Drocon MJX Bugs 3 Review

Video Transcript

Pairing the controller is simple. Make sure the altitude adjustment is at its lowest point, turn on the drone then turn on the controller. The controller and the quadcopter stay paired after the initial power cycle so there’s no need to reset or reconnect. One of the first things I noticed when I turned on this quadcopter was that it is pretty quiet. There’s a little whine to the engines and the hiss of air but the brushless motors seem to have less engine noise.

As I mentioned earlier this drone is significantly easier to handle compared to my first one, but I’m somewhat glad I learned how to fly on the other one because this one is a lot faster. The handling is tight and turns are sharp. Flying this thing was the first time I actually felt fully in control of what the quadcopter was doing. I had the confidence to take it out in some fairly heavy wind to get a beautiful stormy sunset, and to take it out over water without worrying it was going to fall out of the sky. When it gets near the edge of its range the controller starts to beep. I never flew it out of range or shut off the controller mid flight as I didn’t want to crash it but I suspect that if it disconnects it might fall out of the sky. Hopefully in a controlled way…

Speaking of falling out of the sky, on the previous quadcopter when the battery was low it would just kind of lose altitude and in some cases it would come in pretty hard. If you watched that review you might remember I mentioned that I had no idea how to land the thing. Well, guess what- the instruction manual on the Bugs actually told me how to do it properly! And you know what the best part is? The Bugs also actually tells me when the battery is dying with a loud beep, which gives me a good minute to land it!

This thing can do flips and rolls and they look super cool because of how big it is. It looks almost rediculous, like it’s going to fall out of the sky, but then it manages to right itself somehow. It can even do it with the GoPro on it.

So there are a few small nitpicky points I noticed while flying: for example, the GoPro mount is fairly solid but there is some side-to-side rocking. The cameras stabilization mostly corrects it but if you look closely you’ll see a little bit of shaking. Also, life pro tip: don’t use your action cam Wi-Fi while using the quadcopter as they can interfere and that can cause crashes.

Look I’m not an expert in quadcopter reviewing like I consider myself for cameras, but I know when I’m having fun and this seems like an overall decent choice if you’re looking for a cheaper quadcopter to carry a camera. It’s got brushless motors which last longer than the other type, the build seems to be reasonable and the handling is pretty good.
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