Bugs 3 Mini – Cheap and fast brushless drone

Mavic Air

Spark

MJX Bugs 3 mini- a tiny brushless monster

Battery Life

12 min

Range

300m

Camera

1080p

Motors

Brushed

MJX bugs 3 has been one of my favorite drones for a while, in terms of build quality, power and the potential it has for the price.

And now, a newer, smaller version, the Bugs 3 Mini is exactly that, but in a smaller, swifter, cheaper package!

I wouldn't say this is really for beginners, as it's quite a speed demon, so beware!

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Main features of the Bugs 3 Mini

Brushless Motors

Considering the extremely low price of this drone, being in the range of toy drones, the fact that it comes with brushless motors is absolutely incredible.

This is exactly the reason why it made into my top cheap drones with brushless motors list.

What are the advantages of a brushless motor?

  1. Brushless motors are more resistant to wear and last considerably longer
  2. They are considerably more powerful

So why doesn't everyone use them in their drones?

One simple reason: they're considerably more expensive. That's exactly why I'm quite amazed when MJX makes such quality drones for this cheap.

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Battery Life

How long it stays in the air is an important factor for any drone.

The usual time in the air for drone at this size is about 6-7 minutes. The bugs 3 mini isn't far off. It's advertised at 10 minutes of flight, but it's more like 8 minutes, depending on how you fly.

However, this is still quite impressive considering how much energy those motors require.

You can also find more spare batteries on amazon at any time

 

Camera Options

The Bugs 3 mini is too small to carry a big Gopro, but it can definitely handle a smaller action camera like a mobius.

MJX made a camera option too, and it's one that works with any FPV goggles or 5.8ghz screen.

Bugs 3 mini acro and angle modes

For those of you who don't know, the difference between these modes is that one flies stabilized and the other doesn't.

Acro mode – Not stabilized, if you turn the drone at an angle it will remain like that and you need to get it back stable manually ( means acrobatic flight mode)

Angle mode – Stabilized, if you take your hands off the controller it will stabilize the drone parallel to the ground, but it doesn't have GPS so it doesn't stay in the same spot, it will drift away slowly.

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MJX Bugs 3 mini Price and specs

The price for this drone is unreal in my oppinion. You can get it on Gearbest for quite cheap, if you'd like faster shipping amazon would probbably be the best option though.

When it comes to specs or fancy features, the Bugs 3 mini isn't something impressive, it does just a few things, but it does them very well.

It's a  breath of fresh air from the cheap feeling toy drones of today that can't fly properly and get destroyed at the first crash.

The build quality is impressive overall, that's what I'm trying to say.

 

Specs
Camera Options
With Camera
Camera Resolution: 1080p
Gopro
Features
GPS
Gimbal
Phone Controlled
Transmitter
Motor Type: Brushed
Optical Flow Stabilization
Battery Life: 12
Flight Range: 300
Foldable
Micro SD Card
Under 250g
Drone Types
Beginner
Professional
Indoors
Racing

I really couldn't decide between putting it in the beginner or racing category, as it's actually somewhere in between. I wouldn't recommend this to be your first drone though. Even though it might have 2 speed settings, including one that slows the motors down.

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compared to other drones

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Bellow you can check my top  drones in the same price category.

Please use the “Add to compare” button and then press on the icon on the right to compare them.

The bugs 3 fits a bit weirdly in the category that's under $100 because it feels so much like a more expensive racing drone.

But these bellow are my top rated drones in this price range.

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MJX Bugs 3 review – Best Cheap Brushless GoPro Drone( In-Depth review)
MJX Bugs 3 review – Best Cheap Brushless GoPro Drone( In-Depth review)
300 m
15 min
1080p
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100 m
12 min
720p
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3 ThiEye Dr.X Review
ThiEye Dr.X Review
50 m
7 min
1080p
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Transmitter and camera

The transmitter looks pretty universally similar with all the other controllers from MJX.

I would personally have prefered to see a smaller controller to make things more portable, even more so since the drone is quite small.

These are the main notable features of the transmitter, good and bad:

  • comes with fake antennas (the real antennas ar on the inside)
  • you can attach an FPV monitor on top of the transmitter
  •  you can change between angle and acro mode
  • there's two different speed rates: low and high
  • you can turn the LEDs off for more battery life
  •  there's a button in the back for flips

Camera

There are a few version of the quadcopter, including the standard without a camera and one that comes with the C5810 720p camera. Which is a 5.8 ghz one that works with any goggles or monitor.

MJX Bugs 3 ( B3 ) 175mm Mini Brushless RC Drone RTF

Product Description:MJX R/C Technic Bugs 3 is designed for beginners. It is equipped with 1306 2750KV brushless motor to provide strong power. Built-in 7.4V 850mAh 45C LiPo ...
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The camera is relatively easy to mount, as there will be instructions in the package, but you will have to unscrew the canopy and connect a plug.

Bugs 3 mini

9 Total Score
Bugs 3 Mini - a small beast

absolutely impressive what this brushless drone can do. You can even fly it in acro mode!

Video Quality
9
Flight stability
8.5
Photo Quality
9.5
PROS
  • can fly in acro mode
  • powerful brushless motors
  • multiple speed modes
  • good battery life
CONS
  • not suited for beginners

How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:

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1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

types of drones

2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  1.  
  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.

 

How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of DronesGator.com and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

5 Comments
  1. Thank you for your thoughtful and informative reviews. I especially appreciate how you seem to just state facts and steer clear of bull that other reviewers seem to highlight and showcase.

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