Bugs 3 Pro review – the best action cam drone for under $200?

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Bugs 3 pro review ( best cheap action cam drone?)

Bugs 3 vs Bugs 3 Pro, which one would be the best? Well, first we have to know what the new Bugs 3 pro is all about and that's why this review is supposed to do.

To spike your interest, this is a very good GPS drone for people who already have an action camera or simply for anyone interested to get it with the included Full HD cam.

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Price and Specs

Battery Life

14 min

Range

300m

Camera

1080p

Motors

Brushless

Most drones from MJX that are in the Bugs series (there's quite a few at the moment) tend to have both long battery life and quite powerful brushless motors.

This is no exception, as the battery can last for up to 15 minutes ( expect about 13 in real life).

But this time around, it also comes with a very cool GPS module that does a much better job than the one on the Bugs 2( that did the toilet bowl movement).

Camera Options
With Camera
Camera Resolution: 1080p
Gopro
Features
GPS
Gimbal
Phone Controlled
Transmitter
Motor Type: Brushless
Optical Flow Stabilization
Battery Life: 14
Flight Range: 300
Foldable
Micro SD Card
Under 250g
Drone Types
Beginner
Professional
Indoors
Racing
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What's in the package?

The drone comes with all that you need to start flying, but the package varies depending on what you choose to buy.

There's a few versions you can choose from:

  •  No camera (one or two batteries) – get this if you have an action cam or plan to get one
  • 720p cam (one or two batteries) – this is the most budget version, I don't recommend.
  • 1080p cam (one or two batteries)
In the standard package we have the following:

As you can see, the package has all you need, just like the usual one and also comes with the useful manual and controller scheme. If you want the package with the MJX camera and pay extra, the camera will come in a separate box.

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Who should buy this drone?

Considering the price of this quadcopter, it's quite a steal, especially if you already have the camera.

If you get the included camera, then you'll pay about $50 more, but you'll be able to use the live app Bugs Go and the Follow me and waypoints functions.

So I'd recommend the bugs 3 for people who have had at least a one time experience with other drones flying (not complete beginners).

Even though it has GPS and it can return to home automatically, the motors are pretty powerful.

If you have any action camera that is the size of a go pro hero 3 or 4, you're good to go. If you want the version with the included camera I recommend buying the 1080p version.

But if you're not going to use it with an action camera ever, just with the included c6000 cam, then I'd rather recommend you the Bugs 5w, which in my oppinion has a better and more stable image at an even lower price.

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Transmitter

The transmitters of all the Bugs drones in general have a very similar look, and they also come with a simple quickstart guide that have the controls mapped in an easy to understand fashion.

The range is pretty big, and the bottom screen shows very important telemetry information like range, height, signal and battery life.

 So even if you lose visuals, you'll be able to press the return to home button and see how the distance from you is decreasing, meaning the drone is coming back. Trust me, it's very reasuring.

The Bugs Go app can be downloaded for free, both on android and on Iphone and works with every bugs drone so far. You need a 5G wifi capable smartphone to connect to the wifi and then you'll be able to see the live image in the app.

The camera subject is pretty sensitive for this drone, as there are 2 options you can choose from:

  • get the drone with no camera and put your own
    • you can put either a go pro 3 or 4 or any action cam that size (most are that size)
    • you can also use the live stream app of your action cam to monitor what the drone sees.
  • get the drone with a camera included
    • 720p c5000 camera (not recommended)
    • 1080p c6000 camera, better pictures and videos, but still inferior to a good action cam)

Using a separate action cam

  • you can use it for other stuff too
  • The quality is much better
  • If you get a good one it might also have image stabilization
  • It's going to be cheaper if you already have the camera. Ofc.
  • The follow me, waypoints won't work
  • Live feed range smaller ( max 50 m), or at all, if it doesn't have wifi

Buying the included camera

  • You can use the app with follow me, waypoints.
  • It's a pretty cheap camera
  • Might not work if your phone doesn't work with 5G
  • quality is poorer
8 Total Score
Bugs 3 Pro Conclusion

This quadcopter is a great choice for anyone looking for a budget camera drone that can actually take some really nice footage. It's also powerful enough so it can carry things and you can even put a gimbal on it for some more cash.

Camera
8
Battery Life
8.5
GPS stability
8.5
Beginner friendly
7
PROS
  • The GPS is very stable​
  • It returns to home when low battery or signal lost
  • Powerful brushless motors
  • Working follow me function​
  • Waypoint function
  • Works with any go pro / action cam
CONS
  • Image signal is lost before the range signal ( image lost at 200m and signal at 500m)
  • Video is not stabilized besides some dampners for reducing jello effect
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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:

how-to-make-money-with-drones

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.

2 Comments
  1. Yea, I know I m repeating myself

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