Hubsan X4 H107C Quadcopter
The Hubsan X4 H107C is a beginner drone that comes with something special: a 2MP camera that you can use to capture crystal-clear images. It is a cheap drone that punches above its weight. Most retailers sell them at less than $50.
The drone has great specs including a reasonable flight time, durability, excellent flight functions and is an agile and stable quadcopter that performs well in calm conditions. It is not just the technical specs that will appeal to you. It also has a very elegant design. Overall, most buyers will find this to be an excellent value for money. Given the specs and the pricing, it is one of the best options in its class.
If you are considering purchasing the Hubsan X4 H107C, we break down for you the top features and why this drone might good choice for you.
An Overview of Hubsan X4 H107c Drone Features
- Has four channels and allows for a very stable and agile flight.
- The airframe is super light and highly durable. It does not get damaged easily making operating this drone very pocket-friendly.
- Uses an advanced six-axis flight control system that is equipped with adjustable gyro sensitivity. This allows for excellent stabilization especially if you are planning to take some photos. You will definitely not have to grapple with too much “jello effect” that ruins a lot of drone footage.
- Has a camera which also includes a 0.3Mp video recording module.
- Flips four ways including backward, forwards, left and right giving you versatile and flexible control. It wouldn’t be too monotonous operating this drone since you can perform lots of flight functions.
- The drone has a protective cover though you will need to purchase this separately.
- With its two modes-normal and expert-you can comfortably fly the Hubsan X4 H107C both indoors and outdoors.
- The drone can be charged easily with a USB charging cable so you can charge it even on your computer.
What is Included in the Hubsan X4 H107C?
The quadcopter package includes the following contents:-
- The Hubsan X4 H107C RC quadcopter itself
- It has four spare blades: Because beginners are most likely going to crash the drone a few times and damage the props, the spare props will come in handy allowing you to replace the damaged blades and get back on flight relatively quickly.
- Comes with a single charging cable
- A single 2.4Ghz channel transmitter: The transmitter is a four channel so you will be able to fly your drone very smoothly without worrying about interference from any similar models of drone flying nearby.
- A single LiPO battery, 350mAh: The LiPO is an acronym for Lithium Polymer. This is the main battery type used in all quadcopter drones because it is rechargeable and has a very large charge density. In drones, you are looking for drones that can store as much charge as possible in order to guarantee you longer flight times and these batteries always deliver.
- USB charging cable: The Hubsan X4 H107 USB charging cable has an Over-Charging Protection. This will ensure you don’t overcharge the quad and possibly damage the LiPO battery.
- Prop guards: The prop guards will protect your props and help ensure their durability. However, keep in mind that they are going to shear off a few minutes from the flight time since they add extra weight to your quadcopter. You can therefore remove the prop guards once you have gotten comfortable at handling the drone.
- Prop removal tool
- A user manual is also included in the package
Please note that the 2.4GGhz channel transmitter will require four AA batteries to operate but these have to be purchased separately. The batteries can provide charge for several hours of flight before you need to replace them.
The drone has a flight time of approximately 8 minutes on its stock battery. The Hubsan X4 H107C batteries are a 380mAh LiPO with a charging time of less than 30 minutes. The low charging time is a good trade off for the very short lifetime. If your drone can only fly for 8 minutes on a single charge cycle, the last thing you need is a LiPO battery that will take an eternity to fully recharge.
However, if you are flying the quad in windy conditions, the flight time is likely to be shorter. It is recommended to stock up on more batteries if you are looking for a better flight experience with minimal charging interruptions. They aren’t that expensive.
The camera is a 2MP and it also has a micro SD card that you can connect to the drone before you launch it into the air. This will store the footage. You can also download the footage easily from the micro SD onto Youtube or even on video-editing software.
The quadcopter has two flying modes namely, Normal and Expert. In the Normal Flying mode, the speed and the aerobatic features are somehow limited allowing you to fly the drone smoothly with minimal crashes. If your handling of the drone has improved a bit, you can switch to the Expert mode.
You can do this easily with a button on the transmitter that is used to change the modes from one to another.
