Audio 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:
- 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