The main reason I want to get in to flying drones is to capture aerial photographs and video clips so the camera, or more importantly, the image quality is something that is important to me. Even though I like the best image quality I can afford I thought I would focus on learning to fly and control a drone before getting the best camera I could find.
I know the Hubsan 501S is a drone for beginners, I know it uses a basic camera and I know the image quality of stills and video footage should be mediocre at best. This is all well and good, but just what is the image quality of the Hubsan 501S like?
To answer this I decided to capture footage using the Hubsan 501S drone, capture some video footage with my Go Pro Session 4 camera and compare the results. Since I can’t take the Go Pro Session 4 up in the air the only way to get a fair comparison between the Hubsan 501S and the Go Pro Session 4 was to hold both cameras side by side and capture some footage, which is below:-
To demonstrate the type of footage the Hubsan 501S camera captures up in the air check out the following aerial footage:-
Since I am still learning how to fly a drone, it is my first “real flight” after all, the drone wasn’t very high in the sky when recording the footage. Once I build up more air time and become more experienced I will take the 501S higher and see what footage it captures at higher altitudes. The weather conditions and the amount of ambient light etc. will have a big impact on the image quality of the Hubsan 501S and I will document to what extent as I use the 501 drone on different days and in different conditions.
All things considered, i.e. the cost of the Hubsan 501S, I am happy with the camera. I know that most of the footage I capture will be mediocre at best, but I have an inkling there will be times when everything will fall in to place and the footage will be good enough to earn a few bucks to put towards the Mavic Pro I plan to purchase at some time in the future.
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