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Rode NTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone

You Pay: $269.00
Product Highlights
  • Battery or Phantom Powered
  • Supercardioid Polar Pattern
  • Excellent Off-Axis Signal Rejection
  • Selectable HPF: 80Hz

The Rode NTG-2 is a condenser shotgun microphone designed for professional audio capturing in the field or indoors. With a history of manufacturing quality studio microphones, Rode has implemented low noise output electronics and wide bandwidth, both of which attribute to the NTG-2's broadcast sound quality.

The super-cardioid polar pattern and line plus gradient acoustic principle effectively minimize audio and noise at the off-axis (sides) of the microphone, while the front of the capsule accurately reproduces incoming audio signal. The result is greater intelligibility and signal-to-noise ratio when using the NTG-2 in noisy environments.

The NTG-2 is powered with an internal 1.5V AA size battery or an external +48 Volt phantom power source. The output is a standard 3-pin XLR male connector.

The microphone features a rugged, all metal, lightweight enclosure that is ideal for camera mounting yet durable enough to withstand the rigors of heavy road use. The Rode NTG-2 is packaged with a microphone stand mount and windscreen.

Battery Or Phantom Powered
The Rode NTG-2 can be powered with an internal 1.5V AA battery or external +48V phantom power source.
Super-Cardioid Polar Pattern
The super-cardioid polar pattern and line gradient acoustic principle allow for a narrow pick up pattern at the front of the capsule while minimizing noise at the off-axis sections.
Lightweight Durable Construction
The NTG-2 features a lightweight metal housing that is ideal for camera mounting.
Low Handling Noise
Low noise output electronics provide high signal-to-noise ratio. The NTG-2 is designed to also reduce noise caused by handling, rigid mounting hardware, loose cabling etc.
Transducer Condenser
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz
Sensitivity -36.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (15.00mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 76dB (1kHz rel, 1Pa; per IEC651, IEC268-15)
Maximum Input Sound Level 131dB SPL (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load)
Power Requirements +48V phantom, 44V to 52V
Output Impedance 250Ω
Output Connectors 3-pin XLR balanced
Pad No
Low Frequency Roll-Off Selectable HPF @ 80Hz/12dB octave
Dimensions 10.94 x .87" (278 x 22mm) (Length x Diameter)
Weight 5 oz (161g)
Rode NTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone
  • 10 Year Warranty
  • Microphone Stand Mount
  • Windscreen
  • Zippered Pouch
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    RodeNTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone
     
    4.5

    (based on 332 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (200)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (116)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (3)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (266)
    • Easy to use (240)
    • Lightweight (226)
    • Versatile (155)
    • Compact (143)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (19)
    • Pricey / poor value (7)
    • Poor sound quality (6)
    • Not durable (4)

    Best Uses

    • Professional recording (174)
    • Outdoor events / games (141)
    • Amateur recording (140)
    • Performances (80)
    • Home studio (79)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (212), Novice (54), Professional musician (18), Tech savvy (11), Gearhead (5)
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      • Business (14), Personal (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    One Of The Best Shotgun Mics

    When I dove head first into the world of filmming with DSLR's I was told I would need to get my sound in an external manner since the audio off the DSLR isn't that...Read complete review

    When I dove head first into the world of filmming with DSLR's I was told I would need to get my sound in an external manner since the audio off the DSLR isn't that great. I knew the RODE products were known for quality so I got the B&H RODE NTG 2 Kit.

    The choice I made was definatly the right one. The sound out of the external mic is fantastic. My film projects finally looked like films and now sounded like them as well. I use this as my main source to capture sound on all my shoots now. The price for the kit is more then resonable especially once you hear the kind of quality you get out of it.

    There is honestly only one real problem though. It comes in the form of low audio gain when used with the Zoom H4n. Seperatly the devices are amazing but together the problem arises. I was definatly worried when I saw the audio levels were not breaking -6 (it should be around -12) when I was recording at mic volume of 100! I read around and found I would need a preamp but being the director, director of photography, co-sound guy, and art director I didn't want to carry around a pre-amp that needed to be plugged in (I was filming by a river).

    Luckily RODE has made something to help this situation in the form of the RODE D-Powerplug. It adds 20db gain which is way more then enough to get the right audio levels. So with the Zoom H4n, the RODE NTG-2 and the RODE D-Powerplug I saved easily over $300-$500.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    It works!

    Although it's not the best sounding mic I have ever heard, all other shotguns that I've worked with cost at least three times this one, so I don't think it's fair to compare...Read complete review

    Although it's not the best sounding mic I have ever heard, all other shotguns that I've worked with cost at least three times this one, so I don't think it's fair to compare them.

    In today's urban cities, noise is always a problem, but I was able to get great, focused sound outdoors, which is where this mic shines. It doesn't deal too well with reflections, so indoors the sound can get muddy. This is a problem inherent to shotgun mics, but I find it's more pronounced in this one. The solution? Acoustic treatment or consider investing also on a hypercardioid.

