MJX Bugs 2 WiFi (B2W) GPS FPV Brushless Camera Drone Review @ ModSynergy.com
A recent 2017 report from ‘The NPD Group’ has found that drone sales in the USA have grown 117% year-over-year. While premium priced drone sales have been steady, there’s a large demand for lower cost drones, especially by the holiday season.
Since Q4 2016, I’ve been reviewing new brushless motor drones from MEIJIAXIN TOYS CO., LIMITED (simply referred to as MJX) and so far up to this point I’ve been very impressed with their playful Bugs series of drones.
I reviewed the unique MJX Bugs 3 back in Q4 2016 and after I’d flown it, I knew MJX had a hit going into 2017. It’s no surprise the MJX Bugs 3 has been selling like hotcakes worldwide, because it’s one of the best and affordable brushless drones you can purchase. Read our MJX Bugs 3 Brushless Drone Review if you haven’t already.
MJX continues to develop and expand their Bugs lineup, and have sent us their latest and first ever GPS drone for us to test in the Bugs 2 WiFi.
ModSynergy is excited to share with you our findings on the MJX Bugs 2 B2W GPS FPV Camera Drone. The first ever GPS drone for MJX comes with WiFi FPV capability through connection with a Smartphone or tablet that will pair with the integrated 1080p full HD camera on the MJX Bugs 2.
Without further ado, let’s get started…
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MJX Bugs 2 B2W GPS FPV Camera Drone Features & Specifications
The MJX Bugs 2 B2W GPS FPV Camera Drone follows the same packaging design language we’ve seen on previous Bugs drones, meaning a compact Styrofoam core protecting the drone during shipment, and a carrying handle on top allowing for easier transport.
MJX gets straight to the point by placing huge photos of the Bugs 2 B2W in the two colors (black & red) available for purchase on both sides of the box, along with features of the drone through symbols and written information. The packaging is easy to spot on store shelves.
MJX Bugs 2 B2W is a ready-to-fly (RTF) package coming with both drone and flight controller. The drone is 100% factory assembled, with only the battery needing to be inserted in the drone and flight controller before flying.
The MJX Bugs 2 B2W measures 310mm diagonally from motor to motor, exactly the same as the MJX Bugs 3, while the Bugs 8 (known as Bugs 6 in other regions and exactly the same) measures 250mm diagonally.
MJX Bugs 2 WiFi B2W is being targeted as an inexpensive GPS drone that comes with an integrated 1080p full HD camera with 5.8 GHz FPV capability through the use of a smartphone or tablet. GPS drones are normally very expensive in today’s market, starting from $400-500 USD, but now MJX has made such a GPS drone even more affordable!
Usually I’d recommend a beginner to train on a smaller fully manual drone, so they can develop proper piloting skills, however, if you wanted to cheat, you could skip to a GPS drone such as this MJX Bugs 2 B2W, because GPS drones are normally very easy to fly in comparison, as they will hold their altitude and hover much easier than a fully manual drone.
Up to this point, every MJX Bugs model has been relatively the same, save for exterior body design. This is for continuity and for current MJX customers as they can get up and flying very quickly without needing to learn anything new.
Every MJX Bugs drone up to this point shares the same efficient 1806 1800KV brushless motors, ESC’s with the same protection, the same flight controller, the same great features you expect such as 6-axis digital stabilization for steady flight, audible tone warnings through the flight controller that beeps when the drone signal is weak, when the flight controller’s battery is weak, when the drone battery voltage becomes low, when the battery is disconnected from the drone, and when the flight controller receives no signal from the drone.
Now with the introduction of GPS on the new MJX Bugs 2 WiFi (B2W), there’s more advanced features added such as advanced GPS-Assisted hovering, allowing the drone to stay in the same exact position at all times. In a fully manual drone, wind eventually pushes it off course and you have to correct it with the flight controller to get back to the same position. With GPS on the Bugs 2 B2W, the drone will lock on and stay in its original spot at all times, even when wind is pushing the drone, the Bugs 2 B2W will automatically on its own and without user intervention, move back to its original position. This makes Bugs 2 a very easy drone to fly. MJX allows you to switch off GPS should you wish to fly without assistance.
