MJX Bugs B7 Short Review
The MJX Bugs B7 is a great little drone that comes with some really good features. Its main feature is the HD camera which is capable of recording in 4k at 16fps and 2.5k at 24fps, not professional quality but still good for its price. It also comes with GPS, 3 smart flight modes and an automatic return to home feature. It has a flight time of around 15 minutes and a transmission range of 300 meters, an overall good drone and suitable for first-time buyers.
- 4k camera
- 8MP still images
- Intelligent flight modes
- 300-meter range
- 15 minutes of flight time
Are you looking for a review of the MJX Bugs B7 drone? This is a new drone from MJX and at first look, it looks like a very good drone with some amazing features and costs less than $200.
I have reviewed a few drones from MJX, most of them are high-quality drones that are fun to fly and come with some good features.
One of the best qualities of a drone is its camera, they let you see the world from a completely different perspective and as you shall see from this review, the MJX Bugs B7 comes with an exceptional camera especially for its price.
MJX Bugs B7 Review
When your first lay eyes on the MJX Bugs B7, you will be impressed by its overall design features and the fact that it weighs less than 250g.
This is an extremely lightweight drone and that is by design as it means you will not need to register the drone to fly it for recreational purposes. You see, if you live in the UK, Canada or the USA, if a drone weighs above 250g, you will need to register it even if you are just flying for fun.
Most other countries do not require any kind of registration unless you plan on using a drone for commercial reasons. Still, I advise you to check what the rules are wherever you live just to make sure that you are complying with the law.
The MJX Bugs B7 is a beautifully designed drone, yes, it’s built from plastic but trust me, it does not feel cheap. This drone has a very premium feel to it and this is amplified by the advanced features it comes with.
So, one of my favourite design features of this drone is the fact that it is a foldable drone, foldable drones are probably the most popular types of consumer drones on the market today. Made popular by the DJI Mavic Pro, most foldable drones are very compact and easy carry around.
The MJX Bugs B7 is probably one of the smallest foldable drones on the market, so small that when folded up, you can probably fit it in your pocket without any problem. If you are a frequent traveller and looking for a nice lightweight drone to travel with, the MJX Bugs B7 is a good option.
Even in its expanded form, it measures just 24*23.5*5.5 cm, it has a solid build and a very sleek aerodynamic design and a nice colour scheme.
The drone comes equipped with powerful brushless motors, they are one of the best design features of this drone as it really gives the drone a futuristic look. Brushless motors are very efficient, last longer and do not require as much maintenance as brushed motors. They are also a little quieter and allow the drone to fly faster, in the case of the MJX Bugs B7, it has a top speed 32 km/h which can be reached in its sport mode.
Another design aspect I like about this drone are the LED lights on the front, these look spectacular when flown at night, although I would not recommend this if you are a novice to flying drones.
Its GPS enabled so it has good flight stability and comes with autonomous flight modes for easier flying. There is an optical flow sensor on the bottom that you can turn on or off via the remote controller, if you fly in areas with a weak GPS signal, you can easily turn this optical flow sensor on so that the drone flight remains stable.
The drone is powered by a small 7.6v 1500 mAh LiPo battery, this is one those new sleek modular batteries that fit easily on top of the drone. It provides a flight time of around 12-15 minutes which is decent for a drone at this price range, although I have seen longer flight times are similarly priced drones. The battery takes around 3 hours to fully recharge, so I would highly advise you to purchase a couple of extra batteries if you want to extend the flight time.
Fortunately, you do get the option to purchase the drone with 2 or three batteries, so you do not have to purchase later on.
One final thing I want to mention before I get to the main feature of this drone (its camera) is regarding its remote controller.
This is one of the best-looking controllers I have seen (there are other drones that have the same kind controller as well), it has a minimalistic design, is comfortable hold and has a nice OLED screen that displays vital data regarding the done flight.
It takes 2 AA batteries which, unfortunately, are not included with the package, so if you do decide to purchase this drone, please remember this, also it has a transmission range of around 300 meters, however, if you use the FPV feature, the range is around 200m, maybe slightly more if you fly in very good weather.
You will also need to download the official MJX app which is called M RC PRO and is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. It’s a decent app and has a pretty good rating on Google Play, however, it has not been updated for a while and there have been complaints about it being buggy.
You will need this app to use the drones FPV feature and its autonomous flight modes, its easy to and on whole, it works alright, it would be better if were updated more often.
MJX Bugs B7 Camera
One of the best features of this drone is its camera, it is a good little camera that will allow you to take some really nice aerial images and videos.
Now, before I go on, I want to mention something, this is a 4k camera and it can record in 4k video at 16fps, which isn’t really a great frame rate and unlike most other drones that can record video footage in 4k, the MJX Bugs B7 does not have any kind of proper stabilisation feature.
I only say this because some people may consider using it for professional reasons, I would advise against that, however, for a drone that costs less than $200, the quality of the videos and images is still pretty good.
The camera has a wide-angle lens and you can manually adjust it to get the viewing angle that you want, although this would have been far better if you could control it via the remote controller.
AS well as recording in 4k, it can also record in 2.5k at 24fps which is actually a lot smoother than the 4k version. Still, as it has no stabilisation feature, you may notice a little bit of jello effect and shakiness.
For a drone that costs less than $200, I reckon that camera quality is worth it, however, if you want something that can take professional-level photos and videos, check out my list of the best drones with a camera.
Intelligent Flight Modes
Like a lot of these newer drone models that are being released, the MJX Bugs B7 comes with a few smart flight modes that will allow you to fly the drone hands-free thus giving more time to concentrate on taking better videos and images.
One thing I have to note about the following smart flight modes is that sometimes they may not work for a few reasons, the main ones being the app needing to be updated and weak GPS signal. However, for the most part, they work.
Follow me – In this flight mode, the drone will lock onto your smartphone and follow you from behind.
Point of interest – Also called orbit mode, the drone will lock onto you or a point of interest and automatically orbit that position.
Waypoint – Probably the best smart flight mode, in this mode you can draw a flight path on the app and the drone will fly along the route and come back home. A great way to take images and videos of your favourite areas without having to concentrate on controlling the drone.
It also comes with an automatic return to home feature, this will be activated if you lose connection with the drone or if the battery gets low on charge. This is a useful feature as it will minimise the risks of losing the drone in mid-flight.
As you would expect from an MJX drone, the Bugs 7 fly’s very well, it’s steady and has very good hovering capability thanks to its GPS module. Its relatively easy to fly, although as it is a very small and lightweight drone, I would highly advise against flying in windy conditions. The FPV quality is good if you keep the drone within the transmission range and the smart flight modes are a hit and miss, you have to make sure you fly in areas with a strong GPS signal to make the best use of them.
MJX have released a lot of drones and I think the Bugs 7 might my favourite, I really like its design and it comes with some really cool features. The HD camera is good and will allow you to take decent quality videos and its lightweight body makes it a great drone to travel with. Click on the button below to find out more and see its current price.