The Hubsan X4 Is Awesome!
My latest Hubsan X4 (the nice red H107C pictured below next to some other "retired" H107Ls) has had a motor shaft broken off by my dog. While I am bummed that I have to try and fix it or order another one, I am glad I finally have the mojo to write a blog piece about the Hubsan. It bothers me so much when I go into a store and see completely shitty quadcopters on sale for $40-$80 + ! My favorite drone that is under $100 only costs me $20ish bucks! I highly recommend these tiny little flying contraptions to improve your flying skills and have a blast.
The Hubsan X4 is one of my favorite drones and I recommend it to everyone who asks which drone they should buy. I have found the X4 on Amazon for as little as $30 but you once you have the remote control, you can find replacement BNF (Bind and Fly) versions on Amazon and Ebay for less than $25 with shipping!
So the Hubsan x4 is Cheap.. is it good?
YEeEEEESS! This thing is so much fun. It has improved my drone flying and it helps me exercise my dog. This is why I have owned over 10 of these things.. he is a big dog and he does a bit of damage when he chomps it. If you don't have a 70 pound dog biting yours it should last a long time.
The Hubsan X4 is GREAT for Learning to Fly
If you want to learn to fly a drone on a budget, this is what I recommend. Click here to read my blog post about learning to fly a drone. It has two flight modes that determine how reactive the stick is. If you want to fly inside or with no wind, the default mode is best. If you press down the right stick and here it click and beep, you are now in reactive mode which is great for flying outside in the wind (YES! It flies great in the wind too).
There are Many Versions to Fly
The Hubsan X4 H107L is the original basic version. It flies great. There is also the Hubsan H107C that I ordered on accident (twice) that has a camera built into it. I have never actually used or tried the camera but what I DID notice is that this version has larger motors and seems to feel a little smoother but more prone to wobbles during funky maneuvers. There is also the "new" Hubsan H108 that comes in new colors but is basically the same as the H107L.
There is even a Fancy Version.. the H107C+
I will be honest. I have not tried this version but it does look cool. It has a barometer so keeping your altitude (distance from the ground) from changing using its altitude function should be helpful. But you really should learn to do that manually. It also has a 720p camera which should provide some interesting shots. The camera does not offer any stabilization but if you have not used a camera on a drone before you might have a blast with this. I have seen it for under $70 on Amazon but I am not sure if you can use the same remote as the other Hubsans.
Accessories for the Hubsan X4! There are a few I recommend
There are a few things I recommend for first time Hubsan X4 users: Extra Batteries, Multi-Charger, and extra props. Forget the crash kits unless you have a soldering iron and surgeon hands to replace a motor. The best way to get your Hubsan flying again is to throw a new set of props on it. When it feels like it is buzzing or generally not flying good, first thing to do is a new set of props!
Agree or Disagree? Please comment!
If you end up getting one, or you already have one.. Would you mind leaving your honest impression about it in the comment section? If you have another drone you love under $100, which one is it? I would appreciate feedback and discussion!