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RodeNTG2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone
 
4.6

(based on 422 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (261)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (139)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (340)
  • Easy to use (303)
  • Lightweight (287)
  • Versatile (189)
  • Compact (176)

Cons

  • Limited functions (23)
  • Poor sound quality (9)
  • Pricey / poor value (9)
  • Bulky/heavy (4)
  • Not durable (4)

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (219)
  • Amateur recording (176)
  • Outdoor events / games (174)
  • Home studio (105)
  • Performances (100)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (274), Novice (68), Professional musician (23), 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.

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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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3.0

Not as good as expected

By Aaron

from Columbus, OH

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • In Expensive

Cons

  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

  • Field Recording

Comments about Rode NTG2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

Returned this mic for the senheiser. It was well worth the extra $100. I just expected better pick up per subject distance and the senheiser was better.

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5.0

I would buy this product again

By Alfonso

from Tegucigalpa, Honduras

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Rode NTG2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

    Highly recommended

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    5.0

    I would buy this product again

    By Alfonso

    from Tegucigalpa Honduras

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Rode NTG2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

      Excellent product

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      5.0

      A true profesional mic for a great price.

      By fistcloud1

      from Dallas

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Rode NTG2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

        Seriously have been so impressed with this mic. It has a great natural sound I don't even have to do any post work. Physically its built like a tank. I still do on my higher end projects but over all I would be happy to pay double for this mic.

        I use it with my H4n in interviews and its perfect.

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        5.0

        Excellent boom Mic

        By Mr. Hippo

        from San Marcos, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Rode NTG2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

          Bottom line - you get what you pay for in audio recording equipment. This mic is an excellent value and provides great audio for the price. Mic can be used with phantom power (48V) or with a AA battery. Mic has good frequency response and sound isolation.

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          5.0

          Very Good Mic

          By Reel Contact

          from Spearfish, SD

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Rode NTG2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

            I replaced the shotgun that came with my JVC GY LS-300 4k and this did the trick. Very nice sound. It now resides inside a blimp and does great. No complaints.

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            5.0

            Fantastiv

            By Jason G

            from NY,NY

            Comments about Rode NTG2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

            This mic works great for both boom and voice-over use!

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            5.0

            Good Mic for the Price

            By PhotoFrye

            from Montgomery, Al.

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Good value

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Rode NTG2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

              I use it for run and gun journalistic style shooting and voice over work. It does pick up a lot on the low end of the range. This means it picks up a good amount of echo when used inside, though this is easily correctable in post. I love the way it sounds in a sound booth, nice and deep. It's far from perfect but for the price it a good mic.

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              5.0

              Excellent Mic!

              By Timmy Tim Tim

              from St. Paul, MN

              About Me Experienced

              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 NTG2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                I use this to record interviews inside and outside. It's worked really great. The mic sounds really great for the price. In my experience, it perfectly records the subject with just the right amount of ambience. Love it.

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                5.0

                Perfect for any indie production

                By J (just the letter)

                from Wichita, KS

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Film
                  • Interviews

                  Comments about Rode NTG2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                  High quality and easy to use. I use this mic for short film/doc/music video production daily and its been holding true for the past 3 months with no issues.

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                  5.0

                  Great all around mic

                  By J

                  from New York

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Rode NTG2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                    Great, simple, easy to use mic. Reasonably priced, especially for the quality

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                    5.0

                    Perfect

                    By Ben

                    from Branford, CT

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Rode NTG2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                      Rode always has great audio and this was exactly what I expected from rode. I use it with my panosanic AG-AC 90 and the audio is flawless. It has a highpass filter that works great as well. I love this thing! I had to use this to record an event and although you heard some of the plates and silverware clinging in the crowd at points, it picked up the speakers voice very clearly. It was not muffled or faint.

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                      5.0

                      Perfect for interviews

                      By mBuck

                      from Ohio

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Rode NTG2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                          This has been a great mic for us so far. We were very low budget and using the built-in mic on the DSLR. A little money became available and this mic was on the list. The sound quality is light-years ahead of what we were getting from the built-in camera mic. Can't wait to put this through many years of use.

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                          3.0

                          Noticeable hiss.

                          By Mike

                          from Syracuse

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Hiss

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Rode NTG2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                              I bought this as my first real-ish shotgun mic, after using the Video Mic Pro on a boompole. The VMP had no effective way to mitigate wind noise, so I got the NTG2 to use with a Blimp, which could probably withstand a hurricane.

                              The NTG2 produces great vocals, but even with proper booming, I really have to crank my recorder to pick up a decent signal, unless my subject is naturally a loud person.

                              There's pretty noticeable hiss, which is a pitfall for me. I will keep this as a back-up, but I've already decided to shell out for the NTG3, which is much much better.

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                              5.0

                              Great Value

                              By JakeHixon

                              from Boise, ID

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • none

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Events
                              • Professional Recording
                              • Video Studio

                              Comments about Rode NTG2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                              I use the phantom power from my Zoom H4n and I love the quality of the audio. Plus, it looks great.

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                              5.0

                              Great bang for the buck

                              By Bryan Burch

                              from Umatilla, FL

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Dslr Shotgun Mic
                                • Home Studio

                                Comments about Rode NTG2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                Fantastic mic for the money. I use this with an external recorder (Zoom). Audio quality is very good and it can use batteries or phantom power. It's good to have the option. I use this with a dead cat wind screen and this is a must if you are shooting outside. Well worth the money.

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                                4.0

                                Increíble calidad / Amazing quality

                                By Todiego

                                from Lima, Perú

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Events
                                  • Performances
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Rode NTG2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                  Su increíble calidad para captar me dejó sorprendido. Obviamente su precio va de la mano con la calidad que ofrece Røde y desde ahora ya puedo elevar el nivel de mis producciones con una calidad de audio (ademas de la presencia que genera un micrófono de esta clase) para mis clientes.

                                  Its amazing quality to capture left me surprised. Obviously his price goes hand in hand with the quality offered by Rode and now I can raise the level of my productions with audio quality (besides the presence that generates a microphone of this kind) for my clients.

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                                  4.0

                                  Great value for price

                                  By sc

                                  from Charlottesville, VA

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Events
                                    • Home Studio

                                    Comments about Rode NTG2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                    I use this as a secondary for interviews and also on camera. Great tone in quiet environments. Does not measure up to $1000+ shotguns but for the price this is an excellent mic, and worth the money. Also kind of amazing for VO.

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                                    4.0

                                    Great Upgrade Great Value

                                    By Blue Bunny Prod

                                    from Miami Fl.

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Events
                                      • Home Studio
                                      • Performances

                                      Comments about Rode NTG2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                      Used mainly for documentary & event use.
                                      Clear precise sound. Very detailed highs and mid range.
                                      No complaints great value step up from Rode Dslr shotguns.

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                                      5.0

                                      Loud & Clear

                                      By Switch Up Media

                                      from Lincoln, NE

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Sound
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about Rode NTG2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                        This mic has been around for a long time and there's a reason why it's still on sale and still highly recommended. It sounds so clear, has a great range, and is so simple to use. Sure there are tons of new shotgun mics out there, including new ones from Rode, but if you need something that works great without all the fancy bells in whistles, this is the mic for you. When it comes to audio gear, never go cheap because a good mic should last you at least 10 years, this mic is sturdy enough to last much longer.

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