The Hubsan H216A Is an Affordable Selfie Drone with GPS for Just $100

Things are getting more exciting in the sub-$100 toy drone segment soon as GPS is starting to trickle in with the release of new GPS-enabled drones such as the new Hubsan H216A X4 Desire which costs just $92 shipped.

Now Hubsan isn’t exactly known for producing very cheap low quality stuff so the $92 price tag for the X4 Desire is pretty interesting. Based on product pages, the Desire is powered by brushed motors with a full HD 1080P WiFi FPV camera in addition to the standard set of features commonly found in toy drones.

Product Highlights
  • GPS positioning
  • Brushed motors
  • HD 1080P WiFi FPV camera
  • 11 minute flight time
  • Flight features:
    • Return to home
    • Orbit
    • Follow Me
    • Waypoint navigation
    • Headless mode
    • Auto take-off / landing
  • Versions available:
    • H216A with HT009 transmitter
    • H216A with HT011A transmitter

The only thing missing are optical flow positioning which means the Desire will not be able to autonomously hold its position indoors when GPS signal isn’t available. Since the Desire costs less than $100, it isn’t surprising why Hubsan was reluctant to include optical flow positioning in it along with GPS.

Despite the lack of optical flow, the Desire is still a very impressive toy drone for the price considering that it has a full HD 1080P camera with a wide angle lens. A toy drone with a camera like this is still uncommon in the  sub-$100 segment although they are getting cheaper gradually.

With a camera like this, GPS and a compact size, the Desire makes an excellent selfie drone for low altitude selfies. Thanks to its GPS, the Desire has a nice set of features useful for selfies and this includes follow me and orbit. Since it lacks a camera gimbal system to mechanically stabilize its camera, the Desire will most probably take much better photos compared to videos. Even if the Desire featured in-camera electronic stabilization which I highly doubt, the videos taken will almost certainly be shaky.

The Desire is available in two different versions — Version A and Version B. Version A comes with the lower grade HT009 transmitter (remote controller) with a hidden antenna while Version B comes with the hobby-grade HT011A transmitter with a removable external antenna (pictured below).

Version A of the Hubsan H216A is currently available for $92 shipped at GearBest. Click here for more details.



Adrin Sham

Adrin Sham is a designer and photographer turned drone enthusiast. Since buying a drone for aerial photography some years ago, he has since developed a passion for UAVs and all things related.

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