Altitude is the latest addition to Bugs 2 and uses a barometer sensor to remain at altitude when hovering. So for example, if you fly up to 30 meters height and let go of the throttle stick, the drone will not descend down on its own, but with the barometer sensor altitude hold and GPS, stays at 30 meters height at all times.
Another new feature with the Bugs 2 is one-touch automatic takeoff and one-touch automatic landing with a push of a button on the flight controller.
Return-to-Home (RTH) is the next feature introduced to the Bugs family in Bugs 2 B2W. RTH works in tandem with GPS to get back to the original vicinity of take-off. There are three types of RTH designed to protect the drone, two of them being failsafe’s by design.
The first Return-to-Home (RTH) is standard one-touch RTH by pressing the designated button on the flight controller and watching the Bugs 2 return home to the original take off location and landing automatically without user intervention. It then turns off the brushless motors after landing.
The second RTH function is triggered automatically if the flight controller loses signal with the drone for more than six seconds. In this case, the drone automatically enters RTH and returns to the original take off location, lands automatically without user intervention, and then shuts off the brushless motors.
The third RTH function is triggered automatically when the drone’s battery voltage becomes low, and there are two scenarios…
In the first case, when the drone battery falls to 2-bars, and if the drone altitude is over 100 meters, or the flying distance is over 300 meters, the drone automatically enters RTH and returns to the original take off location, lands automatically without user intervention, and then shuts off the brushless motors.
In the second case, when the drone battery falls to 1-bar, as long as the drone altitude is over 15 meters, or the flying distance is past 15 meters, the drone automatically lands where it currently is (does not return to original take-off location) automatically without user intervention, and then shuts off the brushless motors.
The MJX Bugs 2 B2W drone operates in the 2.4 GHz frequency, while the internal 1080p FPV camera operates in the 5.8 GHz frequency, and this is done so both flight controller and camera frequencies do not conflict with each other.
MJX advertises the box that the maximum flight controller distance is 1 KM, while the maximum WiFi FPV live video feed transmission is up to 500 meters. In the case of WiFi FPV capability, the distance is highly dependent on your particular 5.8 GHz enabled smartphone or tablet device. If you wish, you can fly without any smartphone or tablet connected to the Bugs 2, meaning no FPV capability, that has a maximum distance already shared as up to 1KM.
Flight controller distance will far outweigh the distance you can achieve with your smartphone or tablet. As stated, your mileage will vary greatly from device to device. Basically you get less flight distance using your smartphone and or tablet.
Visual Overview & Build Quality
Measurements per Configuration:
Diagonally from motor to motor: 310 mm or 12 inches or 31 cm
Side to side, motor to motor: 220 mm or 8.66 inches or 22 cm
Height: 80 mm or 3.15 inches or 8cm
Ready To Fly Weight: 454 grams or 1 LB
Editor's Note: The MJX marketing materials indicate the Bugs 2 being a 410 mm drone is incorrect. The correct dimensions are the ones I mentioned above. Other than the height of the drone, the Bugs 2 is the same size as the Bugs 3.
The MJX Bugs 2 continues the tradition of having fun and unique styling that I really adore. Bugs 2’s exterior character design is similar to that of Bugs 3. I love how the motor pod arms have integrated landing leg feet with rubber feet at the bottom to absorb shock from landing on harder surfaces.
Unfortunately, in terms of exterior build quality, I have to be honest here and mention that the Bugs 2 B2W is quite different than the rest of the Bugs series lineup in that it does not continue to make use of the flexible and bendable pure nylon fiber material used in the other Bugs drones. The Bugs 2 uses a different grade of plastic which ends up feeling more toy grade than usual. The feel of the construction has taken a step back. MJX Bugs 2 when held feels noisy and squeaky among the now three Bugs models on the market. The body no longer has the bendability or flexibility, but noisy, squeaky, and has a brittle feeling.
