The Hubsan x4 Quadcopter is a top seller on Amazon. Many people refer to is as a drone, multirotor and UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle). The Hubsan x4 is a entry level product that is great for beginning pilots that want to explore FPV (first person view) flight. It is rather simplistic in its design but the controls still offer plenty of fun for new pilots to cut their teeth on this quadcopter. This camera drone is for sale on Amazon for around $150 which is a great entry price to get started flying for either an adult or adolescent. It competes mostly closely to the Syma X5C in capabilities and Price. Hubsan produces several version of the X4 and you can pick up the standard version Hubsan X4 on Amazon for around $55, which is a great price for a beginner drone.
Hubsan x4 Design
The Hubsan X4 has a very basic design. You receive the frame of light plastic to hold the rotors and encases the electronics in a center chamber. This drone measures 5" X 5".
The power source is a small 380mAh battery which is designed to slip in a compartment under the main frame. The fit is snug. This model comes with a small 0.3MP camera that is built into the nose of the drone. A micro USB card is used to hold pictures and video taken by the Hubsan X4 camera and has a slot in one side of the radio controller for access. There are reports of video lag and interference which will show up on recording due to the image being transmitted to the handset. However, other reports state the FPV screen on the controller is excellent.
The rotor blades of the Hubsan X4 are made of the same lightweight plastic as the frame. The manufacturer provides a small tool and a second set of propellers for future replacement. The props on this drone are pressed props and rely on friction to secure the prop to the motor shaft and can become loose over time.
The frame of the Hubsan X4 incorporates 4 LED lights. There are blue LED’s on the front, red LED’s on the rear. The LED are for night flying and do not serve any other function.
Hubsan x4 Controller
The Hubsan X4 comes with a 2.4 GHz radio controller. The radio controller is the only form of flight control for the quadcopter, it can not be controlled through WiFi nor through a phone app. The radio controller is powered by four double A batteries. With this FPV drone, you have a 4.3 inch LCD screen built into the controller which provides a live FPV feed of your flight.
This is a very nice controller for this level of drone. The controller has plenty of features to make flying the Hubsan X4 Drone fun and comfortable. Weighing in at about ten ounces the controller is not too heavy or bulky and will fit in the hand easily with comfort. The range on the 2.4 GHz controller is about 55 to 110 yards away.
The controller has many switches and buttons layed out on it and will allow the pilot to control the drone easily. The controller also has ports built in for FBV goggles. Plus the micro SD slot on the right side of the controller will record both video and still pictures.
Flying the Hubsan x4
The Hubsan X4 offers a lot of fun while flying. It is a very small quadcopter and is prone to destabilize in heavy wind, but is great for indoor flight. This quad has the fun features of being able to do rolls and flips (both backwards and forwards). Check out the Parrot Bebop or Blade Nano to see what the smaller comparable drones can do.
There are no additional flight modes on the Hubsan X4 and there is no GPS onboard. This makes the multirotor hard to stabilize when hovering. In addition there is no home mode to bring the drone home when your flight is over.
Taking Photos and Videos with the Hubsan x4
The camera on the Hubsan X4 is a small, low quality camera. The camera which is mounted in the nose of the drone is a 0.3 Mp camera and is best used for the FPV.
The camera captures still images at 640x480 pixels. The built in screen displays the video at 740x480 while in FPV.
If you are thinking about video the camera captures video at 640 by 480 pixels with a frame rate of 30 frames per second. This will not win any video contest as it is like a cheap cell phone camera.
Overall this is an entry level video system, but is great for beginners or kids to play with while learning to fly in first person view. If you are looking for better video and picture quality in drone look at the Parrot Bebop or the Q500 Typhoon by Yuneec.
Hubsan x4 Battery Life
First be aware that the quadcopter takes about 30 minutes to fully recharge using the included charger. This will give you about 8 minutes of flight time with the drone. That is about average for small inexpensive drones like the Hubsan X4 utilizing the 380mAh type batteries. The charger for the battery a USB connection. Spare batteries are fairly cheap at around $10 each so you could buy extra to increase your flight times. There is no warning for when the battery is about to lose power and this drone will simply drop out of flight when the battery dies. There are reports to be careful when removing the battery for charging as the wires from the battery to the main board can be pulled loose.
Hubsan x4 Repairs
This quadcopter comes with a spare set of propellers and you can buy additional props for less than $5. While it is reported that the Hubsan X4 is durable and holds up well, all drones crash. The good news is there are plenty of replacement parts available for this quadcopter. You may want to invest in a Hubsan Crash Pack, which can be found on Amazon for less than $20.
The Hubsan x4 is a great quadcopter for beginning or adolescent pilots. With it’s low price (around $150 on Amazon) it is a great introduction drone. It is fun and easy to fly with its dual controls and offers thrills with the stunt modes. Having a camera is good to introduce newcomers to drone video and pictures. This particular drone is great to introduce a pilot to FPV (first person view) flying. Overall due to the price and capabilities we understand why it is a top seller on Amazon.
- Assembly Time: 5 minutes
- Fuel type: Electric
- Radio Bands: 2.4 GHz
- Motor Type: Micro Brushed
- Model Number: H107D
- Assembly Required: No
- Batteries Required?: Yes
- Batteries Included?: Yes
- Remote Control Included?: Yes
Find the Hubsan X4 Manual Here.
- Control distance: 50 - 100meters, Live video distance: around 100 meters
- Latest 6-axis flight control system with adjustable gyro sensitivity
- Lightweight airframe with nice durability
- Instant video preview on transmitter
- Battery: 3.7V Voltage, 380mAh li-po battery with auto cut off safety PCB
- 6 Axis Gyro Stabilization
- Immersive FPV Flight
- Record Flight Video to SD Card
- 1S 380mAh 3.7V LiPO battery is included, the 4 AA batteries is sold separately
I read lots of reviews on the internet claiming that this was a MUST for people wanting to fly FPV. I was highly skeptical due to the small size and toy like qualities.
However I was highly impressed with the airworthiness of the X4. The camera provides a very good clear signal to the controller and can be recorded if desired. The recording function is not the strong suit of the product. It's great for practicing flying and learning FPV.