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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. Drone Size:12.2(L) x 3.5(H) x 12.2(W) inches

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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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Not suitable for children under 14 years.

Product Description

rc drone with camera for beginners adults

Holy Stone F181 RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera RTF 4 Channel 2.4GHz 6-Gyro Headless System Altitude Hold Function Black

Main Features

· 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.


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.

Specification: ·

  • 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

What's in the box

  • controller
  • blades
  • safety guards
  • landing gear
  • USB charging cables
  • Product guides and documents

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    Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 9, 2017
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginner Drone
    By VP on May 9, 2017
    I just received the Holy Stone F181 C Drone as a birthday gift and I love it so far.


    Out of the box, it takes a few minutes to attach the propeller guards and landing gear using the supplied mini screwdriver. You'll also want to plug the included batteries in to a USB charger. The manual suggests using a charger rated at no more than 1 amp to prolong battery life. Mine came partially charged and took about 30 minutes to top off. You'll need 4x AA batteries for the remote.


    The remote is easy to pair with the drone on startup, just tap the left stick up and down quickly and you are set. Put the drone on a flat surface so the gyro can stabilize and the lights on the drone will stop blinking. Make sure that the drone is in front of you and facing away. This is important especially when you are learning to fly and if you want to use the "headless" mode, which I'll describe later. Now you are ready to hit the launch button (up/down arrows on the left of the left d-pad) to spin up the motors. Gently press up on the left stick and you are flying. The drone will hold its altitude as best it can (drafts indoors and wind outside can cause it to fluctuate). I suggest practicing low to the ground for the first few flights until you get the hang of it. I suggest getting used to the adjusting the gain setting on the remote (left shoulder button). After a few flights, I set it to 100% immediately as the controllers analog sticks are nice and sensitive and easy to feather around in any direction. With a little practice I was racing laps smoothly up and down the block.

    Headless mode is fun in that when it's enabled, the heading of the drone will not impact its direction of travel when you move the right stick. In regular operating mode, just like an RC car driving toward you, left becomes right and vice versa when the drone is flying toward you. Add in the dimensions of up/down, heading, and strafing left/right and it can get pretty confusing. In headless mode, it's almost like controlling a video game, you can spin the drone in any direction and pushing the stick down always brings it back toward you, up goes away, left goes left, and right goes right. The headless mode button can also be used to help get the drone back to the line of scrimmage automatically. All this really does is helps slowly pull the drone back to the point of origin assuming you started with the drone facing away and you haven't turned your body during flight. It's essentially an automated movement of the right stick down toward home and likely also uses the signal strength of the remote to determine how close it is getting. It's not super accurate, especially in the wind where it may have a hard time moving on its own, but it's a nice feature as a last resort. I suggest getting really good at flying it home yourself. Remember if you move around while flying, the headless mode and return home feature will not work! This entry level aircraft doesn't have GPS or the ability to lock on to visual queues in the camera frame!!


    Speaking of the camera . . . I had a problem with it out of the box. It would only take one video and the only way to record another was to completely delete the contents of the included MicroSD card (and another spare I had) and start over. A quick email to Holystone (on a Saturday night nonetheless) yielded a very fast response that they'd send me a replacement camera. Very good customer service. Since then I've been playing around with formatting on the card and it seems to now be working more reliably. I can start and stop the recording and take pictures via the remote now. If you are having problems, customer service has been great, or you may just want to try formatting the card as FAT32/GUID (not MBR). I did so via my Mac and so far so good.

    Video quality is pretty decent, but does drop frames occasionally when there is a lot of action/movement, especially when fighting the wind. It seems like the more deliberate and smooth you are with movements, the better the video quality. Resulting AVI files are a reasonable file size, and look pretty decent. Start off with a manual naming convention for your files as the date/time stamp seems to default to 4PM in 1969. I'm not sure there is a way to set that like you would on similar 808 keychain remotes. Again, this isn't a drone you are going to be using for video productions or amazing gimbal stabilized time lapses, but it does satisfy that urge to send a camera up in to the sky and see what you can see. I've been strapping small cameras to rockets for years and this is so much faster and easier! Low light quality is actually pretty good too!

    One quick upgrade I did to help the video: I noticed that high prop speeds meant the resulting vibrations translated in to a "jello" effect on the video. To dampen the vibrations, I stuck a couple of round sticky felt pads near the mounting clips. This seemed to drastically reduce the jello effect.


    The range of the remote seems good, I'll put it through it's paces on a calm day at the park. I don't want to send it down the block too far right now. I've sent it up 2 to 3 times the height of the 2 story homes in my neighborhood and will try for more at the park some day. The LED lights on the bottom help you keep an eye on it, especially at night.

    Everything Else:

    You can also do neat acrobatic tricks, flipping the drone in any direction by clicking the right shoulder button and then the right stick in any direction. The drone will only do a flip if it's high enough up as it loses several feet of altitude during the maneuver. It will not let you flip if you are too low. Nice safety feature.

    As for durability, it's taken a few pretty rough sliding landings, a bump in to the stairs, and a quick trip in to the dwarf oleander bush next door with no damage. It comes with a spare set of props but if you are not reckless in flight I can see them lasting for a very long time.

    I'm uploading a video of some sunset and night footage I took. It was pretty windy, but at this point I was already confident enough to send it way up above the houses and have a look around.

    All in all, I'm really happy I received this as a gift and already have a friend who bought one too. I can tell that customer service is going to be very friendly and responsive, so I have no worries that I can keep this drone running affordably for as long as I like. Parts and spare batteries are very affordable, and I'm looking forward to flying it multiple times a day, even inside when it's really windy out. Given how easy it is to charge it up, pair the remote, and take off that seems like an achievable idea.

    I'd give it 5 stars if the video quality was just a little better. Will revise when I get the replacement camera to see if that makes a difference.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Very Stable drone packaged with extras
    Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on July 2, 2017
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Very Stable drone packaged with extras
    Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on July 2, 2017
    This is my third Holystone quadcopter and I wasn’t sure what to expect with the F181C. I have been happy with the HS190 and I had a blast with my HS170 Predator, that is until I lost it. My inexperience at fault. I’m currently flying the Hubsan 502E which is a great beginner drone for photography. Holystone’s F181C really impressed me. Occasionally I Preferred it over my Hubsan, It’s simplicity, stability and good looks had won me over.
    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.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE MY DRONE!!!
    Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on December 31, 2017
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    John Timmers
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great drone for beginners
    Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on February 27, 2018
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    1.0 out of 5 stars Motor died, never really worked well, DO NOT USE ON THE BEACH
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    The Model Gamer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good for the price
    Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on May 12, 2017
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