    I like the NTG-2's output with phantom power better than with batteries. I thought it would be just the opposite, but I found that with P48 it needs less gain, which is the way to go if you're using a Zoom H4n. So, if you do not really need the battery feature, consider the even lighter NTG-1 — your boom arm will thank you.

    Self-noise sounds very acceptable to me, but I didn't use it in a really quiet environment yet. There's a weird phasing sound when moving the mic that I attribute to off-axis coloration.

    An alternative to this mic would be the Audio-Technica AT897, check that one out too.

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    5.0

    great mic

    By frank

    from new jersey

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          Comments about Rode NTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

          awesome sound quality

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          5.0

          Exactly what I expected

          By ALC

          from Buffalo, NY

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Rode NTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

          I hook up the microphone to a Juicelink, which provides audio for videos I create on my Canon 70D DSLR.

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          4.0

          Decent for the price

          By uberaudio

          from Utah

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Rode NTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

          Great little microphone. I use it both in the studio for Foley and ADR as well as in the field. Works great for both.

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          5.0

          The Best, the Ideal!

          By filmfaro

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Rode NTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

            Nothing to say really other than that this mic is amazing. It gets the job done and if you have a good mixer can have close to no noise floor. Picks up sound very well.

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            5.0

            Works Great For Me!

            By Alex F.

            from Greenville, NC

            Comments about Rode NTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

            I'll start off by saying I'm certainly no audiophile and can't tell you the subtle nuances between this shotgun mic and another but I can say it's been great for me. I shoot weddings and, though this is not my main source of audio, having it on my Canon XF100 is a great addition. During a recent shoot, it provided clear professional audio that'll be great for b-roll sound. Rode is a respected brand and the NTG-1 is widely respected so, this being my first shogun mic purchase, I'm happy with the end result.

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            3.0

            ok

            By gula

            from NYC

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use Well
            • Pricey / Poor Value

            Best Uses

            • Professional Recording
            • Short films

            Comments about Rode NTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

            for film. the signal is ok but would like stronger and clearer. possibly need to learn how to use it better. not enough help to understand best use of NTG2. does not come with a tube for carrying protection.

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            5.0

            Works like it should

            By ThomasL

            from Winnipeg, MB

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Rode NTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                I bought this for a short film i was shooting and i needed to upgrade my audio. This was a prefect choice. I bought it in the Rode NTG2 DSLR Kit. Everything i needed to increase my audio. Works great and will last me a long time as long as i keep taking care of it.

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                5.0

                very nice product

                By media prof 55

                from Pineville, Louisiana

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Rode NTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                  WE used this mic in a film shoot. It proformed very well inside and is very directional. Dialogue was picked up and background noise was reduced. Very nice product

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                  5.0

                  exelent for the price

                  By Stoi

                  from NJ

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                  Staff Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events

                    Comments about Rode NTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                    gtrate product

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Low Cost, High Performance

                    By Film Maker

                    from Greater Los Angeles Area

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                    Pros

                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording

                      Comments about Rode NTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                      You can't complaint about the price.
                      It is a good deal

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                      5.0

                      GREAT mic for a lot of applications

                      By Jim Bentley

                      from Elk Grove, CA

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Durable
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Rode NTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                          I've got two NTG-2 mics now. We've mounted them on our XF-100 and XA-20. We've put them on the Rode boom pole. We've even used them for voiceover work, mounting them on a stand and having a speaker face them at an oblique angle in our portable sound booth. One AA battery provides the power you need. I've yet to use the low pass filter. The foam windscreen cuts down on typical room noise, but we use a zeppelin in the field and on breezy days the deadbeat over the zeppelin. This mic is easy to use. Reliable. And it's all metal construction feels solid. It's been dropped while in the pouch a couple times, yet it keeps working. I'd definitely recommend this mic to a friend.

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                          5.0

                          Great mic, great price!

                          By FL Sound Guy

                          from Longwood, FL

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                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Durable
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Rode NTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                            Great sounding mic, after all it's a Rode that is what you woudl expect. Staring using it and could hear immediate improvements in my recordings.

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                            5.0

                            And then there were two...

                            By Mister Berneker

                            from Hamilton, ON

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                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Events
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Rode NTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                              I already had one of these mics and have been very happy with it, so when it came up on sale with NAB pricing, I just had to NAB another one.

                              Great, easy to use, and versatile. It will take device phantom power or use a battery, which makes it usable with any recording device. I used it the first time for audio production on a short film that included foley, dialogue, environment SFX and each time it has provided beautiful clean sound.

                              Rolloff switch for noisy rooms is also a big plus and it has just the right amount of directional focus to be forgiving where needed but precise enough to isolate a source.

