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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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

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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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