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Hubsan drones guide – hobby drones at their best

Hubsan drones hubsan logo on H502S Desire propeller arm

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.

Naming conventions

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: Great nano drone for indoor flight

Hubsan H111: Fun nano drone to fly in the living room

Hubsan H111 nano drone in hand

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.






(8.2)

  • 5 – Minutes
  • No camera
  • 7 – MPH

 

Hubsan H107: Simple starter drone

Hubsan H107: Simple starter drone

Hubsan H107 H107L toy 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.






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  • 10 – Minutes
  • Optional
  • 11 – MPH

September 2014

Release Date


 

Hubsan H122D: racing drone

Hubsan H122D Storm Racing drone

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. 

The Hubsan H122D Storm Racing drone is $86 on Amazon. Upgrade to the Hubsan H122D Storm Pro kit for $119 to get a simple VR headset included. 


Hubsan H507: Low-cost GPS drone

Hubsan H507

Hubsan Drones Guide

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: GoPro hanger

Hubsan H109 Pro: Older “GoPro” drone

hubsan-h109s-x4-pro-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.






(7.2)

  • 21 – Minutes
  • 1080p – 30 FPS
  • N/A

January 2017

Release Date


Hubsan H501S: Powerful GPS drone

Hubsan H501S: Powerful GPS drone

Hubsan X4 H501S table

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.






(7.6)

  • 20 – Minutes
  • 1080p – 30 FPS
  • 45 – MPH

January 2018

Release Date


Hubsan H502S Desire: Solid starter drone

Hubsan H502S Desire: Solid starter drone

yuneec-mantis-q-flying-indoors-6

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.






(7.1)

  • 10 – Minutes
  • 720p – 30FPS
  • 11 – MPH

Hubsan Zino Pro: Best Hubsan drone

Hubsan Zino Pro: The best Hubsan drone

Hubsan Zino Pro folding drone featured

The Hubsan Zino Pro is not as good as the DJI Mavic Pro, but it’s as close as Hubsan gets. This capable GPS drone houses a 4K camera, folds down for transport, and has decent connectivity range. Best of all, it has competitive flight time and a fun top speed. The Zino Pro is proof that Hubsan is maturing from a toy-maker into an aircraft manufacturer. We can’t wait to see what comes next!






(7.6)

  • 23 – Minutes
  • 4K – 30 FPS
  • 22 – MPH

September 2019

Release Date


Hubsan H216A Desire Pro

H216A Desire Pro

Hubsan H216A Desire Pro drone

Utilizing the same base design as the H502 line, the H216A Desire Pro is a pleasant step above. Equipped with one of the best cameras available on a Hubsan drone, and some of the best flight assist features, such as a stable hover and GPS, the H216A is a compelling option for a toy-class machine. 

The Hubsan H216A Desire Pro is $99 or more on Amazon.


Watch for sales!

Hubsan drones spring sale

We have found that Hubsan hosts many sales on their site. This may not translate into savings if you purchase from Amazon or other, but you can usually find a decent 10-20% off sale around the holidays. 

Hubsan drones wrap up

Hubsan Drones Guide

I hope I did not generalize the Hubsan line too much – truth is, there are dozens of specific models based on the few above frames. I want to say again, Hubsan is lead and staffed by passionate toy makers, these machines are built with the intent of entertaining you and your children.

We see plenty of room for Hubsan to expand their operations, to reach into the same space as the likes of DJI. This does not appear to be their mission at this time, but they are rapidly setting the backbone to becoming one of the top manufacturers around. We’ll be watching closely.

FAQ


Frequently asked questions

How good are Hubsan drones?

Hubsan drones are some of the best toy-class machines on the market. Unlike a number of white-label drones that you can find for similar prices, Hubsan designs and builds most of their drones themselves. The CEO of the company is a passionate toy maker, it just so happens that this line of toys can fly. More recent Hubsan drones have better cameras, GPS modules and more, so we think things are good, and only going to get better. 

Are the oldest Hubsan drones still worth it?

For the most part, yes, the older Hubsan drones are still worth it. Take the tiny H111 for example, it’s over 5 years old now, but there has been little advancement in these nano drones, you’ll get nearly the same experience from a first batch H111 as from a brand new nano drone. On the higher-end of things it’s different. One of Hubsan’s top drones back in the day was designed to carry a GoPro — as we no longer believe a GoPro is a great drone camera, we’d not recommend those older drones.

Do I need a license to fly Hubsan toy drones?

Yes, all hobby pilots require their TRUST certificate, and all commercial pilots require their Part 107 certificate. It doesn’t matter what drone you fly, how you fly determines the classification of your flight.

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