MJX Bugs 12 EIS Folding 4K Electronic Image Stabilized Drone Flight Test Review

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True 4K video at 30 fps, good electronic image stabilization, in a folding brushless motor GPS drone. What’s not to like? This drone was provided for review by MJX R/C. But they did not provide a sales link. However, I did find a vendor selling it (although it won’t be in stock until 10/31/2020). Find the Bugs 12 EIS here http://bit.ly/MJX-Bugs-12EIS

The Bugs 12 has very similar features to that of the Bugs 20 EIS, with the exception that it is a foldable drone. Now the drone and its controller can easily be packed in a backpack, or an even smaller portable container.

Pros
– Folding drone.
– True 4K video camera with 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution at 30 fps (or 1080p at 60fps).
– Video and photos are recorded to an onboard SD card (strongly recommend using a class U3 card for recording 4K video).
– Onboard processor for electronic image stabilization of the video. Produces results somewhat similar to a two axis stabilized gimbal, without the need for moving parts.
– Camera lens can be remotely and smoothly aimed up or down via the controller.
– GPS/GLONASS with optical flow belly sensor makes for very stable hover, even in wind.
– Brushless 2750 motors with 6A ESC’s.
– 7.6V 3400mah battery provides up to 25 minutes of flight time.
– FPV video range of up to 450 meters, and control range of up to 600 meters.
– Uses MRC Pro app (via 802.11ac WiFi) for FPV, and advanced flight control features of follow, orbit, waypoints, and headless mode. Camera settings can also be modified via the app to provide adjustment of resolution, brightness, saturation, ISO, white balance, and special effects.

Cons
– Requires 802.11ac WiFi. Not everyone has this type of WiFi on their phone. Before purchasing, it is very important to verify that your phone does indeed have 802.11ac WiFi.
– Weighs 549 grams, and will require registration in most countries.
– Although the electronic video stabilization works well, the video can sometimes be tilted. Wind hitting the drone from its side can cause the drone to tilt sideways as it fights this wind in hover. This in turn causes a tilted view from the camera. To avoid this tilt on windy days, it’s best to limit the wind hitting the sides of the drone. Instead try to keep the wind on the front or back end of the drone (you can use headless mode to do such).

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This video along with every video of the Quadcopter 101 channel was produced and edited with VSDC Free Video Editor. You may download this excellent, and no kidding “free” video editor here http://www.videosoftdev.com/free-video-editor

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