Hubsan X4 Quadcopter Review

The Hubsan X4 H107D Quadcopter Review

Pros: The Hubsan X4 H107D Quadcopter is inexpensive yet tough for use in confined areas. It may be the smallest quad available today that can be flown with first person view. It's attractive, loads of fun to fly and a learning experience. Cons: Flying time is too short (7 minutes) on one charge. The charging wire storage is sloppy and can cause a short. The batter can be somewhat difficult to remove and insert. Recorded video codec needs to be converted to view on PC. There are several quads offered by Hubsan and all have proved very popular with hobbyists. The…

Review Overview

Durability
Battery Life (for size)
Value (bang for your buck)
Fun

Our Rating

Summary : The H107D is a great, inexpensive entry-level toy for first time fliers that want to train how to fly while enjoying FPV. It's hardy and loads of fun to fly if you enjoy crashing into things. Not recommended for users that want to record hours of in-flight video footage for other purposes.

Pros: The Hubsan X4 H107D Quadcopter is inexpensive yet tough for use in confined areas. It may be the smallest quad available today that can be flown with first person view. It’s attractive, loads of fun to fly and a learning experience.

Cons: Flying time is too short (7 minutes) on one charge. The charging wire storage is sloppy and can cause a short. The batter can be somewhat difficult to remove and insert. Recorded video codec needs to be converted to view on PC.

There are several quads offered by Hubsan and all have proved very popular with hobbyists. The Hubsan X4 H107D with 6 axis flight control system and adjustable gyro sensitivity in particular has the lowest cost and with a major improvement over the H107C. The H107D offers live feed which the camera in the H107C didn’t. A 4.3 inch LCD in color is part of the control unit, where users can see what the camera sees through real time transmitted signals.

It is not a sophisticated quad by any means. But it’s a sturdy, agile little toy that is loads of fun to fly and practice flying skills with.

The Hubsan X4 H107D Quadcopter Review

The packaging is simple and the copter is easy to set up. The package includes a USB charger, a 3.75 volt Li-Po battery (which also has a handy auto-cut off safety PCB) and a set of spare propellers. The quad is ready to fly as soon as it’s taken out of the box.

When you turn on the power and the LCD screen, the feature that stands out is that it tells you the voltage of the copter and the transmitter. The transmitter has a video output that can be attached to an external monitor or DVR. FPV goggles can also be used with the quad for more fun. Video signals are transmitted up to 90 meters.

The body is a small, attractive and sturdy 4.5 inches. It can take quite a lot of battering while flying and crash-landing, though it’s recommended that you install the prop guards that come with it. The sturdiness is useful for first time fliers especially those having little experience with low end FPV quads. Those experienced with the higher end FPV quads which use sophisticated technology and GPS to keep themselves stable in mid-air may also have some trouble with controlling the H107D initially. It is not possible to keep the H107D hovering in air and the quad keeps drifting away and though it is possible to control its direction, it is impossible to make it hover in place. It’s also not a good idea to take it outdoors, as it can be pushed along by moderate winds.

However, the Hubsan is a great little multi-rotor quadcopter for learning how to fly if you have never done so before. It’s inexpensive enough for kids and amateurs who want a new toy they can break into RC flying with.

The lens on the camera could have been wider for a more expansive view. As it is, it can be a little difficult to fly the quad simply on by FPV. A single button on the control unit can stop or start recording. The camera has a resolution of 640 X 480 and a 0.3 megapixel sensor.

The monitor displays a resolution of 720 X 480 but the unit records pictures at a skewed 720 X 240. Using the footage elsewhere will mean converting to 480 from 240. This is a problem if you want to record footage and reuse it elsewhere. There are few free video converters for Windows PC. Mac users may have to purchase a video convertor for that purpose. Sometimes the recorded video is also full of glitches. However, these issues won’t be a problem for many users that will use the camera mostly for the first person view while flying.

The battery is a little hard to remove and insert. The charging wire, after a charge, needs to be stowed awkwardly back onto the quad. If this is not done carefully, it can cause the wires to short. However, for the price and performance of this little copter, these are minor issues.

The Verdict

The Hubsan X4 H107D is a great, inexpensive entry-level toy for first time fliers that want to train how to fly while enjoying FPV. It’s hardy and loads of fun to fly if you enjoy crashing into things. Not recommended for users that want to record hours of in-flight video footage for other purposes.

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