Hubsan X4 H501s standard and advanced versions

Hubsan H501s - a cheap GPS Return to home drone

Battery Life

19 min







The very popular Hubsan H501s X4 is still a champion of the cheap GPS drones even in 2019.

It's reliable when it comes to positioning, comes with two very good versions of transmitters and has everything from automatic return to home to a very good battery life.

It won't have advanced flight features like waypoints or orbit, but frankly you don't really need them.


What to look for in A camera drone

Drone stability

Usually, when it comes to more advanced camera drones, they come with a way to stabilize the drone on the spot. I'm talking about GPS or optical flow cameras.

Hubsan H501s: GPS

Battery life

Battery life for camera drones should be at least 10 minutes per flight.

Take in account spare batteries!

Hubsan H501s: 19minutes is more than enough


Flight range can really change what sorts of images you can capture.

Hubsan H501s: 500m and even more



Camera resolution isn't everything. Colors, sharpness and bitrate are very important for the overall image.

Hubsan H501s:1080p, video sample bellow

Image Stabilization

If I had to pinpoint the most important factor in a camera drone, it would be Image Stabilization. A 4k unstable camera has worse results than a gimbal stabilized 720p one.

Hubsan H501s: no image stabilization

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Hubsan H501s Price and specs

The price for the Hubsan H501s can vary from under $200 to over that amount, the price you can find here is going to be the lowest one I found on the internet.

Here's what you get in the standard package:

  •  two sets of self tightenting propellers
  • tool for motors
  • 2s battery charger
  • micro USB cable
  • transmitter
  • drone
Camera Options
With Camera
Camera Resolution: 1080p
Phone Controlled
Motor Type: Brushless
Optical Flow Stabilization
Battery Life: 19
Flight Range: 500
Micro SD Card
Under 250g
Drone Types

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Camera quality

The image quality is quite good, but don't expect anything spectacular like a Mavic Air. You're still paying a very small amount of money afterall and you can't expect stabilized 4k footage for this amount.

In the image above you can see that someone actually took the liberty to go above the clouds with this drone and probably modded some antennas to increase the range. 

This is definitely not recommended, but it certanly shows the power of this drone.

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Transmitter - Hubsan H501s vs pro version

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$150.00 $269.99 Buy It Now

There are two main versions you can buy:

  • The drone with the standard controller
  • The pro version with a more high quality controller with slightly higher range.

You can see the pro version controller in the image above. It does basically the same thing as the standard one, but it has considerably better hobby grade sticks and a better build overal.

It also comes with a sunshade and a better format in my opinion.


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Hubsan H501s - a very advanced yet cheap GPS drone

A very reliable and popular GPS drone that you can find even under $200 on certain stores, the Hubsan H501s is good to try even for beginners. Thanks to it's GPS, it can hold its position and even come back to the starting point if you mess up or battery is low.

Flight stability
  • brushless motors
  • good range
  • great battery life
  • very stable GPS
  • good quality camera
  • can fly faster in altitude hold mode
  • no turning in follow me mode

How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:


1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

types of drones

2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.


How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

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  1. Lost my first drum bought another one but I can’t get it to fly with the old controller please help. As soon as possible

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