NTG5

The NTG5 is a short, ultra-lightweight shotgun microphone ideal for use in the most demanding recording applications. Featuring a revolutionary acoustic design with circular ports replacing the linear slots found in other shotgun mics, it offers unmatched transparency and a more natural, uncoloured sound. Combined with a tightly controlled frequency response, smooth off-axis response, and very low self-noise (just 10dBA), the NTG5 sounds spectacular in a wide variety of applications, particularly location recording and demanding filmmaking scenarios where superlative audio is the imperative. No excuses.

The NTG5 is a boom operator’s dream, weighing a mere 76g and measuring just over 20cm, making it ideal for use on long, demanding shoots. It also features RF-bias circuitry to ensure reliable performance in adverse environments, with excellent resistance to high humidity, severe cold, damp, and dust. The perfect location recording mic.


Key features:

  • Revolutionary acoustic design, delivering a natural, uncoloured sound.
  • Extremely lightweight (just 76g), and short in length (just 203mm)
  • Tailored frequency response and very low self-noise of just 10dBA
  • Highly directional supercardioid polar pattern and smooth off-axis response
  • RF-bias technology and conformal coating ensure superior performance in adverse environmental conditions
  • Comes in a complete location recording kit with WS10 windshield, PG2-R pistol grip and other accessories

Product Highlights

Product Highlights

Revolutionary Acoustic Design

The NTG5’s body design has been completely overhauled, with circular acoustic ports replacing the linear slots found in other shotgun mics. The revolutionary design – the result of many months of specialised testing – delivers unmatched acoustic transparency, and a natural, uncoloured sound that will sound superb in a wide variety of applications.


A Boom Operator’s Dream

The NTG5 features a short, super-lightweight aluminium body (just 76g!), making it one of the most compact professional shotgun mics out there – a dream for boom operators who find themselves on long shoots, or filmmakers and sound recordists looking for a more portable and lightweight rig that delivers broadcast-grade audio.


The Perfect Location Recording Mic

With a tightly controlled frequency response, low self-noise, highly directional supercardioid polar pattern, and smooth off-axis response, the NTG5 sounds spectacular in a wide variety of applications, while RF-bias technology and conformal coating ensure superior performance in harsh environmental conditions. It’s the perfect mic for location recording and demanding filmmaking scenarios where superlative audio is imperative. No excuses.

ACOUSTIC & ELECTRICAL SPECIFICATION

Acoustic Principle

RF-bias condenser

Active Electronics

RF-bias demodulation

Polar Pattern

Supercardioid shotgun

Frequency Range

20 Hz – 20 kHz

Frequency Response

80 Hz - 20 kHz ±3 dB

Output Impedance

25 Ω

Signal to noise Ratio

84 dB

Equivalent Noise

10 dB SPL (A-weighted, as per IEC651)

Input SPL @ 1% THD

130 dB SPL (1kHz @ 1% THD, 600 Ω load)

Power Requirements

2 mA @ 48V phantom power

Sensitivity

-23.5 dB re. 1 Volt/Pascal or Better (66 mV @ 94 dB SPL @ 1 kHz)

MECHANICAL SPECIFICATION

Dimensions (L x W x H, mm)

NTG5: 203 x 19

PG2-R:117 x 60 x 240

Weight (g)

NTG5: 76g

PG2-R: 224g

Can the NTG5 be used as a voiceover microphone like the NTG3?

Absolutely! The NTG3 is a legendary voiceover mic, which is largely due to the extended low end but also its natural high frequencies. The NTG5 has a flatter low end, but a very similar high frequency response to the NTG3 and will sound fantastic as a voiceover mic.

Does the shorter length of the NTG5 make it less directional?

The active part of the line tube of the NTG5 is the same length as the NTG3, maintaining the directional characteristics of shotgun-style mics.

How resilient is the NTG5 in extreme weather?

The NTG5’s conformal coating is a thin layer of protective material that shields the active electronics from any moisture or particles, and the RF-biased circuitry is very resistant to moisture. This makes the NTG5 perfect for use in harsh weather conditions.

What is the difference between the NTG3 and the NTG5?

The NTG5 builds on the ground-breaking technology of the NTG3 (namely the RF-bias technology, which ensures better immunity to moisture and other environmental factors that can affect performance) with a focus on making it the ideal location recording microphone. First of all, it is much shorter and lighter than the NTG3, which makes it easier to handle on a boom pole. It also features a revolutionary new acoustic design, which delivers a beautifully natural and uncoloured sound; and it has a less pronounced low end response than the NTG3, which is preferable when recording on-location. Lastly, the electronics have been redesigned, resulting in lower self-noise than the NTG3 (10dBA vs 13dBA). They are both great microphones that can be used interchangeably in many scenarios, however, the NTG5 excels as a location recording mic, whereas the NTG3’s pronounced low end is ideal for recording indoors (also great outdoors), and for voiceovers and other applications where rich bottom end is desired. 

Why would I use the NTG5 on location instead of another shotgun mic?

The NTG5 is incredibly light at just 76 grams, making it a dream for boom operators or filmmakers looking for a compact shotgun that delivers broadcast-grade audio. It has a flatter low end, making it ideal for recording outdoors and on-location. This also effectively provides the preamp with more headroom. Finally, the RF-bias circuitry and conformal coating improve the resilience of all electronic components.