Hubsan H122D X4 Storm Racing Drone Review - Drone for Beginners!

Posted by Stephen De Ramos on

MY EARLY BREAKDOWN

Pros: Super fast, Lightweight and durable, Good for beginners


Cons: Short flight time

Is it within Our Target Budget?: No


SPECIFICATIONS

Material: Carbon Fibre
Motor: Coreless
Quadcopter Size: 3.7 inch X 3.7 inch
Battery: 7.6V (2S) 710mAh Lipo.
Flight Time: Around 8minutes
Charging Time: 150 minutes
Max Flight: 100±10 meters
Weight: 116.5 g
HD Camera: 720P
Memory Card: 4G TF card. Can support 32GB card class 4.

 

PACKAGE CONTENTS

Camera

The built-in camera has a resolution of HD 720P and can take both photo and video while in flight. The output file format is MP4(MPEG-4 AVC/H.264). If you haven't already, watch the video above to see the actual video quality that this camera can produce. In my opinion, the video quality is pretty decent for FPV racing, substantial to show you where the drone is heading. But if you're planning to use this for cinematography, then you might want to look elsewhere probably something from DJI or GoPro.

There are two ways you can record photos and videos using this drone. One way is by inserting a microSD card directly on the drone and the other way is by inserting a microSD card on the LCD Display. If you want to capture photos and videos with the best resolution and image quality, insert the microSD card on the drone itself. 
Remote Control Transmitter

The transmitter has this ergonomic gamepad style design with nice texture on it. It uses a 2.4Ghz transmission signal and is powered by a 4xAAA battery. During our drone playday, we've managed to power this one using an external power bank through the micro USB port at the back which is pretty convenient if you ask me. 

It has two shoulder buttons on the left side for photo and video capture and another two on the right for left and right trimming. In front, we have two joysticks. Left joystick for throttle/yaw, right stick for forward, backward and sideways movements. You can also see here the front LED light button and the power button.

With regards to my first experience using this, It's actually easier than I thought. I mean, yeah for sure flying the drone in high speed would require a lot of experience on this controller, but for a beginner like me, I feel like it's quite responsive in a way that you can actually feel every flick of the joystick giving you enough confidence that you can actually fly the drone with more practice.

Flipping the center console holder, you can attach the LCD monitor if you want to fly the drone with your line of sight which is advisable for beginners. And with enough experience, you can use the included goggles for a more immersive FPV (first-person view) flying.
As mentioned, the package includes a 4.3" LCD Display that you can use to monitor your flight in either through your line of sight or through a more immersive FPV mode using the goggles. Technically, you can still fly the drone without the LCD Display but your flight distance would be limited by your own eyes. Using the LCD display will allow you to fly up to 100m give or take depending on the interference. 

The LCD Display has buttons that you can use for photo and video recording, monitor settings, binding, etc. You can also insert a microSD card on the right side of the monitor so you can take photos and videos while in flight.

When we used this outside as you can see again in the video above, I was impressed by the clarity and brightness of the display. Even without using any sunshade, we didn't have any difficulties seeing where the drone is heading. 

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