Hubsan X4 H107d Review – Best Mini Drone with Camera?

The Hubsan X4 H107d  is an amazing mini drone which is relatively easy to pilot. Do you fancy yourself a good pilot? If your answer is yes, then you should definitely check out the H107 series from Hubsan, which really puts your skill to the test. The drones from Hubsan were designed with ease-of-access in mind. Basically, these are the drones you’re looking for if you don’t know a thing about drones. Tune in to our Hubsan X4 H107d review to see whether this drone can become your very own eye in the sky.

Hubsan X4 H107d Mini Quadcopter

Hubsan X4 H107d Main Features & Specs

Although the Hubsan might not have a design as cool as the Holy Stone Predator, looking more like a PC webcam with four propellers, the X4 H107d somehow manages to make amends. The Hubsan X4 H107d review will show you how the drone manages to impress the public without the good looks.

The Hubsan X4 H107d sports out a lightweight airframe, made from composite materials, which ensure that the drone is durable and aerodynamic. The assembly is composed of four 0820 Coreless Frequency Micro brushed motors and four composite propellers that are secured in place with metal screws.

Hubsan X4 H107d Specs
Price Flight Environment Camera Battery Charge Weight Wingspan Range
$118.69 8-9min Indoors/Outdoors

480pixels

380 mAh 30-40min 12ounces 140mm 50-100m

 

Unfortunately, the flight assembly does not feature the self-tightening screws technology, which means that you’ll have to work carefully when installing the propellers on your drone. But don’t worry too much about the propeller securing system, as it does not interfere with the drone’s flight.

The whole assembly is powered by a 380 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery, featuring the auto cut off safety and PCB. Maximum flight time is around 6 to 7 minutes if you opt for the 380 mAh version and 8 to 9 minutes for the 500 mAh.

In flight stabilization in ensured by a 6-axis adjustable gyroscope, which also let’s user quickly switch between beginner and sports mode.

The H107d also bears the name of FPV because the drone is equipped with a ventral camera that can transmit visual information in real time via the 0.3-megapixel sensor. The maximum achievable resolution of the drone’s camera is 640×480. Video processing in ensured by the remote control’s LDC, capable of displaying images up to 720×240 pixels.

Hubsan X4 H107d Arguments: Pros and Cons

Check out the pros and cons section of our Hubsan X4 H107d review to see if this drone will become your companion or not.

Arguments:

Hubsan X4 H107d Pros:

  • Lightweight;
  • Increased Maneuverability;
  • Can perform Stunts;
  • Decent imaging sensor;
  • Decent indoor performance;
  • Part are easy to replace;
  • Low price;
  • Is compatible with FPV glasses;
  • SD slot for additional memory;
  • Has LED night light;
  • Excellent recharge time;
  • Can be recharged from the computer.

Hubsan X4 H107d Cons:

  • Lacks any windproofing;
  • It can crash easily;
  • Slower than other drones;
  • Battery drains quickly;
  • Low flight time;
  • Becomes unresponsive in safe mode;
  • The protective cover picks up a lot of debris during take-off;
  • Bulky and uncomfortable remote control.

Hubsan X4 H107d Drone Remote Control & Set-up for First Flight

Hubsan X4 H107d Mini Quadcopter ControllerAs part of our Hubsan X4 H107d review, we will also talk about our first-hand impressions of the drone’s maneuverability.

Remote Control

The Hubsan’s remote control was bulky and quite heavy, although it was made from plastic. Neither the big-time LCD placed in the center of the remote, neither the Nintendo DS-like impression it gave us did not manage to change our feelings towards it.

The RC felt pretty uncomfortable to touch, requiring us to do quite a lot of finger-stretching to reach the rudder trim and the aileron trim controls. Moreover, like the Holy Stone’s RC, Hubsan’s controller had quite puzzling when it came to figuring out which bottom does what.

Luckily, the drone’s manual was more than helpful in teaching us the ropes. The RC has two rudder-like controllers, the left one being used for elevation and rudder controller, while the other one control the throttle and aileron.

You also have two trim buttons, located below the twin stick controllers, one for recording, an ON/OFF switch placed in the middle, a “No use now” button (which basically works like a screen lock button), and one more button for switching on the recording mode.