The choice of using glossy paint on the Bugs 2 also moves away from past Bugs models using matte paint finish. I don’t think using glossy paint was the right choice because it makes the drone a fingerprint and dust magnet. Some may like the shiny piano gloss finish, but I feel MJX should have stuck with matte finish. The good thing is that I found no defects around the body of the drone, the fit and finish is excellent.
All Bugs models use the same efficient 1806 1800KV type brushless motors. While Bugs 3 and Bugs 8 / Bugs 6 motor casings appeared slightly different in shape and diameter, the Bugs 2 motors appear identical to that of Bugs 3 being both 0.92” in diameter and having the same shape.
However, when the propellers are removed, I can see that both Bugs 2 and Bugs 3 have slightly different threaded designs on the propeller connector portion. The Bugs 2 has a notched thread design for the propeller to be placed in a certain way, while no such detail is found on Bugs 3. On the other hand, Bugs 2 and Bugs 3 have the same propeller pitch angle and length. I found it is possible to put Bugs 3 propellers onto the Bugs 2, but not vice versa as the connection may not be 100% secure as the threads between the two motors are off by a few mm.
The battery design for MJX Bugs 2 is vastly different than other Bugs models. MJX feels they’ve made it easier than before, but I feel differently. The Bugs 2 uses the same exact battery as Bugs 3 (2S 7.4v 1800mah), but encloses it inside a connector panel end-cap that is now of the slide and lock fashion. The plastic end-cap has the XT30 connector that will slide and lock into place when slid into the drone. The balance lead wires must be tucked away inside the end-cap before being inserted into the drone, or else it may be damaged if it gets caught on its way into the drone.
To remove the battery, two tabs must be squeezed at the top and bottom of the battery before it can be removed from the drone. The problem with this is that it’s very tough to do in reality. This new design, the tabs to squeeze and remove the battery from the drone is very stiff and slippery because of the glossy finish, and there’s not much room for your fingers to grip onto these tabs. Removal of the battery therefore is annoying at times and more difficult than it needs to be.
If MJX wants to stick with this new battery design, I feel it is best served leaving the battery in the drone at all times and then having two features that are not present, to make recharging and turning on the drone easier. MJX should have added a power on/off switch and added a micro-USB charge port for recharging the battery.
The way it stands now, it’s a struggle to remove the battery each time to recharge the battery, and once it is out, I keep struggling to pinch and remove the balance connector out in order to recharge the battery with the supplied wall charger.
To make things worse, during transport of the drone while the battery is disconnected (but still inside the battery bay), the battery has a great tendency to slide and fall out of the drone.
2.4 GHz Flight Controller
A conventional flight controller is included with the MJX Bugs 2 WiFi (B2W) GPS FPV camera drone and uses the 2.4GHz wireless band.
All buttons on the flight controller are labeled with symbols so the pilot doesn’t have to remember what each button does. The size of the controller is compact for this style and I like it because my hands aren't large to begin with. The only negative thing I can say about this flight controller is that the plastic construction is too smooth and needs more texture to grip onto. Some other flight controllers have plastic dimples to act as grip for your hands. MJX should have done something similar or could have at least included strips of anti-slip tape on the rear and sides of the controller. As it stands, the flight controller is too slippery and smooth for my liking, especially after extended periods of flight.
You can read more detailed information regarding the flight controller in my MJX Bugs 3 and MJX Bugs 8 / Bugs 6 reviews, since they are 99% the same.
1080p FPV Camera
The MJX Bugs 2 WiFi (B2W) GPS FPV camera drone comes with an integrated 5.8 GHz full HD 1080p camera and wide angle lens to capture more objects within the frame.
Overall the camera quality is decent considering the price of the drone (under $250 USD). I think one has to curb their expectations in regards to the camera quality. It’s obvious when viewed that the 1080p resolution is interpolated (from 720p) and the quality in general leaves more to be desired. It’s not a serious camera but more of a casual camera in my opinion.
