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Rode NTG Video Mic | A User Review

Rode NTG Vid Mic WP

   The Rode NTG Video Mic is a good mic.  I bought it for video use but I didn’t really use it at first because my focus quickly shifted from producing video content to making websites and photography. I didn’t know this Mic can connect via USB-C to other devices like your computer to record audio.  I thought it was only a camera mic.  I was very wrong.  I started using this mic on my YouTube recordings since recently shifting back to video and I like its output.  I have been using this mic to record Loom videos for software use in photography.  Examples of two videos I just recorded with the NTG are  below:

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Technical Specifications:

  • Acoustic Principle: Pressure Gradient Electret Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Super-cardioid
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Frequency Response: 35Hz-18kHz ± 3dB
  • Output Impedance: 10 ohms
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 79dBA
  • Dynamic Range: 105dB SPL (A-weighted, as per IEC651).

Build Quality:

The Rode VideoMic NTG boasts a robust and durable construction. Crafted with aerospace-grade aluminum, it can handle shocks and drops. While I wouldn’t recommend intentionally testing its limits, it certainly feels high-quality and well-built. The weight distribution is even, and the body exudes solidity.  I have been using it the past month exclusively for audio and it does the job both for loom recordings and YouTube.

Price for the Money:

The Rode VideoMic NTG is priced at $249 as of the writing of this blog post. Considering its versatility and feature set, this price point is reasonable. It’s higher than many USB microphones but low for a professional-grade mic.  For the functionality it offers, it’s a solid investment.

In my opinion, the Rode VideoMic NTG is a fantastic all-rounder. Here’s why:

  • Versatility: It’s not just an on-camera shotgun mic; it’s also a fully-featured USB microphone. Use it for voice-overs, podcasts, gaming, or livestreaming. The 3.5mm jack doubles as a headphone output in USB mode.
  • Acoustic Design: The line tube technology delivers unmatched transparency and a natural, uncolored sound, rivaling the world’s best shotgun mics.
  • Feature-Packed: Digital switching, high-pass filters, gain control, safety channel, and peak warning light make it adaptable to various recording situations.  
  • Build Quality: Sturdy and lightweight, it’s ready for fieldwork or for your office recordings.


The Lens Hooche Verdict

  This Mic can easily be your all arounder.  I own a Rode NT1 but this one is my go to right now just because I can easily connect it to my computer then quickly switch it over to my camera.  Now that I am making more video content I use it exclusively.  If you have different use cases for this mic I recommend it.

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