“This Australian-made RØDE NTG-3 microphone ($699) seems extremely well-placed for its price and performance. Like the Sennheiser 416, the NTG-3 is an RF-condenser unit that combines a somewhat sophisticated RF circuit with the capsule to reduce the deleterious effects of high humidity. It's tricky to design, but worth the effort. That design element has contributed greatly to a "bullet proof" reputation for similar mics and should do the same for the NTG-3. ...The Rode NTG-3 appears to be a very solid piece of gear. The efforts to eliminate RF are noted and appreciated. I like the unique and very handy padded metal storage tube. The foam windbreaker and simple mic clip all add value to the package. I think you'll be seeing NTG-3s show up in more kits soon. At the moment, I can't see why not. Nice job Rode.” - Ty Ford
The NTG-3 competes head to head with the Sennheiser MKH-416 shotgun. While the 416 has been an industry standard for years, the $1199 price has kept many aspiring filmmakers at bay. With it’s aggressively focused pickup pattern and buttery smooth sound, the NTG-3 is poised to become the go to microphone for high definition shooters. You’ve got the hi-def picture, well here’s the hi-def sound. We tested the microphone both indoor and outdoor and were shocked at the results. Never before have we heard this caliber of sound for under $1000. Add a boom pole from one of our packages and you’re all set!
Listen to the results we achieved both indoor and outdoor with the RODE NTG-3. For our tests, the mic was plugged directly in the Panasonic HPX-500.
The Rode NTG-3 Shotgun Microphone is a professional shotgun microphone that delivers a few unique qualities in order to meet the demands of today's broadcast audio engineers and boom operators. The microphone features radio-frequency (RF) interference properties that avoid annoying noise and interference caused by nearby RF sources such as radio antennas, WIFI networks, internet devices,power lines, etc. The microphone is also built to withstand the rigors of adverse weather conditions.
Of course special attention is paid to the accurate, directional pickup characteristics and its frequency response, sensitivity and low noise floor, which result in pristine audio quality. The NTG-3 shotgun microphone is an ideal solution for outdoor ENG and studio applications.
RF Rejection The microphone features radio-frequency (RF) interference properties that avoid annoying noise and interference caused by nearby RF sources such as radio antennas, WIFI networks, internet devices, power lines, etc.
The microphone is constructed to withstand adverse weather conditions for more stable use outdoors.
For our next test, we tried the RODE NTG-3 along with the Canon 5D Mark II and an external recorder. In this case we chose the Tascam DR-100.
Polar Pattern Line-Gradient Supercardioid
Frequency Response 40Hz to 20kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) 117dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 81dB SPL (A-weighted)
Maximum Input Sound Level 130dB
Power Requirements 48V Phantom Power
Output Impedance Nominal: 25 ohms
Output Connectors 3-pin XLR
Low Frequency Roll-Off No
Dimensions (LxDiameter) 10 x 0.74" (255 x 19mm)
Weight 5.74oz (163g)
Rode NTG-3 Precision RF-Biased Shotgun Microphone
Water Resistant Aluminum Storage Case
10 Year Warranty
Also available in our popular kits! Simply click here or search for "NTG-3" to explore the bundles. The most popular NTG-3 kit is our DVcreator Location sound package 4. It includes both the RODE Blimp and an internally cabled K-TEK Boom pole.
The RODE NTG-3 set up is quite simple - remember 48v phantom power is required.