Holy Stone F181C RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera RTF 4 Channel 2.4GHz 6-Gyro with Altitude Hold Function,Headless Mode and One Key Return Home, Color Black
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- Equipped with one key return & headless security system to assist beginners and help prevent losing the drone
- Altitude hold function: powerful air pressure altitude hold function allows the drone to hover at it's current height after releasing the throttle stick. Easy for you to shoot quality images or videos.
- One key 360° 4-ways flip (left, right, forward, backward), Continuous roll for perfect action and wonderful performance
- Come with two batteries (bonus battery) for longer flight time.
- Range: About 50-100 meters. Battery flight time: about 7-9 minutes. Charging time: about 80 minutes. No FPV (first Person View).
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Holy Stone F181 RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera RTF 4 Channel 2.4GHz 6-Gyro Headless System Altitude Hold Function Black
· Altitude Hold Function (upgraded): When you release the throttle stick, the drone will stay hovering at the current height.
· 720P HD Camera: No FPV (First Person View) You can capture videos and take wonderful photos to record happy moments.
· Headless mode: Great function for beginners to recognize the drone and operate it.
· One Key Return: Press this button to summon your drone back. (Please read manual carefully)
· 3D Flips & Rolls: Cool flips make flying interesting. It can flip at four directions.
· 2pcs Powerful Batteries and Motors: Batteries and motors can offer strong power to the drone, support a longer flying time.
· One Key Engine Start / landing: Easy and safe to start the flight.
· 4 Speed Control Mode: 4 speed modes from low to high are suitable for both beginners and experts.
· Left / Right Hand Operation Mode: You can choose a left or right hand mode according to your preference.
· Controllable LED Light: The lights can help you to locate the drone especially at night and they can be turned on/off.
720P HD CAMERA:
Enjoy the photography during flights!
720P HD camera with upgraded 4GB Micro SD card included, with the sky perspective, your friends and family are going to record the world in a brand new angle!
* This drone has no FPV (First Person View). It CANNOT be connected with Phone.
6-Axis Gyro Technology with Altitude Hold Function:
Makes it possible for excellent performance of flips and rolls by a simple push of the button.
Hold down the right direction stick to perform each a cool roll in any direction.
You are able to finish the flip with a push of a button!
Even for the beginners it is very easy to get a WOW performance with this highly responsive function!
Headless Mode Tips:
An orientation function. In Headless Mode, no matter what direction the aircraft is facing, forward stick is forward, and back stick is backward. That is all set from the position of it's initial take-off position. EASY for Beginners!
What is included:
- 2.4Ghz 6 Axis Gyro 4 Channel
- RC Drone Weight:4.8 Ounces (FAA Registration NOT Required)
- Drone Dimensions: 12.2(L) X3.5 (H) X12.2 (W) Inches
- Video Recording Modes: 1280 x 720p
- Transmitter Operation Range: about 50-100 meters
- Battery of Quadcopter: 3.7V 750mAh Lipo Battery
- Battery of Controller: 4 X 1.5V AA Battery (Not included)
- Charging time: about 70-90 Minutes
- Playing time: 7-10 Minutes
Not suitable for children under 14 years.
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1 - Flies well and is very durable (I crashed it about 20 times)
2 - Great lights for night flying
3 - Looks cool
4 - Comes with 2 batteries (about 5 min. of flight each one)
1 - Motor burned out on day 2
2 - You have to screw in the prop guards which isnt obvious in the instruction manual
3 - Batteries are kind of a pain to swap out
4 - The light on the USB battery charger dont turn green when the battery is charged
So overall I think this is a $49 drone, not a $100 drone. I am not a fan of having to contact support and wait for motors along with shipping and all that hassle. For $100 I thought the motors would at least last a few months...it's not like I was flying in wind or even outside. But it is a cool little drone, just not super well made.
UPDATE: They sent out a replacement drone to me right away after reading my review on Amazon. That is unheard of these days!
This drones battery pack caught fire in my home. It happened and I want to be honest so others can make an informed purchase. However they have really tried to make things right and they have asked for detailed information so they can investigate what went wrong. Stuff happens...every product has a few duds.
For beginner drones, I think three things are most important to review before buying: Battery life, crashability, and ease of control. Here's a rundown of how the F181C performs in each category, plus some of its drawbacks.
