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Hubsan X4 (H107C) Mini Quadcopter Review

October 7, 2015 / no comments, on Reviews, Mini Quadcopters Reviews

Introduction

Hubsan X4 (H107C) is one of the best beginners’ micro quadcopters in the market. Available in many attractive colors, this ready-to-fly drone has a standard definition camera that can take good video and still pictures. Included in the package is a pre-assembled drone with camera, a 3.7V lithium polymer battery, one 2.4 GHz remote controller, USB charger, one propeller guard, four spare propellers, and a user’s manual. So immediately after reading the instructions and charging the battery, you can slot in your microSD HC card and start flying your new quadcopter. In this short Hubsan X4 (H107C) review, we will be looking at some of the features that have made this quadcopter very popular among many quadcopter hobbyists.

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Features

Design

Hubsan X4 (H107C) Mini QuadcopterHubsan X4 (H107C) has a sleek and attractive design. More than five color combinations are available so you can choose whether you want a red and black, black and green, red and white, or red only color. With a dimension of 2.7 x 2.7 x 1 inches, this pocket-sized drone can fit into the palm of your hand. It weighs a little over 1 pound, so you can easily carry it around with you in small backpack. The pod, cross axle, landing supports, and the rest of the air frame are made of durable lightweight material that will remain intact after several crashes. However, this ultra-light drone is best flown indoors because of its size. You can fly it outdoors, but you should do so when there is little or no wind.

Hardware/Software

Hubsan X4 (H107C) ComponentsHubsan X4 H107C comes with the most recent 6-axis flight coordination system with adjustable gyro sensitivity. Hence, you can hover this aircraft easily and achieve stable flight after a few attempts. That is one of the reasons why it is a good quadcopter for beginners. You may use it to learn how to fly in six directions, forward, backward, right, left, up or down. It also has a pre-programmed auto-flip feature that enables you to do 360-degree rotation to the left, right, forward and backward.


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Controller/Transmitter

Hubsan X4 (H107C) Controller TransmitterAn attractive black remote controller is shipped with this drone. The 4 channel, 2.4 GHz transmitter has an LCD display, two control sticks, and other buttons for video recording. This controller has more than one mode, so you can change the default functions of each control stick. It is very comfortable to hold and operate. The flight range between the transmitter and drone specified by the manufacturer is 300 feet. But experience has shown that it can easily fly out of range. So it is better to not keep increasing the throttle till it cannot be seen any more; it could get lost forever! If the quadcopter loses signals, it will automatically shut down the rotors and start falling freely. To help you to monitor the direction of flight, the drone has LED lights on the front propellers.

Camera

Hubsan X4 (H107C) CameraHubsan X4 H107C has a video camera fitted in front of the pod. The standard edition of this drone has a 0.3 MP SD camera for recording video footage or snapping still photographs but you make a custom order for a 720p camera. The kind of camera installed in the drone is usually written on the package box. Due to the small size of the drone, the camera is not adjustable, so you have to learn to hover and fly the quadcopter in a stable manner to make good video recordings. The maximum amount of video you can record on the microSD HC card is just about 7 to 10 minutes before the battery goes flat. Since this type of SD card does not fit into most iPads and laptops, you should buy an appropriate card reader so you can view your video footage on your computer, or mobile device.

Battery

Hubsan X4 (H107C) BatteryOne 3.7V LiPo battery is included in the quadcopter when you buy it. But since it will only give you a maximum flight time of 15 minutes (without any video recording), you should purchase additional batteries so you can have a longer flight session. Battery charging usually takes more than 40 minutes so you will not want to wait that long before you continue flying your drone. You may charge the battery while it is in the aircraft. However, taking out the battery and replacing it with another one can be quite challenging. The battery fits very tightly into its compartment so you should wrap your batteries with electrical tape and leave a little tape (about half an inch) sticking out so you can take out the battery easily without pulling on the wires.

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