Excerpt: I use the LensHopper on my second Pocket Camera. The first is set up with a pre-amp, but I decided I needed something smaller as a "nose mic" for the other. As everyone knows by now, the Pocket is notorious for thin audio. This mic at +20, with the mic input on the camera set at 20% delivers very useable ambient audio, and in a pinch, I've even recorded dialog with it - as long as the subject isn't more than 5 or 6 feet from the camera.
Excerpt: Awesome product and easy to use. I think that there is a MASSIVE difference between stock audio and this device. I should have upgraded to the model with the storage capacity internal. I could have used that in many different ways...
Excerpt: I read the reviews on the Rode then this Shure VP83 and I felt much better buying this one. I'm sure glad I did. It works FANTASTIC. If you get it, you won't be sorry. No battery-dept door opening problem like the Rode and this Shure takes a AA battery.....easy. Great quality.
Pros: AA Battery, Easy In Out Battery, Great sound
Excerpt: I was between the Rode video mic pro and the Sennh MKE400, I tested both and then I saw this Shure and gave it a try. It has a much better build quality than the others, a great rycote shock mount and is very very sensitive. The levels on my GH3 are always at 1 with it. It also has a LED to warn you about battery life and an extra +20db setting. Great microphone for the price. delivering great audio.
Excerpt: I picked this mic for $[*] after a $[*] rebate at B&H.It works great with my Canon 5d mark III and with my vixia hf G30. It is well built, uses one double A battery, the vibration mount is well designed and the +20db allows me to record clear sound directly in to the camera.
Excerpt: So far, this microphone has been a great companion to my Canon t3i. I have used both the LensHopper and the Rode VideoMic Pro, and I have to say that both of them have the same audio quality. But the LensHopper is stronger and will not fall from its shock mount. Plus, you can use a single battery for weeks.
Excerpt: I returned a rode mic video pro which was extremely problematic to remove and replace the battery cover and also felt flimsy and rubber banded on basically. This is a sure fire upgrade from that as this is a sturdier more solid mic which also fictions on a cheaper battery. I have only used it once so far but it's far superior . I'm using it for a mark iii and solid and sturdy.
Excerpt: Will be used with the Nikon D800, I'm just starting with video, I'm mainly a still photographer. When set at the proper gain I can eliminate background, hissing noise. I also use it off the camera near the subjet to help eliminate camera noise. I purchased the Shure mic, because the company has been around a long time. Thanks B&H for fast shipping.
Excerpt: This mic sounds even better than I expected. It is warm and rich and clear. Build quality and suspension are far nicer than Rode video mic pro. Sound seems clearer than the Rode, and much richer than the Sennheiser MKE400. <br /> I bought a 3.5mm-to-2.5mm adapter at Radio Shack to attach this to my Fuji X-E1. Then I turned Fuji pre-amp gain to minimum setting. There is still so much gain that I can only use the mic's +20dB setting in very quiet situations.
Pros: Available Deadcat, Available Deadcatfur, Battery Life, Compact Size, Metal Construction, Robust Coiled Cord, Sound quality, Suspension
Excerpt: I'm using the VP83 on a Panasonic GH3 and it's a big improvement over the built-in mic as expected. The Shure brand goes way back. They know what they're doing and this little shotgun mic has not disappointed me. Now it isn't quite as good as a full size shotgun mic but it does a really nice job for its compact size. Only caveat is remember to switch it on before starting to film since it isn't phantom powered.
Pros: Compact, Effective Shockmount, Gain And Wind Cut Control, High build quality, Long Battery Life, Uses A Single Aa Batery, very good audio