MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

MJX Bugs 8. the Best Choice for the First FPV Flight With B/c Motors

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors
MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

MJX Bugs 8 is a pop­u­lar quad­copter mod­el from a well-known bud­get UAV devel­op­er. He received con­sumer recog­ni­tion for the qual­i­ty of work­man­ship, a full-fledged ana­log FPV kit, flight poten­tial and a very afford­able price tag.

Peculiarities

  • Impact resis­tant mate­ri­als
  • Built on 250mm frame
  • Brush­less motors MT1806 1800KV
  • Vari-angle HD FPV cam­era work­ing in tan­dem with ana­log 8‑channel 5.8GHz video trans­mit­ter (option­al)
  • Pho­to / video record­ing on microSD via built-in DVR
  • LCD 4.3″ FPV mon­i­tor with built-in 32-chan­nel 5.8GHz video receiv­er (option­al)
  • FPV head­set G3 (option­al)
  • Max. flight time 12 min
  • Max. FPV removal dis­tance 500m
  • Max. hor­i­zon­tal flight speed 65km/h
  • Bat­tery charge con­trol
  • 2 × speed modes
  • Pro­grammed 360° flips
  • Front and back LED light­ing
  • Ready to fly out of the box

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

Equipment

The man­u­fac­tur­er offers the drone in three trim lev­els:

  1. with­out cam­era
  2. Cam­era + FPV Mon­i­tor
  3. Cam­era + FPV Mon­i­tor + FPV Head­set

The standard kit will include:

  • Drone
  • Con­trol equip­ment (pow­ered by 4 × “AA”, pur­chased sep­a­rate­ly)
  • 4 × rotors (2CW/2CCW)
  • 4 × spare rotors (2CW/2CCW)
  • Accu­mu­la­tor bat­tery
  • USB charg­er (2S/3S)
  • USB cable for mem­o­ry
  • Com­pan­ion Tool
  • 4 × spare O‑rings (placed between main rotor and nut)
  • Replace­able top pan­el (col­or: red)
  • Instruc­tion

All acces­sories (FPV Camera/FPV Monitor/FPV Gog­gles) are avail­able for pur­chase sep­a­rate­ly.

Specification

Drone

Brand:

MJX

Model:

Bugs 8

Year of issue:

June 2017

Color:

The black

Execution materials:

Nylon + Fiber

Dimensions:

210×210×85mm

Rotor length:

155mm

Motors:

brush­less motors 1806 1800KV

ESC:

built-in type 4 in 1

Diagonal size:

250mm

Weight (with battery):

about 370g

Drone Power:

7.4V 1300mAh 25C LiPo

Charging time:

about 4h

Remote control power:

4 × “AA” (pur­chased sep­a­rate­ly)

Frequency:

2.4GHz

Max. flight time:

12 min

Max. FPV Removal Distance:

300m

Max. flight speed:

65 km/h

FPV Camera C5820

Eff. pixels:

2M

Video resolution:

1280×720p

Video Format:

AVI

Record source:

built-in DVR

Supported memory cards:

microSD class 10, up to 32GB

Video transmitter:

8‑channel 5.8GHz 500mW

Max. transmission distance:

500m

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

FPV Camera C5830

Eff. pixels:

2M

Lens:

6 opti­cal ele­ments; FOV 90°

Video resolution:

1280×720p

Video Format:

AVI

Record source:

built-in DVR

Supported memory cards:

microSD class 10, up to 32GB

Video transmitter:

8‑channel 5.8GHz 500mW

Max. transmission distance:

500m

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

FPV Monitor

Permission:

1280×720p

Diagonal:

4.3 inch­es (10.9cm)

Video receiver:

8ch 5.8GHz

Max Removal Distance:

500m

Food:

1S 3.7V 800mAh Li-ion

Charger:

microUSB cable

Charging time:

3h

Time of continuous work:

12 min

Appearance

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

Motors

MJX Bugs 8 is equipped with 1806 1800KV brush­less motors. They work in tan­dem with 2‑bladed 155mm rotors. The body of the motors is made of plas­tic, which made it pos­si­ble to reduce weight, increase speed and flight time. In prac­tice, the poten­tial of the pow­er plant is more than enough, the thrust reserve allows you to install an addi­tion­al GoPro for­mat cam­era on board the drone.

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

Camera

The devel­op­er offers two options for FPV cam­eras for this drone: C5820 and C5830. The main pur­pose is to ensure high-qual­i­ty flight in first-per­son mode. Both work in con­junc­tion with an 8‑channel 5.8GHz video trans­mit­ter with a pow­er of 500mW, have a man­u­al­ly adjustable tilt angle, and a built-in DVR that allows you to record pho­to / video on a microSD card. Pho­to qual­i­ty: 2MP; Video: 1280×720p. Video for­mat: AVI. Max. video trans­mis­sion dis­tance is 500 meters.

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

The main dif­fer­ence is the C5830 lens. As a result of mod­ern­iza­tion, he received 6 opti­cal ele­ments and a view­ing angle of 90 °. In prac­tice, in the FPV cam­era mode, their poten­tial is quite enough.

