Review: Hubsan X4 H107C 2.4 GHz 6 Axis Gyro RTF Quadcopter

imagesResearching cheap jerseys quadcopters cheap jerseys online cheap jerseys becomes The overwhelming Angelscope with Tips such a variety of models to choose from. After scanning the RC hobby forums for a quadcopter that could deliver both indoor and outdoor flying fun, I purchased the Hubsan X4 H107C RTF (Ready-To-Fly) on Amazon feeling confident that it would be a competent indoor flyer and perhaps a decent outdoor model. After flying the Hubsan indoors for a few days now, I am quite happy with its performance in the “normal” flying mode.

Outdoor flying is best done in windless conditions due to the size of the X4. Later in this review watch the video of the X4 being flown in “expert” mode with challenging headwinds of 5-10 mph. This is an upgraded version of the Hubsan X4, with stronger motors and a better video camera. The 1 megapixel video-only camera that records on a MicroSD card was not high on my list of requirements, as I wasn’t expecting stunning video results from a model at this sub-$100 price point. But after trying out the video camera, I was surprised by its decent recording quality. However, calling it an HD camera is a bit of a stretch.

Hubsan X4 (H107C) 4 Channel 2.4GHz RC Quad Copter with Camera – Red/Black, Red/Black

Inside The Box

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Inside the box.
  • Hubsan X4 H107C Quadcopter
  • 2.4 GHz 4-Channel Transmitter
  • (1) 3.7V 380mAh Li-Po Battery
  • USB Charging Cable with Over-Charge Protection
  • (1) extra set of propellers
  • Propeller removal wrench
  • Propeller Guard for indoor flying (located under the packaging)
  • Instruction Manual

The following video explains in detail what comes in the box.

Design Quality

Hubsan X4 H107C
Hubsan X4 H107C

The Hubsan X4 H107C looks and feels like a well built mini quadcopter. It measures approximately 3 inches from prop to prop and 1 inch tall.  The sleek plastic body utilizes four flexible frame arms with break-away joints that absorb the impact of hard landings. This feature cushions the electronic boards within the body and simply require an occasional snap back into position. Rubber landing pads are a nice feature that aid in shock absorption as well.

Two blue LED lights are mounted on the two front motor pods that help orient the forward flying motion. Two more imbedded blue LEDs are forward mounted in the body that resemble the eyes of the Hubsan X4.  The rear motor LEDs are red. The LEDs also serve as status indicators for binding with the transmitter and remaining battery level. All four lights will flash when the flight battery needs recharging.

To help avoid propeller damage, a propeller guard is included with this model. I highly recommend using the guard, especially indoors. If the guard, or any other parts, should ever break replacements can be purchased easily on Amazon. The 2 inch plastic propellers are easily removed with the included propeller removal tool. Once the propeller guard is mounted on top of the four motors, the propellers are pushed back onto the motor shafts paying attention to matching up the tiny letters “A” and “B” marked on each propeller and each motor. This is a crucial step to follow exactly for the model to fly correctly. Buying extra propeller blade sets from amazon at the time of purchase is recommended.

The Remote Unit

Hubsan X4 transmitter.
Hubsan X4 transmitter.

The remote control included with the X4 is a satisfactory transmitter that operates on the 2.4 Ghz radio frequency.  It feels comfortable to hold with control sticks, trim buttons and LCD display that indicates trim levels to balance flying behavior and transmitter battery level. It uses 4 AAA batteries.

Video Camera

Mounted under the nose of the Hubsan X4 is a 1280 x 720 resolution video camera. Its fixed position lens is activated with a push of a small button located at the tail area where the battery is connected. A blue LED will change to red once the camera is activated, indicating that recording has started. Video recording is captured on a MicroSD card, available at Amazon, that is inserted directly below the battery compartment. There is no recording of audio. After capturing flight video footage, it is important to push the camera button again to deactivate the camera. If this is not done prior to disconnecting the battery, the file footage for that flight will be deleted.

As mentioned earlier, the video quality is less than stunning and the fixed position of the lens limits the ability to capture footage below the Hubsan X4. However, for what this quadcopter offers at this price level, it’s an amazing value.

Flying

The Hubsan X4 is a blast to fly! In the normal flight mode, indoor flying is easy and my only recommendation is to attach the propeller guard to save the somewhat delicate propellers from breaking due to crashes with walls and furniture. Look for the guard taped under the molded plastic packaging.

Once you’ve done this, pairing of the X4 with the remote control is easily done by powering on the remote control first followed by connecting the 380mAh flight battery to the X4. Blinking LEDs on the X4 will turn to solid indicating that the pairing was successful. I also recommend flying the X4 in normal mode until you are comfortable with the controls and have learned to avoid objects in the flying area.

Outdoor flying in expert mode makes for a more thrilling flight and makes it easier to correct unanticipated movements caused by light breezes. Even with its impressive thrust, 5-10 mph wind is about the maximum for this small and light quadcopter. Pirouettes are easily achieved, as are movements to the front, back, left and right. It struck me instantly how responsive the X4 is to gentle stick movements in normal mode. Expert mode gives the user even greater performance capability. Flips are easily achieved (in expert mode only) and the instruction book explains how to perform these. I ordered a five-pack of extra batteries on Amazon when I purchased the X4 in order to have plenty of flying time.

The following video shows the X4 in action outdoors as it was flown in “expert” mode with light 5-10 mph wind conditions.

Battery and Charging

Included with the Hubsan X4 is one 380mAh lithium polymer (LiPo) battery. A 30-40 minute charge time gives you around 7-8 minutes of flight time. Having plenty of charged batteries on hand is highly recommended, and will minimize time spent recharging batteries. I purchased a five-pack of the Tenergy brand 380mAh LiPos on Amazon for around $20 and really glad I did!

Overall Impression

The Hubsan X4 H107C is a superb mini quadcopter and a great first model to learn the basics of quad piloting. Its video capabilities are sufficient, but not high quality. Parts can be purchased on Amazon and other vendor sites which is a big plus. While not a DJI Phantom 2 Vision, its price is reasonable for what it is; a fun quad that any beginner will enjoy! I hope this review of the Hubsan X4 H107C has been helpful. Please let me know if you have comments or questions.

Where to Buy

Amazon

Hubsan X4 (H107C) 4 Channel 2.4GHz RC Quad Copter with Camera – Red/Black, Red/Black

8 Responses to Review: Hubsan X4 H107C 2.4 GHz 6 Axis Gyro RTF Quadcopter

  1. Very nice review. I was considered which mini quadcopter to buy (Since there are so many to choose from), but I think this review helped me solidify my choice with the Hubsan X4 H107C.

    • Austin. Thank you and you’ll enjoy the Hubsan. It’s really a solid quadcopter for the money. I strongly recommend using the included propeller guard to save your props from getting damaged. Have fun!

  2. Deciding between the UDI U818A-1 with upgraded HD camera and this Husband X4 107C as a gift. I’m purchasing them for my two nephews – ages 11 and 13. Which do you think would be a better option? I was leaning towards the larger UDI – but have seen great reviews of this Husban as well. My first choice – the SYMA X5C-1 is on backorder and I need them by Christmas so I’m moving down the list. Thanks for any input!

    • Hi Rebecca. I’d go with the Husban X4. Although it’s a smaller drone, it can still fly outdoors when there’s no wind. It really flies nicely and with the prop-guard attached, furniture, lamps etc. stand a chance. Happy Holidays!

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