The drone offers a relatively stable flight thanks to the 6-axis gyro stabilization so no matter the mode you are flying the quad in, you can enjoy a relatively stable flight especially in a calm weather. Try to avoid windy flying conditions for obvious reasons. Not only will it disrupt your flight, they will also eat quickly into your battery charge and shorten your flight time.
An Overview of the Hubsan X4 H107C
The Hubsan X4 H107C is a tiny quadcopter that will fit into the palm of your hands. It is a good beginner drone that is fairly easy to fly. You will also appreciate the very low pricing and the fact that it comes with a camera which you can use to capture some clear photos and videos. It offers an impressive functionality given that the drone costs under $50.
The quad offers you two flying modes: there is the expert mode and the normal mode. The normal mode is suited for the absolute beginner allowing to easily fly the drone without losing control of it. In the normal mode, the drone will not fly very aggressively as the speed and the aerobatic functions of the quadcopter are limited somewhat.
After flying it in the normal mode for some time and getting a feel on how best to handle the drone, you can shift to the expert flying mode which gives you the full speed of the quad and also allows you to execute some acrobatic maneuvers and do the sharp turns and flips. These features also make it a good training drone for someone who wish to hone their piloting skills.
This drone is almost ready-to-fly or RTF. It comes almost fully assembled and you will do very little to launch it into the air. You only need to install the propeller guards to launch the flight and this can be done quickly as you charge the quadcopter battery. It comes with a prop removal tool that you can use to easily install and remove the props when you need to make a replacement. Here is a look at the main features of the quadcopter:-
Design and Build
The first thing you will notice about the Hubsan X4 H107C is its relatively small size. It is also incredibly light, weighing only 40gm without the batteries. Add the batteries and it is still only at 50gm.
The relatively light weight makes it a good quadcopter for indoor flying. The drone also does well in an outdoor environment but with its ultra light weight, you will get the best flying experience in relatively calm weather. Otherwise you will have a little difficulty flying it in windy or breezy condition. Even a light breeze can make handling difficult.
As noted before, it has a very light airframe that is made of plastic. The plastic is not necessarily resilient but it is likely to survive minor crashes. If you are still learning the ropes when it comes to flying this drone, we strongly recommend flying it in the normal mode which will minimize damage on the drone.
It has plastic props that can be replaced easily. The batteries are fitted into the drone’s rear compartment.
The Hubsan X4 H107C is also designed with fairly efficient landing gear. However, the landing gear of this Hubsan model is unlike that of other entry-level models such as the Syma X8C which are typically longer and are farther away from the drone’s body to ensure that the quad does not touch the ground. In the Hubsan X4 H107C, however, the landing gear does not stick out since it is designed in the traditional manner. Instead, it utilizes small rubber feet that will absorb its landings. This gives you some good flexibility in the locations where you can land the quad.
The flight performance of the Hubsan X4 H107C is one of its strongest points. It is very agile and you can use it to take fast flights depending on how comfortable you are with the handling and control.
The quadcopter handles perfectly including for beginners just learning the ropes on how to fly a quadcopter. The design is almost ready to fly. You just have to connect the props, the battery and power on the quad transmitter and up you fly into the air so you don’t have to worry about technical assembly.
The main issue with this quad is its light weight but you can overcome that with its thrust which is quite impressive for a drone of its size. However, we will generally recommend that you fly this in calm conditions.
The Hubsan X4 H107C also has very responsive controls so even if you are just starting out, you will appreciate the ease with which you can fly this drone. Because of this, you can also maneuver it very accurately while in the air and with great accuracy. If you are flying it for the very first time, we would recommend doing so with the prop guards on even though that will add a little weight and reduce the flight time.
As a complete beginner, it is advisable to fly the Hubsan X4 H107C with the props on. This is because you are most likely going to crash it a couple of times before you get comfortable at the controls. With the prop guards on, you will ensure the durability of your props and be able to use them for a longer duration of time. You can remove the prop guards once you get comfortable at flying the drone.
We would still like to point that in spite of the light weight, this is still a very stable drone to fly. After some practice and familiarization with the controls, you should be able to achieve very stable flights and capture crystal clear photographs and videos with the on board camera. You can fly this drone both indoors and in the outdoors.