Generally the video from the MJX Bugs 2 is sharp throughout the entire frame, with little to no edge softness, meaning the lens selection is good. Color rendition is adequate, but somewhat flat, whereas I would have preferred a little more color saturation. Auto white balance isn’t the best, but its decent overall. Again, this is not an expensive thousand dollar DJI Phantom with a current generational camera sensor.
I’m pretty sure with these inexpensive Chinese drones the manufacturers, to save costs, have used much older generations old image sensors. There is also some jello effect in the video footage meaning it definitely is using a more inexpensive CMOS image sensor.
Unfortunately there is no image stabilization of any kind on the MJX Bugs 2, the whole thing is basic and no frills, used to have fun and show your FPV through your smartphone or tablet.
I think one has to have realistic expectations in regards to video quality. If you expect DJI Phantom video footage, you will be extremely disappointed. More or less you should expect video footage that you can use in a casual sense, something to play around and enjoy for fun, and not take and use seriously in a commercial sense.
The MJX Bugs 2 does not have a GoPro style camera mount which Bugs 3 has, so if you’re on the market for something that can carry a GoPro, you’re better off looking at the Bugs 3, although there is no FPV capability out of the box.
The MJX Bugs 2 WiFi (B2W) GPS FPV camera drone has no micro SD card or a micro SD card reader in the bundle; the customer will supply that on their own.
When no micro SD card is inserted into the Bugs 2, the MJX Bugs Go app for WiFi FPV will save video and photos directly to your device (smartphone or tablet, Android/Apple), only in 720p resolution.
Should you choose to insert a micro SD memory card into the Bugs 2, the MJX Bugs Go app will save directly, and only to the micro SD card in full 1080p resolution.
Each video file saved from the MJX Bugs 2’s camera is 1.08 GB in size and records for a maximum length of 10 minutes and 31 seconds before it automatically creates another file and resumes recording. Video bitrate for 1080p recordings are around 14.6-14.8 Mbps.
The 5.8 GHz FPV camera that sits at the center of the drone cannot be tilted as MJX Bugs 6 / Bugs 8, it only shoots in one direction and has a fairly wide FOV without the fish-eye effect, meaning it records more objects in the entire frame. You do see a little bit of propellers in the video though.
Remember that when connecting your WiFi enabled smartphone or tablet to the MJX Bugs 2 camera, your device must have 5.8 GHz support for it to work. This might be a problem if you have an older device that only has 2.4 GHz WiFi support.
MJX Bugs 2 is using WiFi to transmit 720p live video feed to your connected device. It is important to make the distinction between the 720p live video feed to your connected device and what Bugs 2 can achieve on its own with only the flight controller.
The box states that Bugs 2 as capable of achieving a remote control distance of 1KM with GPS, and that Bugs 2 is capable of achieving up to 0.5KM WiFi FPV distance. Line of sight is usually in the 0.5KM/500m range.
WiFi FPV transmission performance will vary greatly depending on the device you use. I was able to see about 100 meters down an empty soccer field before the WiFi FPV feed on my smartphone started to lose connection…mind you I was using a cheap Chinese smartphone, so I would imagine a more powerful Apple iPhone or Apple iPad would net better results because it should have a stronger or larger wireless antenna.
Once the drone got closer, the WiFi FPV feed automatically reconnected in the MJX Bugs Go App. During times of low signal, you experience intermittent drops to the WiFi FPV feed, and sometimes the FPV feed became frozen, but once you return closer to the drone, the feed restores itself.
The MJX Bugs Go App is very basic in that it has no telemetry shown on the screen. All the telemetry is on the flight controller LCD screen. The app only has a WiFi indicator that shows you the signal strength of the FPV video feed to your connected smartphone or tablet device.
Because of where I live, and to respect current drone laws, I was only able to verify that MJX Bugs 2 can achieve with the flight controller only, 90 meters height and 500 meters distance (quite easily), which is usually around the max of what you can see line of sight. The flight controller started to beep while the signal status bars on the controller began to drop slightly, which suggests further distance is possible. During this time, the WiFi FPV 720p live video feed disconnected around the 100 meters mark from my small smartphone. Again your mileage may vary because WiFi FPV performance is going to be dependent on the type of smartphone or tablet you will use.
