Rode is definitely a well-known company when it comes to audio equipment. Offering a variety of products for hundreds of applications. For this post, we will be looking at the NTG4+ which builds off the original NTG1 and offers superb audio quality for a wide range of applications. The NTG4 and NTG4+ are very similar microphones and the only difference is the rechargeable lithium-ion battery built into the plus. It provides the microphone with approximately 150 hours of phantom power vs the NTG4 (which has no built-in battery).
The NTG4 series features an upgraded capsule with rich sound along with lower noise. A huge benefit with the NTG4+ is the possibility of DSLR mounting which would otherwise require phantom power. With a full charge in 2 hours using a standard micro USB cable, a portable power bank or wall USB adapter is the only thing needed when charging.
Included in the box are:
- Foam Windshield
- RM5 Mic Clip
- ZP1 Pouch
- Micro USB Cable
- NTG4+ Microphone
Additional items included:
- Stickers (Rode)
- Warranty Card
- Quick Start Guide
The microphones are manufactured in Australia and come with a 10-year warranty (when registered using the warranty card).
What we think
Rode has created another fantastic microphone. Like all microphones in the NTG series, the NTG4+ didn’t disappoint with a sleek metal body and high-quality overall build. The zippered ZP1 pouch is a great included product that protects the microphone very well. When the windshield is attached to the shotgun mic, we found it covered the -10 dB pad, high pass filter, and frequency boost buttons. Although it isn’t much of a problem, it does get in the way when recording as you have to move up and down the windshield when making adjustments.
What we find great about this microphone is the possibility to charge the device using a standard micro USB cable. Even when out on set, a portable charger is really all you need to keep this microphone going. Considering battery life, the NTG4+ is the microphone we would highly recommend if you plan to record outdoors often. For our audio tests, we used a Canon 60D and being able to directly plug the microphone into a 3.5mm jack without phantom power is absolutely fantastic.
When compared to some other professional microphones, the NTG4 series is a cheaper, more affordable microphone for new and experienced videographers. At a price below $500 CAD (available online for around $479), it offers superb audio quality and many features that allow you to produce quality sound for a range of projects.