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RodeNTG3 Precision RF-Biased Shotgun Microphone (Silver)
 
4.8

(based on 79 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (59)
  • Easy to use (51)
  • Lightweight (45)
  • Durable (41)
  • Versatile (32)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (49)
  • Outdoor events / games (23)
  • Amateur recording (20)
  • Performances (17)
  • Home studio (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (43), Novice (8), Professional musician (5), Tech savvy (4), Gearhead (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I am happy

Quite nice. Good clean pick up. I wanted something that had a good off-axis rejection and a bit WIDER pick up pattern (as compared to MKH 416). This mic has both. I...Read complete review

Quite nice. Good clean pick up. I wanted something that had a good off-axis rejection and a bit WIDER pick up pattern (as compared to MKH 416). This mic has both. I am no audio expert, however, I did this experiment. Stood about 3 ft away from the mic, then moved about a foot and half to my right, and to my left. Didn't notice much of a difference. Also, the room noise was minimal.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not very directional

The range of tones and general sound captured by this mic are just as good as all the other review say. However, I was personally looking for a directional mic that was directional....Read complete review

The range of tones and general sound captured by this mic are just as good as all the other review say. However, I was personally looking for a directional mic that was directional. This picks up a lot of sound from the sides. In a crowded setting (like an event or a reception or a party), it's really hard to get a tight focus on one person speaking. I sort of feel like the mic is missing the point of its purpose because of this.

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5.0

Excellent Mic - Thinner than most shotguns

By Christian

from Los Angeles, CA

Pros

  • Sound quality

Cons

  • Irregular size

Best Uses

  • Outdoors

Comments about NTG3 Precision RF-Biased Shotgun Microphone (Black):

Excellent mic for the money. Can't complain. The build appears to be a single piece of machined aluminum, with a little connection point toward the bottom, which is really nice. I think a couple things to note when purchasing this mic:

It does not have a AA battery module like its Sennheiser counterparts. It will only work with a source capable of outputting phantom 48v.

Its a considerably thinner tube than most shotgun mics. This is a bit of problem when using a third party shockmounts. I've struggled to find a usable standard female 5/8" threaded shockmount that will work with this mic. I'm finding a lot of the mounts are cold-shoe based, which is only useful to a DSLR shooter. Also, if you are using a run-n-gun camera setup with a built-in mic holder, like a C100 or Fs7, it will not fit properly, and require some adapting.

These are not problems, just noteworthy points. No complaints or issues with the mic itself. Great clean sound.

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5.0

High Quality

By jaucenet

from Southbury, CT

Verified Buyer

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        Comments about NTG3 Precision RF-Biased Shotgun Microphone (Black):

        Great quality, great sound, very focussed and clear.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great mic in all conditions

        By KCCO5631

        from Seattle, WA

        Verified Buyer

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              Comments about NTG3 Precision RF-Biased Shotgun Microphone (Black):

              As soon as I bought it I took it out for a shoot - it performed amazingly well. So much better than my other shotgun mic. This first shoot was interior so everything was crystal clear. I decided to see how it did in higher ambient noise areas, so I took it down to Magnolia Bluff in Seattle and recorded there with my H6. It's always windy there, but the mic with a dead cat did a great job of cutting wind noise. Primarily this mic will be moved on film sets, both internal and external, so it's good to know it'll move between both well. Only drawback is the price point, but as far as I'm concerned, it's well worth the price.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Just buy it

              By Sound and Motion

              from Cincinnati OH

              Verified Buyer

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                    Comments about NTG3 Precision RF-Biased Shotgun Microphone (Black):

                    In the industry the NTG-3 is what is known as a hot mic.
                    That means it has a very strong and robust signal; and because of that you will be turning your levels down a lot

                    This is a good thing. as you turn your levels down you also lower the noise floor (this mike has a low noise floor to begin with) so the mic will deliver a very clean signal. My advice save up a little more money and buy the NTG-3 you won't be sorry this mic delivers.
                    I should point out that the nkg-3 needs phantom power there is no battery so be certain that your camera, preamp or recorder can provide phantom power.

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                    5.0

                    Well Built, High Quality, and Affordable

                    By Jay

                    from Austin, TX

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • High quality audio
                    • Well constructed

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Location audio recording

                      Comments about NTG3 Precision RF-Biased Shotgun Microphone (Black):

                      Fantasic product. High quality, well made, and incredible sound. Better than the 416, and a fraction of the price.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Dang Good Mic

                      By Niko

                      from Oregon

                      Comments about NTG3 Precision RF-Biased Shotgun Microphone (Black):

                      I've only been using this mic for a few weeks now, but it performs wonderfully. Shooting a short film soon, and I can't wait to use this. Really easy to use as well.

