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MJX Bugs 2 review (updated for 2022)

Updated in 2022 by Paul Posea
mjx bugs 2 review
battery incon 3

20 min Battery

range-icon-2

1km Range

camera icon 150

1080p

motors brushless or brushed

Brushless Motors

In my experience so far, the MJX Bugs 2 has been one of the top drones under $200, but is it still relevant in 2022?

It's not so easy to find nowadays, but I'd say for beginners it's still not that bad. One thing that drags it down is the fact that the camera isn't stabilized, but all the other specs are still very relevant.

 In comparison, you could pay $1000 for a DJI drone that has proximity sensors and a gimbal, but the price difference is colossal.

After releasing the amazing Bugs 3, MJX has surprised us again with another low budget brushless drone which I would recommend to my best friend as a first budget camera drone.

There are basically 2 versions of this quadcopter you can get

bugs 2 b2w wifi
Bugs 2 Wifi version

Bugs 2 with live feed (B2W)

This is supposed to be the "professional version" that can connect to the phone through wifi

Check here for the curent price of B2W

bugs 2 b2c
Bugs 2 Standard B2C

Bugs 2 with no wifi

The B2C is the same as the B2W, but it has no wifi and you can only record video on the micro SD card

Check here for the curent price of B2C

My personal Recommendation is the B2W, as I think it's quite important to see what you're recording, don't you think so too?

Price and specs

I would say this drone is a bit overpriced, as there are certain GPS drones like the JJPRO x5 EPIK that have even more features for a lower price.

However, the range of this drone is quite incredible and the camera quality is 1080p so you definitely won't be dissapointed.

I would recommend you buy this for taking aerial photos and videos, even if you are a beginner.

 Just make sure to fly in safe areas!

Check the price history bellow to see when it's best to buy it!

My youtube review on the Bugs 2w

How well does the Bugs 2 Fly?

It can fly for quite some time. The official time is about 20 minutes, but I found out that I can usually go somewhere under 18 minutes, depending on how I fly.

The range on it is very good for this price range. It's advertised to be over 1km , but I never tested it more than 400m.

The good thing about it is that if it loses signal it won't fly away like most drones under $200, but thanks to the GPS it actually returns to home.

bugs2controller flight

Talking about GPS functionality, I have found that I constantly have over 12 satelites connected and it's recommended to have at least over 7 for a secure connection.

It hovers pretty stable most of the time in an area with a maximum range of 1 to 2 meters at most. But there are times now and then where it seems to just do really big circles around, I'm talking 10 or so meters in radius.

That usually happens when at higher altitude, but it's not really frequent.

So, if you want to let it hover and do something else in the meantime, make sure you raise it in a wide open area where there are no cables, trees or buildings around at least 50 m radius.

Bugs 2Camera

If you're having issues with connecting to the camera wifi do the following:

  • Download the software below
  • Put it on a micro SD card and insert in drone
  • power the drone on and leave it for 5 minutes
  • restart the drone


Download Camera Update

To cover all the most asked for aspects of a drone, in general, let's also talk about the camera.

It's a 2mp 1080p true full HD camera. I'm saying true full HD, because many Chinese drone makers tend to get a 480p camera and upscale it to HD.

MJX is a very trustworthy company in my experience and I was not payed to say this.

The quality of the footage isn't very satisfying, for me at least. However, we must judge it for the price you pay.

bugs 2 picture from footage

And at 190 USD I don't really know a drone that has all these functions and a camera this good.

I would have prefered it to have no camera, but only an action camera mount so I can put whatever camera I want on it.

I'll try to talk with the company and maybe they will make this model in the near future.

  • An in-built camera has the benefit of being able to see live feed from your phone
  • The bugs 2 camera also is more compatible with the drone, so you won't find yourself not recording when in the air
  • an 1080p camera is pretty damn good for most people
  • however, the camera is modular and it can be replaced with a better one, if MJX will release it in the future (still can't be much improved if there won't be any stabilization)
  • a built-in camera can't be upgraded as easy as an action camera
  • the camera can't be detached for external use

Transmitter

The controller is pretty basic and easy to use. It comes with a mount for your phone and an LCD screen that shows important information.

bugs 2 telemetry data recording altitude distance

On the transmitter LCD you can check out

  • Signal strenght
  • Battery level for both the drone and the Transmitter
  • If the camera is recording or not
  • Distance and curent height from the point you took off.
  • Number of satelites connected

Even though the drone comes back to the take off place if the battery is running too low.

You can also check if you're recording or taking pictures and how many satelites you have connected.

It also shows telemetry data, like the altitude it's at and the distance from you. This way you can fly safer and it's also pretty satisfying to brag to your friends about how far you have been able to fly.

The buttons I found myself using the most are the Camera button and the return to home.

transmitter functions

A thing that could be annoying is the fact that you have to calibrate the compass before every single flight.

This takes usually about 10 seconds for me and you have to turn it 3 times at first and then hold it vertically and turn it 3 times again.

I got used to this though and it's actually a good thing to do because you make sure you won't fly with a broken compass.

drone compass calibration

Don't forget to always have inserted an SD card when you want to record. It can use Cards up to 32 gb, but you won't ever need that much storage space.

The last point I want to make is very important, and it's about the motors this drone has. Brushless motors are WAY more powerful and way more durable than the cheaper counterparts, the brushed motors.

This makes it a drone that will last a whole lot of time.

This being said, I'm pretty happy with how this drone turned out to be, it's defintely not perfect, but compared to what's on the market right now, for $190 it's quite a steal.

Bugs 2 vs bugs 3 drone
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Hi, I'm Paul.
A big drone enthusiast, reviewing, comparing and writing about drones since 2015. I'm all about helping people enjoy and even monetize their hobby.
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Paul Posea
Hi, I'm a long-time drone reviewer and I hope my articles and comparisons on this site as well as Dronesgator's youtube channel are of as much help as possible.

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