FPV Monitor

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

MJX D43 4.3 LCD RX — Uni­ver­sal 4.3″ LCD FPV Mon­i­tor, with man­u­al bright­ness con­trol. The built-in 32-chan­nel video receiv­er oper­at­ing in the 5.8GHz band is respon­si­ble for receiv­ing the video stream from the drone’s cam­era. Pow­ered by built-in 1‑cell lithi­um-ion bat­tery 800mAh. Charg­ing with the includ­ed USB cable. It mounts to stock con­trol equip­ment using the includ­ed mount, and also sup­ports pair­ing with FPV head­set — MJX G3 5.8G FPV Gog­gles for full-fledged first-per­son flight.

FPV headset

MJX G3 5.8G FPV Gog­gles — when paired with an FPV mon­i­tor, pro­vides a ful­ly immer­sive first-per­son flight expe­ri­ence. Avail­able in a top-end con­fig­u­ra­tion, or pur­chased sep­a­rate­ly.

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

Food

The Bugs 8 quad­copter is equipped with a 2‑cell (2S/7.4V) 1300mAh lithi­um poly­mer bat­tery with a peak dis­charge of 25C, an XT30 con­nec­tor and a bal­anced cable. The bat­tery is placed in a kind of plas­tic box. Pro­vides max. flight time — 12 min­utes. In prac­tice, this time is gen­er­al­ly true, the ver­sion with the cam­era fits in 10–12 min­utes.

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

With­out a cam­era, the flight time increas­es by an aver­age of 2 min­utes.

Control

Drone con­trol is imple­ment­ed using clas­sic Bugs series con­trol equip­ment oper­at­ing at a fre­quen­cy of 2.4GHz. Pow­er is sup­plied by four AA bat­ter­ies (sold sep­a­rate­ly). Accord­ing to the spec­i­fi­ca­tion, it pro­vides a removal dis­tance of up to 500 meters.

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

*Remote con­trol in com­bi­na­tion with FPV mon­i­tor.

Button assignment

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

The “Start/Stop” but­ton is active when the throt­tle stick is low­ered to the “0” posi­tion, oth­er­wise the start will not take place. It’s worth con­sid­er­ing!

Price

Avail­able for pur­chase on all Inter­net trad­ing plat­forms at a price of $75.

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

In Feb­ru­ary 2018, the devel­op­er offered the con­sumer an advanced ver­sion — BUGS 8 Pro. Fea­tures include 3‑bladed rotors (red), 2204 1800KV B/C motors, Angel/Acro flight modes, 3S 1300mAh bat­tery and redesigned con­trol gear. But, despite the advan­tages of new items for all time, the mod­el has received less con­sumer recog­ni­tion.

Recommendations and remarks

  • In order to extend bat­tery life and reduce charg­ing time, it is rec­om­mend­ed to stop using the bun­dled charg­er and replace it with a more tech­no­log­i­cal­ly advanced one, such as iMax B6 or an equiv­a­lent.
  • The user has two speed modes “Low / High”. By default, the mode is always set to “High”. Even if the last flight was in Low mode, turn­ing the air­craft off and on again will return to High mode.
  • After the next flight, before dis­con­nect­ing the bat­tery, you must make sure that the video mode is stopped, oth­er­wise the record­ed video will be dam­aged.
  • Both the drone and the con­trol equip­ment are equipped with an audi­ble alarm warn­ing the pilot of a low bat­tery lev­el. After it works, the pilot has about 3 min­utes to land the drone. The motors are then turned off.

Conclusion

MJX Bugs 8 from $75

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

Func­tion­al­i­ty

6/10

Flight time

7/10

flight qual­i­ties

9/10

com­pact­ness

7/10

Equip­ment

9/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

8/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Exe­cu­tion qual­i­ty
  • Lightweight/Durable
  • Rac­ing for­mat 250mm
  • B / C motors / Flight per­for­mance (up to 65 km / h)
  • Con­trol­la­bil­i­ty
  • Activ­i­ty modes
  • Video stream quality/Monitor is bright with bright­ness con­trol
  • Equip­ment (3 options)
  • LED back­light
  • Price

Minuses

  • When the throt­tle stick is at zero posi­tion the motors are run­ning
  • SD card slot in an awk­ward loca­tion

One of the best rac­ing offers for the novice user seg­ment. For all the time he has proven him­self exclu­sive­ly from the best side. High qual­i­ty, light­weight, durable, man­age­able, dynam­ic (up to 65 km/h at max. flow rates). The qual­i­ty of the video stream deserves respect, the flight from the first per­son only adds to the plea­sure of a dynam­ic flight. It will show itself to the max­i­mum in the top con­fig­u­ra­tion. Begin­ners will ful­ly appre­ci­ate for whom the poten­tial of col­lec­tor quadrics and FPV over Wi-Fi is not enough. It will serve as a good sim­u­la­tor for get­ting the first expe­ri­ence on the C/C motors in the flight mode from the first per­son.

A photo

Pho­to with MJX Bugs 8 quad­copter.

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

MJX Bugs 8. The best choice for the first FPV flight with b/c motors

Video

Test oper­a­tion of MJX Bugs 8 quad­copter and onboard cam­era.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t__8HBPqS0

The work of the onboard cam­era quadro­copter MJX Bugs 8.

MJX Bugs 8 quad­copter in tan­dem with Fat­Shark Dom­i­na­tor V3 FPV gog­gles.

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