I was very excited to try out the Shure VP83 for my DSLR. It started as a big disappointment, but eventually got a happy ending! Here are a few steps on how you get your happy ending!
The build quality of this microphone is really good. It’s rigid, has some weight to it and it looks very professional. You get an AA-battery in the box (unless you’re living in Argentina), which is nice. My main microphone was the Røde Videomic Go, but it produces a lot of hiss when there’s no one talking. That was the same issue with the Videomic Pro, so I changed brands and went for the Shure.
The Shure VP83 has three different options: -10db, 0db or +20db. The +20db function is mainly used for talking, so perfect for my videos… I thought.
With my camera microphone settings set to automatic, I changed microphones and guess what? It was even worse than the Røde! :(
I tried changing it to 0db: no real effect. -10db: Nope, not the quality I was looking for.
So I went to my best friend, Google, and asked him what I could do. He said: Simon, you should change the setting on your camera to 3-4db instead of automatic and put the Shure VP83 on +20dB. I did and guess what? It worked!! Woohoo!
So after changing the amp on the camera to almost mute and putting the preamp on the Shure (which is actually what you should do with that microphone) to +20db, everything worked like a charm. No hiss, perfect audio quality and a very happy man.
If the sound doesn’t feel right just yet, I would suggest playing with it for a while until it fits your needs!
The Shure VP83 costs 199$ and you can find it here.