Is this drone as good as it looks?
The MJX Bugs 5w has been quite a surprise to me, as I didn't actually expect it to be better than the Bugs 2w that I tried a while ago.
I bet you're curious to know what you'll learn about it in this article…
I'll get you through all the specs, how the camera records footage,my own video review and even instructions on how to use it with your phone.
At the end there's also a great comparison table with some of the best competitors in this price category.
The ability to move the camera, the smaller frame and very precise gps made it one of my favorites to fly. It's great for lower budgets builds where you prioritize GPS and framing the perfect shot.
MJX Mew4 Specs and Features (vs competition)
Range (Flight Distance)
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?
There’s also another limitation…
When the battery is getting critically low, it won’t let you fly farther than 20 meters away.
Drone alternatives compared
Add to compare
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.
BUgs 5w camera specs - is the 1080p good enough?
Is the footage stabilized in any way?
How good is the footage and photos?
Can the camera be upgraded?
What phones work with MJX Bugs drones?
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.
Parts and accessories
What accessories you NEED and where to get them from
Design and Unboxing
Although it doesn't look that portable because of the solid design (by that I mean not foldable).
It's actually smaller than the previous bugs models and can easily fit in a small backpack.
Transmitter And Mobile App
I know, the transmitter above is from JJPRO, however it’s exactly the same as the bugs one.
A pretty good controller, with a button for return to home, a wheel for changing the camera angle and even the ability to turn the GPS off for more thrills.
App, camera settings and flight modes.
The drone comes with more flight modes than the really popular Bugs 2 for example, with the addition of follow me and circle around an object.
I almost never use this function, but the Bugs 5w has it, and it basically flies from waypoint to waypoint on the map as you set them from the app.
Point of interest
You can set things like the speed the drone circles around, the direction and range.
It's not as precise as the DJI circle around, but definitely usable for a nice effect in your videos.
Return to home
Since this drone comes with GPS it also has an included RTH function, which is obviously one of the most useful feats in the package.
In my experience the precision is between 1 and 2 meters, which is more than enough, since you’re going to take the controls from a certain point anyway.
The Follow me mode is great for playing around and impressing your friends, as it actually even rotates to catch your position in the shot even as you move around it.
MJX Bugs 5w Price, Manual and Instructions
The price for the Bugs 5w is usually quite well under $200 and that’s quite affordable considering it doesn’t really have much competition.
The flight range of the drone is in fact about 1 km, but I put the actual range at 300m as that’s about as far as the video signal goes.
And yes, the quadcopter is suited for beginners too. Why is that?
Mainly thanks to the GPS that allows you to easily learn the controls and if you mess up you just stop pressing any buttons and the drone will simply hover.
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Is this drone worth the price?
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.
Where to buy it from?
Download the official manual and instructions bellow
If you want to have a look at the controls before you buy it or just simply forgot your manual somewhere you can simply download the manual by clicking here.