Taking their place solidly near the top in the toy-class segment of drones, Hubsan is an impressive manufacturer, pumping out some great drones ranging from nano to rigs that can haul around a GoPro type camera. We met up with them at CES 2017 and have been fans of their machines ever since.
We are particularly fans of their higher-end toy-class drones with GPS, autonomous flight and more. Join us for a thorough, but not complete, look at their line, our Hubsan drones guide.
Hubsan is a Chinese manufacturer, passionate about making drones anyone can enjoy. Meeting with the company CEO was enlightening, he was not just a businessman looking to make money, he is passionate about his products. Each and every drone has a purpose and meets a need for his ideal consumer.
Having said this, Hubsan has a basic operating play book, build an airframe, then build multiple versions of craft on each frame. A simple machine will offer little more than the ability to fly, but that same base frame could be equipped for autonomous flight and FPV video streams.
I am setting the stage so that I do not have to include each and every Hubsan drone on the list today. There are just too many. Instead, we’ll focus on the main frames and discuss the options from there. Grab your popcorn, this will not be short.
On a quick note, Hubsan has a naming convention in place. You will see X4, Q4 and more attached to each drone name. This is straightforward, the most common X4 is a four propeller craft, a quadcopter. The Q4 is for the nano machines. If you see something with a six in it, expect to see six propellers, a hexacopter.
Please remember, no matter what drone you fly, you have to follow the drone laws of the sky
Hubsan H111: Fun nano drone to fly in the living room
The Hubsan H111 is the drone we often promote for first-time pilots. It’s not a powerful or capable drone, but it’s resilient and just hard enough to fly that any pilot can use it to hone their skills, all without having to leave their desk or couch.
Hubsan H107: Simple starter drone
The Hubsan H107 is a series of drones that are perfect for beginner pilots. Different models include different accessories, including a camera and propeller guards. The H107 is popular and easy to find, plus there are lots of parts and accessories available to enhance your flight. This toy-class machine is a good start for any new pilot.
Hubsan H122D Storm Racing drone
Introducing a beginner’s drone for the beginner drone racer, the H122D Storm Racing quadcopter. This is a well equipped machine for the price, even if you add on the optional FPV goggles and a bundle with extra batteries and propellers, this is a well priced starter racing drone. Packing speeds up to 25mph, and about 8 minutes of flight, you’ll be geared up to fly like the pros. At least you’ll be on your way to graduating to the high speed machines in the big leagues.
Currently found as the Hubsan H507A X4 Star Pro, this is the most inexpensive toy-class GPS drone in the line. Packing a robust feature set of GPS, altitude hold, return to home and more, the H507 is a powerful flying package.
Check out the Hubsan H507A X4 Star Pro for $62.
Hubsan H109 Pro: Older “GoPro” drone
The Hubsan H109 Pro was a solid alternative to the higher-end GoPro drones, but that was years ago now, drone cameras have exceeded a GoPro’s capability since then. The H109 Pro is still a decent higher-end toy-class drone, but it is not designed for easy transport, and the camera doesn’t keep up with similarly priced drones today.
Hubsan H501S: Powerful GPS drone
The Hubsan H501S was one of the first smaller Hubsan drones to offer brushless motors, GPS, and some fun flight modes in the X_Hubsan app. The camera was also one of the best in a Hubsan drone for its time. A hobby pilot looking to have some fun around the park will be pleased with this aircraft.
Hubsan H502S Desire: Solid starter drone
The Hubsan H502S Desire is the drone we use to bounce around the backyard and teach new pilots how to fly. There are no significant flight assist features, and the camera is just a little FPV camera, but the drone is fun to fly, and has enough battery life to get through a lesson or two.