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.
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). 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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).
In the Box
- Mobile Journalist, Vlogger, Run & Gun
- Integrated WAV Audio Recorder
- Separate 3.5mm Camera & Headphone Outs
- Gain, Volume & Bass Roll-Off Controls
- Detachable Coiled 3.5mm TRS Cable
- Audio & Battery Levels on LCD Screen
- Compact and Lightweight
- Windscreen Reduces Wind Noise
- Integrated Shoe/Tripod Shockmount
- 10-Hour Run Time via AA Batteries
- Shure VP83F LensHopper Shotgun Microphone with Integrated Audio Recorder
- 2 x AA Alkaline Batteries
- 3.5mm Coiled Audio Cable
- Limited 2-Year Warranty