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Rode NTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone

You Pay: $228.94
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
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    RodeNTG-2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone
     
    4.5

    (based on 360 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (219)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (125)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (291)
    • Easy to use (262)
    • Lightweight (246)
    • Versatile (167)
    • Compact (156)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (19)
    • Pricey / poor value (9)
    • Poor sound quality (7)
    • Bulky/heavy (4)
    • Not durable (4)

    Best Uses

    • Professional recording (190)
    • Outdoor events / games (152)
    • Amateur recording (151)
    • Performances (88)
    • Home studio (85)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (232), Novice (58), Professional musician (19), Tech savvy (11), Gearhead (5)
      • Primary use:
      • 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.

    VS

    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.

    Reviewed by 360 customers

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    5.0

    Great Product... No regrets

    By Justin

    from Hamilton, AL

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        Capture's great sound, great mic for the price

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        4.0

        Perfection

        By T Lore

        from Salisbury, MD

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Pricey / Poor Value

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        This product is great for production use in terms of short films, weddings, interviews and gets great audio if pointed in the right direction. If you're not use to audio equipment, make sure you learn before purchasing because this mic doesn't pic up ambient sounds as well unless pointed in that direction.

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        5.0

        Great Mic

        By gjetleyk

        from charlotte, nc

        Verified Buyer

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

        Great step up from the videomic

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        4.0

        Using a H4n so I had to buy a FetHead

        By Inkster

        from Sydney, Australia

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

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

        For the price, it's a fantastic bit of gear however I found that the sound was overall a little flat. I'm obviously comparing this to a NTG-3 which is by far a superiour product and definitely worth the extra cash if you're using it for corporate or professional gigs.Also when using the NTG-2 with a Zoom H4n the sound has a hiss. A good fix has been the Triton audio fethead which is about 85 euros (AU$115) including postage to Australia.Apart from that, the NTG-2 is still worth the money and is great for controlled environments.

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        5.0

        Best mic I've used so far

        By Nick

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

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

          This mic is great! I use it for film along with a zoom H4n and the sound is crystal clear. Perfect for on the go production.

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          5.0

          AMAZING microphone

          By Graham

          from Vermont

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Recording
            • Short films
            • Weddings

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

            Just remember that this microphone is long. It sticks out over my 60D quite a bit and gets in the way of me using it. Highly recommend it for those like myself who do a lot of weddings and short films. Best bang for your buck!

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            5.0

            Awesome Mic for Indie film making

            By KG

            from Brookfield, CT

            About Me Experienced

            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:

              This Mic is really clear, picks up voice really nicely and with a wind-guard it's a great option vs. wireless mics.

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              5.0

              Great mic

              By ToddB

              from Des Moines, IA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Professional Recording

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

                Always like the Rode products and this mic works great/sounds great. Tested side-by-side with the AT model in the same price range and felt like it was a bit cleaner sound.Bought as part of a bundle with the Tascam 60d and using in a build up with 7d mark ii.

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                5.0

                Great value!

                By Marcus

                from Studio City, CA

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Professional Recording

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

                  I bought this mic for my film projects and I love it. It's not a high end mic but it gets the job done very well.

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                  5.0

                  Perfect

                  By Zabazupa

                  from Philadelphia, PA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Professional Recording

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

                    Great mic for DSLR filmmakers haven't found any problems with it yet!

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                    4.0

                    Great for the price

                    By B

                    from CA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Mobile Video
                      • Small Production Teams

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

                      I got this as part of a kit including every accessory you would need in a basic boom set up. It was under $ and for my needs this is perfect. I have a Zoom recorder and another lav mic and this is perfect. I know there are mire expensive kits but I do video work for a living and this is great for me.

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                      5.0

                      Great Shotgun

                      By Stephanie

                      from Bethlehem, PA

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Large

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Performances

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

                      I work mostly with HDSLR so the size is pretty large, however it's an amazing mic. I shot outside on a windy day with a dead cat on it the clarity of the sound was excellent.

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                      5.0

                      Wonderful

                      By Phil

                      from New Jersey

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Durable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Mobile DJ
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

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

                        Amazing headphone in a great price range. I am not as familiar with sound technicalities but this is definitely a big step up from the Rode Videomic Pro in terms of build quality and audio quality. It is not as convenient to setup to the camera that so it's really meant to be used in more professional situations.My run and gun solution is to plug it into an iRig Pre directly into my Panasonic GH3 using a audio splitter. Search up "irig pre xlr hack" and look at the "dslrnood" link. It saved me from having to buy a $ juiced link or a recorder.So this microphone is not as easy to use as the DSLR specific microphone like the Rode VMP so I use it for more professional situations.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent mic

                        By Zow

                        from San Antonio, Tx

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • 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 use this product for indoor audio for indie short-films. Very clean recording mic and does a great job diminishing side noise. Can't find anything I don't like about it.

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                          5.0

                          Great Shotgun Mic

                          By Snorklin' Dingo

                          from Missoula, MT

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Professional Recording

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

                            I am very satisfied with the quality and performance of this mic. It is exactly as advertised: good performance, durable, easy-to-handle.

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                            4.0

                            RODE NTG-2 for VO

                            By chrisphillipsvo

                            from South Carolina

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Good bass

                            Cons

                            • NONE YET

                            Best Uses

                            • Voice Over

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

                            I recently purchased the RODE NGT-2 shotgun mic for voice overs. I have a number of mics and I love to check out and buy new ones.

                            After reading about people using shotguns for VO I decided to join the band wagon. The Senn 416 of course came up, but so did the price so I thought this would be a nice way to try this style.

                            My new NGT-2 arrived quickly from B and H and I plugged it right into my current interface and computer. It sounded good, a little strong at first and muddy at a close distance. With some adjustment to my distance and EQ settings it sounds great. It cuts room noise a little, not as much as I had anticipated.

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                            5.0

                            Great for video work

                            By Mike

                            from Charlotte, NC

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

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

                              Solid mic, great sound.

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                              4.0

                              Clear sound

                              By Bill the Teacher

                              from Philadelphia, PA

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Professional Recording

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

                                We use this mic for recording videos at a high school. It has great sound, but it can distort if sound levels are too high. Be prepared to use ATT for singing or loud talking.

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                                5.0

                                Great mic for a decent price

                                By Adam, writer

                                from Providence, RI

                                About Me Professional Musician

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

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

                                  Gets a great sound and does a fine job of rejecting ambient sources.

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                                  4.0

                                  Great sound and versatility

                                  By Wgeorgecook

                                  from Chicago

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Dialog Recording

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

                                    Picks up amazing voice incredibly well in a way that sounds very organic. It does a great job cutting out off-axis noise but does grab things that are directly behind it well also. I love having the option to either supply phantom power or pop in a battery depending on the situation I'm in and it's light enough that you can bring it anywhere without much issue.

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