Synopsis: Occasionally we have the opportunity to test out
some of the new entry level quads in our lab. So this month we have
something special, the smallest First Person View (FPV) ready-to-fly quadcopter made by Hubsan,
a contender to the popular Ladybird. It is quite amazing how Hubsan
is able to pack everything,
including a camera and video transmitter into a quad, smaller than a Ladybird,
with 6-axis gyro flight controller. The package even comes with a radio transmitter,
video receiver and a blight large LCD screen, ready for beginners to start flying first
person view and filming.
H107D actually comes with one of the more impressive printed Instruction Manual I have seen
for a while, it actually explains everything you need to know in great
detail and well written.
5 things that stands right out of this FPV Quad is the fact that it has some
telemetry built-in. Wow, that is impressive, it actually tells me the
voltage of the copter, as well as the transmitter. You can even turn the
LED lights on and off remotely to conserve energy and it flashes all the 6 lights
when the battery is low. It even auto trims on each landing. The other thing that wow me is
the live video, it can be transmitted straight to my Fatshark goggle, yes in the same 5.8 GHz
frequency. Finally this thing actually flips in Expert mode; what can be
more cooler than FPV aerial flipping.
The FPV videos are stored in a Micro SD card on the radio
transmitter, class 4 and above recommended. We inserted a used Micro SD
card, and without warning it actually just formatted the card instantly, so it
to insert a new card or at least a card with no valuable data. The video
is recorded in avi, in Xbox Game Console size of 720x480 but stored in an odd
720x240 format, probably a programmer's typo and nightmare before production.
So, you will find an addendum note inserted into the box, explaining how to convert the file
to a standard viewable size with a list of suggested free software.
We really like this Hubsan X4 H107D, the frame is solid, well designed and it flies really impressively.
It uses a standard 3.7V LiPo battery and can be purchased easily online or from
any RC store. We definitely
recommend this model for anyone who just want to experience the thrill of FPV
flying and nosing around the house. We can't wait to put on the
goggles and show you some videos.
Video reviews and flight test to follow.
You can pick one up at
You can attach an external monitor or DVR and use a FatShark goggle
DIYdrone Lab ... behind the scenes
Tuesday January 07, 2014
Frequency: 2.4GHz + 5.8GHz (Video transmission)
Transmitter: 2.4GHz 4 channels, 4.3 Inch LCD
Control distance: 50 - 100meters
Live video distance: around 100 meters
Battery: 3.7V Voltage, 380mAh li-po battery with auto cut off safety PCB
Charging time: about 30 minutes
Flight time: around 7 minutes
Camera: 0.3M pixels camera included, resolution: 720 x 480
Memory card: SD card inserted in TX, Micro SDHC class 6 2-16G (option)
•Lightweight airframe with durability
•Latest 6-axis flight control system with adjustable gyro sensitivity
•Super stable flight, flying outdoor
•4 night LED lights & rubber feet
•USB charging cable allows to charge by computer or wall charger
•Instant video review on transmitter
Not documented anywhere, there is actually a video out port on the left of the transmitter, which
allows you to connect to an external monitor or even a DVR. The Hubsan X4
flips really easily in expert mode; if it is your first flip, take it up to
about 10 feet and do the flip following the simple instructions provided.