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Holy Stone HS720E GPS Drone with 4K EIS UHD 130°FOV Camera for Adults Beginner, FPV Quadcopter with Brushless Motor, 2 Batteries 46 Min Flight Time, 5GHz Transmission, Smart Return Home, Follow Me
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|Control Type||Remote Control|
|Video Capture Resolution||4K HD|
|Are Batteries Included||Yes|
|Item Weight||495 Grams|
|Maximum Range||999 Meters|
|Battery Capacity||2800 Milliamp Hours|
|Video Output Resolution||1920x1080 Pixels|
|Remote Control Included?||Yes|
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- 4K EIS Anti-Shake Camera with Sony Sensor: The EIS (Electric Image Stabilization) technology reduces video blurring; Sony Sensor is equipped with advanced image-capture technologies for superior image quality than others; 4k(3840 x 2160) camera catches much more details; Videos can be recorded with 1080p@60fps or 4K@30fps; The remote controlled 90°adjustable angle broadens your view; besides, 5GHz FPV transmission guarantees longer (1640 Feet) and smooth image transmission.
- Easy to Use: With air optical flow & air pressure altitude control system, the drone can hover stably both indoor and outdoor. GPS location and Auto Return to Home free of losing the drone.
- Advanced Flight Modes: The intelligent flight modes enable the drone to fly automatically and free your hands and minds to do video or picture creation, including Follow Me, Tap Fly, and Point of Interest.
- Brushless Motors: Brushless motors run more powerful with much less noise compared to brushed motors, which can enable stable and fast drone flights. Besides, they have a longer lifetime and spare you from motor maintenance.
- Fly More Kit (46 Mins of Flight): Each intelligent battery support23 minutes of flight; 2 batteries included prolong your sky trip to 46 minutes. Less charging, more flying. The Carrying Bag included makes it easy to take the drone out and keep it when you don’t need it.
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Holy Stone HS720E 4K Drone Equipped with Electric Image Stabilization
Notice: the WiFi frequency of the drone is 5G, please make sure your mobile device is compatible with the 5G WiFi signal, otherwise, there would be something wrong using the APP
4K CAMERA WITH ELECTRIC IMAGE STABILIZATION
The 4k camera catches much more details of the treasured moments；Videos recorded with 60fps play more smoothly; the electric image stabilization reduces blurring and ensures stabilized video images.
Features of HS720E Drone
HS720E will fly along the path you set. The viewer can immerse themselves in the video.
The double altitude hold technology -- optical flow and air pressure enable it to hover very stably and easy to use for users.
The HS720E follow me feature has you covered automatically no matter where you go. Just enjoy the beauty and landscapes through the APP.
AUTO RETURN HOME
Free of worry since it will always return to home automatically whenever Battery is low, Signal is lost or You press one key return.
46 MINUTES OF FLIGHT
Each intelligent battery support23 minutes of flight; 2 batteries included prolong your sky trip to 46 minutes. Less charging, more flying.
POINT OF INTEREST
It will orbit around the point you preset. Easily get professional images when your minds and hands are free.
Specification of Model HS720E
|Flight Time:||23 Minutes / Charging Time: about 5 Hours|
|Dimension:||13.3*9.5*2.3 IN (Unfolding)|
|Photo Resolution:||4K(3840 x 2160) Stored in TF Card / 1080P (1920 x 1080P) Stored on Mobile Phone|
|Video :||4K@30fps/1080p@60fps (with TF Card Stored)|
|Max Supported TF Card:||128GB (Not included)|
|Transmitter Range:||3277 Feet|
|Max FPV Transmission Range:||1640 Feet|
|Maximum Height:||394 Feet|
1*Drone and Transmitter
1*USB Charging Cable with Charge Hub
1*Instructions for Use
- Flight time is up to 46 minutes with 2 Batteries are inluded
- Everything can be packed inside the carrying case.
- SD Card is not indluded.
- Maximum height is up to 394 Feet
Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2020
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The Quality Of The Build
The quality of the build is nice and solid for the drone and the transmitter. It compares more to a higher priced drone rather than an affordable one. It feels tough enough that you wouldn’t fear breaking it from a small crash (you are bound to have one eventually). Everything is tight, the materials do not feel cheap and the weight of it all play a role in making this drone feel like it is worth more than what it is priced at.
The Quality Of Operation
The build is important, but how a drone operates is key. The operation of this drone matches its build. It is a quality flight and operates again as if it is a higher class drone rather than affordable. It is a very smooth and steady flight. Some may claim it “has a mind of its own” but to those saying that I would assume they are not as familiar with flying drones and the physics behind how they operate. You do need to take it out of beginners mode to enjoy full functionality. If you believe it “has a mind of its own”, I suggest practicing lightly controlling the analogs and remembering the law of motion while maneuvering to different directions.
All features functionality are incredibly sound and meet the expectations. The camera quality is very exceptional and smooth. The propellers are smooth and function properly. The transmitter/controller works well and is easy to use to operate the drone successfully.
This drone comes with many features you would expect to pay a lot more for; and they work exceptionally well. Return to home, Follow me, Tap to fly and point of interest are all very nice features for this price point. The 4K EIS Anti-Shake Camera with Sony Sensor makes this camera function highly well. The GPS, air optical flow and air pressure altitude control system makes this drone very easy to operate through the skies. The brushless motors makes for a smooth flight and less maintenance of the machine. Overall, the features offered on this drone are well covered for this price point.
