Shure's throwing their hat in the ring in a big way with these two great little mics. Both are very light, feel well built and sound great with good off-axis rejection of surrounding noise. After recently testing both of these mics I was quite impressed with them and feel they will offer a nice alternative to the shooter who is looking for a good camera mic at reasonable price point. These mics are directly targeted at the DSLR shooter looking to get better audio with a simple on-camera solution.
The main difference between the two mics is that the VP83F mic comes with a built in micro SD card flash recorder using WAV codec the VP83 still uses the camera to record its audio.
Both mics included the following Specs:
-Supercardoid pickup pattern.
-Frequency Response is 50Hz to kHz
-Have a Low Frequency Cut
-Rycote shock mount
The VP83 has a battery life of 125 hours using one AA battery.
The VP83F has a battery of life of 10 hours using two AA batteries.
The VP83F also contains a 3.5mm headphone output jack and a 3.5mm mic input jack.
After using both of these mics the off axis rejection is what really won me over. Having a built-in recorder on the VP83F will appeal to many DSLR shooters looking to by-pass the audio in their DSLR and achieve a higher quality recording.
Both units are competitively priced:
Shure VP83: $230.00 U.S. List
Shure VP83F: $350.00 U.S. List
They will be available later this summer.
Here is a video from Shure giving a in-depth tutorial of these two microphones: