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Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review
Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

About company

Hub­san is cur­rent­ly con­fi­dent­ly occu­py­ing a niche as one of the best man­u­fac­tur­ers of radio-con­trolled mod­els. Their prod­ucts man­aged to attract the atten­tion of many users of house­hold UAVs, and this is not for “beau­ti­ful eyes” for sure. What is the pop­u­lar line­up of Hub­san X4 H107D (H107С, H107Р, H107L) worth? Many fans know and rec­om­mend them. And the release of the Hub­san X4 PRO (H109S) is unlike­ly to be missed by those who have already man­aged to get into aer­i­al pho­tog­ra­phy. Well, now, we will talk about anoth­er nov­el­ty that deserves spe­cial atten­tion — the Hub­san X4 H501S quad­copter.

Peculiarities

  • Built on a 250mm X‑frame
  • Ana­log FPV kit
  • Built-in FHD FPV Cam­era
  • Built-in GPS mod­ule
  • brush­less motors
  • Fail­save option
  • Return to home func­tion
  • Fol­low me func­tion
  • Cir­cle mode
  • Alti­tude hold via GPS
  • Head­less Mode
  • Flight time up to 20 min­utes

About the product

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

Hub­san X4 H501S is a rac­ing drone that falls under the 250 stan­dard. The arse­nal includes an ana­log FPV kit cou­pled with an FHD cam­era, a built-in GPS mod­ule and, most impor­tant­ly, the quad is built on brush­less motors.

Lost con­tact with the drone, or did the pilot become so car­ried away that he flew out of radio traf­fic? This is not a prob­lem for the H501S, because it will return to the pilot itself thanks to the “Fail­save” option, and thanks to the “Return to home” (RTH) func­tion, the pilot will be able to forcibly return the drone to the equip­ment.

Thanks to the “Fol­low Me” func­tion, the user will be able to draw the atten­tion of the drone to the con­trol pan­el and shoot good shots with his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the frame. Begin­ners will appre­ci­ate the Alti­tude Hold Mode. When acti­vat­ed, the GPS mod­ule is acti­vat­ed, after which the drone obe­di­ent­ly and accu­rate­ly holds its posi­tion with­out the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the pilot. There is also a Head­less Mode, which will also come in handy for novice pilots.

Recent­ly, the “Cir­cle mode” mode has become avail­able on the H501S (for those who do not have such a mode, it comes with the firmware for the Pro con­sole: 1.1.6, for the stan­dard: 4.2.19).

The flight time accord­ing to the spec­i­fi­ca­tion is up to 20 min­utes. Bat­tery charg­ing time 210 min­utes. Flight weight (includ­ing bat­tery) ≈ 445 grams. The fly­ing qual­i­ties of a drone deserve respect. The quad is obe­di­ent, it will not be dif­fi­cult for an inex­pe­ri­enced user to quick­ly adapt to the con­trols. The ver­ti­cal thrust is, with­out exag­ger­a­tion, good. In this con­nec­tion, in the open spaces of the Chi­nese mar­ket, sus­pen­sion options are already offered, if nec­es­sary, allow­ing you to equip the drone with an addi­tion­al action cam­era.

It should be under­stood that the Hub­san X4 H501S is more suit­able for dynam­ic FPV flights. For film­ing, it is the last resort.

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

Equipment

The devel­op­er offers a quad­copter in black and white in two trim lev­els:

H501S Standard Edition

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

H501S High Edition

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

First start

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

Once the Hub­san X4 H501S is ready to fly, set aside the instal­la­tion of the main rotors and pro­ceed to bind the remote con­trol and cal­i­brate the com­pass.

Remote control binding

  1. To do this, install the bat­ter­ies in the con­trol pan­el.
  2. Con­nect the bat­tery to the drone. Place the drone on a lev­el sur­face. Imme­di­ate­ly after con­nect­ing, the LEDs on the front arms of the quad will flash. The back lights will stay on all the time.
  3. Turn on the remote con­trol. The LEDs on the drone will flash ran­dom­ly. After that, a video image will appear on the dis­play of the remote con­trol, broad­cast in real time from the drone’s cam­era. The bind­ing of the remote con­trol to the quadro­copter is com­plet­ed.

