Hubsan X4 quadcopters are among the smallest drones that offer a full level of functionality. Anything smaller tends to be more of a toy than a serious drone, and it’s that fact that gives Hubsan’s offering such an interesting niche to fill. We were interested in whether such a small, inexpensive drone could compete with the big boys in the marketplace, and so we proceeded in writing the Hubsan X4 review.
Having taken a look at hardware specifications and user statistics, we were surprised by our findings. Read on to see just how different this model really is from many others on the market.
Hubsan X4 Drone Main Specs
|Camera Resolution||Weight||Ideal for (Indoor/Outdoor/Both)||Flight Time||Control Type||Amazon Rating||Our Rating|
|0.3 MP||650g loaded||Indoor and Outdoor||8 mins.||2.4 GHz Transmitter with LCD screen||4 stars||3.5 stars|
While most drones that are this small don’t have working exterior lights, the X4 comes equipped with miniature lamps that let you fly outside or in the dark. You can use them for a visual effect just as easily as actually spotting the drone.
The internal camera writes video files to a standard microSDHC card formatted with the FAT32 file system, so you won’t have any issues if you want to transfer the files to a PC or smartphone.
Flying the Hubsan X4 Drone
While no one is going to directly compare the X4 with a much larger model, Hubsan’s engineers did their best to shove a ton of functionality into a pretty small package. We found, in researching for our Hubsan X4 review, that the 6-axis flight control system allows users to have an extremely stable flight experience.
You’re able to adjust just how sensitive the gyros are, which is great when you’re flying inside and all the extra course corrections will simply slow you down.
Flying outside in high winds isn’t advisable, but you should be able to have a decent outdoor flight without too much of a crash risk. You can even do easy 360° flips, which is a great way to build confidence if you’re a beginner.
Hubsan X4 Drone Remote Control & Accessories
Like all of Hubsan’s remote controls, the X4’s control unit is light even after loading four AAA batteries in the back compartment. You shouldn’t have too much difficulty using it, though, since the two joysticks are on a pair of handles that make it easy to hold onto.
It looks a bit like a Sega Genesis controller with longer arms. Ascent, descent, and flip buttons are conveniently located next to the joysticks.
An included LCD display gives you a constant readout of your drone’s vital statistics. It looks pretty professional too, so you won’t feel like you’re flying a toy.
Hubsan’s H107C X4 starter kit comes complete with:
- Miniature quadcopter with four propellers
- 7V 380mAh Li-Po battery
- Remote control
- USB cable
- Printed manual
- Protective covering
- Blade set
The protective covering is a nice addition since this eliminates the problem of trying to figure out where to store your drone.
Hubsan X4 – Our Verdict
What We Like
X4 quadcopters are small enough to not require registration in most areas. They’re great for beginners since they carry such a low-price tag and you won’t have to worry if you damage one as a result. In writing our Hubsan X4 review, we found that the controller doesn’t suffer from too much interference. But even when it does a short walk from anyone else using any other type of RC vehicle is usually all you need to clear up any problems.
It also features a low-power protection mode that forces it to carefully descend if it runs out of battery life, which is great for those who haven’t yet learned to judge how much flight time they have left.
What We Don’t Like
Light drones can’t carry large batteries, which severely limits the length of time you can fly one of these quadcopters. While eight or so minutes of flight time isn’t that bad, it can take well over an hour to fully recharge the battery.
When testing the drone for our Hubsan X4 review, we found that it holds up to crashes well and it isn’t too fragile. However, you might end up running the battery so low that the low power compensation subroutines can’t take control. And, then, break the mechanism anyway. Treating it with gentle care should certainly make your small investment go a longer way.
What Users Say
One user felt that the Hubsan X4 makes an excellent gift. He said that the small size makes it ideal for flying around an apartment.
Another user remarked that it held up to crashes well, which is important if you’re getting it as your very first drone and don’t know how to fly really well.
A third user really liked it but felt it should have given him the option to take still photographs as well as shoot videos, which is a drawback of this particular model.
It’s unfair to judge the X4 against cutting edge drones because it’s not trying to be one. Hubsan wanted to fill the gap between simple toys and serious camera quadcopters, which the X4 does very well. You should be able to get plenty of use out of it if you treat it right and don’t try to push it too far.
The bottom line of our Hubsan X4 review is that it’s an excellent design for children and novices. Yet there’s still enough here for those who have a lot of experience flying drones to get excited about. If you think that this is not what you need, here’s our list of the best drones for beginners. Let us know what you think!