Rode NTG 2 Condenser Shotgun Microphone – Discover The Sound

Rode NTG 2 Condenser Shotgun Microphone

Product: Rode NTG 2 Condenser Shotgun Microphone

Price: $199

Type of Microphone: Condenser Shotgun Mic

Our Rating: 8.5 Out of Ten

Rode NTG 2 Condenser Shotgun Microphone – Product Overview

The Rode NTG 2 is a highly effective and affordable option for professional applications within the film, video, television, and production industries. It boasts a narrow supercardioid pickup pattern, excellent off-axis rejection, lightweight handling and an internal AA battery power option.

Over the last couple of decades Rode microphones have become big players within the film industry – the Rode NTG 2 Condenser Shotgun Microphone carries on this tradition…

The Good & The Bad

The Pros:

  • ​Very lightweight aiding ease of use
  • An inexpensive option compared to similar products out there
  • It offers broadcast quality recording
  • It comes fitted with an integral low-pass filter
  • It has very low handling noise
  • Has the option to run on a single AA battery
  • It is housed in a rugged metal chassis – very durable for field work
  • The frequency response is tailored specifically for broadcast and film

The Cons:

  • ​​High humidity and bitter cold MAY effect performance in extreme cases
  • The polar pattern was not so tight as to reject all crowd noise

Who is The ​Rode NTG 2 Condenser Shotgun Microphone For?

The Rode NTG 2 is suitable for filmmakers of all levels but many indie filmmakers prefer it due to it’s reasonable price.

It is the perfect choice of mic for newcomers to the industry that are looking for phenomenal video quality in a compact package.

If you do not have Phantom Power on your devices then the NTG 2 is an excellent choice due to the option to run on a single AA battery.

If you are a little hesitant on shelling out the big bucks for the top of the range options this is an excellent alternative.

Our Final Opinion on The Rode NTG 2 Condenser Shotgun Microphone

This microphone is the perfect economical solution for ALL indie filmmakers. It is a well designed microphone that is suited to a range of professional applications and situations.

We were very surprised at how rugged the product was as we did have a little ‘accident’ whilst testing it indoors. After clumsily letting it slip from my hand onto thinly cushioned flooring it remained in tact and worked flawlessly afterwards.

The mic itself weighs just 5.17 ounces which makes it fantastic attached to a handheld camera or affixed to the end of a boom.

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64 Comments

  1. This is a great tool for film making. I like how you went further to discuss both the pros and cons of acquiring this device.You also did well in describing what the product is and how best it can be used

    You also did well in given an idea of who this product is for

    • Um…thanks for the vote of confidence Fidel LOL. Was there any specific question you wanted to ask me about the product or did you simply enjoy the review?
      Anyways…if I can help you out with anything please feel free to contact me through the contact page 🙂

  2. Hey there! Was doing some research on micro phones for my buddy’s radio show. I came across your review on the Rode NTG and it peeked my interest. Would this mic be ok for a low key FM radio show? Or is this Mic more for singing/vocals etc? The price is decent for only being 200. Thanks for the review on it.

    • Hi John,
      Well this is a shotgun mic so it’s pretty much a directional mic – it’ll work best at something it’s targeted on. If your buddy is only recording his own voice it should work fine but I have noticed a lot of radio stations using bigger diaphragm mics ( this has a smaller more direct diaphragm ). A shotgun tends to target on a direct sound and block everything else out – this could work well in a radio studio but it will have to be directed at the mouth/head of the person speaking.

  3. Hi Chris,

    Loved the Rode NTG 2 Condenser Shotgun Microphone, It really is amazing and very economical too, I am an Internet Marketer who loves writing but looking to create more videos from here on, can you suggest a microphone to me as I am not looking for film making but for creating educational and marketing videos.

    Thanks
    Kunal

    • Hi Kunal,
      For internet marketing videos I would suggest going for something like the Yeti ( Blue ). It’s a USB condenser mic that is basically ‘plug and play’ but it has excellent sound quality ( I own one myself and often record acoustic guitar through it! ).

