Review: Rode NTG3 Shotgun Microphone

A recent shoot we did on a busy road demonstrated just how good the NTG3 is at isolating the talent's voice from the passing traffic. We were able to achieve excellent results even next to a busy road. Continue reading

Thu 24 Jan 2013

Stefan Stanciu


A few years back we found ourselves shooting more and more thus realising we need a decent field microphone.  The Røde NTG3 came highly recommended so we decided to invest in one and find our for ourselves how good it really is.

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Firstly, technical info on this mic.  Its certainly a solid mic, machined from solid brass and nickel plated.  It has a matt finish

which makes it less reflective.  Its a super cardioid mic which means is highly directional with minimal lateral

pickup and a very small amount of rear pickup.  The frequency response is 40hZ to 20kHz which is remarkably wide.  One of Røde’s selling points for this mic is the RF bias technology which allows this mic to operate in virtually any environment without moisture having adverse effects.  Here in the UK I must confess we do not have extremes in weather but we have shot outdoors at -2 degrees celsius and the mic performed just as well as indoors at normal room temperature.

We took advantage of an offer Røde had offering the blimp and wind shield for $1 extra.  The blimp is $199 normally so this was a great offer.  The blimp allows the mic to be shock mounted and the whole blimp can then be attached to a boom pole.  The ‘dead wombat’ as its known, slips over the blimp and offers excellent wind protection.

So how does it sound? Well from our experience, we’ve found this mic has a very warm and natural sound.  We’ve done comparisons where a subject is covered with both the NTG3 on a boom and also with a Shure SM93 wired lapel mic.  The lapel does not come anywhere near the NTG3 in terms of ‘richness’.  There is an abundance of lower mid and bass frequencies as well as clear high-mid and highs.  Capturing to a high quality lossless (wav or aiff) format is critical in being able to tweak the sound later to desired effect.

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In the box, the NTG3 is presented in a highly durable aluminium storage cylinder.  This tightly sealed cylinder is designed toprovide the ultimate weatherproof protection while the NTG3 is stored or transported.  A foam windshield and microphone stand clip are also supplied as well as a leather pouch to hall all the items together.

A recent shoot we did on a busy road demonstrated just how good the NTG3 is at isolating the talent’s voice from the passing traffic.  We were able to achieve excellent results even next to a busy road.

I have no reservations recommending this excellent microphone to anyone who is after a high quality shotgun mic.  Usable on camera or even hand held as a reporter’s mic, we’ve achieved excellent results every time.