In the past few decades, drones were principally used by the armed forces for surveillance, and other military uses. However, today drones are increasingly becoming popular among hobbyists around the globe. Aerial photography, geographical mapping, and real estate are just some of the fields that have embraced the use of drones. Realtors and photographers seeking to advance their careers should consider investing in a drone. This Hubsan X4 H502S Drone Review sheds light on one of the most capable drones under $200 on the market to date.
Hubsan has been one of the leading innovative companies in the drone manufacturing industry. Though the Chinese drone-maker has enjoyed a lot of success with toy drones, it’s their professional X4 Quadcopter series will excite many potential buyers. The Hubsan X4 H502S is one of the flagship professional drones in the X4 series lineup, together with the H501s. This easy to fly drone is specially designed for First person view (FPV) exploration. The H502s sports a modern and minimalistic design and is manufactured from lightweight materials. Hubsan has done an incredible job of equipping the X4 H502s with a quality body construction while keeping the price affordable. First-time drone pilots looking for a high-quality drone at an affordable price will love this drone.
Some of the cool features of this model include:
• GPS navigation system- the GPS feature adds autonomous flight modes which allow the controller to capture any content of interest with minimal controlling.
• Headless mode — this mode counters loss of orientation. When activated, the drone will automatically fly relative to you regardless of which way its front or back is pointing.
• Altitude hold mode — the drone has barometric sensors which allow you to fly it at fixed heights. Activating this mode allows you to fully focus and zoom in on your subject without having to worry about losing or gaining height.
• Automatic return to home (RTH) feature — in case you lose contact or control of your drone, pressing the RTH button allows the air vehicle to trace its way home using GPS.
• Follow me mode — this feature allows the drone to capture your every move as you do cool stuff such as running or hiking.
• A real-time 720p HD camera for capturing cool videos and photos
• A 610 mAh Li-po slot-in flight battery with up to 12 minutes of flying time
• A 2.4 GHz FPV transmitter with 2 mode support
• A 4.3 inch screen with a resolution of 640px x 480px
What’s in the box?
The shipping box contains the following items:
• 1 Hubsan X4 H502S quadcopter drone
• 1 Micro USB cable
• 1 2.4 GHz FPV transmitter with an LCD screen
• A 610 mAh Li-Po battery
• 8 propeller blades
• Eight self-locking blade screws
• The headless mode makes flying the H502s easy and fun
• The return to home feature (RTH) quells your worries of sending the aircraft foo far away from you
• Its FPV live video feed allows you to stream live video as you fly
• The GPS navigation system is a welcome feature given the drone’s affordable price tag
• Its 720p motion capture camera is outdated by today’s standards
• Its build quality is not the best in its class
• Though it’s live stream video stream is decent, the unit’s low frame rate per second (fps) is not ideal for professional use
FAQs about the Hubsan X4 H502s
What is the actual charging time for this unit?
This drone’s battery takes roughly 150 min to recharge.
How do you switch between modes 1 and 2 on this unit?
The procedure on how to go about it is outlined in the transmitter menu.
Does the unit support Micro SD card?
Yes, the unit does support MicroSD cards of up to 16 GB.
More on the H502s features
Design: the drone’s bodywork is made from tough plastic which protects the interiors in case of malfunction. The emergency parachute system also adds extra protection; when deployed it allows the controller to safely land their aircraft if it starts falling from the sky. Its built-in GPS system allows the controller to fly it accurately when filming.
Camera: of all the features in a drone, the camera is one of the most important because its responsible for capturing footage and pictures. The Hubsan H502Smakes do with a 2 megapixel 720p HD camera. Its camera setup can record video at up to 30 frames per second. The standard camera does not have a stabilization feature, but for a few extra bucks you can get an advanced set up with the stabilization feature.
Range and flight time: The drone has a beefy 610mAh Li-Po battery which keeps the aircraft flying for just over 12 minutes. The drone has a decent flight range that maxes out at 250 meters. Switching to the FPV mode reduces the range to about 150 meters. It’s wise to turn the Return-To-Home feature if you exceed the 100-meter range.
How this aircraft compares to other drones
Hubsan X4 H502S V Hubsan X4 H501s
While the H502s is a decent drone with its 720p camera and brushed motors, the H501s is a definite upgrade and boasts better specs such as brushless motors and a more capable 1080p camera. However, you will have to pay 90 to 100 dollars more for the H502s.
H502s Vs. MJX Bugs 3 brushless
The Bugs 3 drone sports brushless motors, a high voltage 7.4V 1800mAh battery and an average flight time of 18 to 20 minutes. These specs the MJX bugs 3 drone more powerful, more responsive but costlier than the H502S.
XK X250 Vs. Hubsan H502S
The XK X250 with its black and red color scheme is quite a looker. Its specs are comparable to the H502s. It has a 6-axis gyro, headless mode, and one key return. Its 800mAh battery translates to a flight time of 10 to 12 minutes.
Customer views about the drone
Consumers are particularly impressed with the fact that this drone manages to have a modern GPS navigation system, a feature common in more expensive models. The return-to-home feature is also a favorite of many people, and it works flawlessly as long as the battery has enough power. The controls are easy to use, and the instructions are pretty straightforward. Some users have reported having issues with the battery and interference as the drone approaches its maximum range.
The Hubsan H502s offers some fantastic features that many first-time drone pilots will enjoy. Its follow me, return home, and the GPS navigation based system makes it an absolute steal at its price tag. Though there are drones with 1080p and 4K HD camera units, its 720p HD camera can still take decent photos. I would gladly recommend it to anybody looking for a budget-friendly drone under $200.