  4. Good review. I’m actually trying to save up some money for audio and recording equipment for a YouTube series a friend and I are thinking about shooting.

    I’ll most certainly bookmark your page and come to it. I’ll also be checking out the Zombie Diaries movie (I’m a huge Walking Dead fan!).

    • Tidy mate – one word of warning though…The Zombie Diaries ain’t no Walking Dead ( unfortunately! )

  5. I would love to get into independent film making (I am a photographer) and the microphone you described looks like a good buy. I would like to shoot in the winter, so I would have to think about that. Wondering about the outside noise that you sometimes get that you can’t control when you are shooting out somewhere. How much do you think it would interfere with the shot? Thanks for the review!

    • Hi Liz,
      Well this is a shotgun mic so it will cancel out most of the surrounding noise and channel in on the direct sound source 🙂

  6. Seems like a sweet microphone. Lightweight and durable and the price is right too. I may be showing my ignorance here, but does the length of cable between the microphone and camera/recording device matter?

    What is the battery life? Is there an indicator that the battery is getting low so you don’t lose sound and not know it?

    • Hi there,
      No, in most cases if you use a decent audio cable there won’t really be any sort of quality reduction in sound ( regardless of the cable length! ). The battery life is VERY long on these types of mics – no need to worry there 🙂

  7. Hi Chris,
    Thanks for the post. I hardly know much about microphones so your site will certainly be saved in my favorites as I’m looking to film some promotional videos for my gadget site and I’ll definitely need to invest in some equipment. Your post gave a good rundown of the features for the Rode NTG 2 Condenser Shotgun Microphone and I liked how you described the advantages / disadvantages and you own personal rating. Well done mate!

  8. The review you have on the Rode NTG 2 Condenser Shotgun Microphone sounds like it would make a very good contender for anybody looking into needing a good mic to start any form of filming without breaking the bank. All to often you can spend far to much money on equipment without seeing much of a difference in performance. To have the option to get good quality equipment for a reasonable price will help to finance for other required equipment when you need to get up and running from scratch.
    Nice article.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more there Travis – there are some excellent ‘budget’ versions of film and audio equipment on the market these days, you just have to do a little research before buying 🙂

  9. Cool website! You know what I really like about this mic though, the name – Rode NTG Condenser Shotgun – Very cool! Glad to see you gave this one a good rating and I think the $199 price tag is very reasonable.

    Also great job on distinguishing the many pro’s and con’s. I like how you were able to find out that high humidity and bitter cold can actually affect its performance. Such a very detailed review and I’m impressed with the information you were able to provide!

  10. Hello Chris,
    I love your site. This is a completely new subject for me. I never thought about the different kinds of microphones before. It was very interesting. Now that it is brought to my attention, the next time I see someone using a microphone, I will be looking to see what kind they are using. This is a whole new subject for me to learn about.

    Thank you

  11. Thanks for the information. I need a microphone for recording educational videos and explainer videos. This one seems like a good one for this purpose…

    What do you think about some of the cheaper ones out there? I have done some research and I can get better prices, but I am concerned about the quality of audio.

    So I guess my question is is the floor level for quality I should consider or would somethin cheaper work? You seem to know your products, based on this excellent review, so would appreciate you feedback…

    Thanks!

    • Yeah I’m afraid the quality of a mic is always going to come under scrutiny when the price is low Dave. There are some excellent budget options out there but there are also some REAL stinkers! Perfect audio comes at a price I’m afraid 🙂

  12. This product is very good and your review shows why it is high on the list to be brought. The Rode NTG 2 Condenser Shotgun Microphone is a lovely piece of kit that I wouldn’t mind having.
    At that price I think its a bargain I may buy as the presentation was first class!

