The MJX Bugs 6 is purported to be a first race drone, it comes in 4 variants, drone only, drone and fpv camera (this review) drone with fpv camera and screen and the goggles and prices range from £80 to around £145 (at the time of writing this)
Size wise it is for all purposes a 250 Racer and it looks great for its price range – yes it is an all plastic construction but it is fitted with some very quiet brushless 1806 motors and 6 inch props.
The box is a nice all colour printed box with a carry handle, inside, the Bugs 6 is just packed in polystyrene with the props attached, there is a spare set supplied as well.
Inside the box you get
- The drone
- The Transmitter
- A USB Balance charger
- 1x 7.4v 1300mAh 2S battery with XT30 connector
- Spare props
- Prop changing tool
- Silicone rings (for the props)
The battery is inside a plastic casing which gives it a proprietary look but also serves to give it a snug fit in the Bugs 6 it will give you about 12 min flying time which is very good.
My version also came with the camera which was fitted, if you buy the version without and decide to get the fpv camera afterwards its a simple process of taking off the top cover which just pops off, connecting the camera to its port and screwing it in.
The FPV camera can accept a micro SD for recording your sessions but make sure its a class 10, it goes into a small slot on the side and for the big fingered people like myself its a bit tricky to get in but not impossible.
It is a 720p camera and can take photos or record video with a touch of the camera button on the transmitter. The recorded quality isn’t great but good enough for you to review your session and see where you can improve etc.
As I mentioned earlier, the top of the drone can pop off, this is very simple to do and will allow quick access to the dip switches on the camera to set its frequency if you have other friends with the bugs 6 or 8 and you want to race.
On to the transmitter itself, its a nice silky black the same as the drone itself, with a red button for the lock and unlock of the props, oddly though its a short press to unlock and a long press to stop and lock them, perhaps this is to stop you shutting them off mid flight by accident, it’s the only explanation I can give for that. The transmitter feels good in the hand, not too big and has all the standard features you expect, low and high rate, flip button (no acro on this quadcopter), photo/video, trim set and the lock/unlock button.
It takes 4xAA batteries and the green light on the front will tell you it has bound with the quadcopter, it also has distance alarm and low battery alarm. Which on my first flight worked very well.
So how does it fly?
Fast, for essentially a toy quadcopter, this beast is fast and if you are not careful it can get too far away, don’t get over confident until you have got used to it as all i will say. Agile, Fast to respond, The LEDs are bright enough for you to get your orientation from a distance.
Be aware though, this is meant to a be a first racer so there is no altitude hold, no RTH, no headless mode, it is pure fun flying all the way, if you want to get into the bigger racers then this is a great way to start.
- Well priced
- Fast enough to feel fun, but not stupidly fast so you cant learn
- FPV Camera on certain models
- Brushless Motors
- Bright LEDS
- More fun
- Small proprietary type battery
- Odd XT30 connector
- All plastic body might not last with a few crashes
When operating a drone or small UAV, make sure that your aerial vehicle or aircraft does not endanger anyone or anything. You must keep your aircraft within your visual line of sight, which means that it should be no more than 400 feet above you and 500 meters ahead of you. You will have to get approval by the CAA if you want to operate a drone beyond these distances, in which case you will have to prove that you can fly the drone safely.