Compass calibration

  1. To do this, lift the drone from the sur­face and in a strict­ly hor­i­zon­tal posi­tion (clock­wise) rotate it around its axis (usu­al­ly 2 turns, the LED back­light glows red at the time of rota­tion) until the LEDs start flash­ing green.
  2. Next, we trans­fer the drone to a ver­ti­cal posi­tion (cam­era down) and also rotate it around its axis clock­wise until the green LEDs on the drone go out (usu­al­ly 2 turns around the axis). The com­pass cal­i­bra­tion is com­plete and the air­craft is ready to fly.
  3. Install the main screws.

Camera

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

Hub­san X4 H501S is equipped with a built-in FHD FHD cam­era accord­ing to the man­u­fac­tur­er’s spec­i­fi­ca­tions. Pro­vides max­i­mum video res­o­lu­tion: 1920 × 1080p at 17 fps.

Although the H501S already offers var­i­ous gim­bal options to upgrade to a more pow­er­ful cam­era, it’s still best to leave the fac­to­ry option. The built-in FPV cam­era gen­er­al­ly does its job well. Thus, you will leave the flight qual­i­ties of the drone unchanged, which can­not be said about any oth­er sus­pend­ed cam­era, which will notice­ably wors­en the flight prop­er­ties of the drone.

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

*One of the sus­pen­sion options for an action cam­era for Hub­san H501S.

Battery

intel­lec­tu­al bat­tery 7.4V 2700mAh 10C 20Wh LiPo. Pro­vides accord­ing to the man­u­fac­tur­er’s spec­i­fi­ca­tion flight time up to 20 min­utes. In prac­tice, the aver­age flight time was 15–17 min­utes, depend­ing on the pilot­ing style. Charg­ing time 210 min­utes. Bat­tery weight 105g.

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

Motors

High per­for­mance HUBSAN brush­less motors are man­u­fac­tured using the best com­po­nents in accor­dance with mod­ern stan­dards in the field of radio elec­tron­ics. Motors have high effi­cien­cy with extend­ed ser­vice life. The load-bear­ing self-tight­en­ing pro­pellers pro­vide a safe flight and negate any acci­dents asso­ci­at­ed with their self-unwind­ing.

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

Appearance

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

Specification

GPS:

Yes

FPV:

ana­log

Function

“Return

home

»:

Yes

Function

“Control

distances

»:

there is

Maximum

range

flight:

up to 300 meters

Function

“Follow

per

me

»:

Yes

Mode

“Headless

»:

Yes

Mode

Circle

»:

Yes

Mode

“Holds

heights

»:

Yes

Permission

cameras:

1920 × 1080p at 17 fps

Media type:

microSD/microSDHC card (max. 16GB)

Frequency

transmission

AV signal:

5.8GHz

Frequency

radio signal (control):

2.4GHz

Quantity

channels:

4 chan­nels

Mode

on

default:

Mode 2

Supported modes:

Mode 1(2)

FPV

display:

built into con­trol equip­ment

Type of

batteries

drone:

lithi­um poly­mer 7.4V 2700mAh 10C 20Wh

Type of

charging:

USB

Time

flight:

up to 20 min­utes

Time

charging:

210 min­utes

Stabilization:

6 axis gyro­scope

Motors:

brush­less type

Backlight

drone:

LED

The weight:

410gr

Dimensions

drone:

220×220×70mm

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

*USB port for updat­ing quad­copter soft­ware.

Remote Control

Depend­ing on the select­ed con­fig­u­ra­tion, the Hub­san X4 H501S quadro­copter can be con­trolled:

HUBSAN H901A

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

HUBSAN H906A

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

Both remotes have a built-in FPV mod­ule oper­at­ing at an ana­log fre­quen­cy of 5.8GHz. Image trans­mis­sion is car­ried out in real time with­out delay. Accord­ing to the man­u­fac­tur­er’s spec­i­fi­ca­tion, both mod­els pro­vide an FPV dis­tance of up to 300 meters. In prac­tice, in an inter­fer­ence-free zone, the H906A equip­ment allows you to move away at a dis­tance of up to 1700 meters. The pow­er of the elec­tron­ic fill­ing and the exter­nal loca­tion of the anten­nas affect.