  13. This product is very good and your review shows why it is high on the list to be brought. The Rode NTG 2 Condenser Shotgun Microphone is a lovely piece of kit that I wouldn’t mind having.
    At that price I think its a bargain I may buy as the presentation was first class!

    • That’s good news Nigel – you won’t be disappointed with it’s effectiveness ( it rocks! )

  14. That’s funny, I was always told those microphones would mess up if they were in extreme hot/ cold weather, especially humidity, same with most instruments though.

    This mic looks sick though, is it a compressor? I have the bluebird and I’ve been using it for some time now, is this one better or worse?

    Matt TheDopestMatrix

    • Yeah this model is truly built to survive the elements – shotgun mics often are! They are used for directional sound on media/film shoots frequently so they must stand up to the outside weather 🙂
      Works brilliantly in a studio situation as well mind!

  15. Hi Chris,
    Really nice article! I enjoyed reading it.
    To be honest I don’t have any experience with microphones. I never made any film or recorded a video, but my husband love these gadgets. He is a guitarist and I am sure he will like your website. Do you suggest any specific microphone for music?
    Thank you very much for this informative blog

    • Hi Daniella,
      This is a directional mic so it will work very well in a guitar miking situation. Myself, I use a basic Yeti condenser mic for recording my acoustic guitar at the moment 🙂

  16. The Rode NTG 2 sounds to be on the low side in terms of cost considering all the ‘good attributes’ you outlined. It may be recommended for amateur film-makers who are on a shoe string budget. I like the idea that it does has the capacity to reduce noise during recording.
    Chris, how high was the Rod NTG 2 when you ‘accidentally’ dropped it.

    • Hi Emmanuel,
      I’m happy to report that the mic was fine after I dropped it – seems like a very durable piece of kit at the end of the day 🙂

  17. Hey Chris, great find and review you got there! I got a couple of buddies here in Canada that produce indie films and videos, and they are constantly finding ways to upgrade their equipment for manageable prices. I’d definitely refer them to this product.

    How is it in cold weather, though? Being in Alberta, Canada where it’s cold season for practically 8-10 months in a year, it’s definitely a concern on how equipment can be durable enough to take the climate.

    Looking forward to your response!

    Cheers,
    Raphy

    • Hey Raphy,
      I’ve never had any problems with the mic in cold or wet climates ( and I live in Wales! ). It’s set up to be pretty durable over all.

  18. Hello and thank you for the article! I use this mic for baptisms at our church and I struggle with the input gain on this mic with the target only 3-4 feet from it. I have it on a mini mic stand pointing right at his face but it’s pretty tough to hear him. Any thoughts on position of the mic or other techniques to try? Thank you!!

    • Hi Chris,
      You really shouldn’t be seeing this sort of problem with this sort of mic! Can I ask what you are plugging the mic into? These days you are able to boost any sort of signal in the digital domain ( are you using a analog or digital desk/input? )

  19. I am working with a digital desk and have the gain/compression set correctly but it seems as if the mic is struggling to pick up his voice. So of course I get a little feedback when I try to pull more from him from the board. Thank you for the help!

    • OK, could you maybe tell me the compressor setting you are using ( attack & release ) and the makeup gain you are using ( on the way out of the compressor )? It might give me a bit more insight into the problem you are facing. I’m struggling to see why this is happening with this particular mic – shotgun mics are excellent for vocals ( usually! ).

  20. Great review. This piece was informative and concise. The comparisons were particularly helpful, and you could tell you have experience with and know a lot about Rode NTG 2 Condenser Shotgun Microphones.

    $199 seems like a good price for this type of equipment but do you have any suggestions for someone who’s on a tight production budget?

    Thanks for all the info!

