Micro Quadcopter Comparison Review | Best Micro Quadcopters with Cameras
In the search for the Best Micro Quadcopter with Camera we feature two of the finest ever produced and we will add other Micro RC Drones with cameras when they are released and only if we truly believe they merit inclusion. These fabulous flying machines are quality products that will give the user hours of fun and act as the perfect learning tool for Drone beginners. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do :)
I would like to thank Banggood for supplying me with the Eachine H108C RC Quadcopter so I can do an honest an impartial comparison review. There are thousands of RC Flyers that enjoy, recording videos and having fantastic fun flying the Hubsan X4 H107C HD one of the best all around Micro Quadcopter Drones ever produced. Although there have been many ‘clones’ of the Hubsan model I liked the look of this one and it is a real pleasure for me to fly them both and see how they compare. I recommend you use Banggood for all your Quadcopter purchases they not only stock the best selection of quality toy/hobby grade and professional multi-rotors at the best prices they also offer an extensive spare part inventory and top customer service.
10-11-2014: Bangood have confirmed they will be stocking rubber feet spares CLICK THIS LINK
9-11-2014: Managed some more flying this morning with the 108C . Got 7 mins 10 secs minutes flying time from 500 mAh battery CLICK THIS LINK, motors were not hot. Lost another foot rubber but luckily found again. I’ve emailed Banggood asking if they will be stocking these spare parts. I already see they have a number of spare parts for this Quadcopter. The Hubsan X4 has a complete range of parts including body shells. Word of warning for both of the Drones featured in this post. If you are going to maintain your craft soldering skills are needed. Once you have mastered it it is very rewarding to be able to take it apart fix it and get back up flying. The parts for these Quadcopters are ridiculously cheap so will a little skill and patience they will last you ages. The Hubsan X4 H107C HD I fly now is over 11 months old, I destroyed my first one, it taught me plenty and I have not had to replace a part on this one. :)
Same in nearly every detail ,the motor mounts and rubber feet give it away, it’s the Eachine
7-11-2014: Can’t see me getting much flying in today as I’m teaching this morning and the weather is terrible. Hopefully I will do some indoor flying later. I would like to say this; If anyone can find a Micro Quadcopter that retails for under $50 and has the same functionality and features as the Eachine H108C then I would love to hear about it. The Eachine and the Hubsan are both excellent Micro Quadcopters with Cameras.
6-11-2014: Please Note I will be updating this post throughout the day. I’ve flown the Hubsan X4 H107C HD for over a year and have recently received the Eachine H108C. My first impressions of this model is that it is extremely good value for money and an exceptional Micro Sized Quadcopter with a 2MP Camera. It is super stable in flight and performs fantastic acrobatics. I hope you enjoy this Quadcopter comparison review it is the first of many I will be doing over the next weeks, testing all the latest Nano, Micro and inexpensive Mid Sized Drones.
I’ve have been flying these RC Models for the last year and have had such great fun doing so. There is a great community of interest around Drones and Quadcopters full of remarkable people, great reviewers like Flying Ryan on YouTube, and SeBy DocKy on RC Groups, great Facebook Groups like the Hubsan X4 Owners Group. These are exciting times for this Hobby as it is being actively developed on a daily basis by a passionate community.Check out the SeBy DocKy’s Bradwii post on RC Groups to see how fast things are developing then watch the Quadrewcopter YouTube Channel from Chris Drew, it demonstrates that quality video can be achieved from small flying cameras. I believe both the Hubsan X4 H107c HD and the Eachine H108C offer extreme value for money.
NOW is the perfect time to buy one of these fabulous flying machines, great fun for yourself or as a Fantastic Christmas Gift that is sure to delight.
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As you can see by the image the H108C Dronecomes in a smaller package than the Hubsan. There is no visible Branding on the Eachine box, the Quadcopter seems to be called the shadow breaker and so I assume that Eachine have used their own flight control board in the H108C. Don’t be confused at the Top Selling X6 this I’m sure refers to the 6 axis flight control. In the boxes you have much the same kit, Quadcopter, remote control transmitter, propeller guard, spare set of propellers, propeller removal tool, battery and USB battery charger. For both these models you will need to buy a Micro SD card , SD card reader to transfer video to your computer and four AAA batteries for your transmitter. Please note I’ve attached the propeller guards to both for visual purposes .
Both remote control transmitters are basically the same in appearance the only noticeable difference being the battery housing , the H108C is spring loaded. I’ve got pretty small hands and these sized transmitters are perfect for me so no complaints.
Update 14-11-2014: Although you may lose a rubber foot now and again I think the design of the H108C rubber offers more protection than the Hubsan as they are less rigid than the Hubsan offering more flexibility. The Hubsan has the joints in the arms which open on impact. Both these models are extremely well designed and very durable.
The rubber feet differ slightly in shape and those on the Eachine get my vote as although they are smaller than the feet on the Hubsan they are more spongy and make better shock absorbers.
Update 6-11-2014 : I lost one of the rubber feet on the Eachine so I will have to rethink my vote on this particular feature. Note to myself. Do not fly in gusty winds and if you crash check the Quadcopter where it has landed you will have a better chance of finding any parts that have been dislodged. Luckily found that tiny rubber foot and popped it back in. Something to keep an eye on.
It’s great that Banggood now have in stock Spare Rubber Feet for the H108C , it stops me from getting paranoid about losing one! It is always advisable to buy a few spare parts for your Micro Quadcopters with Cameras. I never had to replace a Rubber Foot on the Hubsan but suggest you get a set for the Eachine at $1.59 it’s a no brainer. CLICK THIS LINK
USB Battery Charger
With the Hubsan USB charger the light stays on until the battery is fully charged the Eachine is the reverse of this and the light appears on the charger when the battery is fully charged.
