Holy Stone HS200 FPV RC Drone Review
The Holy Stone HS200 FPV RC Drone comes complete with a High Definition Wifi Camera with Live Feed, a 2.4GHz 4CH controller, a 6-Axis Gyro with Altitude Hold, Gravity Sensor and Headless Mode Ready to Fly (RTF) available in Red or Black.
Product description: This great looking drone looks great in Red, but also available in Black, is less than a hundred bucks and comes
loaded with features that you would normally expect to see on the more expensive drones. The HS200 still remains an ideal selection for any newbie to flying quadcopters because these features can only help with the learning curve of flying.
The HS200 Drone comes pre-assembled ready to fly (RTF) straight from the box, no screwdrivers required. Other contents include a controller, a phone holder, a 3.7V 650mAH LiPo battery, USB battery charger and an SD card reader along with a 4gb micro SD card. This drone is 17.9 x 11 x 4 inches and weighs in at 2.3 pounds, so it’s a decent size which puts it in the mid-sized sector.
Features: One of the best features of the HS200 is the ability to use real-time First Person Viewing (FPV) which means you are looking through the camera via your smartphone and instant streaming straight to your phone using the High Definition Camera and its self-generated Wi-Fi.
You will need to download the interfacing app from the IOS or Play store, which records videos at 720p. The app also allows you to use your phone’s motion control to control the drone, tilt forwards to go forwards or back to go back. You also have another great safety feature of a one-button take-off and landing feature, you simply press it and the little drone comes straight back to where it began its flight and safely lands.
Another feature of the HS200 Drone is the altitude control function which automatically holds the drone at the same altitude it is currently at when the left control stick is left alone, this is great for concentrating on doing something else like setting up your camera to take the perfect shot. also have four power settings, which allow you to select a slower setting if as a learner you want to take things slowly as you are getting used to the drone.
The HS200 is also able to fly headless, which means that irrespective of the drone’s position, it will move in the selected direction which you instruct it to. The flight time is approximately 7 to 9 minutes, with an operating range of about 120 meters, with a video transmitting range of only fifty feet at the most.
Advantages: Due to its light weight of only 108grams, you do not need to register the HS200 with the FAA, it is only a toy after all. The one key return home button is a unique safety feature that will allow you to stop your drone from drifting too far out of sight. Plus the camera while not brilliant it is good enough to view through the lens using the first person viewing mode and the app through your viewing device, either a smartphone or tablet, you
are able to zoom in and out as you need to just like a normal camera.
The drone also comes equipped with LED navigation lights, so you are able to see it easily whenever you are in a darkened area like in the woods. The customer service provided by Holy Stone is reportedly excellent with follow up by customer service staff, being knowledgeable
and courteous. A really cool feature with this drone is that you don’t have to remove the battery to charge it up because the battery can be connected using the USB port. However, if you are using several batteries to give you longer flying times this feature is not surplus, but its there all the same.
The altitude hold feature is yet another great feature, it just reassures you to know its there. It allows you to hover in one place, with the left lever centralized, or you can fly at a fixed height, which can be useful in avoiding trees or if you just want additional stability using the 6 axis gyro stabilizer as well, they combine to allow you to position the drone precisely while you are lining up for a hugely spectacular shot.
Disadvantages Apparently it has been reported that the app has a tendency to crash, although having said that I personally haven’t come across this problem, but there have been a number of these incidences reported. HS have suggested that this problem is now controlled by the more recent Apps. But it could have been a problem if you’re in the middle of a maneuver with your drone. Then you find that your controller is not doing what it should be! It could result in all manner of problems with no good ending to be had. Ths would be
really annoying, or even costly. The lightweight of the drone can also affect the performance of the drone making it unsuitable for flights in even the slightest of winds. Another problem with the app is that it doesn’t show any indication of the amount of remaining battery charge, which means it is up to you to take keep a record of how long you have been flying before the HS200 suddenly loses power and falls from the air.
Verdict: There is no doubting that the HS200 FPV Drone comes loaded with lots of features that you wouldn’t normally find for the price of this drone at $99.99. When it’s performing as it should, it is an ideal learner model, in fact, this drone really takes you to the next level. I can really recommend the HS200 as a fantastic drone to get anyone started with their first drone, I would ignore the negatives and get on with enjoying your flying experience, this drone will be your stepping stone to even better things next year. It will not take you long to get in the air with this baby. Don’t forget, if you do have a problem get in touch the Holy Stones great customer service, I’m confident that they will look after you.