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RodeNTG2 Battery or Phantom Powered Condenser Shotgun Microphone
 
4.6

(based on 416 reviews)

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    (256)

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    (139)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (335)
  • Easy to use (298)
  • Lightweight (283)
  • Versatile (186)
  • Compact (173)

Cons

  • Limited functions (23)
  • Pricey / poor value (9)
  • Poor sound quality (8)
  • Bulky/heavy (4)
  • Not durable (4)

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (214)
  • Amateur recording (173)
  • Outdoor events / games (171)
  • Home studio (103)
  • Performances (97)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (269), Novice (68), Professional musician (22), 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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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

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    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

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      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

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        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

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          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

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                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

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                    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

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                    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

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                      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

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                        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.

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                          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

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                            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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                              5.0

                              LOVE THIS MIC

                              By Al

                              from New York

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                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indi Film

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

                                This is the work horse of the indi film maker. Solid build reliable and always on. I thought about going higher end on my budget but after listening to the sound difference the next jump is over $ for something that is really a difference.

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                                3.0

                                Good. Not great.

                                By Andy

                                from Asheville, NC

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Limited Functions

                                Best Uses

                                • Professional Recording

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

                                Sound is good. No power switch so you have to remove the battery when not in use between gigs. You should anyway for long storage, but it's a pain when one uses it as often as I do.

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                                3.0

                                Zoom NTG2

                                By PC

                                from Tucson

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound

                                Cons

                                • Limited Gain With Zoom H4

                                Best Uses

                                • Professional Recording

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

                                From what we have seen, this is a nice mic for the price. It does lack sensitivity when used with a Zoom h4n. Recorder volume has to be at or near max. This is a preamp issue on the Zoom, however, and doesn't reflect on this mic at this price point. Good buy for the $$.

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                                4.0

                                Great Microphone

                                By Carlos Castillo

                                from Miami Fl.

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                • Limited Functions

                                Best Uses

                                • Professional Recording

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

                                Great Product, Lightweight and clear sound

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                                5.0

                                Excellent sound quality

                                By David

                                from Fort Myers, FL

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Professional Recording

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

                                  I use this mic with our Canon XA10 for shooting company video, product demonstrations, and presentations. The quality audio this mic picks up is great. Although it could use an on/off switch (as it will drain the battery if left in) we are very pleased.

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                                  4.0

                                  It'll do!

                                  By TJ

                                  from MN

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Inexpensive
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Film
                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Professional Recording

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

                                    This microphone is good, especially for the price. I work to ensure that my films are, to the best of my ability, of the finest quality. I purchased this as a boom mic to record actor's dialogue and am satisfied with the sounds recorded.

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