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RodeNTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone
 
4.8

(based on 66 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (58)
  • Lightweight (54)
  • Easy to use (50)
  • Compact (42)
  • Versatile (31)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (34)
  • Outdoor events / games (33)
  • Amateur recording (24)
  • Performances (22)
  • Home studio (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (47), Novice (10), Tech savvy (3)
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5.0

Works well.

By RR

from Colorado

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

    Bought this to use with a Sony HXR-NX3 camcorder. Have used it in videoing seminars and producing golf instructional videos both outdoors and in. It has worked very well. Had to buy several o-rings at the hardware store for a good fit in the Sony's microphone bracket but B&H had made me aware they would be required before the microphone was purchased.

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    4.0

    Quality shotgun mic

    By Luke

    from Springfield, MO

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

      Heavy duty, solid construction, great sound.This thing is solid. It is machined out of one solid piece of aluminum and feels great. I got this model instead of the NTG-2 because I didn't want the weakness of moving parts. I was not disappointed. Sound quality is great. I tested it against my azden shotgun and rode video mic pro. This thing has much less ambient noise. It's very directional and doesn't sound thin like many other "cheap" shotgun mics. Great bass, nice clarity, great off axis cancelation.

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      5.0

      nice small mic

      By Ross

      from Orange, VA

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

        I got this mic to go with a Sony NX3 camera. The mic is fine and captures a very fine sound. However the mic barrel is too small to fit securely in the NX3 holder. Wrapping it helps.

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        5.0

        Solid mic, affordable price

        By Kevin K

        from Littleton, CO

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Performances

          Comments about Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

          I use this for marketing and highlight videos for my school. I thought the improvement over the XF-100 camera's on-board mics would be noticeable, but not significant. But the ability to place the mic closer to the subject without wiring up a lav mic has been awesome. Even the included foam windscreen has impressed me. For the price and ease of use, the RODE has been perfect!

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          5.0

          Good on-camera mic so far

          By Indrid Cold

          from Chicago, IL

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

            I bought this microphone to attach to the shotgun mount of my Sony PMW-200 camcorder. It's short enough to attach to the camera without invading my shot. It was a little too thin to fit into the camera mount, but I taped a small piece of foam paper around the base of the microphone and now it fits perfectly.

            I've had it for a few months and it has worked well so far. I ran into a situation where I needed to record someone talking and didn't have ideal equipment with me. We were outdoors in a noisy environment and only had this microphone attached to my camera to try to pick up some useable audio.

            Obviously, the end result wasn't amazing quality audio, but I still felt that this mic did an amazing job considering the situation and I was able to use some of what we recorded that day.

            It has certainly served me well so far and I would recommend it to others.

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            5.0

            Great mic

            By Garry

            from Bay area- california

            Comments about Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

            Superb sound quality , light weight, easy install , best for film shooting and wedding. I like it very much and i recmonde everyone to buy this mic....

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            5.0

            Let there be good sound!

            By Dave Cooper

            from Baltimore, MD

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

              I bought this mic to use on my C100. A fantastic mic in build-quality and sound-quality. You cannot go wrong for the money. Also, I didn't want to have a longer mic that could extend into my wide-angle shots so I chose the NTG1 over the NTG2. Same mic, the only difference being the NTG2 takes batteries and is therefore longer.

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              5.0

              Great Mic, amazing range

              By Gary Z

              from Boston, MA

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                Very clear audio and really wide range, good for profession production as well as for home use.

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                5.0

                Great Entry Level Mic

                By Riff-Raff

                from Buffalo, New York

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Limited Functions

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                I bought this Microphone as part of the Bundle Kit that B&H has and I love it. I'm just starting to break into location sound and sound design so i needed a shotgun mic that was at a professional level but still affordable. The mic is plenty sensitive and captures all frequencies at fairly even levels. The lows are a little weak, but not to a level that should really cause a lot of problems. Especially for the price. i don't have a problem with it not having a battery (The only difference between the NTG-1 and NTG-2) but if you don't have a power supply or a recorder that can supply phantom than this could be an issue. The included windscreen is borderline nonsense but that is usually the case for all shotguns, and if your not buying a softy or blimp with the microphone, that's on you. Overall it's a great entry level mic that is well worth the price.