The onboard camera in the Hubsan X4 H107H is the big surprise in this tiny quad. No one expects to have a camera in a mini drone, more so a good quality camera with excellent resolution.
The camera has a resolution of 1280 x720 (resolution at 25 frames per second) and you can upload the footage to a micro SD card for later viewing. We would say that the quality of the recording is satisfactory even though you will not find anything approaching the kind of sharp footage that you would get with a camera on drone models such as the DJI Phantom 3. But if you are looking for good or satisfactory footage, the Hubsan X4 H107C will deliver, especially in relatively calm flying conditions.
You can easily stabilize the quad and capture high quality footage during flight. After the flight, you can upload the quadcopter micro SD onto your computer and download the footage. The drone footage also includes clear audio so the drone will capture all the sounds in the surrounding area where you are flying it. However, it also captures the buzzing sound made by the quad propellers which happens in most quadcopters anyway.
Recording footage with the drone camera is also super-easy. Once you have inserted the micro SD into the rear part of the quad, you simply press the record button that is located on the left part of the quadcopter. If you see a blinking red light on the drone instead of a steady light, you will know that the drone camera is recording. After you have flown the drone and it has safely landed on the ground, simply press the record button again so as to stop the recording.
The Hubsan X4 H107C transmitter looks very nice with its sleek design and it is small enough with an ergonomic design that will fit nicely and comfortably in your palms. The transmitter is designed with an LCD display screen. It also has power buttons, recording buttons and the buttons that you can use to change the flight mode depending on your level of flight experience. It looks quite standard and intuitive enough that you will figure it out easily and begin using it to easily control your flights.
The small LCD screen can give you some basic diagnostics of the quadcopter flight such as the throttle position of the flight. This takes the guesswork out flying your drone as you can easily figure out the amount of throttle that you will need in order to fly the quad to a certain height. The throttle position is shown on the LCD screen in terms of percentages such as 25%, 50% and so forth.
Perfect for Indoor and Outdoor Flying
The agility, speed and the two modes of control that the drone offers make it ideal for both indoor and outdoor flying. This is also helped by the fact that the drone is very tiny in size and has very responsive controls. You don’t have to worry about the drone, which is so tiny it fits into your palms, breaking things as it flies indoors.
If you are looking for more flying space, you can also fly this quad in the outdoors. It handles well and has a powerful thrust although due to its tiny size and low weight, we recommend flying it in relatively calm weather as you will to get the best performance in such conditions. Windy weather will cause a lot of flight disruptions and eat into your flight time.
The drone has some drawbacks that are consistent with many drones of its sizes. It is very difficult to fly in windy conditions due to its light weight in spite of its powerful thrust. You will get the best flight performance in calm conditions.
While the drone has a camera, you cannot operate the camera remotely. It has to be switched on and off when the drone is on the ground. This can be quite inconveniencing if you need to use the drone primarily to capture footage where you would need greater flexibility in operating the camera. To avoid losing the captured footage, you must ensure that the camera is shut off first before you turn off the quadcopter.
The Hubsan X4 H107C Bottom Line
The Hubsan X4 H107C is a perfect drone for a beginner looking for an affordable and resilient drone that they can use to capture aerial footage. The recording quality may not be as crystal clear as that of the higher end models but it gives you satisfactory footage with its 2MP camera. It is a great drone that you can use to hone your flying skills and then later on, upgrade to a higher end drone model.
At 8 minutes, we feel it offers a reasonable flight time for a drone of its class and price allowing you to have an enjoyable flight experience. The LiPO battery in the drone has a charge time of only 30 minutes so you can recharge it very fast and launch back your flight. If you are looking for seamless flights, you could also purchase a spare battery for the Hubsan X4 H107C.
It also handles well and is easy to control even for beginners. If you are just learning to fly a drone, this will be an excellent craft for you.
For most drone flyers, this is a great addition for the right price. You have the opportunity to operate a small camera drone that is easy to fly, handles well and has a relatively good flight time for a drone of its class. The drone design is quite sleek and will definitely draw the stares when you are out there flying.