Hubsan X4 H107C Review

Hubsan X4 H107C Review

Hubsan X4 H107C Review

The Hubsan X4 H107C quadcopter is an updated version of Hubsan’s more well known and popular entry level quadcopter, the Hubsan X4. With the H107C, Hubsan brings a slightly modified design, stronger motors, increased payload, and integrated video recording capability. The last feature is the most important in my view, and Hubsan has set the bar for entry-level quadcopter video platforms with the new H107C. Read on for our full Hubsan X4 H107C review!

Editor’s Note: The Hubsan X4 H107L (without the camera) is still a great option for new flyers, and is usually significant cheaper. The Hubsan X4 H107L and H107C really only differ in that one has a camera and a slightly lower flying time (due to the added weight), but otherwise they are pretty much the same. Check out the latest pricing on regular Hubsan X4 here: Hubsan X4 H107L on Amazon.com

Packaging

The Hubsan X4 H107C comes in a standard cardboard box with everything necessary to start flying, including:

  • Hubsan X4 H107C Quadcopter
  • One 3.7V 380mAh Li-Po battery
  • 2.4Ghz 4-Channel Controller
  • One USB charging cable with over-charge protection (OCP)
  • Extra set of propellers
  • Propeller guard for indoor flying
Hubsan X4 H107C Box with Accessories

Hubsan X4 H107C Box with Accessories

Everything is held in place with a clear plastic insert that goes on top of the quadcopter and the remote. The box does not have a clear window so you can’t actually see the quadcopter until opening it, but the graphics and the photo on the outside are helpful.

Hubsan X4 H107C Design

The Hubsan X4 H107C is a small to mid size quadcopter, measuring about 3 inches wide by 1 inch tall. On first handling, if you’re used to the regular Hubsan X4 you may notice that the H107C is a bit heavier – the H107C weighs about 40 grams without the battery, and 50 grams with the battery. The extra weight is attributable to the camera, image processor, extra housing to accommodate it, etc.

Hubsan X4 H107C with Beer and Battery for Perspective

Hubsan X4 H107C with Beer and Battery for Perspective

The frame of the quadcopter is made of plastic and the electronics are all concentrated in the main bulged body of the aircraft, which has two blue LED lights that somewhat resemble eyes. The cross frame is also plastic and features break away arms – so if you have a hard landing or crash, the frame will not break. It simply snaps apart at the break-away point and you can snap it back in easily. This can be a little annoying as after each crash you have to check the status of the arms, but on the whole it is a big positive because in the long term the quadcopter frame will hold up to more abuse and show less damage.

The propellers are standard plastic propellers, and can be pushed on and removed with a special propeller removal tool (though pulling them off works OK as well. The motors look pretty standard, Hubsan describes them as coreless motors. The battery fits in a compartment at the rear of the quadcopter, and connects to it via a standard connector.

In the picture above, you can see the battery connector cord sticking out on the left side and part of the PCB exposed through air vents at the bottom of the quadcopter. On the back rear side, there is a switch to activate the video recording. Another nice touch on the X4 H107C is the rubber feet at the bottom of the aircraft – they provide some additional shock absorption when landing and should decrease the stress on the frame.

Hubsan X4 Quadcopter - Ready to Fly!

Hubsan X4 Quadcopter – Ready to Fly!

Overall I would give the Hubsan X4 H107C an A for design. It feels very solid and looks professional – the LEDs are clearly visible, the quadcopter has survived numerous crashes, and the main body of the aircraft is compact. The only downside I have noticed is that sometimes the battery has a tendency to slide out of its compartment, and the wiring sticks out of the back and looks a bit precarious. This could be due to me using aftermarket batteries which are slightly thinner than typical, but its something to be aware of. When you are reviewing quadcopters you start to really nitpick on the small flaws, but they do matter!

Flying

The Hubsan X4 H107C is easy to fly – and if you’ve flown a regular X4 it won’t take long at all to get used to it. To pair the quadcopter with the remote, all you need to do is plug the battery in and slide it in its compartment, place the quadcopter in the launching area, and then turn on the remote control. After a half second the LEDs will stop blinking and you are good to go.

The X4 H107C has a good amount of thrust and is fairly powerful – it is much more responsive than the Syma X1 and packs a lot of punch for its size. It can pirouette quickly, sways left to right and front to back with agility, and generally has a snappy response overall.

If you’re flying it indoors for your first few times (or anticipate crashing outside!) it is worthwhile to attach the included propeller guard before taking it out.

Hubsan X4 H107C with Propeller Guard

Hubsan X4 H107C with Propeller Guard

The guard can be found on the bottom of the plastic packaging inside the box, taped to the underside. I actually didn’t notice it until after the first few crashes and damaged propellers! To put it on, you need to remove all four propellers with the included propeller removal tool, then slide the guard down over each motor mount, and then reattach the propellers.

Overall it is a quick process and while it does add some additional weight and disrupt the aerodynamics slightly, it will extend the life of your props during crashes. The first few crashes I had the props were chipped or bent, which didn’t seriously affect flying but reduced the aircraft’s stability. In future crashes the props would shatter – perhaps a sign of their lack of quality, though to be fair that really happens with all lower-end quadcopters. I’d recommend buying several extra sets of propellers from the get go. The Hubsan X4 is much easier to fly with straight, level, and fresh propellers!