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                4.0

                Good Audio For Non-Sound Guy

                By Marky Mark

                from Brooklyn, NY

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                  I am not a sound guy but I recognize the importance of good audio. This mic is very satisfactory for my needs. Full, crisp sound with low noise.

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                  5.0

                  Great Mic

                  By Justin

                  from Denver, CO

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Live Audio

                    Comments about Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                    The Rode NTG-1 is a great mic to have on hand. I purchased it so I wouldn't let the extra XLR input on my Canon XA10 go to waste. The frequency response is good and it has excellent dynamic range. For $[$]just having it in use pays for itself compared to the camera's onboard mic.The directionality is great, especially attached to a camera. I didn't notice any camera noise at all and I'm sure it's good to be used from a boom as well. The only issue I came across is that it doesn't fit in the shotgun mic attachment on my camera, this was easily solved using some styrofoam padding.It's a great mic for a decent price compared to other models in the same range. Its specs are way above what most Audio Technica and lower-end mics are as well.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Microphone

                    By Samson

                    from Idaho Falls, ID

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                      So far this has been an excellent microphone. The Rode NTG-1 paired with the Tascam DR-60d is a killer combination.

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                        4.0

                        Love it

                        By Mr. Tob

                        from Lexington, KY

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                          I make advertisements and short films constantly and I needed a good boom mic, and this thing delivers. Gives good tone and rich bases. It is kind of sensitive to the wind, even with a wind buster but still a solid mic.

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                          5.0

                          Great mic

                          By Mac

                          from Monterey, CA

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Durable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                              Not even needing the caveat "for the money", this is a great mic. I've compared it on a shoot with my Sennheiser 416s, and to be honest, in post I can't tell which is which. Very nice sound.

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                              4.0

                              Great Mic

                              By Matt

                              from NW, Ohio

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                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Events
                                • Performances
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                Great mic, very sensitive, can pick up sounds that I cannot hear. Maybe a little too sensitive....still not sure.

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                                5.0

                                Amazing sound for the price

                                By Bertus

                                from South Africa

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                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Ambient sound
                                  • Documentaries
                                  • Events
                                  • Interviews
                                  • Performances
                                  • Professional Recording
                                  • Travel Videos

                                  Comments about Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                  I'm using the microphone with my Canon 7D and a Zoom H4n recorder. I got a Rycote Universal Camera kit that includes a mount and windshield. I was very hesitant to buy a microphone at such a comperatively low price, since I know how important sound is and that it is better to invest in the best quality. I am very impressed, however, with the quality of sound I am getting. I know a sound expert will probably be able to tell me how much better a Sennheiser 416 is. But to most ordinary people, including me who have been doing professional camera work for years, the audio sounds, well, just great. The look and feel of the microphone speaks of quality. The length is also perfect for a DSLR and even on a wide lens, the microphone mounted on the camera's hot shoe does not get into shot.

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                                  4.0

                                  Great little microphone!

                                  By CodyTheFilmmaker

                                  from Montreal, Quebec

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                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Events
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                    I use this microphone to record live stage performances like school plays and concerts. It works really well and has a nice sound to it. My only complaint is the lack of battery operation wich I knew about when I bought it but became really inconvenient after usage.

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                                    5.0

                                    Good price good product

                                    By Ofer Geva V&A

                                    from Jerusalem, Israel

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                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Video Shotgun

                                      Comments about Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                      Love this mic on the camera and on a boom. Works great.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great Mic

                                      By Tech2

                                      from Altus, OK

                                      About Me Novice

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Sound
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy To Use

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Amateur Recording
                                        • Events
                                        • Home Studio

                                        Comments about Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                        This is my 1st directional mic and am loving the quality it brings!

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                                        5.0

                                        Great Deal

                                        By TeachFilm

                                        from Richmond, VA

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                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Amateur Recording
                                          • Events
                                          • Home Studio
                                          • Performances

                                          Comments about Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                          My TV production students use this mic in the field and it picks up great sound! We have an NTG-1 & NTG-2 and both mics are awesome. Would definitely recommend if you plan on getting quality sound in the field!

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