjects I am aiming at. My first trial I just shot the yard in front of my house on a breezy day. I could clearly hear the leaves moving across the driveway and the flagpole clips hitting the aluminum pole, both of which I was trying for. I did not pick up any wind noise in this trial which is impressive considering the speed of the breeze which was approx. 10+ mph. Voices were heard above the background noise and was very clear as well.
Like the instructions state, turn the gain on the camera to the lowest level and increase on the mic and the results are very good.
So far I am very happy and best of all, it fits in my camera bag easily.
I think the Shure mic is so much better.
The Rode Videomic Pro is plastic vs metal for the Shure. The Rode feels cheap and fragile in comparison.
The Rode mic is much larger and less discrete than the Shure.
The Rode mic takes hard to find 9v battery as opposed to 1 *AA in the Shure
I was happy with the sound of the Rode mic until I heard the Shure. It is cleaner sounding with much better side and rear rejection.
The shock suspension of the Rode is very fragile in comparison to the Shure but both work very well.
The Rode mic is cheaper by about $30 over the Shure, but the Shure seems like it is worth twice the price.
I'm selling the Rode and keeping the Shure!
+ Solid construction (metal body!)
+ Compact design (much smaller than the Rode)
+ Internal WAV recording onto microSD
+ Easy to use interface
+ Headphone and line out output
+ Built in cold-shoe mount
+ Great audio quality
- More expensive than the Rode (but worth it; see above)
- May need a dead cat (wind muff) in windy conditions, but the same is true for the Rode.
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