For the H901A con­trol equip­ment, the dis­tance can be extend­ed up to 1.2km by sim­ply extend­ing the exter­nal anten­nas.

Food

In stock, the H901A is pow­ered by 4 x AA. The H906A equip­ment is pow­ered by 8 x AA. If desired, it is pos­si­ble to retro­fit both remotes with a lithi­um-poly­mer bat­tery with a JST con­nec­tor, using a sep­a­rate port in the bat­tery com­part­ment of the app. We strong­ly rec­om­mend that you do this imme­di­ate­ly after pur­chase.

Dur­ing the flight, all com­pre­hen­sive infor­ma­tion will be dis­played on the dis­play of the equip­ment (drone and remote con­trol bat­tery sta­tus, active flight modes, num­ber of satel­lites, cur­rent coor­di­nates).

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

*FPV dis­play pan­el H901A. Under the “GPS” switch is a but­ton: “Take a pho­to.” On the right, under the RTH (Return to Home) switch, there is a but­ton: “Make video”. In order to acti­vate the “Head­less” mode, just press the left stick and the dis­play will show the inscrip­tion: “Head­less ON” (press­ing the stick again dis­ables the func­tion). To acti­vate the “Fol­low me” mode, press the right stick. Acti­va­tion will be report­ed by dupli­cate infor­ma­tion on the dis­play of the app: “Fol­low ON” (press­ing the stick again dis­ables the func­tion).

For fans of joy­sticks, Hub­san offers Smart Trans­mit­ter.

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

  • Flight range 300‑1700 meters depend­ing on the mod­el of con­trol equip­ment
  • For H901A equip­ment, the instal­la­tion of exter­nal anten­nas increas­es the FPV dis­tance from 300m to 1200m.
  • In prac­tice, the flight time is 15–17 min­utes
  • Drone bat­tery charge time = 210 min­utes

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

Important:

Recent­ly, on var­i­ous forums ded­i­cat­ed to UAVs, users have often not­ed the ten­den­cy of the Hub­san H501S to sud­den­ly lose con­nec­tion for no appar­ent rea­son. All own­ers describe the same cir­cum­stances that dur­ing the next flight, the quad either sud­den­ly stopped respond­ing to stick move­ments and flew away in an unknown direc­tion, or sim­ply fell. It is worth con­sid­er­ing this when buy­ing H501S.

It should be understood:

That the above prob­lems also take place with a ful­ly oper­a­tional drone due to the banal non-com­pli­ance with the sim­plest launch rules described in any instruc­tion for the UAV. The launch of the drone must be car­ried out in a zone free from inter­fer­ence, away from objects such as air­ports, mil­i­tary units, cell tow­ers, pow­er lines, etc.

Price

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

On var­i­ous Inter­net trad­ing plat­forms, the Hub­san X4 H501S quadro­copter, depend­ing on the con­fig­u­ra­tion, is sold at a price of $ 170–250.

Conclusion

Hub­san X4 H501S from $170

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

Func­tion­al­i­ty

7/10

Flight time

8/10

flight qual­i­ties

7/10

com­pact­ness

7/10

Equip­ment

7/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

4/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Workmanship/Design
  • Strength
  • brush­less motors
  • Dynamism
  • Ana­log FPV kit
  • FHD cam­era
  • GPS mod­ule
  • GPS Alti­tude Hold
  • Fol­low me/RTH func­tions
  • Flight time

Minuses

  • Prone to unex­plained loss of con­nec­tion
  • No full Acro mode
  • Indi­ca­tion of the bat­tery charge of the drone only on the remote con­trol

Excel­lent drone in the ratio “Price / Qual­i­ty”. The Hub­san X4 H501S will pri­mar­i­ly be appre­ci­at­ed by those users who have begun to miss the poten­tial of brushed motors and FPV flight over Wi-Fi. Age lim­it 14+.

A photo

Pho­tos drone Hub­san H501S X4.

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

Hubsan X4 H501S 5.8G FPV Quadcopter Review

Video

Video with drone Hub­san H501S X4.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hqqW-S5Xc8

One of the ways to upgrade the H901A type remote con­trol, allow­ing you to fly over 1km.

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