TEST: HUBSAN H111C

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INTRODUCTION

A new generation of nanoquadcopters from Hubsan is introduced here with Hubsan H111D. With the C variant, we have in hand a basic machine shooting videos in 720p format. Let’s discover this bundle.

BOX CONTENT

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+ 1 x Hubsan H111D (with a 1S 180mAh LiPo directly connected)
+ 1 x Transmitter (using 2xAAA batteries not included)
+ 1 x USB charging cable
+ 4 x Spare props (2 CW, 2 CCW)
+ 1 x Instruction manual (English)

OVERVIEW

The H111C uses an H frame design. It’s a 60mm machine

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-FRONT VIEW
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-SIDE VIEW
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The microSD card must be inserted on the left side. For such price, I regret the absence of a microSD card ….

-REAR VIEW
The rear side welcomes the battery connector, a non conventional one but in practice easy to plug/disconnect

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-UPPER VIEW
Arms are simple two thin PCB elements IMHO if you fly this machine indoors over floor tile surfaces, you increase a lot the risk to break arms structure. In this case, you have to replace all the main PCB.

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-BOTTOM VIEW
Hold more than 3s the power button to turn on/off the machine

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-WEIGHT
18.5g !!

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Motors

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Motor’s pod introduces some little play and versus time & crash. some potential drifts will be probably introduced. Please calibrate regulary gyros and enventually compensate the drift direction by inclining the quad correspondly during the calibration.

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6mmx12mm coreless motors are installed

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Camera module

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Unfortunatly, my camera module was broken out of the box. No video are recording whateven the class of the microSD card I am using.
According to the video footage I saw with the H111D, the camera is a real 720p module but with a relatively narro FOV.

Good news, since the lens thread is in M7 format, you can install a wider lens. THere are now a lot available

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Transmitter

A super tiny transmitter not confortable for large hands :(…

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The start video you have to hold the “right” direction trim during 1.5s. The rear red leads stats to flash when the recording is on. Hold the same button to turn off recording. To take a photo, you have to hold the right stick also more than 1.5s If you click on the left stick, your turn on the headless mode (blue front LEDS are flashing). If you simply press on the right click, you cycle between the two speed modes. Finally to calibrate the gyros, you have to push the throttle stick in lower right position while moving the right stick left and right fast.

The RFchip is a direct clone of the nRF24L01+. It means the radio protocol is no more compatible with former models all based on the A7105 RFchip

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UNBOXING & TESTING

I really liked the rate for the two speed modes. For example, the rates are much more sporty than the FPV H111D version. It can handle correctly a moderate Wind too despite its 18.5g Thanks to its 180mah builtin LiPo, the flight times are relatively good for such machine size, approximatively 6mins. Failsafe behaviour is also acceptable. Throttle is cut after 2s but you can re-arm the machine after. I was not able to perform any flips despite the indication found in the instruction manual ? Probably there is something i missed.

CONCLUSIONS

The H111C is good nanos with well tuned rates ideal for beginners, but far being the best nano-camera-copter. I deeply regret the non-possibility to swap the battery for a fresh one, the tiny transmitter is also an handicap. The price alsi is not in favor of he H111C, you can find for example the FQ777-124C 2mpx cheaper and without the drawbacks mentioned above.

PROS

+ Super tuned quadcopter
+ More than 6min of flight time
+ Nice 720p footage
+ M7 thread (a wider lens can be installed)

CONS

– New radio protocol (nRF24L01 based) no more compatible with H10x serie
– No removable LiPo
– Expensive
– Potentially fragile
– No microSD card
– Tiny transmitter
– No flips ?

RCgroups thread: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2725620

This quadcopter have been courtesy provided by Banggood in order to make a fair and not biased review. I would like to thank them for this attitude.
You can find it actually for 44USD at http://www.banggood.com/Hubsan-H111C-Nano-Q4-Plus-With-720P-HD-Camera-3D-Flips-RC-Quadcopter-RTF-p-1049055.html

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