Rode NTG-3

The NTG-3 is a condenser shotgun microphone. Using a technology called RF bias, RODE claims that the NTG-3 is almost completely resistant to moisture. The NTG-3's design provides a slightly broader pickup pattern than that of most shotgun mics, making the microphone angle less critical and more forgiving for boom operators. While the NTG-3 is certainly stacking up in the specs, the ultimate value of any microphone lies in its sound. The audio from the NTG-3 was remarkably clear and bright, and it "popped" in the field. Many compared the sound quality with the industry workhorse Sennheiser 416. Due to it's wider pick up pattern it seems even better suited as the Sennheiser for Indies.

Included accessories

  • RCNTG3 weather resistant aluminium storage cylinder
  • ZP2 zip pouch
  • WSNTG3 wind shield
  • RM5 stand mount


Acoustic Principle Line Gradient
Directional Pattern Super Cardioid
Frequency range 40 Hz - 20 kHz
Output impedance 25Ω
Signal noise ratio 81 dB SPL (A - weighted per IEC651)
Equivalent noise 13 dB SPL (A - weighted per IEC651)
Maximum SPL 130dB SPL (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load)
Maximum output voltage 8.2dBu (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load)
Sensitivity -30 dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (31.6 mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
Weight 163gm
Dimensions 255mmH x 19mmW x 19mmD

Ty Ford's Review

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