Camera and Video

The camera peeks out from the center of the craft – and the Hubsan X4 H107C features a standard definition 720×480 resolution 25 frame per second (fps) camera, with a fairly narrow camera view (about 50-60 degrees). What this means is that you’ll get decent and useable video out of your quadcopter, but it is not going to be amazing in quality. I’d say it is similar to what you’d get with an 808 keychain camera, though the footage should be somewhat more stable than if you had that mounted (precariously!) to your quadcopter.

Hubsan X4 H107C Camera

Hubsan X4 H107C Camera

There is a newer version of the Hubsan X4 H107C that features a HD 720p (1280×720 resolution) video camera. If you can get your hands on one of those (it has the same model number, but the product description should specify SD or HD) I would recommend that. You still won’t be able to use it for anything near professional given its shakiness, but it will look somewhat better.

To take video on the Hubsan X4 H107C all you need to do it pop in a microSD card in the rear of the quadcopter. The slot is right below where the battery sits. Then once the quadcopter is on, hit the record button on the rear bottom left of the quadcopter’s body. You will notice that there is already a blue LED within the body on – and a red LED will start blinking right next to it when recording has started. I actually think that the recording indicator should be slightly more visible – perhaps another color LED overall, but this is a minor nitpick.

The video footage is stored on the micro SD card so obviously you have to power down the quadcopter and remove the card to access and view the footage on your computer. The files are named “SPOT11_oooooXX.AVI” in the Video/DVREC/ folder on the card and are 720×480 resolution, at 25 frames per second. It includes audio so you can hear the propellers whir and spin up and down, but it is fairly muffled and like any quadcopter, good luck getting other non-quadcopter sounds!

Overall I’m happy with the video capabilities of the Hubsan X4 H107C. In indoor low-light conditions the results are not that great, but in sunny outdoor conditions you can get pretty decent footage. For the relatively low cost of the quadcopter ($50 – 70 depending on where you buy and if you get SD vs. HD model) I would say that the footage is right where it should be quality wise. If you know of other quadcopters that offer better video at this price point, please drop us a line so we can update our Hubsan X4 H107c review!

Charging and Battery

The Hubsan X4 H107C comes with a 3.7V 380mAh lithium polymer (LiPo) battery, which gives you about eight minutes flight time total. The included USB charger will recharge the battery in about 30-40 minutes, which is right around the standard for quadcopter batteries. I’d highly recommend buying several batteries and even maybe a splitter charging cable just to maximize your flying time and minimize waiting around and charging time.

Remote Control

The included remote control is actually fairly good – it reminds me of a slightly larger and more sculpted Sony PlayStation controller and while it does feel somewhat light, it fits well in your hands. It has all the typical adjustments and settings that you’ll need to balance the quadcopter and get it flying level from the start, and it also has basic LCD monochromatic display with the Hubsan logo, level adjustments, and remote battery level.

Final Verdict

The Hubsan X4 H107C is an excellent mini quadcopter and a great first purchase for someone looking to start out. If you need video in your first quadcopter, then look no further! It won’t give you professional shots, but it should get you some interesting footage and enable you to build your skills before you move up to a higher end and larger model such as the DJI Phantom 3, which we currently recommend as the best quadcopter for video. You can also see all of our recommendations for the best quadcopters here: Best Quadcopters. We hope that you have enjoyed our full Hubsan X4 H107C review! Please let us know if you have comments or questions and leave your feedback in our forum.

Hubsan X4 H107C Quadcopters Colors

Where to Buy

The best option in my view for purchasing the Hubsan X4 H107C quadcopter is on Amazon.com. They offer great prices, fast shipping, and a solid return policy and money back guarantee.

Another excellent site to purchase from is B&H Photo Video. Their prices are competitive with Amazon, they offer excellent service, and carry an extensive selection of video and photography gear.

 

 

Links to other Hubsan X4 H107C Reviews and Information:

The Hubsan X4 H107C Thread on RCGroups.com

Thread on Improving Hubsan X4 H107C Flight Performance

Other Hubsan X4 H107C Reviews (Video)

 

RockNtheTube also brings us a Hubsan X4 H107C review video:

Flyin’ Ryan has another Hubsan X4 H107C review on his channel:

Hubsan X4 H107C Specifications (from Hubsan.com)

New Hubsan x4 h107c RC quadcopter with camera
Latest 6-axis flight control system with adjustable gyro sensitivity
Permits super stable flight
Lightweight airframe with nice durability
4-ways flip (left,right,forward,backward)
USB charging cable allows to charge by computer.
Flying both indoor and outdoor ability

Specification:
Hubsan X4 H107C
Motor (x4): Coreless Motor
Frequency: 2.4GHz
Battery: 3.7V 380mAh
Flight Time: around 7 minutes
Charging Time: 40 minutes
Transmitter: 2.4Ghz 4 channels
Camera: 0.3 MP
Video Recording Module: Included
Memory Card: Micro SDHC (Excluded)

Package Includes:
1 x RC Quadcopter
1 x Transmitter
1 x Lipo Battery
1 x Charging Cable
4 x Main Blades