Hubsan X4 H107d Mini Quadcopter

As the drone has a 0.3-megapixel sensor, the image rendered on the RC’s LCD is remarkably clear, even under windy conditions. The screen may flicker from time to time, but this usually begins to happen when you fly the drone outside its visual transmission range.

The twin stick controllers are padded with silicone or rubber to prevent your fingers from slipping off. As a result, we did not have any issues with keeping our thumbs on them. Also, the two stick-like controllers move pretty smooth. Also, they immediately come back to their initial positions after removing your thumbs from them.

In the next section of our Hubsan X4 H107d review, we will tell you about how the drone behaved during flight.

Flying the Drone

Hubsan X4 H107d Mini Quadcopter

The first flight test took place inside a small apartment. Being a mini drone, the X4 H107d should have been able to handle a little bit of indoor flying. Which it did, passing the first test with flying colors. The X107d responds well to controls and flying it is pretty easy.

Flying the drone back and forth across the room was no problem because the drone is very responsive. However, we did encounter a couple of problems when we maneuvered the drone around the corner.

For some reason, every time we directed the rudder to the right, it had the tendency to drift uncontrollably to the left, sending the drone straight into the wall. Moreover, it did not fare that well when we tried to fly the drone around the lamp.

After a couple of laps, the motors would begin to decompensate during mid-flight, either sending the drone directly the lamp or onto the floor. Surprisingly enough, the Hubsan X4 is very steady when you want to place it in hover mode, thanks to that 6-axis adjustable gyro.

Our Hubsan X4 H107d review would not be complete without an outdoor test. For our purposes, we chose a less windy day to test the drone. After switching on the drone, it easily took off the ground, reaching a height of over 6 meters in 3 to 4 seconds tops.

Also, what was strange about flying this drone is mastering the FPV system. It took a while to get used to the system because we were actually accustomed to seeing the machine during mid-flight.

But once you get the hang of the system, flying the drone will be a piece of cake. Overall, the drone’s outdoor performances were decent. We’ve tried flying the drone over treetops, down the street, and we’ve even tried to go to the neighbor’s house.

Hubsan X4 Quadcopter with FPV Camera

Latest 6-axis flight control system with adjustable gyro sensitivity.

Only $118.69

The first thing we noticed when we took the drone outside is that the Hubsan is slightly slower compared to other mini drones. Moreover, we soon discovered that the drone can tip over even in the slightest breeze.

Also, running the drone around tree branches is a dangerous exercise since the same protective frame tends to get caught by them.  Another thing that bothered us from the start is that the RC’s LCD begins to display the 3.5 V battery message, even after a full charge.

During the flight, the battery drains quickly. It was pretty tricky to tell when it was time to land the drone for a refuel. Flight time was also something out of a nightmare. To compare flight time, we’ve flown the same drone using its default 380 mAh battery, but we also bought a 500 mAh battery.

The images displayed on the LCD were surprisingly clear for a 0.3-megapixel camera. However, we’ve encountered something odd regarding image compression. The drone’s ventral camera records at a 740×480 quality, but the LCD renders the image at a 720×240 quality.

What’s in the box?

When you receive your brand new Hubsan X4 Quadcopter, here is what you will find in the box:

  • Hubsan X4 Quadcopter,
  • FPV transmitter,
  • 4 spare propellers,
  • one USB cable,
  • battery,
  • protection cover,
  • user manual.

Our Verdict

To conclude our Hubsan X4 H107d review, we should also add some personal input. The Hubsan X4 is a remarkable piece of equipment, which makes flying look like a piece of cake. This drone is an excellent head start for those who don’t know anything about flying a UAS. Apart from some issues (battery life and limited maneuverability), this drone can become the perfect companion for your outdoor adventures. In case you would like a more affordable drone, check out our review of the Cheerson CX mini.

8.9 Total Score
VERY GOOD!

Hubsan X4 H107d is an excellent head start for those who don’t know anything about flying a UAS.

Design
9
Quality
9.5
Price
9.5
Flight Time
8
Performance
8.5
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