The MJX B16 Pro is the very first drone of its form. Many Bugs sequence drones have been launched with many good selections, however none of them had a 3-axis gimbal mixed with EIS. Our MJX Bugs 16 PRO evaluation covers unboxing, quick-overview, digicam high quality, and flight efficiency. As regular, we’ll squeeze out the utmost from this drone when it comes to vary and battery life.
MJX R/C is a well-liked drone model that’s recognized for its pretty priced merchandise. The newest additions to their epic Bugs lineup are the little B19 MINI (with two digicam choices) and the B16 Pro. Both drones characteristic a folding design, brushless motors, GPS positioning, and a 4K digicam.
MJX Bugs 16 PRO in-depth evaluation
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Lately, the included storage bag turned a market normal, which is good. The carry case can retailer all MJX Bugs 16 PRO equipment (distant controller, set of spare propellers, USB Type-C charging cable, and PD charging cable) plus two spare batteries. The inner zipped mesh pocket permits to soundly retailer smaller equipment.
At a look
In phrases of design, the largest distinction in comparison with different folding drones is that arms are folding out from the middle of the fuselage as a substitute of entrance and rear. Looking at it from high to backside it appears like a water spider. An identical design method is adopted by the well-known Parrot Anafi. From the entrance it appears like a Mavic Pro 2, it has even faux collision avoidance sensors. When it’s folded measures 295*80*87mm and weighs 612 grams with a loaded battery. Personally, I want a extra rectangular kind issue than this longish one. Propellers and the entrance touchdown gears are additionally foldable.
On the stomach of the drone, there are the three optical circulate sensors and a shiny touchdown LED mild. During evening flights, moreover, to the underside mild, you’ll be guided by one tail and two entrance LEDs (one underneath every motor).
The 3200mAh battery pack slides in from the highest of the drone. By quick urgent its energy button, you possibly can test the charging stage of the battery. The 6 lockers make sure that the battery is not going to fall off from the body.
Price and availability
Currently, the B16 Pro is on sale at RCGoing. Right now you will get it with one battery for $237 or with 3 batteries for $299. These costs embrace storage and a set of spare propellers.
MJX Bugs 16 PRO: Camera
As I discussed within the introduction a part of my evaluation, the Bugs 16 PRO is MJX’s first drone with a 4K digicam that options three-axis mechanical stabilization (gimbal) and digital picture stabilization (EIS). The digicam has a 1/3″ CMOS sensor that permits recording with 3840×2160@30fps or 1080P@60fps. The 120° wide-angle lens has a focal size of two.96mm with a hard and fast aperture of ƒ/2.0.
The 3-axis gimbal mixed with EIS gives tremendous easy video high quality, even in windy situations. For cinemalike footages, I like to recommend setting flight velocity to tripod (low fee) mode. Video high quality is greater than first rate from such an reasonably priced drone. Footages are sharp and attain in colours. The B16Pro options 50X digital zoom, which impacts not simply live-view but additionally the captured footage. At the tip of my evaluation, you will discover a few extra pattern movies, at each resolutions (UHD@30fps and FHD@30fps).
Thanks to the onboard recording, picture high quality shouldn’t be affected by distance nor WIFI sign high quality. You can load as much as 128GB micro SD playing cards, class 10 is really useful for UHD recording.
MJX Bugs 16 PRO: Remote controller & Flight vary
The MJX B16 PRO comes with the identical good entry-level transmitter as its smaller brothers (B19 4K and B19 EIS). The distant controller is powered by two AA battery cels and it has two foldable grips for consolation in use. You can anticipate about 3-4 full flights with pair of recent batteries. The cellphone holder pops up between the 2 antennas. All controls are properly labeled. On the precise of the controller there’s a GPS ON/OFF swap, bear in mind to show it ON if you end up flying outdoors, in any other case, RTH is not going to work.
On the entrance panel, moreover the standard controls sticks and energy swap, there are solely 3 buttons (Motor lock/unlock, RTH, and Camera). It has two shoulder buttons (left – takeoff/land and proper – Speed/LED) and two shoulder dials (left – faux and proper – gimbal angle).
The shiny standing display screen gives telemetry data comparable to flight altitude, distance from dwelling, drone battery stage, and controller sign power. With some expertise, you possibly can fly this drone even with out a cellphone, however bear in mind, it doesn’t have an impediment avoidance system, so set the cruise altitude accordingly.
Binding the transmitter with the drone will be completed by holding the ‘Motor lock’ button when you energy it ON. In a rural open discipline, with low RF noise, I received a top-flight vary of 600-800 meters. WIFI FPV vary will be broadly affected by the cellphone you might be utilizing, and even by the place through which you maintain the cellphone.