The battery compartment on the H108C seems very tight to me and care should be taken when removing the battery.
The Hubsan wins the propeller protector contest with the raised corners edges, the H108C protectors are slightly thinner . There is not much in it, both protectors really do an excellent job.
Motors and Holders
You can see the difference from the images, the Eachine covers the led wires and has a top casing. Bit of a trade off to me although it offers extra protection it is likely to prevent air circulation around the motors heating them up and shortening their life span. Update 6.11.2014 : Flew the Eachine through 6 batteries today and no sign of overtly hot motors.
Spare Part Motors
CW Motors for Eachine CLICK THIS LINK
CCW Motors for Eachine CLICK THIS LINK
Spare Hubsan Motors CLICK THIS LINK
Spare Part Smart Propellers
14-11-2014 : First batch sold out extremely quickly will deliver an alternative flying experience, a tasty addition to your kit. Got three sets on the way @ $1.75 a set and will post images of them on the Quadcopters as soon as they arrive. Liking these 3 leaf propellers.
Spare Parts Body Shell
Both these models are great looking Quadcopters
Hubsan X4 H107C Spare Part Body Shell CLICK THIS LINK
Eachine H018C Spare Part Body Shell CLICK THIS LINK
Flying Characteristics and Acrobatics
I never been able to confidently flip the Hubsan ( I ditched it a few times trying) maybe that’s just me. No contest then for me 108C takes this one by a mile. I’ve it flipping indoors (with the protectors on) great fun.
Update 6-10-2014: It’s little bit windy today but I took the Eachine H108C ‘Shadow Breaker’ outside for some testing, keeping the blade protector on. I’ve done flips before mainly with the SymaX5 Explorers , the JJRC F182 and Cheerson CX-10 but have always struggled doing them with my Walkera Qr Ladybird V2′s and the Hubsan X4. With the Eachine however they are effortless and awesome. The multiple flip function is something I have never experienced before. I’ve managed triple flips with the protector on an I can honestly say it is the best drone flying experience I have ever had. Although there is a degree of automation you still need a degree of manual control and it this that makes the multiple flips so exciting. On a calm day you could take it up a lot higher maybe 6 or so multiple flips! Flew the Hubsan X4 still an outstanding Micro Quadcopter, I thought the yaw rate on the Hubsan may have been slightly faster but I felt in expert mode is was a little more ‘twitchy’ than the Eachine. I always have fun flying the Hubsan and I’m sure I will be saying the same about the Eachine.
More flying both models with the propeller protectors taken off. This may be down to my lack of flying skills but the Eachine handled far better for me especially in the gusty conditions you can fly this at full throttle and you always seem in total control. The flips without the protector on were even more amazing , really tight and easily manageable, triple flips again, what a gas!
Both these remarkable machines have excellent 2Mp cameras that record almost identical quality videos. If you are looking at getting into Aerial Photography or just want to have fun capturing images from previously unattainable angles and height then either of these models are a fantastic low cost entry point. My video capture isn’t the best I’m more of a fun flyer but when the weather permits I will endeavour to take some sample clips from both Quadcopters.
First Indoor Flight
Both Quadcopters flew extremely well indoors with protection covers on for me the H108C slightly edged it for stability and in low light the led lights were noticeably brighter
Coming Soon Update
The JJRC H6C is on its way and after full testing we will update this section.
11-11-2014: JJRC are soon to release their version of this Micro RC Quadcopter with Camera the JJRC H6C 2.4G 4CH RC Quadcopter with 2MP Camera LCD Transmitter . Banggood have just informed me they are kindly sending me one for review purposes. The JJRC will retail at just under $50 making it approximately $5 more expensive than the H108C. The images suggest it wont have leds lights on the arms and the motor housing will be similar to the H108C. JJRC make some great flyers and I like the transmitter they supply with this model. I’ve been flying the JJRC F180 Micro Quadcopter today the version without the camera and it was great flying fun. As soon as I receive the JJRC H6C Micro Quadcopter with Camera I will post an update on this page. What I like about this model is that you get everything you need to get up flying and recording video as it comes with a Micro SD Card and USB card reader.
Brand Name: JJRC
Item Name: H6C RC Quadcopter with Camera
Color: Black&Blue, Black&Red
Frequency: 2.4G 4CH
Flight Time: 7 min
Control Distance: About 80M
Horizontal Distance: About 300m
Charging Time: About 60min
Battery for Quadcopter: 3.7V 350mAh
Battery for Transmitter: 4 x AA Battery(not included)
Camera: 2 million pixel
Sd Card: 2GB
Dimension : 13.5 x 13.5 x 3.5cm
Box Size: 34.3 x 9 x 17.5cm
With 2MP camera, LCD transmitter
The 6-axis system allows the quad to be hand launched.
2.4G transmitter has speed adjustable function.
2.4G technology adopted for anti-interference.Even more than one quadcopter is flying at the same time,they will not interfere with each other.
Can fly both indoor and outdoor.Including 4CH digital proportional RC system.
Function: Video/Photograph/Raise & Down/Forwards & Backwards/Left & Right Turning/Left & Right Flying/Hovering/360 Degree Rotating
1 x Quadcopter with Camera
1 x Transmitter
1 x Card Reader
1 x 2GB SD Card
1 x Protector Guide
1 x USB Charging Cable
4 x Propeller
1 x Propeller Detacher
1 x User Manual