Meet the New RØDE VideoMic NTG – Best of Both Worlds

November 20th, 2019
Meet the New RØDE VideoMic NTG – Best of Both Worlds

RØDE just announced the latest addition to their lineup of on-camera microphones: The  RØDE VideoMic NTG. Both terms sound somewhat familiar, VideoMic for small, on-the-go mics, NTG for RØDE’s professional line of shotgun microphones. Well, the new VideoMic NTG aims to unite both concepts in one sleek product.

VideoMic NTG

The new RØDE VideoMic NTG. (image credit: RØDE)

I personally own one of these tiny RØDE VideoMicro on-camera mics. Its performance is OK (in relation to its size) and I use it mostly for recording better scratch audio when deploying a gimbal. However, I just recently had to attach this mic to a smartphone and here I ran into issues: You need to adapt the TRS connector of the VideoMicro to a somewhat weirdly wired up TRRS plug so that the smartphone recognizes the mic as an audio input. I soldered that cable on my own but as you can imagine the result didn’t look very professional. If only I had this new RØDE VideoMic NTG handy, I wouldn’t have had this kind of problem, since it really solves many issues you might have with currently available on-camera mics. Plus it offers greatly improved audio performance, obviously.

RØDE VideoMic NTG

So what is special about this new microphone? As RØDE founder and Chairman Peter Freedman AM puts it:

It’s in the name. The VideoMic NTG is a hybrid microphone that brings the signature broadcast-quality sound of our NTG shotgun range to a compact, feature-packed VideoMic.

Since it bears NTG in its name, this new mic offers the same annular tube technology as the NTG5 shotgun microphone. According to RØDE, this design offers natural, uncoloured sound and high transparency. Along with the new mic, RØDE offers a new shock mount with cable management and sliding rail to balance the mic on the camera. The new shock mount is included when purchasing the VideoMic NTG.

RØDE VideoMic NTG

Image credit: RØDE

It features an auto-sensing 3.5mm output, so it works seamlessly with both, cameras and smartphones. No frankensteined (or purchased) TRS-TRRS adapter needed.

RØDE VideoMic NTG

Furthermore, it features a USB output for connecting the VideoMic NTG directly to a computer (or tablet). When using that USB output the freed-up 3.5mm port can be used to plug in a headphone for monitoring.

With both analog and digital outputs, it becomes very clear that this VideoMic NTG is more than just a microphone. It sports a build-in ADC (analog to digital converter), a variable gain control for everything from mic level to line level, a built-in preamp with a dB peak warning light and, in order to power all this, a 350mAh lithium-ion battery which lasts for 30+ hours.

Polar Pattern and Frequency Response

This is a classic supercardioid on-camera microphone, since it is meant to be used as a on-the-go shotgun mic. It uses the pressure gradient electret condenser principle to translate acoustic waves into electrical impulses.

RØDE VideoMic NTG

image credit: RØDE

Here’s a list of acoustic specifications:

  • Frequency Range: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Frequency Response: 35Hz – 18kHz ±3 dB
  • Output Impedance: 10Ω
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 79 dBA
  • Dynamic Range: 105dB SPL (A-weighted, as per IEC651)
  • Equivalent Noise: 15dB SPL (A-weighted, as per IEC651)
  • Sensitivity: -26 dB re 1V/Pa (50mV @ 94dB SPL) ± 1dB @ 1kHz
  • Input SPL at 1% THD: 120dB SPL
  • High Pass Filter Frequency: 75Hz, 150Hz
RØDE VideoMic NTG

image credit: RØDE

And a list of general specifications:

  • Battery Life: 30+ hours
  • Battery Capacity: 350mAh
  • Output Connection: 3.5mm auto-sensing (TRS <-> TRRS), USB-C
  • Bit Depth: 24-bit
  • Sample Rate: 48kHz
  • Weight: 94g
  • Dimensions: 21.6mm (diameter), 171mm (length)
RØDE VideoMic NTG

image credit: RØDE

The VideoMic NTG offers an auto-on mode in which it will automatically power on once the host camera is switched on. That way, you don’t need to worry about battery life since the mic will also automatically power-off once you switch off the camera. battery life is 30+ hours and you can recharge it within 2 hours using the USB-C port.

The correct output level can be dialed in using the gain control on the rear of the microphone.

Pricing and Availability

At time of writing this article, there’s no intel about pricing, unfortunately. I’ll update this article once the information is available. Same goes for availability. UPDATE: The VideoMic NTG will cost $249 US and shipping should start very soon.

RØDE VideoMic NTG

image credit: RØDE

This new VideoMic NTG seems to be much more than just a microphone. Use it with a camera, or a smartphone, or a computer using USB. Your choice. All the built-in tech is here to help but you really don’t need to worry about it, it just works. 3.5mm auto-sensing, automatic power-switching, built-in preamp, headphone out when using USB-C, variable gain control, high-pass filter, built-in ADC. When reading this, it could be the description of a dedicated audio breakout box, but it’s just a microphone. Pretty neat, I’d say.

Link: RØDE website

What do you think? Could this be your next on-camera mic? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Matt Smith
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Looks exactly like a Deity D3 Pro to me

Walter Polovchek
Walter Polovchek
GuestNovember 22nd, 2019

The built-in battery is a bad idea. If you get to your location and find that it’s not charged for whatever reason, you’re screwed.

Rode has this weird hang-up with TRRS connectors. I don’t know how many people still have phones with mic inputs (I have an iPhone SE that does), but Rode’s mic-to-Lightning adapter has only TRRS connectors. This makes it incompatible with basically every lav out there, including Rode’s. Why? Apparently Rode sells that adapter to make old phone headsets work with new iPhones. You’d think they’d want to make regular lavalier mics work with the iPhone.

 Emeric Caron
Emeric Caron
MemberNovember 20th, 2019

Sorry for the newb question, audio is not my strength, but does it capture a better sound than the VideoMic Pro + ? I’ve never understood the differences between both.

Clayton Moore
MemberNovember 21st, 2019

Just the idea that it can power on and off automatically with the camera is great. But it sounds really good!

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