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RodeNTG3 Precision RF-Biased Shotgun Microphone (Silver)
 
4.8

(based on 85 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 (13)
    • 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

 

A mixed bag

I'm going to aim this review at filmmakers, so if you're a VO person looking for a shotgun, disregard this.

If you have some good front-end EQ, the NTG3 can produce...Read complete review

I'm going to aim this review at filmmakers, so if you're a VO person looking for a shotgun, disregard this.

If you have some good front-end EQ, the NTG3 can produce great on-set results. I know there's something to be said for capturing a bass-y signal for EQ purposes later, but let me tell you; this thing is BASS HEAVY. I can't stress that enough. BASS HEAVY. Also, as other reviewers have pointed out, it's not as directional as other options. This can either be a good or bad thing depending on your intentions.

I first used this "out" with a pretty good mixing system. I had to do some crazy EQ on the spot, but it sounded great. All we did in post was the usual stuff/no real extra work. When I used it with just a Tascam DR-70D later, I was nervous. I was confident I could milk a good sound out of the signal in post, but it took more work than "the usual stuff." If you're recording something that needs to go straight to broadcast, unless you're doing some significant EQ on set, this mic is not going to work.

The reality is though, the NTG3 can give you a signal that's just as good as other options- if you have the time to work with it later or are using a relatively professional recording system on-set. After some post work, I actually liked the NTG3 better than the usual "German Industry Standard" option. This is, of course, a matter of taste.

So the NTG3 is the definition of "mixed bag." I would say that if you're not very familiar with audio production, don't get this mic. No mic is a magic bullet and the NTG3, even with a hi-pass filter, is just going to frustrate you. I can emphasize with the new generation of DSLR shooters who just want a good mic that they can mount on their hot shoe and not think about. But this is not that mic- and that mic does not exist anyway. We all wish it did.

On the other hand, if you're somewhat familiar with audio, the NTG3 can produce interesting and pleasing results. It may be good to have in addition to other options as a more "artistic" choice. Just be aware you're going to need to finesse it a little.

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(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good pro mic and somewhat affordable

By Hakim Benkrid

from Allentown, PA

Verified Buyer

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

I am getting ready for my first serious short film and need superb audio.

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5.0

Just as good as the MKH416

By Jarod Winchester

from Los Angeles, California

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

After extensive research and willingness to replace the less sensitive RODE NTG2 shotgun mic, I decided to go with this mic. I bought it for the express purposes of using it with making short films and web series. I've done a few tests and love using this mic. What I liked best about this mic and especially RØDE's mics is the rich tonal qualities, which is very pleasing to me.

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5.0

Excellent Mic

By JELLYPLASMA

from Houston, TX.

Verified Buyer

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

Great quality!

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rich sounding with little or no noise

By xfater35

from Los Angeles, California

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Low To No Noise
  • Narrower Pick Up Pattern
  • Rich And Creamy Sound
  • Solid build quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Best As Primary Mic
    • Can Use In Recorders
    • Indoor Dialogue
    • Outdoor Dialogue

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

    I was frankly blown away by the rich tonal quality of this microphone for my production purposes. I've watched a lot of review videos and read some reviews elsewhere and I am impressed by the quality of this microphone that costs less than the industry standard Sennheiser MKH416. I've also listened to tests with the Sennheiser MKH416, but this is a better value for the money. Rode has done a phenomenal job on designing and building this microphone. The cylindrical case that comes with the microphone needs to be better designed though to slide the microphone in and out for easy access and storage.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic Mic

    By Mitch

    from Pittsburgh

    Verified Buyer

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

    This mic is phenomenal! I've been using it for indoor interviews and outdoor b-roll shots. It gives me a perfect consistent quality recording with low to minimal background noise. I would recommend spending the money to get this mic if you are doing video professionally.

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    (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    A mixed bag

    By Kelly

    from NYC

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Built like a tank
    • Sounds Good With Eq

    Cons

    • bass heavy
    • Not Very Directional

    Best Uses

    • Boom
    • Vo

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

    I'm going to aim this review at filmmakers, so if you're a VO person looking for a shotgun, disregard this.

    If you have some good front-end EQ, the NTG3 can produce great on-set results. I know there's something to be said for capturing a bass-y signal for EQ purposes later, but let me tell you; this thing is BASS HEAVY. I can't stress that enough. BASS HEAVY. Also, as other reviewers have pointed out, it's not as directional as other options. This can either be a good or bad thing depending on your intentions.

    I first used this "out" with a pretty good mixing system. I had to do some crazy EQ on the spot, but it sounded great. All we did in post was the usual stuff/no real extra work. When I used it with just a Tascam DR-70D later, I was nervous. I was confident I could milk a good sound out of the signal in post, but it took more work than "the usual stuff." If you're recording something that needs to go straight to broadcast, unless you're doing some significant EQ on set, this mic is not going to work.

    The reality is though, the NTG3 can give you a signal that's just as good as other options- if you have the time to work with it later or are using a relatively professional recording system on-set. After some post work, I actually liked the NTG3 better than the usual "German Industry Standard" option. This is, of course, a matter of taste.

    So the NTG3 is the definition of "mixed bag." I would say that if you're not very familiar with audio production, don't get this mic. No mic is a magic bullet and the NTG3, even with a hi-pass filter, is just going to frustrate you. I can emphasize with the new generation of DSLR shooters who just want a good mic that they can mount on their hot shoe and not think about. But this is not that mic- and that mic does not exist anyway. We all wish it did.

    On the other hand, if you're somewhat familiar with audio, the NTG3 can produce interesting and pleasing results. It may be good to have in addition to other options as a more "artistic" choice. Just be aware you're going to need to finesse it a little.

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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

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

    Great quality, great sound, very focussed and clear.

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    5.0

    Great mic in all conditions

    By KCCO5631

    from Seattle, WA

    Verified Buyer

    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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    5.0

    Just buy it

    By Sound and Motion

    from Cincinnati OH

    Verified Buyer

    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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      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

      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

            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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            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

              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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              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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