8.5

MJX Bugs 4w Review – a cheap 2k camera drone

Last updated on December 7, 2019 1:59 am

Last Updated on by Paul Archer

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Camera 2k
Battery life 24 min
Stabilization No Stabilization
Range 300 m
8.5
Flight stability
9.5
Camera
8
Features
8
Price
7.5
+ Positives:
  • 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
- Negatives:
  • no image stabilization

What you'll learn in this review

The MJX Bugs 4w is a relatively new drone on the market and you’re certainly looking to see if it’s the best in its price category.

This review will follow every possible question you may have along with detailes about specs like:

  • GPS
  • Battery life, range
  • Accessories
  • Best places to buy it from
  • Comparison table with 3 other drones

And a lot more (including footage).

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.

MJX Bugs 4w Specs and Features (vs competition)

Camera 2k
Battery life 24 min
Camera Stabilization No Stabilization
Range 300 m
Format Foldable Drone
Drone Type Beginner Drone
Transmitter Remote + 5G Phone (802.11ac)
Weight Over 250g
GPS Comes with GPS
Obstacle Avoidance Stability sensors underneath
Speed Over 20 km/h
Motors Brushless

Battery Life

The 3400mAh battery allows you to stay in the air for well over 20 minutes, believe it or not.
 

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.

Range (Flight Distance)

The range of the actual drone is much more than the 300m I specified here.
 
That’s why you’ll probably see online that it can go up to 1km… and that’s kinda true.
 
The drone itself can go up to 600 or more meters, but the viasual range ends at about 300m.

Does it come back after losing signal?

YES

The MJX BUgs 4w does return at the starting point by itself after it disconnects from the transmitter.

Not only that, you can also call it back by the press of a button (RTH).

Does it return on low battery?

YES

It does automatically come back to the starting point after it reaches about 15 percent battery or so.

You can cancel this process, but it will limit you by geofencing to go further than 20m (sometimes it doesn’t work).

Max height and flight laws

The maximum height allowed to fly in the USA is  400feet which is just over 120m.

The Bugs 5w can go over 100m but no more than 150m, so you’re right in that range.  

Will the drone come back after reaching the Max altitude?

The drone is set to stop at the maximum altitude of 120 m so it won’t come back down, it will just stop.
 
 There’s also another limitation… 
 
 

Drone alternatives compared

I made the comparison table bellow to show the main features of the similarly priced competitors on the market.
 
The main competitor is the JJRC X11, as it’s basically the same exact drone (that’s why I didn’t put the Bugs 4w too).
 
Both have the exact same specs and even use the same app.
 
So you should simply see which one is less expensive and buy that!
 
In my experience the JJRC X11 is way less expensive, and I recommend you get that instead.
 
I compared the BUgs 5w vs the ZLRC Beast, SJRC F11 and JJRC X11.
 

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Bellow you can find a filtering system for the main competitor drones I reviewed and you can press the “Add to compare” button if you want to do so.

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JJRC X11 Camera specs and quality

The camera can be rotated 90 degrees from the transmitter and actually records in 2k 20fps.

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.

Is the footage stabilized in any way?

No , it’s not stabilized by default.
 
Although the manufacturer says it’s stabilized on the up and down axis.
 
However…
 
It does come with vibration dampeners and the image is wide enough so you can actually stabilize it in post production.

How good is the footage and photos?

It takes photos in the same resolution as the actual video, and it looks like they are basically screenshots of the footage itself.
 
t’s better if you check the footage by yourself watching the video review bellow.

Can the camera be upgraded?

Besides the ability to add an action camera at the bottom (yes, it’s strong enough for that) there aren’t any upgradeable official parts.

What smartphones work with it?

Short answer: any phone that supports 5g 802.11 ac wifi.

All the iphones have this frequency and usually newer android phones, but there are meny exceptions.

If you want to check your phone compatibility, go on GSM arena, search for your brand and then look in the specs if it has 802.11 ac wifi (the AC part is important).

And no, it’s not Air Conditioner.

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Parts and accessories

What accessories you NEED and where to get them from

All the accessories that work with the JJRC X11 also work with the MJX Bugs 4w.
They are the usual stuff like spare batteries, a few models of cases and multi chargers.

Spare Battery

You need at least one of these, as you might find yourself not having enough time in the air.​

A good carrying case

This is a great way to carry this quad around, with a few spare batteries also.

Props and other spares

If you don't want to wait up to 2 hours at a time for one battery to charge, why not do a few more in paralel.

Design and Unboxing

The package is quite complete, depending on what you get and how much you’re willing to pay for it.
The most unique feature is probably the dual battery charger.
 
