On this very extensive review, our colleague, photographer, and videographer Curtis Judd, take a look at a new RODE VideoMic NTG microphone.
The new RODE VideoMic NTG is a very interesting new offering from RODE. It includes a lot of new capabilities compared to many of the existing mics on the market and it is very versatile.
Compared to the RODE VideoMic Pro+ it can be used to the record directly to the computer using USB which is really useful. It can detect what device it is connected to including a camera/smartphone etc and can work with all of them.
It has great off-axis rejection (apparently better than most of its immediate competitors). The mic is made from Aluminium and very light at under 100g and according to the tests Judd didn’t pick up any RF interference.
Do keep in mind that this is not designed to work with pro-level recorders, it is not an XLR mic and has no balanced connections. It is designed to work directly with cameras (or smartphones or even computers) directly.
The mic has firmware update capability which is also nice and quite unique and it can detect specific cameras and can turn on and off when you turn the camera on/off. It can also move forward and backwards so that you won’t hit your head when you want to look through the viewfinder for example.
As for pricing, the RODE VideoMic NTG costs $250.
You can check out more of Judd’s videos which focus mostly on audio and video here on LensVid, finally, if you are into sound recording for video productions check out this link which covers both equipment and techniques here on LensVid.