    • Hi Liz,
      If you are looking for more budget options Behringer and Zoom now do a pretty effective line in microphones. Of course, you get what you pay for at the end of the day, but they have a few models that are very effective for the price 🙂

  21. Hey, great job and very informative article.
    Liked that you showed pro and cons and went deep into the review of this product!
    I know a friend who is into filmmaking, already sent him the link to this page. Maybe he needs it.
    Hope, you continue your work here, looks amazing up to now!
    David

  22. I’m sorry if my question sounds a little naive, as I am not even close to being in the indie film industry, but I wanted something really effective as I create a lot of ‘not very professional’ video for my website. I use character actors sometimes and when creating a scene, I use a larger area than just sitting in front of a computer affords. So I wondered if I could use this microphone with an SLR camera. My microphone is too weak on the SLR video recorder so could this one work?

  23. This looks like a great shotgun mic. I use a Rode, but a semi-pro mic. One thing I must say is that any part of production gear will suffer under high humidity and bitter cold. Batteries, camera, recording devices will all suffer performance. It’s good to run this mic on batteries I think: Phantom Power is rare these days. My question is can I run the Rode NTG 2 mic on a DSLR, or even a Gopro Hero 4?

    • Hi Michael,
      Someone else asked this question a few days back but it’s hard to answer unless I know your complete setup – what DSLR are you using for a start? As far as a GoPro goes – I doubt whether it is set up for a mic like this ( but I could be wrong! ).

  24. I’m not a film make but I am getting into doing youtube videos of my orchestras I conduct. I often perform outdoors and have not found a good mike that picks up a wide range of sound. I don’t like to mike individuals. I like to put two mikes above the orchestra that can pick up sounds from an entire stage. Is this a good product for that?
    Thanks
    Kirk.

    • Well no Kirk – it wouldn’t be best for a stereo image situation. This is a shotgun mic so it points at a direct sound, it wouldn’t pick up expansive sound like an orchestra all that well.

  25. Thank you for this review on the Rode NTG 2 Condenser Shotgun Microphone!

    I was looking for a review like this of people who really tested it and tell me what they think about it in a normal language.

    Great that you told us about the little accident and that everything was okay with the microphone!

    Will get it now!

    Pierre

    • Well that’s great to hear Pierre!
      Don’t forget to come back here and give us your thoughts on the item once you’ve used it 🙂

  26. Hi there! That’s a nice post you have created here.
    Very nice review on the product, nicely braked down and easily understandable. Great job, I would consider buying this microphone if I needed one.
    I’m sure many people will find this article as useful and interesting as I did.
    Thanks for sharing this nice information.
    Cheers and best of luck to you.

    • LOL, hello once again Kush – people will start to think you are stalking me!!!!!
      But thanks once again for your positive input – glad you like the mic 🙂

  27. Nice over view for the product. I work with a couple of friends to make small indie films and we are always looking at new equipment and such. This may be a microphone that we look at the next time we need to try and upgrade. Thanks for your insight on this item.

  28. This is an interesting option for a condenser mic.
    The poor performance in the cold and moisture does not surprise me, but how often would a person be using it under those conditions?
    Is the low pass filter so responsive that it takes out any pop?
    I wonder how this mic would work as an audio mic for making videos?

    Shawn>>

    • Well it depends on the timbre and quality of the pop Shawn – if a pop is bad enough it’s stuck in your recording forever really! The fitted LP filter on this mic is great but at the end of the day if you’ve managed to pick up a loud pop you’re in trouble ( i.e. start the recording again! )

  29. Hi Tried to leave a comment yesterday but had an internet malfunction. So I don’t know what comments if any you got. I will try again now.
    Although I don’t know anything about film making or microphones I found your review of the rode NTG good. It gave good advice and listed the pros and cons. The article is well written and easy to understand. Once again sorry about last nights malfunction.

  30. Hello there!

    I am glad you wrote this review as I was searching for a low cost mic for some projects my partner and I are looking to start soon. It looks like the Rode NTG 2 might be the right fit and I can not complain at all about the $199.00 price tag. Really cheap which is great when you are just starting out. We all have dreams this is another tool to help us on our way. Are there any other accessories you recommend picking up along side product?

