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

MJX Bugs 4w - cheap 2k foldable GPS drone

Battery Life

20 min

Range

600m

Camera

2k

Motors

Brushless

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.

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What to look for in A camera drone

Drone stability

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

Battery life for camera drones should be at least 10 minutes per flight.

Take in account spare batteries!

MJX Bugs 4w: 20min 

Range

Flight range can really change what sorts of images you can capture.

MJX Bugs 4w: 600m

 

Camera

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

Image Stabilization

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

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MJX BUgs 4w Price and specs

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
  • scewdriver
  • usb cables
  • charging station for 2 batteries at a time
  • drone
  • controller
  •  1 (or 2 ) batteries
Specs
Camera Options
With Camera
Camera Resolution: 2k
Gopro
Features
GPS
Gimbal
Phone Controlled
Transmitter
Motor Type: Brushless
Optical Flow Stabilization
Battery Life: 20
Flight Range: 600
Foldable
Micro SD Card
Under 250g
Drone Types
Beginner
Professional
Indoors
Racing

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C-Fly drone Video Review

This is a complete video review of this drone along with the flight functions.

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Camera quality

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.

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Transmitter

C-Fly Dream

$186.72 Buy It Now

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
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Flight modes, range and battery

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.

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.

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.

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8.5 Total Score
MJX Bugs 4w - a super cheap drone packed with features

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.

flight stability
9.5
camera
7.5
features
8.5
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
  • 2k camera looks about the same as 1080p
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1 Comment
  1. 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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