MJX has been building inexpensive GPS drones for a while now but they have yet to jump aboard the folding drone train. That seems to be changing with the MJX Bugs 4W. What features can we expect to see from MJX? Let’s take a look.
The MJX Bugs 4W
I do have some information that MJX has been collaborating with SJRC. That is important because the MJX Bugs 4W looks a lot like the SJRC F11. They likely share internal components and are probably separated only by some stylistic cues. I can’t say for certain that they will be clones of each other, but if I was a betting man I would bet that they are 95% the same. We should know very soon. MJX is set to show of the Bugs 4W at the Hong Kong Toys and Games Fair January 7-10.
The SJRC F11
The SJRC F11 is a solid drone. I was surprised to like it as much as I did. The folding design is well done and it has some really good features. The most impressive part is the 20+ minute flight time. I was able to average more than 20 minutes each time I have taken the drone out.
It is a GPS drone and it has some solid GPS features. The SJRC F11 has return to home, follow me , orbit and waypoints. However, I believe the most impressive part of this drone is its visual active tracking mode. Using your smartphone as a screen you can highlight an object and the drone will track it. This is the best implementation I have seen in a drone that costs less than $200.
The SJRC F11, however, isn’t a perfect drone. It certainly has its flaws and the biggest is the camera. The camera quality is actually quite poor. It has a slow frame rate, distortion and because it doesn’t have any isolation mounts it suffers from jello. On top of all that it saves in an odd format that didn’t work well with my video editor.
When will we see the Bugs 4W?
Hopefully, MJX addresses these issues when they release the Bugs 4W. Typically MJX is a step above the other inexpensive drone manufacturers so I am hopeful for their next drone. We expect the MJX Bugs 4W to start shipping early quarter one. Time will tell. The good news is that there are plenty of good GPS drones you can buy right now. I’d recommend either the MJX Bugs 2 SE or the MJX Bugs 5W.
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