I got 8-10 minutes of flight time per battery charge cycle. I imagine you can get more if just hovering, but what fun is that? I was a little concerned before buying the drone that battery life would come in under the stated range, but was happy to learn that actual performance matches up well with the stated range. I live in Colorado and even tested it after a snowstorm in 20 degree fahrenheit weather. I kept the battery warm in my pocket while outside and loaded it into the drone when ready to fly, which may have helped to keep it flying as normal. With the two included batteries, you can expect 18-20 mins. of combined flight time.
Beginner drones are meant to be crashed and no doubt you'll likely do so many times if this is the first time flying a drone. Even though it costs roughly $100, I was never too worried about crashing the drone because I knew it would be safe. It comes with propeller guards that can cushion any crash, whether it's landing upside down or flying straight into a tree. I've crashed it about 10 times now and there are no issues or dings to speak of. The drone does also come with an extra set of propellers if you happen to break any.
Ease of control:
I think this is where this drone shines the most. I've flown many other beginner priced drones and they're all a bit more sensitive to user controls than this model. While some may prefer the extra sensitivity, it can lead to more crashes and less sensitivity makes learning to fly a drone easier. The main reason why this drone is easy to fly is because the controller joysticks all have feedback i.e. there's resistance when pushing a joystick and it lightly returns to center after releasing. Controllers without this feature are more difficult to control and the correcting movements tend to move the drone crazily about. It's kind of like playing a car racing video game and you turn too hard one direction and then over correct, only to go further off the intended path in the other direction.
1.) Speed -- Some similarly priced drones are speedier. You'll find it hard to fly this drone if there's more than a slight breeze. In slightly windy weather, you'll have the forward control fully juiced but will be stuck in place, or even be blown backwards.
2.) Build quality -- Admittedly, the build quality matches similarly priced drones. But one can hope for better build quality at every price point. While not a deal killer, the drone is lightweight plastic and the propeller guards and landing feet don't always stick in place when carrying it around. They do during flight though.
A few other things to know:
No doubt this is one of the better drones I've found for under $100. But potential buyers should be aware of a few things when buying any drone at this price point.
1.) The photo and video capabilities are great to have, and it's a fun perspective when viewed a few hundred feet in the air, but the cameras on beginner drones aren't great, both in resolution and functionality. The remote has a camera button to start a recording but I found it only worked intermittently and there's no real way of telling if the camera is recording when in flight. The camera also records wavy footage when doing any maneuver but a hover.
2.) I was surprised by all that's included in the box, most of which was very useful. You'll get the following items: Drone, controller, 4 propeller guards, 4 replacement propellers w/ hardware and screwdriver, 2 landing feet, 2 batteries, a USB charging cable, a 4gb micro SD card, and a micro SD to USB adapter. Be sure to also have some batteries on hand since these aren't included in the box.
All in all, this is a great drone within its beginner, budget category. To reiterate, I was pleasantly surprised by battery performance and ease of control, which overshadowed the drawbacks of its speed and build quality.
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Although the camera doesn’t come close in quality to the Hubsan’s 720P camera its not too bad for a toy grade camera. Sometimes you get the jello effect and it has a hard time focusing but I was surprised when I realized it recorded sound too. The quad itself is exceptionally stable. A slow yaw rate and smooth flight control make this a great filming platform. With a 4 speed setting and removable plug in/out camera this quad is versatile to suit whatever flying mood your in. Its not the fastest of drones and the flips seem a bit lazy but the precision and smooth, stable control make it an ample quad.
The transmitter feels great. Small comfortable size, takes 4 double AA’s and it has a little LED status screen. The control sticks have a nice grip for thumb flyers like me and the buttons are labeled. Yeah! Holystone also put the red LED lights on the back of the quad. Double Yeah!! The quad also has a front blue LED bar headlight which really helps with orientation. I was also surprised to find an extra battery, 2 charging cables, 4GB memory card already in the camera, extra screws, props, pinion gears and more. Holystone really put a nice package together.
The bottom of the motors and gears are exposed. This makes it easy to clean. I use a tooth brush to clean the gear teeth and to remove any debris that may be binding between the pinion and the main gear. It would be nice if there were removable covers under the motor and transmission to prevent debris from getting in. My only other complaint is that the yaw rate is the same in all 4 speed setting and the camera quality is poor. You do get some decent pitch in the top speed setting but more experienced flyers may find it not aggressive enough with not enough punch. It took 3 flights to get a decent flight time. I was getting 8-9 minutes with the camera removed. (perhaps the battery needed 3 charges to reach full capacity?)
I highly recommend this drone to any beginner. I love the stability, precision and its ability to handle light winds. HolyStone is doing it right. With the best customer service I have experienced, and exciting, quality drones packaged with all kinds of extras.
