Excerpt: This is my second Rode mic, the first being a VideoMic Pro for DSLRs. I have to say that this mic compares very favorably to the Sennheiser 416. I also love the padded cylinder that they include for transport - a very nice touch. All in all, I'd rate it excellent in both sound quality and for value.
Excerpt: Although, the only other shotgun mic that I have used is an Azden SGM-2. I will have to say that this mic blows the Azden out of the water. The self-noise is almost non-existent and the sensitivity is amazing. My recommendation is that if you are a fledgling indie film-maker like me, spend the extra money and get this mic. It will be well worth the extra money.
Excerpt: When I was starting out I didn't have the money for a nice shotgun mic like this one. Instead I got the cheaper NTG-2, which has its shortcomings but served me well at first. But after shooting a video on a rainy day once and hearing the little POPS and CRACKLES in the audio later I knew that it was time to upgrade. This mic performs in both wet and dry conditions, and it's WAY more sensitive than my old mic.
Excerpt: Excellent sound quality, just like anything from Rode, but this one is exceptional. Was initially a bit worried about the wider pick-up range in this mic, but for me, as a shooter who's often managing shoots all by myself, having a bit more of a forgiving range is actually better. I can mount this on a c-stand and not worry if talent moves a bit while I'm shooting. Spend the extra money over the NTG2. Seriously. Audio is SO critical. It's worth a few hundred bucks more.
Pros: Clear Sound, Compact, Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Versatile