Hubsan X4 Quadcopter Review

Hubsan H107C Quadcopter X4 Review
Our rating: 4.5 stars

Hubsan X4The Hubsan X4 H107C is a remote control quadcopter that comes with a mini video camera that you can use to take video from the air. RC copters are always fun, but they can also be frustrating. So does the Hubsan quadcopter with camera live up to its potential? Let’s take a look.

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Hubsan X4 Camera Quadcopter Review Video

Hubsan H107C X4 Quadcopter Features

* 4 channels for super stable flight
* Camera/video recorder
* Quadcopter has rechargeable battery
* Includes spare propellers and protector
* Micro SDHC memory card required (not supplied)
* Remote requires 4 AAA batteries (not supplied)
* Age range: 14+

Hubsan X4 Quadcopter Review with Camera

The Hubsan X4 quadcopter is that rare thing: a great gift for teenage boys or even adults, that gets them outside and doing stuff. With the camera on the Hubsan H107C model, it has even greater appeal.

It’s small and responsive – the main body is like a big egg, and it has plenty of mobility. In reviews, both experienced RC copter flyers and beginners enjoyed its manoeuvrability. The on-board battery is rechargeable, but small and light enough not to impede flight. You have a choice of red/black or green/black colour schemes.

The video camera allows you to take ‘spy’ or reconnaissance video from the air. For this, you’ll need to install a regular micro SD memory card. The quality of the video recordings isn’t HD but it’s reasonable for the size of the copter, and you can take shots from all kinds of weird angles if you want.

Hubsan X4 collageYou get a USB cable for recharging the battery from any computer, and you can also use this to download the video recordings from your memory card (assuming your memory card supports this). Alternatively you can remove the micro SD card and load it directly into your computer using a larger card or whatever method your computer will accept.

As with most quadcopters, the propellers can be damaged if you crash against a hard surface at speed, but the Hubsan X4 includes spares and also a protector for the rotors. We recommend using the protector when first learning to fly it, even if you’re an experienced RC quadcopter or helicopter user, at least while you get used to the controls. However, if things go badly wrong and you use all of your spare parts, you can easily order more online.

The Hubsan X4’s flying time averages about 7 minutes between charges. You might want to get a spare battery so you can keep on flying while the first one recharges.

On the minus side, you need to be sure to get the right type of SD card for the H107C and follow the manual when first charging it, putting it together, and flying it. You can find the PDF manual online. It will reach massive heights – one reviewer said it easily went over a 100 ft tree in their yard – but keep in mind it is small and light, and if you send it too far out of range it would be hard to find, especially if you’re not flying in an open space. So if kids are using it, supervise them to check they have it under control.

All in all, the Hubsan X4 camera quadcopter is a great gift for almost any teen or adult. It’s pretty easy to use once you get the knack of the controls, it’s a lot of fun, and it comes at a great price.

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Our rating: 4.5 stars

Published 6 January 2015

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