[REVIEW] MJX BUGS 2W – CHEAP & RELIABLE GPS DRONE WITH FULLHD CAMERA

[REVIEW] MJX BUGS 2W – CHEAP & RELIABLE GPS DRONE WITH FULLHD CAMERA

GENERAL INFO

MJX is unquestionably a rising drone brand. I’m confident most of you have heard of their Bugs 3 product. They’ve had some success with it, as it wowed the customers with its smooth flight and the potential to be a fantastic aerial photography platform when coupled with a good camera. After profiting handsomely from Bugs 3 sales, MJX has completed the production of several new drones, such as the Bugs 2 series.

Currently, two models are available: the MJX Bugs 2W and 2C. Even even if they are similar, there are a few differences that must be mentioned. Given that this review will be focusing on MJX Bugs 2W, it’s only fair to provide a brief explanation of the differences between the two. So, without further ado, let’s find out what these fellas are all about!

There are 2 available models at the moment – MJX Bugs 2W and 2C. Even though they are relatively similar, there are certain differences which cannot go unmentioned. Considering this review will be focusing on MJX Bugs 2W, it’s only fair to give a small explanation related to the differences between these two. So, without further adue, let’s see what are these birdies all about!

MJX BUGS 2W REVIEW

BATTERY

If you’ve used the MJX Bugs 3, you’ll recognize the 2S 1800mAh LiPo battery that’s inside. It’s a slightly different design in this case, but it’s essentially the very same battery. We’ve counted instances that  the MJX Bugs 3 can fly for 10 – 15 minutes on a full charge. MJX Bugs 2 can last up to 18 minutes thanks to a slightly lighter body… though that duration will be slightly reduced if you plan on recording for the entire duration.

RANGE

Given that the MJX Bugs 2W has FPV capability, we’ll need to calculate the range using two numbers. The first is the operating range, and the second is the FPV range. Starting with the operating range, I was pleasantly surprised by how well this baby performed. The specifications sheet claims it has a range of 800 to 1000 meters. To be honest, I haven’t tried it yet…  But I can assure you that it extends well beyond 500 meters. I lost FPV reception around the 500-meter mark and had to click the Return to Home button to bring it back safely. This brings us to the FPV range, that is thoroughly explained below, immediately following the general camera information.

CAMERA

In aspects of the camera, MJX has used a fairly good sensor. MJX Bugs 2 has a built-in camera with no hardware or software image stabilization, just like the two models we’ll be comparing it to below. It is capable of recording aerial videos in 1080p resolution at a steady 30 fps. In regards  to image quality, things look good as long as you’re recording in daylight and there’s no strong wind.

In terms of stabilization, if your propellers are perfectly balanced, you will get perfectly smooth video. This also applies to windy conditions. Because the MJX Bugs 2W has incredible stability, its aerial footage benefits greatly, resulting in  smooth imagery and silky transitions.

FPV

FPV (First Person View) is a critical feature that each and every modern camera drone must have. The MJX Bugs 2W has FPV capability, which makes it even cooler. To be more specific, the MJX Bugs 2 comes with WiFi FPV. But this isn’t your typical 2.4GHz WiFi that halts after only 20 or 30 meters. No way!

The MJX Bugs 2W has a 5Ghz WiFi FPV connection that can reach distances of up to 500 meters. Yes, it’s not 5.8G FPV, so don’t expect lag-free reception. Despite this, I think the Bugs 2W FPV is still quite good. The greatest feature, of course, is the large range, which will satisfy all of you aspiring explorers without a doubt!

FEATURES

Last but not least, let’s check out the brains of this beauty!

  • Telemetry
    MJX Bugs 2W has telemetry data which it feeds straight to that small LCD display on its controller. It’s rare to see telemetry at this price range, even in this limited edition which offers just a few information. Still, something is better than nothing as you will at least have information about current distance and altitude together with current GPS and 2.4G signal strength.
  • GPS
    One of the best upgrades that have come with MJX Bugs 2 is definitely the introduction of GPS module. Needless to say, that offered doors to many features such as return to home and altitude hold, both of which we’ll discuss further below.
  • Return to home
    Return to home is always the first thing I examine when I get my hands on a new drone. When it comes to Bugs 2W, I was amazed by the quality. You basically have GPS return to home (which is pinpoint accurate, I can assure you) and standard return to home which works well to an extent. You cannot expect pinpoint accuracy with it since it is not relying on GPS, but it’s still useful for getting your drone out of sticky situations.
  • Altitude hold
    Even though lots of people take this feature for granted (mostly because they haven’t tried an altitude hole drone yet), I have to tell you it’s one of the best things for beginners. It relieves the tension when you’re flying, allowing you to release the throttle without your drone slimming downwards in a dangerous manner. Instead, your drone will keep balancing out its props and remain stationary at a fixed point of your choice. Awesome, right?
  • FPV
    Like it was already mentioned above, the key difference between MJX Bugs 2W and 2C was 2W’s FPV capability. Of course, we are talking about mere WiFi FPV which is usually pretty bad; not only because of low range but because of input lag as well. When it comes to B2W, the FPV is actually quite nice for a WiFi-powered one. It doesn’t lag too much but, best of all, it works over 500 meters (once again, highly dependant on your smartphone) which is a rare occurrence for WiFi FPV systems.

MJX BUGS 2W VS 2C

First of all, you need to understand that both of these drones feature the same exact design. So, no different when it comes to build quality and aesthetics. However, there are slight differences in hardware inside. Even though they both sport roughly the same batteries, there’s a relatively big difference in charging time. While 2W charges up in 3 hours, 2C takes whopping 5 hours which is a bit too long for my taste.

Furthermore, the biggest and most notable difference between these two is the fact that 2W model incorporates FPV while 2C doesn’t share the same trait. The story here is somewhat similar to Hubsan H501S and H501C, with the only real difference being in the FPV capability of the former. So yeah – 2W has access to a Wi-Fi app (works on both Android and iOS devices) which supports streaming of live footage straight from your drone’s camera. Other than that, everything seems to be pretty much identical.

CONCLUSION

That’s it, guys! With those 2 comparisons, I believe I’ve covered everything there is to know about this little bugger. So once again, I truly believe MJX Bugs 2 has what it takes to become an absolute champion in this price range. Like you had the chance to see above, MJX Bugs 2W is on point with Hubsan H501S and Cheerson CX 23, both of which are enjoying quite the popularity in this segment of drones market.

So, what I am basically trying to say here is this – If MJX does a good job with marketing, I’m positive their MJX Bugs 2W review (and perhaps 2C as well) will get plenty of sales as well as satisfied customers who’ll spread the word of its awesome performance.

If you’re planning on buying this drone and that’s how you stumbled upon this article, I’d like to say that you won’t regret purchasing MJX Bugs 2. It’s a fantastic little drone that doesn’t aim too high… but just enough to capture your attention and take you for a wild spin!

Kudos to MJX and thank you guys for reading!

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