    Thanks again,

    -Anthony

    • Hi Anthony,

      It depends on what project you are looking to use it on – music production or video? 🙂

  31. I don’t mind owning one of these, if only it will be beneficial to me, However I really hope the film makers are reading this article because these microphone should come handy to them. Very articulate and good write up, I almost thought about corn dogs when I saw the picture, lol but very good.

  32. Holy cow, Chris, dude, I liiiiiiike yo site, man! I’m having a hard time focusing on all the content because my brain keeps jumping to all the topics that would be loads of fun talking to you about.
    So, the site is great. A lot of information to process a review. I will be checking in with you here at this site and I will add thoughts and comments as they come to me. I’m in idea overload right now.
    So, yeah, first thing I saw was a comment suggesting you build and keep a rating list of horror genre movies. I get that it would be too much, but as a fellow horror junky I thought if you could just list the generic movies of horror that you like and why, complete with the iMbd link. Or just tell me. 😉 I’d like to know, so I can watch the ones I haven’t seen.
    My first and favorite horror movie is Halloween. The first, original with Jamie Lee Curtis. I was a kid when I saw that movie in the theatre with a friend and her mother. I stayed the night with that friend that night and her dad was out of town. Her mom got out a gun and we checked the whole house for intruders. I will never forget that. I was scared but it was a giggly, holy shit I can’t believe I’m seeing this, kind of fun time. I was hooked.
    A lot of good memories with friends over the years going to the theatre or watching them at home and the funny crap that we say and do when we are scared out of our minds. For some reason it is funny as hell when I’m scared. Weird, I know.
    Both my kids like horror movies, my husband, not so much. LOL. He suffers through them occasionally just to hang with us while we watch. Hee hee. When something JUMPS OUT on the movie and scares him, he is known to jump out of his chair, but what is so funny is it pisses him off! And the rest of us find that hilarious and we tease him about it relentlessly. Poor guy.
    I like the, ‘creepy guy gonna get you, you better look under you bed’ kind of movies. I thought Friday the 13th sucked. And all of the other Halloweens sucked, except a few. Cape Fear, Saw, Jeepers Creepers, Village, The Others. The creepy paranormal stuff too. Really, if it’s done well and has a decent story to it, I like it. I’m not a blood and gore fan, although I do appreciate the makeup artistry that goes into it. I like Sci-Fi most anything. Blah blah blah. I could go on and on. It’s just cool to find another horror fan.
    I saw where you promote the equipment for making the found footage films. I was curious if you get any traffic from the paranormal, ghost hunters types out there, or if you considered marketing to them, too.
    Well, I have stuff to do, so see ya ’round.

    Love the site!
    Carla

    • Wow that’s quite a comment Carla – thanks for taking the time to write it and leave it here! Great to hear you enjoyed your visit here so much 🙂

  33. Great review. This seems like a great microphone for film making. I’ll admit, I’m not to familiar in this category. My friend is starting the process of making a low-budget horror film and I wanted to help him out. This helps me out a ton. Great job and thank you!

  34. Rode NTG 2 Condenser Shotgun Microphone does sound like one of the better microphones to use and the price is a little on the high side but maybe not for what your getting. I do like a microphone that can handle a little abuse though and one that has great noise cancelation too. My only thing with this would be how far can it pick up a persons voice clearly with out the noise is it 10 feet or less or maybe 5 feet some microphones only can do a great job at 1foot. Any way good review on this product I am sure you will have more.

    • Well you do realize this is a shotgun mic Anthony? It can pick up voice from quite a distance ( that’s the whole point of it’s design! ).

  35. Wow the fact that this piece of equipment can ring on single battery is amazing as it looks very heavy. One question i had was relating to the price as you say it is very reasonable for film makers, but how much do film makers normally spend on this sort of equipment when filming

    • Well that depends on their budget jazzy – indie filmmakers start out with less than $1000 in some cases!

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