Flying (and Reviewing) the Hubsan X4 107C+
BY Alan Perlman21 January 2016
Many of you know that the very first quadcopter I bought was a Hubsan X4 107L.
It came with one battery and some extra propellers. No camera. No prop guards. No fancy return-to-home mode. Just a bare bones training quadcopter that got me through those first few weeks of multirotor orientation practice.
Hubsan has come a long way in the last 18 months.
In this article, I’m taking a closer look at one of their newer models, the Hubsan X4 107C+.
Note: To put together this review, I worked with GearBest.com. They’re offering a limited-time sale on this model for just $79.99. Use the code JR07C when checking out.
OK, let’s dive in.
The short version of my review?
If you’re looking to buy a high-quality training quadcopter from a company with a proven track record, put the Hubsan H107C+ on your list.
I was pretty impressed with this next-generation model.
Do I need to register my Hubsan X4 107C+ with the FAA (United States)?
This Hubsan model weighs less than 250g and therefore is not required to be registered with the FAA. For more information, click here.
Hubsan X4 H107C+
Flying Time: 5-7 minutes
Battery Type: Proprietary rechargeable 530 mAh 3.7V LiPo (w/ USB charging)
Charging Time: 40 minutes
Camera: 720p with microSD recording capability
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So Here’s What I Think
After flying the Hubsan for a few battery cycles (she’s charging now, and after writing this post I’ll probably sneak in one more flight session before getting back to work!), here are three things I’d like to comment on.
Here’s the thing.
I love many of the training multirotors that are under $150. But what’s really annoying is having to unplug the battery and take it out from its seat every time I want to recharge. I know, it’s not a huge deal, but it’s one extra step that always seemed unnecessary to me.
Hubsan figured it out.
The Hubsan X4 107C+ has a proprietary battery that doesn’t need to be removed from the aircraft frame. You can simply plug the aircraft directly into a USB port.
This is the first non-professional model I’ve flown that uses a barometric sensor to hold altitude. And while it was a little clunky getting used to at first, I’ve since grown to love flying in altitude mode.
Here are two reasons why:
- More stable video footage. Sure, you’re only flying a 720p camera without a 3-axis gimbal, but anything we can do to get more stable footage, even at a recreational level, is something I’m for! In this case, having a stable altitude allows you to fly more smoothly while the video is recording.
- Easier multirotor orientation practice. Learning to fly a drone can take some time, particularly when it comes to mastering basic multirotor orientation. Flying in altitude mode essentially enables you to fly with three inputs (yaw, pitch, and roll) instead of four. By taking your throttle out of the picture, you can focus on beginner flight sequences like squares, circles and figure-8s.
Camera + microSD Card
Here’s a great video that showcases the 720p quality you should expect. Without a gimbal, you’re going to get shaky footage, but for less than $100 this is pretty impressive!
One thing to note is that this model does NOT come with a microSD card, or a microSD card reader, and you’ll need both if you wish to capture and share photo or video footage.
At the end of the day, this is not a professional model.
But dang, it’s a HECK of a toy. Between the comfortability of the transmitter in my hands to the easy battery charging and, of course, the altitude-hold function, I was really impressed with this model.
Quick reminder that, for a limited time, you can get this model for $20 off using the code JR07C when checking out at GearBest.com:
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