Designed for use with DSLR and video cameras, the Shure VP83 condenser microphone enables videographers to capture professional quality audio. Adjustable gain, superior off-axis rejection, and a selectable low-cut filter provide exceptional definition and clarity. Consistent with Shure's commitment to quality and durability, the VP83 features a lightweight, all-metal housing and a built-in Rycote® shock mount for reliable use in the field.
① Rycote® Foam Windscreen
② Battery Compartment
③ Rycote® Integrated Shock Mount
④ Audio Output Cable
⑤ Gain Adjustment Switch
⑥ Power / Low Battery LED
⑦ Power / Low-Cut Filter Switch
⑧ Camera Shoe Mount Adapter
Tip: In addition to the vibration isolation provided by the shock mount, the low-cut filter can be used to further eliminate handling noise and low frequency rumble.
This microphone requires one AA battery to operate (Alkaline, NiMH, or Lithium). To install:
Low Battery LED: When the battery is running low, the LED turns red and the battery should be replaced as soon as possible. See the battery life table in the user guide to determine remaining runtime after the LED turns red.
① Connect to the camera or recording device
|Plug the attached coiled cable into the camera's audio input. Alternatively, the microphone can be plugged into a field recorder or other external device. It may be connected to both a camera and a recorder by using a Y-splitter cable.|
② Lower the camera's gain (input volume) to the minimum setting
|Using the least amount of gain from the camera or recording device and more gain from the VP83 will result in a better signal-to-noise ratio.
Note: If automatic gain control on the camera (when applicable) introduces unwanted audio artifacts, consider bypassing the feature.
③ Perform a sound check and adjust the gain switch
|The dB gain switch adjusts the level of the audio signal sent to the camera's audio input. Begin with the gain switch set to +20 dB. Monitor the camera's audio meter and adjust the switch so that the loudest sounds do not exceed −6 dB.
Note: Camera input sensitivity varies between manufacturers. Use this information for general reference.
④ If necessary, increase the camera's input gain
|The audio signal should peak between −12 and −6 dB on the camera's audio meter. Follow the camera manufacturer's instructions to fine tune the gain to reach the appropriate level.|
The low-cut filter reduces low frequency rumble caused by camera handling and other environmental factors by rolling off low frequencies 170 Hz and below (12 dB per octave). To engage, slide the power switch to the low-cut filter () position.
To listen to the audio while recording, connect a pair of headphones to the camera's headphone output. Use the camera's headphone volume control to adjust the monitoring level. Do not use the gain switch on the VP83 to adjust the monitoring level.
Proper gain adjustment is necessary to achieve the best signal-to-noise ratio. When recording audio, the camera's preamp circuitry may introduce a small amount of noise that increases as the camera's preamp gain is raised, or when volume levels are raised during post production.
How the VP83 improves performance: The VP83 microphone has very low noise characteristics, which means that using more gain from the microphone and less from the camera improves the signal-to-noise ratio and results in a cleaner audio signal.
|Unit does not turn on||Replace batteries and make sure that the batteries are installed correctly.|
|Sound is distorted||
50 to 20,000 Hz
open circuit voltage, @ 1 kHz, typical
-36.5 dBV/Pa (14.9 mV)
1 kHz at 1% THD, 1000 Ω load
|129 dB SPL|
@ 1 kHz, 1000 Ω load
@ 1 kHz, 1% THD, 1000 Ω load
equivalent SPL, A-weighted, typical
17.4 dB SPL-A
-18°C (0°F) to 57°C (135°F)
-29°C (-20°F) to 74°C (165°F)
0 to 95%
1 AA battery (Alkaline, NiMH, Lithium)
133 g (4.7 oz.)
 1 Pa=94 dB SPL
THD of microphone preamplifier when applied input signal level is equivalent to cartridge output at specified SPL
S/N ratio is the difference between 94 dB SPL and equivalent SPL of self noise, A-weighted
|AA Battery Type||Typical Remaining Runtime (Hours)|
|New Battery||After power LED turns red|
|Rycote® replacement foam windscreen||A83W|
Note: Testing is based on the use of supplied and recommended cable types. The use of other than shielded (screened) cable types may degrade EMC performance.
The CE Declaration of Conformity can be obtained from: www.shure.com/europe/compliance
Authorized European representative:
Shure Europe GmbH
Headquarters Europe, Middle East & Africa
Department: EMEA Approval
75031 Eppingen, Germany
Phone: 49-7262-92 49 0
Fax: 49-7262-92 49 11 4