You can charge 2 batteries at a time with 2 micro USB c cables.
  • Battery (multiple, depending on the package)
  • Double charger (with micro usb C)
  • Screwdriver
  • Remote
  • Spare props
  • Removable sticks
  • Drone
  • Phone holder
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Transmitter And Mobile App

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 300m.

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

App, camera settings and flight modes.

There are ultrasonic sensors underneath the drone, so it’s going to fly very stable when it’s closer to the ground.

It also has an added optical flow camera for additional flight stabilization.

The flight modes this drone comes are pretty standard:

  • circle around
  • follow me
  • waypoints
  • 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.

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JJRC X11 Price, Manual and Instructions

How do you connect to the app (wifi)

The connection to the app should be simple.

The app for this drone is called JJRC X app and you can download it from both playstore and itunes.

The MJX Bugs 4w app also works (called mjx bugs GO).

You must make sure your phone can connect to the wifi of the drone. The smartphone needs to support 802.11ac wifi. Check this online by searching “your phone brand 802.11ac” and you’ll find out.

Then search for the wifi and enter the app and you should see the image.

How to calibrate the GPS before flight

It’s important to know that before every flight you need to do the “GPS calibration dance“.

After you bind the transmitter to the quadcopter you need to do the following:

  1. Rotate the quad 3 times clockwise (while parallel to the ground)
  2. And 3 times while the camera faces down(perpendicular to ground)
  3. Do it until the lights aren’t blinking anymore

Remote instructions

How do you unlock the motors?

By pressing the red button and keeping it pressed for a second

How to bind the drone to the transmitter?

If the drone hasn’t been bound yet you can do this by pressing the red button and holding it.

Then press the on button at the same time.

How to change the camera angle?

You do that by the conveniently placed scroll wheel on the top right side.

How to turn the GPS on or off?

There’s a button on the right side. The drone will fly faster in non GPS mode.

Is this drone worth the price?

ABSOLUTELY

I don’t really think you can get better for under $150.

All the specs, the flight stability, modular camera that even comes with the ability to stabilize video (to some extent) make it a great choice.

Having GPS for return to home and flight stability is also a great feature for beginners to have.

Price history for Meiyiu B4W GPS 5G WiFi with 2K Camera 25mins Flight Time Brushless Selfie RC Drone Quadcopter Black Blue 1 Battery
Latest updates:
  • $228.00 - October 31, 2019
  • $189.43 - September 28, 2019
  • $189.53 - September 24, 2019
  • $189.43 - August 25, 2019
  • $186.72 - June 28, 2019
Since: June 28, 2019
  • Highest Price: $228.00 - October 31, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $186.72 - June 28, 2019

Where to buy it from?

This time, if you’re not in much of a hurry I drecommend buying from banggood if you don’t want spare accessories. 

If you want spare batteries, case and so on, check out Geekbuying.com

Check out the following article guides that will turn you into an expert!
8.5Expert Score
MJX Bugs 4w Review – a cheap 2k camera drone
MJX Bugs 4w - full of specs GPS 2k drone
The bugs 4w is a stepup from the traditional bulky drones that MJX got us used to. And that's a good thing! Filled with amazing specs, it's quite a great buy for the price. The camera might not be stabilized, but we can't really expect it to be.
Flight stability
9.5
Camera
8
Features
8
Price
7.5
PROS
  • 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
CONS
  • no image stabilization
Paul Archer

Paul Archer

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

Specification: MJX Bugs 4w Review – a cheap 2k camera drone

Battery

camera

2k

Charging Time.

drone type Beginner Drone
Medium Outdoor
foldable foldable
GPS GPS
image-stabilization No Stabilization
Speed Over 20 km/h
maximum-flight-time

24 min

Motors Brushless
obstacle avoidance Only has stability sensors
remote-control-range

300 m

Remote Type Remote + 5G Phone (802.11ac)
Weight Over 250g

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  1. Tony L.

    Which iPhones are compatible with the bugs 4w. ? I have an Apple 6!
    Can the controller be programmed to operate on 4g and 5g sites?

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    • Paul Archer

      Your phone is indeed compatible

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  2. John Peebles

    Does the Bugs 4W have a “headless” mode?

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  3. Roman J. Sabatini

    How do I enable the headless mode w/ mjx bugs 4w?

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  4. Glen

    Poor Photos compared to my Bugs3 Pro and not as stable in flight. Loses contact with phone easily. Would not recommend. Buy a Bugs3 Pro instead

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    • Jean

      Como faço p ativar as funções diga-me e as outra funções que vi nos videos gostaria de instruções em português

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