The Bug 3 Pro by MJX is a drone with a classic design perfect for beginners. The main reason is that the control is very simple. In addition, it has a camera that can be removed. For this price it has seemed a very interesting option for those who are willing to enter drone world.
Technical details specifications of MJX Bugs 3 Pro
The package and the drone have arrived at the office without any damage. On the outside of the box, we can see some small images of the drone and some technical information. The upper part has a handle to facilitate the transport of cardboard. Inside, the contents are very safe thanks to a polystyrene foam coating .
After opening the box, we have found many accessories. There are a total of eight propellers (four as spare parts), four feet and 10 screws (including two spare ones), a USB charging cable and a charger and camera. The camera also has its own cable, stand and battery. All the tools necessary for assembly are also included. In this way, a screwdriver and a specialized tool are included to secure the feet and the propellers. For the remote control it includes a support for the smartphone.
Step one: place the important pieces. The feet are fixed with two screws each, which only took a few minutes. Unfortunately, this does not fit in the box, making it difficult to transport. To remove the supports, it is necessary to use the screwdriver. eye! Do not forget to keep the screws so you do not lose them.
It really is not that complicated to transport it, but this model does not have folding arms. This feature is usually present in much more expensive drones.
The camera support is simply placed on the bottom. A small switch keeps it in position.
The propellers are bolted and can be disassembled very easily . Thanks to the marks A and B the rotors can not be placed incorrectly. The tool provided is in fact superfluous, since the propellers can also be placed with the fingers.
The elaboration of the different parts is well done. The feet may fall at some point although this has an easy solution.
MJX Bugs 3 Pro Remote control
The remote control is quite large, but it is comfortable and fits well in the hand. The flight information (GPS, battery) is displayed on a narrow screen at the bottom. The included smartphone holder can be connected at the top. Unlike many other low-cost remotes, all buttons have symbols that indicate their function. This makes the use very simple even without reading the instructions. On the other hand, there are buttons that really do not have much use. A clear example is the top wheel. This is used to tilt the camera, although it is very rigid so it is not really used.
The first time it is turned on, the drone and the remote control must be connected through the two buttons. You also have to calibrate the drone’s compass before the first launch. For this, the Bugs 3 rotates several times around its own axis. In the instruction manual all these steps are described very clearly.
Remote control App for MJX Bugs 3 Pro
The application has all the features to which we are accustomed. Simply scan the QR code of the instruction manual and download the Bugs Go app. It is available for both iOS and Android. First, we must select the corresponding model (in our case, Bugs 3 Pro), as well as the English language in the icon on the top right.
The interface itself also offers a standard image that reminds us of many other similar apps. Flight information such as altitude, distance and battery status are shown at the top. On the left, you can select the RTH and the tracking option. Clicking on the right side, we can access the camera. You can access the settings through the gear icon located in the top center.
Camera of MJX Bugs 3 Pro
There are several versions of this drone: with 720p camera, 1080p or without camera. The 1080p version is somewhat more expensive, while there is virtually no difference between the 720p and the cameraless model. This already tells us that we should not have very high expectations. Actually, it is possible to put any action cam that we have in the support so it really is not necessary.
The support is perfectly adapted to the camera provided and is 6.1 cm wide and 4 cm high . Unfortunately, larger cameras can not be used. Keep in mind that the action cams of the 4K Yi series are 6.5 cm wide. In addition, the camera is charged with the drone and transmits the WiFi signal, so the app can only be used with this camera.
In our order we do opt for the camera version, so we can tell you a little more about it. The outside looks like an action cam any, but when you take it you can see it is much lighter. This model basically consists of a plastic housing and an image sensor. Next to the USB port there is an SD card slot . The photos are also stored without SD card directly in the mobile phone.
As expected, the quality of the camera is not good. The images come out very blurry. It shows that they have not invested in a stabilization system because the camera vibrates a lot when accelerating and braking. In addition, the vibrations of the motors are clearly visible in the form of horizontal bands in the video, which makes the image even worse. Here we give you an example:
The photos are taken with a resolution of 1280 x 720p (approximately 1 megapixel) and look even worse than the video.
Features of MJX Bugs 3 Pro
This model has all the normal GPS functions. Therefore, the Bugs 3 Pro maintains its position using the GPS and can also identify the turning points. When the battery level drops (or at the touch of a button), the drone returns to the starting point. The “point of interest” function, in which the device rotates around a point, can also be activated in this way (and not through the camera). Do not expect the accuracy of a DJI Mavic 2 or you will be disappointed.
Functions such as headless mode or 360 ° turns are not recommended for recording videos. As we have said before, the quality of these will be even worse. If you want to use them, you can leave the camera and fly without the supports. The flight characteristics are quite good although the ideal is that there is not much wind. The automatic return works slowly but surely. Considering the price, we have no complaints at this point.
The 2800 mAh battery is quite interesting. It is large enough and is supposed to provide a flight time of up to 22 minutes . Of course, these objectives are not really achieved, but the 20 minutes we can guarantee them. The only drawback is that the remote control emits a warning tone when the battery is low. The last minutes are always accompanied by an annoying beep.
The MJX Bugs 3 Pro is available since the fall of 2018 and is definitely a model designed for beginners. Without a gimbal it’s really hard to get stable videos. The 720p camera is below the average when it comes to quality. Probably the 1080p version is better. As a hobby and to learn to record with drones this model is more than enough. One of its strengths is the duration of the flight that is around 20 minutes. If you also choose the version with 3 batteries when ordering you will have a flight time. That said, for good video recordings, you definitely need another model like the DJI Spark, FIMI A3 or FIMI X8 SE.