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                              5.0

                              Awesome Mics for Videographers

                              By FXtras

                              from Cranston, RI

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Events
                                • Performances
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Rode NTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                This is my 4th Rode they are great mics for video work.

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                                5.0

                                NTG-2, good to go!

                                By AMF

                                from Rhode Island

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                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events
                                  • Performances
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Rode NTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                  Great shotgun for the price. Small and easy to use.

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                                  5.0

                                  Perfect mic!

                                  By bcc

                                  from Amherst, MA

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Events
                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Performances
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Rode NTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                    Great build quality, low price, phantom power and battery, sounds great!

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Entry Level Shotgun Mic

                                    By Alec

                                    from Oklahoma

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                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Amateur Recording
                                      • Professional Recording

                                      Comments about Rode NTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                      Nice, tight pickup cone, and an ultra sleek design.

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                                      4.0

                                      Very good short shotgun for the price

                                      By Zan Shin

                                      from Midwest USA

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                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Cost-effective
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Good Quality Sound
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Reliable
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                      • Not Perfectly Neutral

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Amateur Recording
                                      • Events
                                      • Home Studio
                                      • Independent Filmmaking
                                      • Performances
                                      • Professional Recording

                                      Comments about Rode NTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                      First, IGNORE every comment by someone who thinks it's a good idea to leave a battery inside a piece of electronics... they are truly ignorant rookies and will someday wake up to find leakage has damaged their gear. You should ALWAYS take the battery out of everything it goes into when you're finished. In fact, if you're conscientious about your work, you'll start with new batteries every time you pull it out to use it. That said, if a microphone isn't plugged into a circuit, it's not converting sound into signal quietly, so any usage with battery inside while you reset a stage or move the camera doesn't need to be turned "off" - you can literally use an NTG-2 for DAYS without needing to change the battery... but you still should. Imagine the thrill of hitting record, the actors are speaking, the music is playing, the scene is playing out right before your eyes... but because you wanted to use a single AA battery for 6 to 9 months to reduce your operating overhead, you accidentally left the mic turned off... and now it's all gone on without you. Not very professional. Consider that a mic using phantom power doesn't have an on/off switch... why not? It's using power supplied by a mixer or a camera or SOMETHING... shouldn't it have an on/off switch? Mics costing thousands of dollars do not have on/off switches, the NTG-2 doesn't need one either.

                                      Next, consider the folks that couldn't figure out why they have hum, or worse, that the mic doesn't fit their holder on their camera. No professional sound person in the world will tell you it's okay to run around with a microphone near enough to record the constant electro-mechanical whirrs and clicks of your camera. Shotgun mics are by definition a mic that's designed to be 2 feet or less from the sound producing orofice you are recording... not standing 10 feet away, or across the room. They are, in fact, designed with a very narrow pickup to LIMIT ambient noise and get better recording of the speaker you are 2 feet in distance from. They are NOT designed for use in a closed room where reflection will bounce around.

                                      The NTG-2 mic is a very good mic for most outdoor ambient conditions. There are better ones but not for the money. The ability to have both battery powered and phantom powered modes makes it far more useful in a broader range of circumstances than most. It has a professional XLR connection because that's what it's supposed to use, not a consumer 3.5mm TRS plug that will crack, break and fail. If you want a decent mini-jack mic for your DSLR, get a Rode VideoMic, you'll be happier.

                                      If you want to do video production right, get the NTG-2 (or the much better and way more expensive NTG-3), but never kid yourself that one mic is suitable for every situation. I've seen a dozen reviews here saying "it didn't work for this" and "it wasn't great for that" and NONE of them were what a shotgun mic is designed for. But put it on a pole, not the camera. If you think having a mic sticking out in front of a video camera looks "cool," just paint a dowel rod black, stick it in the holder and use the built-in mic. Most people won't know the difference in sound quality and you'll save money.

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                                      3.0

                                      Low volume with Zoom H4N via xlr Input

                                      By Andrew

                                      from Los Angeles

                                      About Me Novice

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                        • Poor Sound Quality

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Amateur Recording

                                        Comments about Rode NTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                        I buy this NTG-2 mic and use it with the Zoom H4N. For some reason, the output volume when using xlr input is quite a bit lower than the 3.5 mm input (i.e. low-impedance XLR output to high-impedance 1/8")

                                        Using Phantom power does help to increase the output volume. However, it is still lower than acceptable.

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                                        5.0

                                        Great Mic for the Price

                                        By Thor

                                        from Pittsburgh, Pa

                                        About Me Experienced

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Clear Sound
                                        • Durable
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Film production
                                          • Home Studio
                                          • Professional Recording

                                          Comments about Rode NTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                          Bought this mic in addition to a few sennheiser I use on projects. This mic is excellent. Sounds just as good as some of the more expensive $ dollar microphones.

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