Hubsan H107D FPV X4 Review: an inexpensive FPV option
Hubsan is one of the most well-known manufacturers of multi-rotors and the FPV X4 is one of its best drones. Find out if this is the right drone for you in our review of the Hubsan X4 FPV:
Also known as H107D, the FPV X4 is a relatively recent mini quadricopter from Hubsan. It builds on previous versions and fixes some of the criticism it received in the past. It offers a live feed video to a color screen (4.3 inches) built-in control.This is why it is called FPV; First person view.
Inside the box
1 Hubsan H107D RC Quadcopter
1 Remote Control
1 USB Battery Charger
1 Li-Po Battery
1 additional set of propellers
1 Small screwdriver
Flight time: 7 min
Recharge time: 30-45 min
Resolution: VGA (640 × 480)
SD card is not coming
Extra battery: ~ R $ 16
No doubt this is the most interesting equipment that comes in the package. The remote control has a very stylish design. Hubsan opted to put the color LCD screen on the top of the control, something we liked, as it’s easier to see the screen. Oh, the screen is huge btw, which is a definite plus! It also has a MicroSD card slot if you want to record videos.
The ergonomics of the control are very good. The control is comfortable enough to hold you for a long period of time.
However, there are some issues with the video control and receiver; The screen is power hungry, and the system only uses 4 AA batteries, so we suggest you always have spare batteries in your hands.
Flying with the Hubsan X4 FPV
It flies very well. It is easy to fly; The body of the aircraft produces sufficient “drag” for the drone to move a little slow and also does not accelerate very quickly making flight behavior easy and predictable. So, it’s a great drone to learn and gain basic flight experience.
It is worth mentioning that the H107D is very small and lightweight to handle the outdoor flight in gusty conditions. It is easily pushed by moderate winds. (This applies to most small multirotors, of course.)
Camera and FPV
As expected of quads in this price range, the picture quality of the camera is very poor, The camera has a 0.3 megapixel sensor with a resolution of 640 x 480. Although the image displayed on the monitor is 720 x 480, it is curiously recorded at 720 x 240 resolution. This means that if you plan to use the recorded material for anything, you will have to use some software to stretch the video from 240 to 480.
Also, depending on where you’re flying, the video may be a little blurred when it comes to the monitor. This might not be relevant if the file was written on board the drone, but that is not the case. Instead, it is recorded on a Micro SD card in control, which means that all the flaws that were present in feed video will appear on the final file. That said, most users will probably be more interested in using the FPV camera and not shooting.
Some other good points
The live video range is about 100 meters, which is great for a camera like this. And one advantage of having the Micro SD in control is that you still have access to the video even if you lose or break your drone.
The Hubsan X4 H107D FPV is an excellent choice for beginners who wish to learn how to fly with FPV mode.
Spare parts for all parts of this drone are widely available, with very cheap batteries. You’ll want to invest in a few rechargeable AA batteries, since the remote will suck your batteries up quickly. You can not turn off the display to save power, but it does have a timer which is helpful. This begins the moment you turn on, so you can keep track of how long you have until the battery is about to die.
Since the video quality is poor, don’t expect to go around filming amazing aerial footage. If you invest in some batteries and extra time to learn to pilot it correctly, the H107D can be a fun quadricopter.