MJX advertises zero-latency lag for the 720p WiFi FPV feed. This is almost true but it’s not 100% accurate. With the older MJX Bugs Go app (Version 2.6) the lag was very bad, up to 2 seconds of delay. Thankfully with the latest MJX Bugs Go app (Version 3.0) the lag and latency is greatly reduced and latency delay is now down to about 0.5 seconds, which is close enough to being almost instantaneous.
I had no fly-away incidents with the MJX Bugs 2 WiFi.
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MJX Bugs 2, MJX Bugs 3, MJX Bugs 6 / Bugs 8 Size Comparison
How Does MJX Bugs 2 WiFi (B2W) Fly? What Are My Thoughts? See My Flights!
Drone performance with the MJX Bugs 2 WiFi (B2W) GPS FPV camera drone is quite similar to the MJX Bugs 3 than it is compared to the smaller MJX Bugs 6 / Bugs 8, meaning it has quite a bit of power overall. Only a single speed is offered on the Bugs 2 making it a little smoother for video footage, but still speedy overall. For the application of being a GPS camera drone, the Bugs 2 does not require extra speed modes, as you’ll be most likely hovering in the air doing non-sporty maneuvers and moving in different directions relatively smoothly. Remember there’s no 360-degree flip function with the Bugs 2, because it’s not meant for that.
Full throttle ascent speed remains closely similar to Bugs 3, but I feel slightly better since Bugs 2 WiFi weighs less (454 grams) than the lightest configurable form of Bugs 3 (478 grams). Factor in that both use the same 1806 1800KV type brushless motors, same propeller length and pitch angles, Bugs 2 WiFi is more or less an upgraded Bugs 3, which is a very good platform to begin with.
The internal GPS system in conjunction with altitude hold does a fantastic job at allowing Bugs 2 to remain where it is left in position at all times. Even with hands off from the transmitter, and despite the wind trying to push the Bugs 2 off course, the Bugs 2 will never drastically move off course, it always ends up automatically, on its own, correcting itself and moving back to its original position hovering in the same altitude. It’s a very good system in real-life action.
Measured Flight Times
Approximately 12 minutes, 35 seconds until low voltage warning kicks in with flashing lights and audible beeping tone on the flight controller, and 13 minutes, 45 seconds until final battery safety cutoff when drone lands (RTH). Approximately 1 minute and 10 seconds for the pilot to land safely.
MJX needs to lessen their bold claims on their battery life; this is the third time now that battery life is not what is advertised.
Detailed ‘How To’ MJX Bugs 2 Video
I was planning to produce some MJX Bugs 2 videos showcasing how to set it up for take-off, but instead I will defer to the fantastic and detailed video MJX made for “how to” setup and fly the MJX Bugs 2.
Where Can I Buy One? For How Much?
The MJX Bugs 2 WiFi (B2W) GPS FPV camera drone can be found online for around $179 to 234 USD. Purchases worldwide can be made through popular Chinese online retailers such as Banggood, GearBest, GeekBuying, Lighttake, DX, on eBay, and more. I am NOT affiliated with any of these websites mentioned, so I have no clue if they are good or not.
If you prefer to shop on Amazon like I do, then it'll probably take a longer while before the MJX Bugs 2 WiFi ends up on Amazon, but at a slightly higher cost.
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The MJX Bugs 2 WiFi (B2W) GPS FPV Camera Drone is one of the most affordable GPS camera drones one can purchase on the market today. It contains the same power we love from the Bugs series but adds GPS, WiFi FPV, altitude hold, headless mode, and return to home.
There’s little nitpicks and drawbacks here and there, but in the end, the flying dynamics are not affected from these drawbacks and they don’t prevent me from recommending the very capable MJX Bugs 2 WiFi (B2W) GPS FPV Camera Drone.
Good job MJX!