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                      5.0

                      NTG-3 Precision RF-Biased Shotgun Microp

                      By Daniel

                      from Miami

                      Verified Buyer

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                            Comments about NTG3 Precision RF-Biased Shotgun Microphone (Black):

                            great mike , and strong solid packaging

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great Mic!

                            By Chatra

                            from Temple, Texas

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Great Sound Quality
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Professional

                              Comments about NTG3 Precision RF-Biased Shotgun Microphone (Silver):

                              I was very skeptical about this mic. Like I am about anything until I try it. Performed rock solid and sounds natural and real to me. Don't hesitate on this one.

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                              5.0

                              Excellent for Filmmakers & Broadcasters

                              By Jarod in Jarodville

                              from North Hollywood, California

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Affordable
                              • Choice Of Black Color
                              • Excellent Rejection
                              • Informative User Guide
                              • Phantom power
                              • Rich And Pristine Sound
                              • Weather proof
                              • Well built

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Feature Length Films
                                • Instructional videos
                                • Short films
                                • Webinars
                                • Webisodes

                                Comments about NTG3 Precision RF-Biased Shotgun Microphone (Black):

                                I purchased this for use in Filmmaking after I've rented and used this Microphone on a recent short film I shot and it does outperform the rest of the microphones I had on my list for consideration: The Sennheiser MKH 416, the Audio Technica AT8035 and AT8015 as well as the Sennheiser ME 66. Rich and pristine Sound quality with excellent Sound reproduction while rejecting interference from frequencies that would normally interfere with other Microphones on a budget price. Well built with a Storage Cylinder and Pop filter, both supplied by the manufacturer. It is also Phantom Power as this is the best way for a Shotgun Microphone of this quality to give you the clean sound you need for your production. If you take the recommendations of the Manufacturer, thou shall receive optimum performance from yee Microphone.

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                                5.0

                                Fantastic Shotgun Mic

                                By "Hey you"

                                from North Hollywood, CA

                                About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Great Sound Quality
                                • Lightweight
                                • Long Lasting

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Professional

                                  Comments about NTG3 Precision RF-Biased Shotgun Microphone (Silver):

                                  I love this mic. Works great under any circumstance. I travel a lot and the terrains very in temperature. The hot and cold never gives me an issue with audio.

                                  Comes with a handle metal container for your mic, is very handle as a prop. You could use it as a science fiction grenade or something, just make sure not to get the rode logo in frame.

                                  I've used other expensive mics before but this one is slightly less expensive and competes with the best.

                                  The only downside to this Shotgun Mic is the price, but even that isn't a huge concern since it's $300 cheaper than it's competitor.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Shotgun Mic

                                  By Evan

                                  from LA

                                  Verified Buyer

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                                        Comments about NTG3 Precision RF-Biased Shotgun Microphone (Black):

                                        This mic is a workhorse. Extremely clear audio, very directional, and the build quality is excellent. I use this mic paired with Sounddevices MM-1 preamp, and a Tascam DR-40 recorder, and couldn't be happier.

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Mic Boss

                                        By Sebasatthedisco

                                        from Cali, Valle del Cauca Colombia

                                        About Me Gearhead, Sound Designer, Technically Challenged

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Durable
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Great Sound Quality
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Long Lasting

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Den
                                          • Fiction Films
                                          • Presentations
                                          • Productivity
                                          • Professional

                                          Comments about NTG3 Precision RF-Biased Shotgun Microphone (Silver):

                                          So far so GREAT with this product, such a clean crisp sound, very defined, I´ve used it a couple of times since it´s brand new but let me say the presentation and quality of this mic is beyond amazing!

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Business

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                                          5.0

                                          Very Impressed

                                          By Tim

                                          from Cleveland, OH

                                          Verified Buyer

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                                                Comments about NTG3 Precision RF-Biased Shotgun Microphone (Black):

                                                This is my second Rode mic, the first being a VideoMic Pro for DSLRs. I have to say that this mic compares very favorably to the Sennheiser 416. I also love the padded cylinder that they include for transport - a very nice touch. All in all, I'd rate it excellent in both sound quality and for value.

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                                                • No

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                                                5.0

                                                This is a solid mic.

