DROCONBugs 3

  • Flight time
    18
    minutes
  • Slow-mo resolution
  • Video resolution
  • Control range
    0.5
    km
  • Gimbal
  • Camera resolution
5.6
Rating
toy
drone
2
Retail Price
$
85.99
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Spoiler alert! This is my favorite toy drone. 

I’ve seen a lot of toy drones, and I’ve seen a lot of camera drones. The Bugs 3 is somewhere in-between. This drone doesn’t have any gimmicky features like ONE-KEY-RETURN or wifi control using your smartphone. It doesn’t even have headless mode, but what it does have is something much better than all of those things combined.

So what makes the Bugs 3 so special? 

Brushless motors! Now, if you’re completely new to drones, that might not mean anything to you, so let me tell you why brushless is the best thing to ever come to a toy drone. 

With traditional brushed motors (the tiny metal cylinders you find on most toy drones) they will all eventually break due to the brushes in the motors burning out. 

This is why a lot of people will buy a drone or get it as a gift, it flies ok for a few weeks, and then later the motors start to act up and or fail completely.

With brushless motors, they almost never fail because there aren’t any brushes inside to burn out! They are also much more efficient than brushed motors which means more power and more flight time! So what does this mean for the Bugs 3? Well, Unlike all the other toy drones, the bugs 3 gets over 15 minutes of flight time, so you can focus more on flying instead of changing batteries. 

It also can fly at around 30 MPH which is faster than some camera drones, but that’s not all.

Although this isn’t really a camera drone, it comes with an action camera mount, so you can attach your GoPro or Yi cam to get some aerial shots. Honestly, with a little bit of practice, maybe a better camera mount and some good editing software, you could probably produce some amazing shots using something like the Hero 6 with its built in image stabilization.

The only downside to the Bugs 3 is the size. 

With the large propellers, powerful motors, and not many automated features it makes this drone out of reach for younger children. I would recommend the Bugs 3 to anyone over the age of 12. Anyone younger than that may need supervision and guidance.

When I built my first drone (quite a few years ago), it was actually very similar to the Bugs 3 but cost over $300 to build. It was simple, easy enough to fly but challenging. At the same time, I could mount my GoPro Hero 2 to it, and it was way more fun and useful than those toy helicopters people bought at the time. 

Now, it’s simply amazing what you can get for just $129. If you’re looking for a toy drone that will last a long time, hold a GoPro, and fly really fast then you’ve found it.

5.6
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Bugs 3
Rating
6.5
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Product quality
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Camera Quality
4.0
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Ease of use
6.0
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Flight Time
6.5
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Speed
5.0
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Range
2.5
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Flight Autonomy
5.0
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Portability
Bugs 3
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