Nothing is successful without proper support, and Holy Stone ensures success. Their support team is very responsive and on top of any question or issue that arises. I’ve not dealt with many support teams as dedicated to providing solutions as I have with Holy Stone. This alone is a major reason to deal with this company and their products because they truly care about the success their customers have with their products and are very knowledgeable about their products (some companies’ support teams do not know much about the product).
Areas Of Improvement
Everything has room for improvement and the HS720E is no exception (almost is though). The biggest improvement would be to the app that comes with it. Ophelia GO does seem to lag a bit on the live feed which makes it a bit difficult to rely on when flying long distance. Another improvement might be adding obstacle avoidance. I wouldn’t mind spending a bit more for this gem if they were to add this feature because it is already so well priced, it would be worth it to pay a bit more for this feature. The distance is good though I would like an option for a longer distance version. The battery time is alright although it would be nice to get more time out of it (each battery provides roughly 22 minutes in my experience). The batteries do take an undesirable time to charge, about 5 hours per battery at least, though if you purchase extras you should not be disappointed.
For the price of this drone, or even a bit more, it is an excellent machine. I would and have chosen this over a $600 drone easily. The quality of the build and operation of this machine are outstanding, the features offered and the functionality are very exceptional, and the support is there as needed. Overall it is a very nice machine and you can’t go wrong with buying it.
The Holy Stone 720e is the first drone I've ever owned or flown. As other reviewers have stated, it's an easy drone to fly. It's stable, GPS works well, the return to home function almost always returns it to within a couple of feet of the launch spot. The Learning Mode should be disregarded. Instead, in the menu, set the parameters of distance and height that you want to start out with. Unlike some other users, I found the distance before the return video feed dropped out to be only a few hundred feet. Fortunately, the controller reaches much farther and the Return to Home function will bring the drone back if you lose sight of it. Just be sure to set your Return to Home altitude high enough to clear any obstacles around or on the path.
Video is one area where I have some expertise. I've worked in broadcast television, produced BluRays, including 4K BlurRays and before retirement I worked for a major audio/video manufacturer.
The 720e frequently receives high marks for video. But there are many caveats. If you expect to create professional quality video with this drone you are likely to be disappointed unless you're prepared to spend lots of time in post production trying to clean up the files. Even using DaVinci Resolve, I'm unable to get a decent, realistic color balance.
Limited, with no manual adjustment of shutter speed or aperture. Rudimentary Brightness and Contrast controls provided in the Ophelia GO app are almost useless. Using the auto ISO setting results in constant changes in levels, particularly if you are shooting in high contrast situations. There is no real exposure control and White or near white elements in the scene are often overexposed or blown out. The dynamic range of the very small sensor is limited and because the files are highly compressed, there is little you can do to recover in post. Shooting in fixed ISO100 results in washed out images.
The fixed, wide angle lens borders on a fisheye perspective unless aimed perfectly level. Depending on swivel up or down, horizon lines will be distorted.
The internal processing skews the image towards the blue/magenta end of the spectrum, which can be corrected in post. Unfortunately, the lens suffers from severe chromatic aberrations with colored fringes around high contrast areas such as dark tree limbs against the sky. The lens on my drone was decentered with acceptably sharpness in the middle and right side of the frame, but decidedly soft on the left side.
Shooting towards the sun or a sky with bright clouds results in loss of contrast, typical of inexpensive lenses. I devised a lens hood using sticky foam tape attached on the top edge of the camera. This reduced loss of contrast dramatically, although the magenta cast in the center of the image still remains when shooting towards the sun early morning or late afternoon.
If you want to record 4K, you will need the appropriate Micro SD card inserted in the slot of the 720e. Otherwise, the return video the Ophelia app will record to your phone or pad will be 1080P.
Once you've mastered flying to a point of reasonable skill and confidence, you'll be thinking about a drone with a larger sensor and better optics.
All said, it's an acceptable first machine and I'm enjoying the learning experience but at this point it's an interim drone that will be passed on to a friend or grandson. If only the video and still images were as good as my iPhone or any number of other smart phones.
UPDATE: After approximately a dozen flights over a four month period, the micro SD card socket failed. It refuses to seat the card, rejecting the card. Unfortunately, being one month out of warranty, Holy Stone told me the unit was not repairable but offered to sell me a new drone replacement for 15% off retail. Knowing that dealer margins are higher than 15%, I would have expected a replacement at dealer cost.
Additionally, video reception from the drone is poor with limited range, likely due to the antenna design and location. It is a straight wire protruding horizontally from the left rear about 1/2". In as much as it is likely vertically polarized it should be located vertically. I bent the wire down and it improved reception distance dramatically when flying away from the launch point. However on the return the signal is blocked by the battery, resulting in loss of signal.
So now I have a drone with very limited video range and because of the failed micro SD card socket, I'm unable to record to the card.
I have also experienced a couple of out of control crashes, one resulted in having to replace a broken motor arm.
This is not a product I could recommend with any degree of confidence.
Reviewing the video files recorded on my micro SD card, I found several with the corruption suffix that I noticed before the card mechanism in the drone completely failed. This indicated to me evidence of a pending failure within a week of receipt of the 720e. I documented this and forwarded to Holy Stone. Fiona and Becky in their customer service department reviewed the data and I now have a replacement drone on the way. Thank you.
Lesson learned. If you have any indication of failures early on with any purchase, contact the suppliers customer service. Keep all your warranty and purchase information.
FOLLOW UP. The replacement 720e arrived and functions as expected. Because of the great customer service I am pleased to recommend the unit and change my review to five stars.