After the package somehow made it through customs, I got hold of the shipment containing the Hubsan H111D Nano Q4 (from Banggood) last evening. The quadcopter is a part of the trend that currently threatens taking over the world, i.e., indoor FPV.
The Hubsan H111D Nano Q4 is regarded as the world’s smallest 5.8GHz FPV quadcopter. It features an FPV camera and transmitter built inside an extremely small frame, comparable in size to the Cheerson CX-10 series.
It’s extremely surprising to see the kind of tech that’s going inside quadcopters — or almost anything else — the size of the Hubsan H111D Nano Q4. A year or so back (when the Hubsan Q4/Estes ProtoX first came out), it was frighteningly surprising to see a man-made gadget this small fly in the air AND respond to your commands. Fast forward to 2016, and we have a fully-functioning FPV quadcopter the same size, all for less than $100!
My first impressions of the H111D Nano Q4 have been a bit of a mixed bag. But first, let’s take a look at the unboxing video. Please don’t mind the extremely shabby voiceover; I’m only learning and you can expect higher-quality stuff in the coming days.
Hubsan H111D Nano Q4 Unboxing
So as you can see from the unboxing video, the Hubsan H111D Nano Q4 package is quite minimalistic, with only the following stuff inside: aircraft, controller, USB charging lead, user’s manual and spare props.
That said, I like how compact the packaging is; it’s almost as if Hubsan had international buyers in mind when they put it together!
Hubsan H111D Nano Q4 Close Look
Let’s take a closer look at how the quadcopter’s body and the transmitter are put together.
At the first glance, the H111D does look a little fragile with the plastic canopy and PCB frame. However, it’s quite the opposite, in fact. That said, I’d have definitely loved to see prop guards on there, which would’ve made the H111D a direct competitor to the Blade Inductrix FPV.
Another thing that I’m not a fan of (but almost all quadcopter manufacturers continue doing anyway) is the exposed motor wiring.
The charging port of the H111D is extremely easy to get to, unlike other nanos.
As mentioned in the video, the Hubsan H111D is about 1.2x the size of the Cheerson CX-10. (I’m expecting Cheerson to do a full 5.8GHz WiFi version of the CX-10 in the coming few weeks.)
Moving on to the controller. At first glance, it is bulky. And at the second, it’s still bulky. What’s good is that it’s bulky only in comparison to the quadcopter it is meant to control.
Per se, the controller is extremely ergonomic is design. It’s probably the easier toy-grade controller to use despite the heavy weight (which is mainly due to the addition of an FPV monitor).
A huge drawback is the field of view on the H111D’s camera. It is extremely narrow, and in my book, unusable (unless you’re flying in a large, open field, in which case you’d rather purchase a bigger quad).
Hubsan H111D Nano Q4 All Photos
Expect a lot more info about the Hubsan H111D in the full review next week. Meanwhile, let me know if you have anything specific you’d like me to test in the comments section below! You can get one for yourself from Banggood.com.