DJI Spark vs HUBSAN H501SS X4

HUBSAN H501SS X4 is a new modification of the famous HUBSAN H501 drone. So we’ve decided to compare DJI Spark drone to the new HUBSAN H501SS X4 quadcopter.

Model DJI Spark Hubsan H501SS X4
Size (LxWxH) 5,6×5,6×2,1 inches 10.9 x 5.2 x 16.5 inches
Weight 0.66lbs 1.15lbs
Gimbal 2-axis none
Global Position Systems GPS, GLONASS GPS
Camera 1/2.3” CMOS; 12 MP; 1920×1080 30p 1920×1080@30p
Live Feed 1080@30fps 1080@30fps
Battery LiPo 3S, 1480mAh, 11.4 V LiPo, 2700mAh
Range 1.2 mile (with remote) around 1000ft
Hover Time 14-16 minutes 20 minutes maximum
Retutn-to-Home feature Yes Yes
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DJI Spark Pros

  • Lightweight and tiny drone. The best option if you want to take some pictures from the sky when travel abroad. DJI Spark measures 5,6 inches in length and width and only 2,6 in in height!
  •  2-axis gimbal for camera will ensure some stability for pictures and video taken when in flight. However, don’t expect miracle quality – although it’s a good addition for a drone that costs around $300.
  • Live feed is available in 1920×1080 quality which the top notch for today’s technology.
  • Having an remote controller for DJI Spark allows a drone flyer to operate the quadcopter on a 1.2 mile range.
  • A bunch of intelligent flight modes allow for an easier landing&take-off, promote different style of flying and give an ability to shoot in different modes with ease.
  • Supports both GPS&Glonass.
  • Fast charge of 1 hour and a half.

Hubsan H501SS X4 Pros

  • The Hubsan H501SS X4 drone is somewhat cheaper.
  • 6-axis gyroscope stabilisation allows for some stability during the flight.
  • Being a more heavy-weight drone guarantees higher resistance to wind thus allowing to fly it in unsuitable weather conditions with lesser chances of being lost.
  • Drone’s weight also allows for more stable recorded footage.
  • 20 minutes of flight time for the $200 drone is something that isn’t easy to come across today.

DJI Spark Cons

  • To get 1.2 mile range with the DJI Spark drone you have to buy a remote controller for the quadcopter. It will cost additional $125 increasing the price up to $425. In this range there is the semi-professional DJI Phantom 3 Standard and adding $200 allows for DJI Mavic Air that gives drone hobbyists a complete new drone experience.
  • DJI Spark has small range of a few hundred feet without the remote controller.
  • Limited flying time compared to Hubsan H501SS X4’s 20 minutes.
  • Drone’s lightweight plays bad in a bad weather conditions as it could be taken by wind and lost.

Hubsan H501SS X4 Cons

  • The full 2700mAh LiPo battery charge takes up to 2 hours and a half.
  • Hubsan H501SS X4 can’t fly as long as the DJI Spark does. However, with some improvements the range for the drone can be increase up to 1 mile. Yet, this requires some knowledge and money to buy extra accessories.
  • Drone isn’t foldable and cant be carried in small bags. This limits the possibilities of travelling with the Hubsan H501SS X4 and requires a special bag designed for drones or a case.
  • Hubsan H501SS X4 flight abilities aren’t as wide as Spark’s so consider this as well if you’re just entering a drone industry. However this might not be a big of an issue if you want to become an expert piloting the drone in ‘manual’ mode without any guidance from different intelligent modes that are available for the DJI Spark.