Quality audio comes in so many shapes, sizes, and sums.
Fortunately, there are microphones that offer broadcast grade audio with a price tag that won’t evoke permanent cringes and blood curdling screams. Two immensely popular condenser microphones, especially those of us using DSLRs, are offered by Rode: the VideMic Pro and NTG-2. Wondering which to buy? Let’s review while keeping it short and sweet.
- Compact (6 inch length)
- Lightweight (85 grams)
- Shock mount
- Cold shoe mount w/ 3/8″ thread
- High-pass filter
- Level control (-10, 0, -20 db)
- 3.5mm output
- 9V battery
- Aluminum body
- XLR output
- High pass filter
- Low noise circuitry
- AA battery or P48 phantom power
The high pass filter offered in both mics is a welcome feature especially when recording next to something generating a hum – it’s near impossible to remove in post, I speak from experience.
The VideoMic Pro, which I’ll call VMP, offers a compact size that meshes perfectly with the DSLR footprint, while the cold shoe with 3/8″ thread offers all the necessary mounting options. The integrated shock mount provides reduced handling noise as long as shaking is kept to a minimum. I would recommend the very shake-forgiving Pearstone Shock Mount to accompany the NTG-2.
The 9V battery is a real chore to install in the VMP, and once you manage to install it, you’ll never want to replace it. The NTG-2 aluminum body unscrews like OO7’s favorite silencer to reveal the AA battery compartment and the XLR connector makes a handsome and reassuring, “click.” The VMP 3.5mm output is one to use with care but it is great for quickly plugging into your DSLR. The NTG-2 will require something like this XLR adapter.
Yes, both microphones offer great sound quality, especially over that dreadful internal microphone in your 5D. The level control offered on the VMP ranges from -10 db to +20 db. This adjustment is particularly useful for quickly reducing the recording level when decibels surge or vice versa. In fact, it pairs nicely with a DSLR.
The NTG-2, with low noise circuitry, limits handling noise wonderfully compared to the VMP. The NTG-2 has better sound fidelity, focuses on a subject more effectively, and captures ambient sound with less overall hiss.
My humble conclusion.
There is truly no going wrong with either of these mics. The VideoMic Pro meshes with a DSLR so well and at a price that is hard to pass up. However, in my book, the NTG-2 is a better value. Even with the extra dollars spent for the mic itself and the additional accessories, I feel the extra dollars are worth the better build quality and sound.
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