MJX Bugs 4w - cheap 2k foldable GPS drone
The MJX Bugs 4w is the first foldable drone from MJX and comes with a TON of great features and a 2k camera, all under $200!
The controller is way more compact and does look like the Mavic one, but that’s not a bad thing.
Brushless motors, flight modes and a camera that can swivel up and down from the remote, this quadcopter is what the MJX Bugs 5w should have been all along.
The camera is still not that great, as it doesn’t come with any stabilization.
Usually, when it comes to more advanced camera drones, they come with a way to stabilize the drone on the spot. I’m talking about GPS or optical flow cameras.
MJX Bugs 4w: GPS + optical flow + 2 sonars
Battery life for camera drones should be at least 10 minutes per flight.
Take in account spare batteries!
MJX Bugs 4w: 20min
Flight range can really change what sorts of images you can capture.
MJX Bugs 4w: 600m
Camera resolution isn’t everything. Colors, sharpness and bitrate are very important for the overall image.
C-Fly Dream: 2k in 20fps, video sample bellow
If I had to pinpoint the most important factor in a camera drone, it would be Image Stabilization. A 4k unstable camera has worse results than a gimbal stabilized 720p one.
C-Fly Dream: only shake dampners
The price is what makes this drone so great.
Coming with brushless motors, GPS and a ton of other features, including an extremely good charger, it makes you wonder how the hell does this company even make a profit.
Here’s what it comes in the package with:
- spare props
- manual and quickstart guide
- usb cables
- charging station for 2 batteries at a time
- 1 (or 2 ) batteries
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The camera quality isn’t the greatest, even in 2k resolution it doesn’t look much better than what you can achieve with other similarly priced models from MJX.
It has vibration dampeners for removing the jello effect, but no actual camera stabilization involved, like a gimbal or EIS.
A slight disadvantage is that the camera records in 20fps, which is not as smooth as I would have liked it.
The controller is a much welcomed change from the original bugs series transmitters that were pretty big in size.
This one is about the same size and look as a DJI Mavic one.
It shows distance, battery life, height, signal strength directly on the LCD screen on it. That’s really helpful in moments when you lose video signal and want to see if the drone comes back to you. The remote controller has a range of 1km, even though the FPV is at about 500m.
You can also
- take photos and video by the press of a button
- lock/unlock the motors
- a scroll wheel for changing camera angle
- change the speed rate (up to 40km/hour)
- turn GPS on or off
The flight modes this drone comes are pretty standard:
- circle around
- follow me
- return to home by button
- RTH on low battery
The waypoints flight mode actualy works, unlike many chinese drones these days.
The point of interest flight mode is not extremely precise, but does work as intended.
What’s most unique about this quadcopter is the double battery charging system.
Not only can you charge 2 batteries at the same time, there’s also LED screens on the sides showing when the batteries are charging, that turn off if it’s not charging.
There are also accessories that you can buy with this drone already, like additional spare batteries and a bag.
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The 2k camera on this drone may not be stabilized, but overall as a quadcopter, it's top notch for this price and there's no denial that all these features have never been seen before in this budget. The flight stability is exceptional, the range is pretty great and even the battery life makes it one of the more favorite drones of mine out there.
- optical flow+ ultrasonic sensors
- adjustable camera angle
- 2k camera
- great mavic-like controller
- bright lights underneath for helping with landing
- brushless motors
- great charger for 2 batteries at a time
- flight modes
- 2k camera looks about the same as 1080p