                                                By Jonathan

                                                from Atlanta, GA

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Low Self-noise
                                                • Sensitive
                                                • Supreme Build Quality
                                                • Weather resistant
                                                • Wide Polar Pattern

                                                Cons

                                                • Wide Polar Pattern

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Video sound

                                                Comments about NTG3 Precision RF-Biased Shotgun Microphone (Black):

                                                Although, the only other shotgun mic that I have used is an Azden SGM-2. I will have to say that this mic blows the Azden out of the water. The self-noise is almost non-existent and the sensitivity is amazing. My recommendation is that if you are a fledgling indie film-maker like me, spend the extra money and get this mic. It will be well worth the extra money.

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                                                4.0

                                                Great mic for the $

                                                By Nick, Orange Fox Creative

                                                from Knoxville, TN

                                                About Me pro

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Great Sound Quality

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about NTG3 Precision RF-Biased Shotgun Microphone (Silver):

                                                    We use this primarily on a boom pole, but the pattern is wide enough that it works well as an on-camera mic too--used on the c300 since it doesn't have a built-in mic.

                                                    • Primary use:
                                                    • Business

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Worth the Cost

                                                    By Ben Jobe

                                                    from Arcata, CA

                                                    About Me Experienced

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Clear Sound
                                                    • Durable
                                                    • Easy To Use

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Professional Recording

                                                      Comments about NTG3 Precision RF-Biased Shotgun Microphone (Black):

                                                      When I was starting out I didn't have the money for a nice shotgun mic like this one. Instead I got the cheaper NTG-2, which has its shortcomings but served me well at first. But after shooting a video on a rainy day once and hearing the little POPS and CRACKLES in the audio later I knew that it was time to upgrade. This mic performs in both wet and dry conditions, and it's WAY more sensitive than my old mic. I don't have to get as close to the subject to get a good signal, which is very helpful. It's phantom powered so that's different from my old mic. So far it hasn't been a problem. It's thinner too so sometimes I have to wrap some paper around it so that it fits into a standard size mic mount. The audio quality is much better than my old mic thought. I'm very pleased with this mic so far.

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Better low-end response than expected

                                                      By Clicks

                                                      from Chicago, IL

                                                      About Me Professional Musician

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Clear Sound
                                                      • Easy To Use

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Events
                                                        • Performances
                                                        • Professional Recording

                                                        Comments about NTG3 Precision RF-Biased Shotgun Microphone (Silver):

                                                        This is a great microphone. It met my expectations and has better-than-expected low end response. It sounds great!

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                                                        5.0

                                                        Best quality for a great price!

                                                        By TJ

                                                        from Atlanta GA

                                                        About Me Experienced

                                                        Verified Buyer

                                                        Pros

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

                                                        Cons

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Events
                                                          • Film productions
                                                          • Professional Recording

                                                          Comments about NTG3 Precision RF-Biased Shotgun Microphone (Silver):

                                                          Sounds just as good as a 416 to me. Just a tiny bit more low end (which I like).

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                                                          5.0

                                                          Fantastic Microphone!!

                                                          By Tyler the Videographer

                                                          from Anchorage, AK

                                                          About Me Experienced

                                                          Verified Reviewer

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Clear Sound
                                                          • Durable
                                                          • Easy To Use
                                                          • Lightweight

                                                          Cons

                                                            Best Uses

                                                            • Professional Recording

                                                            Comments about NTG3 Precision RF-Biased Shotgun Microphone (Silver):

                                                            This is an Amazing microphone! beautiful sound quality. super well built. I'm using it for a feature length indie film no problems or complaints.

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                                                            5.0

                                                            Ideal for one-man-band shooters

                                                            By Gabriel

                                                            from Thousand Oaks, CA

                                                            About Me Experienced

                                                            Verified Buyer

                                                            Pros

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

                                                            Cons

                                                              Best Uses

                                                              • Professional Recording

                                                              Comments about NTG3 Precision RF-Biased Shotgun Microphone (Silver):

                                                              Excellent sound quality, just like anything from Rode, but this one is exceptional. Was initially a bit worried about the wider pick-up range in this mic, but for me, as a shooter who's often managing shoots all by myself, having a bit more of a forgiving range is actually better. I can mount this on a c-stand and not worry if talent moves a bit while I'm shooting. Spend the extra money over the NTG2. Seriously. Audio is SO critical. It's worth a few hundred bucks more. The build on this is exceptional. Sound quality is just straight up cinema-level. Love it.

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