N DEPTH REVIEW OF HOLY STONE F181, BEST SELLING DRONE FROM THAT COMPANY.

  • Info
Flight
~9 min
Environment
Indoors & Outdoors
Size
12.2 x 3.5 x 12.2 inches
Weight
14.1 ounces
Charge
80 minutes
Range
100 meters
Battery
3.7 V 750 mAh
Camera
2 MP
Model
HOLY STONE F181

Yet again Holy Stone produced one of the most popular drones in it’s price range. F181 was released about a year ago and it achieved great success worldwide. In fact, this model presented Holy Stone company to western market.

BEFORE WE START WITH THE ACTUAL HOLY STONE F181 REVIEW, HERE ARE FEW THINGS YOU GUYS SHOULD KNOW : 

  • This drone does not require FAA registration
  • This drone comes with 2 batteries, which means you can easily replace empty one with full one and continue your flying. That is great but please keep in mind drone motors can easily burn out. To avoid that, give it 10 minutes to cool down before flying again with new battery.

This is ready-to-fly drone but that does not mean you can fly it right out of the box. Don’t worry, it won’t take you longer than 3 minutes to launch it to the skies 🙂 I’ll explain that few lines below.

Holy Stone F181 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

$99.99
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as of October 5, 2018 8:42 pm

Features

  • Equipped With A Key Return & HEADLESS SECURITY SYSTEM For Any Level Of Player To Prevent From Losing The Copter
  • Altitude Hold Function: Powerful air pressure altitude hold function allow you to release the throttle stick and the drone will keep hovering at the current height. Easy for you to shoot quality images or videos.
  • A 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 Run Time: About 7-9 Minutes. Charging Time: : About 80 Minutes

PACKAGING

So, what’s included in the package?

  • Holy Stone F181 drone
  • 2.4G remote transmitter
  • 2 USB charging cables
  • 2 drone batteries of 3.7V 750mAh
  • 2 landing slides
  • extra 4 rotating blades/propellers
  • 4 protecting frames
  • A screwdriver
  • The user manual


You’ll need to assemble only few things before your first flight. Follow this steps and you shouldn’t have any problems with it :

  1. Attach landing gear using screwdriver you got in the package
  2. Attach blade protecting frames (this is not required but it’s highly recommended for all beginners)
  3. Make sure camera is connected, there’s camera slot on the bottom of drone
  4. Make sure battery is connected

 

Note about blade protection : it’s not required to have these attached to your drone but if you’re beginner please listen my advice and attach them. You’ll crash your drone at least once, that’s a fact. In my whole “drone flying career” I have not seen any beginner who haven’t crashed his/her drone at least once. If you’re flying indoors and crash your drone into wall, propellers will break easily. That’s not what we want!

DESIGN AND DURABILITY

Holy Stone F181 design is quite common for a quadcopter. It would be lie if I told you it’s the most beautiful drone I’ve ever seen or something like that. But I like it, it looks good and when you hold it you can feel it’s not some cheap toy. Build quality is good in my opinion.

It has LED lights on the bottom, which is common “feature” in all new drones. Blue lights forward, and red lights backward. This will make your life much easier if you decide to fly it during night, which I specially like. One more cool thing about F181 is LED light on it’s nose, this should help you determine its position when flying it during day or night.

CAMERA

f181-cameraThis drone comes fully fitted with 2MP camera. This camera is able to record videos at 30 frames and take snaps 720p resolution. This probably doesn’t mean much to you so I’ll try to demonstrate it. This camera can’t be considered as a professional camera, it is far away from that. But that doesn’t mean it’s useless, truth is it’s really nice camera for “fun” purposes. It’s not better nor worse than other cameras in this price range drones.

Videos and photos are stored on the default 2GB SD cardwhich comes included in the package. 2GB should be enough for all your needs. In case it’s not, you can easily insert SD card with more storage space (4/8/16GB). At the bottom of this review you can see sample of video and photo it records/captures.

CONTROLLER

f181-controllerF181 comes with a controller that resembles a typical PlayStation or XBox joystick. It’s very comfortable to hold since most of us are familiar with joysticks 🙂 You’ll need to insert 4 AA batteries before you can turn it ON. Batteries are not included in the package so you’ll have to buy them separately. They should last for a month minimum.

On the top, we have a little display. Don’t get fooled by some fake reviews that claim you can see live feed from camera on that display because you can’t! It’s used only to display some crucial information such a : battery status, signal strength, drone speed and LED lights status(on/off). That’s where use of this display ends, there is no way to make it receive live feed from camera. I’m saying this only because of some fake reviews who are not telling truth, this should not be reason not to buy this drone.

FLIGHT PERFORMANCE

If you’re beginner you’ll probably find it bit difficult to fly in “speed” mode. We highly recommend your first flights to be in 30-50% speed range. In the other hand, if you’re already experienced in flying drones, I believe you’ll be fine with high speed mode. Since this is medium sized drone, it can easily be flown outdoors. It’s not very wind resistant so be careful about that. Overall, F181 is stable flyer that’s good for both indoor and outdoor flights. I prefer night flights in my garden because I just love to see those LED lights in the air above my house.

FLIGHT TIME AND CONTROL RANGE

In this price range, average flight time is somewhere about 6-7 minutes while control distance is under 100 meters. Holy Stone F181 has a slightly better flight time : 7-9 minutes, while control range is between 50 and 100 meters, depends on environment.

For me, these are more than good characteristics for drone in this price range. Remember, you’ll get extra battery in the package so you can basically fly 2×8 minutes. In my experience, that’s more than enough! When you gain some flying skills, I believe you should be OK with removing landing gear and propeller protectors.  Doing this you’ll reduce drone total weight, which will improve it’s motility and increase total flight time. Don’t do this until you feel comfortable enough to land drone without landing gear.

Problems (if any)

Video

Pros and cons

PROS:
  • Excellent for both beginners and pros;
  • High-quality aerial imagery;
  • Intuitive controls;
  • Decent battery life;
  • Includes a bright LED light for night flights;
  • The drone has soft landing pads.

CONS:
  • Most Holy Stone F181 parts are made from low-quality plastic;
  • A lot of background noise;
  • The drone is a little bit noisy.

8.5 Общая оценка
EXCELLENT!

The Holy Stone F181 is a jewel under many aspects: great maneuverability, responsive controls, and not to mention an attractive price tag.

Design
9.5
Quality
9
Price
10
Flight Time
8.5
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