Shure-vp83f1Audio technology is a pretty stable industry, but manufacturers are continuing to experiment with new features to help sweeten the deal. This time, it's an interesting approach from Shure: a shotgun mic with its own internal recording capabilities called the VP83F. Hit the jump for the details:

  • Supercardoid
  • Three position gain switch
  • Low-Cut Filter
  • Records 24bit / 48kHz WAV to Micro SD cards
  • Playback control
  • Built-in Rycote shock mount
  • RF immunity
  • Headphone monitoring
  • Pricing TBD


Targeted for DSLR filmmakers, this mic might prove useful for specific applications where you need a stand-alone recording system. I'm not sure this coupling will catch on, but it's always cool to see companies trying new things. Pricing has yet to be determined, but I expect it will fall in line to compete with other on-camera shotguns like the Sennheiser MKE400 at around $200-$300. There's also a version of the mic without the internal recorder.

What do you think? What kind of situations would this be useful in?

Link: Shure VP83 Series -- B&H