Holy Stone F181 may not be the most affordable quadcopter drone out there, but none of the others can really beat it in terms of bang for buck.
There are so many different models of RC quadcopters out there that it’s become really difficult to pick one over another. The factors that are typically taken into consideration include the drone’s features and its cost. From these points of view, the Holy Stone F181 seems to have hit that sweet spot where great performance and design meet a reasonable price. The included HD camera and headless security system are only two of the many features that set this quadcopter apart.
The key return and headless security system enable the remote control to know at all times where the drone is in relation to itself. That makes it virtually impossible to lose, as all it takes to bring it back is a flick of a button.
As for the tricks it can do, Holy Stone F181 can do 360-degree flips in four directions (left, right, forward and backward). While these tricks may sound like a lot of fun, it’s recommended to learn how to fly the drone properly instead of diving head first. The blade protectors will prevent the quadcopter from taking any damage, but it’s better to take care of it from the very beginning, rather than buying drone parts as they break. On top of that, the manufacturer recommends leaving the drone cool down 10 minutes between flights, as the motors and circuit board can get damaged because of the heat that builds up during use.
The resolution of the included camera is 1280×720, and while it is capable of both recording video and taking still shots, the quality is not spectacular. However, given the price point of this drone, I’d say that the video quality of the HD camera is within expectations.
Even though the manufacturer claims that the range is between 50 and 100 meters, people who have bought the Holy Stone F181 claim that they managed to control it while it was 300 meters away.
Another aspect the manufacturer seems to have been humble about is the battery. According to Holy Stone, F181’s 3.7V 750mAh battery takes around 80 minutes to fully charge, and is able to keep the RC quadcopter running (or rather flying) for 7 to 9 minutes. Buyers have reported being able to fly the drone for more than 10 minutes, so that’s definitely a plus. Granted, the battery’s performance will drop in time, but buying new ones shouldn’t be a problem, as they’re available in packs of two for $15.50.
Check out the following video to get an idea about how the Holy Stone F181 looks and moves in real life.
The RC quadcopter HD camera drone is currently available on Amazon for $129.99, 35% off the original price. Bear in mind that from now on, drones purchased and used in the US need to be registered with the FAA.