Très facile à manier et répond de manière ultra douce. Se pose également de manière très lente afin d'éviter le rebondissement et ainsi endommager des pièces. Fait également des flip mais vu la perte d'altitude, cette manoeuvre nécessite un espace aérien de 10 pieds minimum.
La caméra pointe vers le sol donc nécessite un vol plutôt haut afin de voir l'objectif dans la caméra! La manette est bien proportionnée pour que même un enfant puisse en profiter! Vraiment un excellent drone pour débutant! La compagnie suggère pour les enfants ayant plus de 14 ans.
2 batteries inclues mais on doit attendre que le drone se refroidisse un peu (environ 10 minutes) entre les 2 batteries.
Doit etre manipuler à une temperatureentre -10°C et 45°C donc peut faire de très belles videos/photos même par des journées d'hiver !!!
The BAD: All black body makes it hard to spot. Flashing lights on bottom only visible from short distance. Easy to lose the drone if it goes out of sight. Blade motors burn out easily, but can be replaced by only removing 26 screws. I remounted the camera to face more forward instead of down.
The control of the drone was difficult initially because it pulled to the left. I could see one engine not spinning at the same rate as the others. Found out theres a tunning feather with the arrow pads. After 4-5 hours of playing around it was much better to control.
I dropped it from 20 ft and it didnt break so thats a definite pro.
The lights indicate when you are low on battery
Anyway, a year later, one of the motors died, so after less than 2 hours of total flight time, a motor died so it's now useless. There's a video on how to change the motor but it's super complicated with soldering and tiny tiny screw. I'm not going to waste more time on the thing. Huge let down.
There is a learning curve here if you are new to drones but with a little practice it gets much easier.
For the most part I am happy with this purchase but there are a few drawbacks.
The description says HD pictures and video. True that it is 720, there is no stabilization or vibration dampening whatsoever. You will notice the vibration effects in any video or pictures you take. If you are serious about good quality video/images, there are much better drones out there. That being said, if that's not as big a deal to you, then this drone takes ok/decent video/images.
There is no way to see what the camera on the drone sees (no viewscreen, not smartphone compatible) so you can't see what the camera is pointed at. Camera is static and you have to adjust the lens angle manually before flight.
The only warning that the battery is low is that the lights on the underside of the drone flash faster then normal and that doesn't last long. If you have the lights turned off or high in the air, the drone will drop from the sky with little notice.
EDIT: Came back to raise from 3 to 4 stars after being contacted by customer service expressing concern over my possible dissatisfaction with the drone. Excellent customer service and support. I would recommend anyone to their products anytime.
From my first contact she was understanding and extremely helpful, I haven't dealt with a customer support service like this in years, actually maybe never.
She got me sorted out quickly and respectfully, even though that one had issues,I know their drones are of good quality and I will remain a customer for a long time
The quadcopter is big. It requires guard and landing gears assembly. Screws and screwdriver included. They’re well designed. The drone sits upright after a kiss-the-dirt landing. It’s more stable than my smaller drones. It holds up quite well in light breeze. The Altitude Hold comes on when I leave the throttle stick.
The drone does have a detachable 720p camera that records photos and videos at an angle downwards to a micro SD card. No WIFI. If you’re looking for a WIFI drone, look at the similarly priced and sized Holy Stone HS200 FPV or search for FPV Quadcopter or FPV Drone on Amazon.
The batteries take about a minute to replace. Slide in and out? Yes, but there’s wiring and a battery connector like that of a RC car. The battery cover holds the camera and is wired to the drone.
Binding the drone to the transmitter didn’t work for me the first few minutes. Could be cold weather and low voltage rechargeable batteries. I replaced the 4 rechargeables with Energizer. Bingo. The control is precise. Calibration is one click. Trimming is multiple clicks. Suspense in the air? Close.
The solid red and blue LED lights on the bottom of the drone are quite dim. The front left blue LED has died on me due to playing it in the snow. Still flies like a dream. Just remove the snow ASAP. Won’t be my last Holy Stone. My last would be HS700.
Update: Lost the drone in a clear sky with an unusually bright sun and light winds. Couldn't see where it flew. Lesson: don't fly facing the sun and winds.
Over all excellent quality and easy to fly. I highly recommend this drone. Great starter with excellent value.
Excellent customer service and great follow up to ensure customer satisfaction. Thanks Tiffany and Holy Stone.
Can’t wait for a calm day to get some more height and videos. Definitely recommend it