MJX Bugs 3 review – Best Cheap Brushless GoPro Drone( In-Depth review)

MJX Bugs 3 Drone review

MJX Bugs 3 is the most surprising brushless drone I've flown in a while.

What I'm talking about is the amazing quality and performance of the drone for the cheap price of about $100.

One of the most notable differences compared to other drones is the amazing battery life of up to 19 minutes.

Battery Life

15 min

Range

300m

Camera

1080p

Motors

Brushless

Not only that, but it's also a very capable GoPro drone, able to carry any GoPro sized action camera as well.

I have also made a video review of it, but make sure you read the full article below to check out other important details as well:

If you're already decided you want to buy this, then don't hesitate and check the offers available and the accessories that come with the Bugs 3 drone.

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Price and drone specs

Again, when it comes to price, this drone is pretty much unbeatable! 

That's also why I rate it as one of my top drones ever. You can find better drones, that have GPS for example, but they will be at least twice as expensive and probably not even have brushless motors.

Specs
Camera Options
With Camera
Camera Resolution: 1080p
Gopro
Features
GPS
Gimbal
Phone Controlled
Transmitter
Motor Type: Brushless
Optical Flow Stabilization
Battery Life: 15
Flight Range: 300
Foldable
Micro SD Card
Under 250g
Drone Types
Beginner
Professional
Indoors
Racing

Bellow you can find the price history over time for the main offer in this article, if you want to be notified when the Bugs 3 gets even cheaper, put your email in the box down bellow.

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Latest updates:
  • $69.99 - March 6, 2020
  • $65.99 - March 3, 2020
Since: March 3, 2020
  • Highest Price: $69.99 - March 6, 2020
  • Lowest Price: $65.99 - March 3, 2020

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Unboxing and product quality

The high quality of this brushless quadcopter can be observed even before unpackaging it, as it comes in a sturdy box with well placed Styrofoam inside.

bugs 3 package

The box also shows that there are quite a few additional accessories that you can buy to transform this drone in anything you want, from FPV racer to a great camera drone.

Some of these accessories include a cool 360 panoramic camera and even FPV monitors and goggles.

The size of the Bugs 3 is 31 cm from motor to motor (and over 40 cm from prop to prop), which makes it medium sized.It also comes with a slot for an action camera that can fit GoPro hero 3 and hero 4, but not the new hero5.

mjx bugs 3 size

The good news is that you can also get a very good yet cheap 4k action camera for it.

If you'd like to check the cheapest prices for your action camera, you can install our Free Chrome extension that will help you find the cheapest tech gadgets like drones and action cameras by comparing the results of sites like gearbest.com, banggood.com, fasttech and more.

The chrome extension also has a tab that will help you pick your perfect drone from my top recommendations. If you want to know more about it check out my video explaining it.

If you want to see the full unboxing check out the video below:

As also mentioned in the video, I've been pretty impressed with the general build quality of the drone itself. The plastic it is made from feels very good quality and it can handle damage pretty well from my experience.​

Here's what's in the box:

  • the quadcopter
  • 2 sets of propellers
  • a 7.4V battery charger
  • 4 prop guards
  • 4 landing gear arms (installing them only needed if you'll use the camera)
  • camera mount
  • screwdriver
  • a 7.4V 1800mAh battery
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Flight- how good are brushless motors?

The main difference between brushed and brushless motors is that the ones the Bugs 3 has (Brushless) are up to 6 times more powerful.

Not only that, but brushless motors have a WAY longer life span and are more durable overall.

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This quadcopter was designed by MJX with two purposes in mind:

1.A reliable cheap camera drone

By attaching the camera mount to the frame and putting the taller landing legs you can successfully turn it into a GoPro drone that not only handles wind very well, but also is pretty stable considering it doesn't come with a gimbal.

I used a Full HD camera bought from a chinese site that works really well, but you can easily go for the best cheap 4k cameras from here and the quality will be even better.

Here's some footage that I shot with the Bugs 3 and my full HD camera:

2.A racing/FPV drone

By putting Brushless motors on this drone, MJX has succeeded in making the most powerful drone this amount of money can buy.

This means a lot more speed and quick turns thanks to the 1805 1800KV motors that simply do a great job.

There are 2 main modes of flight:

  • camera mode
  • racing mode

What this does is change the power and speed of the drone, going slower for when a GoPro is mounted, so there's not much movement and faster for when things SHOULD move like the wind.

By removing the prop guards, the landing legs and the camera with camera mount you considerably decrease the drone weight and therefore make it fly faster and longer.

Fortunately, MJX thought about everything and incorporated some little landing gear at the end of each drone arm, so the drone won't trip over.

brushless motors and landing gear

This being said, the drone moves incredibly fast in sport mode and it can do flips by the press of a button (it can even do flips with a Camera on).

It isn't yet at the level of professional racing drones, but it's perfect if you want to get into racing and want to have a feel for it first.

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Battery and flight time

battery

As stated in the beginning, this drone can actually stay in the air for up to 19 minutes or so without any accessories and while pretty much hovering.

From my personal experience, I have flown it for 17 or so minutes with accessories on and 15 minutes if I go more hardcore.

The 7.4 V and 1800mAh Lipo battery that can do all of this has a semi-proprietary design and comes with and XT30 connector and can be perfectly fitted inside the special slot on the drone itself.

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Transmitter and buttons

The controller is pretty bland and comes in full white color, however it does it's job pretty well.

The thumb sticks must be attached first with two small screws and it requires 4 AA batteries to work.

Here are the buttons and the functions:

  • red button top left – used to arm the motors and turn them off
  • button underneath it – changes between the two flying modes (camera and sport mode)
  • comes with trimming buttons next to the sticks ( useful if the aircraft tends to go in a certain direction by itself)
  • button at top right = flip button/barell roll (first press it once and then quickly move the left stick in a direction to do a flip)
  • button below it – camera on and off (only working with a camera accessory from MJX)
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Bugs 3

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How does Bugs 3 compare to other drones?

bugs 3 with action camera
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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.

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

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