M RC Pro APP
The M RC Pro APP is out there for each in style cell working methods (Android and iOS). Besides some primary configurations (max flight altitude, max flight distance, orbit diameter, and return to dwelling altitude) the APP permits to carry out geomagnetic (compass) and Gyro calibrations. Under the digicam settings, you possibly can toggle between 4K@30fps and 1080@60fps recording modes. On the final tab, you will discover the logs of your flights (date, distance, and altitude).
By clicking on the 4 rectangle icon you may have entry to Follow me, Orbit, and Headless clever flight modes. In map mode, you possibly can create an autonomous flight path by including waypoints.
MJX Bugs 16 PRO: Battery life
According to the producer’s specs in optimum flight situations, the 3S 3200mAh LIPO battery pack ought to enable as much as 28 minutes of flight time. Based on my expertise, one of the best efficiency will be achieved after 5-10 cycles of charging. During my hovering checks, in average wind situations, it managed to remain within the air for 26 minutes.
Another candy spot of the MJX B16 PRO is the fast-charging functionality. Using a 45W PD charger you possibly can cost it in lower than 1 hour. For this function, there may be included a Type-C to Type-C cable. By comparability, the charging course of takes nearly 6 hours utilizing a normal USB cellphone adapter. By long-pressing the ability button you possibly can test the charging stage of the battery.
Both APP and RC use 4 traces to observe the battery stage. When 2 traces are remaining (which needs to be 50%) the RC beeps and the APP exhibits Low battery warning with the next message ‘The battery solely helps the drone flying in 30m altitude and 100m vary’. When 1 line stays (25%) the drone lands autonomously and you’ll’t abort the method or alter its place.
Firstly, I believed that I acquired a defective drone. When I energy it ON, the gimbal didn’t initialize itself – prefer it had no energy. After I related it with my cellphone and received a reside view on the display screen, the APP warned me that I wanted to carry out compass calibration. I adopted the onscreen steps (3-4 horizontal rotations adopted by 3-4 vertical ones). When I positioned the drone again on the bottom, lastly, the gimbal initialized and leveled. The calibration course of should be completed after each energy ON, sadly. The subsequent problem was to arm the motors. I used to be used to doing this by shifting each sticks to the bottom interior or outer, however nothing occurred. MJX makes it simpler, you simply must press the button with the crimson padlock. From this level, all the pieces was enjoyable with the Bugs 16 Pro.
It hovers tremendous secure, and the GPS return to house is correct. I examined what occurs if I flip off the controller mid-flight. The B16 PRO waited just a few seconds, then raised to RTH altitude and headed dwelling till the take-off level. It takes average wind gusts with no problem. On the high-speed fee, it may obtain 35-45 km/h primarily based on my notion.
I additionally examined flying with out a cellphone. It is feasible however you possibly can’t function the digicam, begin/cease recording, or taking nonetheless photographs.
During evening flights the touchdown LED could be very useful, you possibly can see your drone when it’s proper above you.
First crash (pilot error)
The transmitter is properly labeled, however drone makers should not utilizing the identical button format. When I wished to cease recording, by mistake I pressed the crimson button (it was the motor look as a substitute of file) and maintain it. All the motors on the MJX B16 Pro stopped and it fell like a stone. Luckily it was only one meter above the bottom and nothing dangerous occurred to the drone.
Best 4K drone in your cash!
- Price/efficiency ratio
- Design and construct high quality
- Intelligent flight modes
- Battery life
- Mobile APP
Not a ‘Pro’ drone in its true sense, however it’s presently one of the best one of many Bugs sequence. It has glorious flight efficiency, you possibly can fly with no worry in average wind. The 3-axis gimbal performs very nicely. The 25-minute battery life is greater than honest for its worth. The 3 battery combo pack permits greater than 1 hour of steady enjoyable. The vary is first rate however far to be extraordinary, if you wish to fly miles and miles, get a DJI drone with OcuSync communication.
I’m not a giant fan of the longish profile, however you will get used to it shortly. Anyway, up within the sky it appears like every other drone 🙂
My closing opinion is that MJX managed as soon as once more to convey available on the market a superb mid-range drone for learners, however they nonetheless can’t compete with DJI and even Xiaomi and Hubsan drones. I didn’t just like the each time compass calibration and never constant battery stage monitoring. I additionally had some points with WIFI pairing.
Reasons to purchase
- Shoots true 4K@30fps movies with glorious high quality;
- Onboard recording (micro SD misplaced, as much as 128GB);
- 3-axis gimbal + SmoothMAX EIS;
- Excellent wind resistance;
- Landing mild;
- Super secure in each indoor and out of doors environments.
Reasons to keep away from
- Take-off weight is greater than 600 grams and it requires registration in most nations;
- Needs to be related with the cellphone for working the digicam;
- Wierd energy administration/battery monitoring.
More MJX B16 Pro pattern footage and take a look at movies