Sporting the latest technologies in stabilization and anti-heating, this Holy Stone F181 drone can ace even the toughest indoor and outdoor obstacles. As a fun fact, Holy Stone is specialized in manufacturing high-quality mini-drones that are both maneuverable and resilient, in that respective, check out the Holy Stone Hs170. If you fancy yourself a master at flying drones and you are tired of looking for the perfect drone to take on your outdoor adventures, then look no further! Our Holy Stone F181 review will show you that this quadcopter drone is just the thing you need.
Holy Stone F181 Drone Main Features & Specs
As far as drone goes, also known as the Holy Stone F181C RC quadcopter drone with HD camera RTF 4 Channel 2.4 GHz 6-Gyro with Altitude Hold Function, Headless Mode and One Key Return Home, Color Black, is a mid-range UAV, that balances aerial photography and maneuverability.
The Holy Stone F181 has four brushless coreless engines and technology which prevents the motor assembly from overheating after extended flights. The drone’s propeller blades have a curvature that decreases air resistance.
Holy Stone F181 Quadcopter Specs
|7-10 min||Indoors & Outdoors||2 MP 720P HD||3.7 V 750 mAh Li-Po||70-90 min||14.1 ounces||12.2 x 3.5 x 12.2 inches||50 – 100m|
The drone has a 3.7 V 750 mAh battery that keeps it up and running for more than 8 minutes, however, the drone tends to run out of juice faster if the camera is switched on or if the drone has to perform multiple rolls or evasions.
As far as video/camera capabilities go, the Holy Stone comes with a 2-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor; that can record and shoot the picture in HD quality. Furthermore, the drone’s imaging sensor also features an auto-focus capability, which decreases the chances of pictures coming out shaky.
This drone is able to perform 360-degree flips at the touch of a single button, as well as 4-way flips. Moreover, the Return home feature is available, and also has a 6-Axis gyro stabilization system.
Arguments Pros & Cons
- Excellent for both beginners and pros;
- Intuitive controls;
- Includes a bright LED light for night flights;
- The drone has soft landing pads.
- Most parts are made from low-quality plastic;
- A lot of background noise;
- The drone is a little bit noisy.
Holy Stone F181 Drone Remote Control & Set-up for First Flight
In order for our Holy Stone F181 review to be complete, we have to say that F181’s remote control is one of the coolest controllers we ever had the chance to test out. After unboxing F181’s controller, we saw a 4 GHz, 4-Channels remote control with a small display.
The controller is sleek, compact, and it fits in the palm of our hands without any problem. Another thing we liked about the controller is that although it has no special anti-slipping materials, we did not have any issues in this area.
However, we did not like the pointy end of the stick-like controllers, as the touch surface seemed a little too sharp. The overall design is great, meant to ease the user into the art of flying the drone.
Holy Stone F181’s remote control is divided into two parts: the upper part is occupied by a small screen, which can relay real-time in-flight information like altitude, inclination, and thrust. Also, on the left side, there is the 360-degree flip button and on the right side the camera/video button.
The central part of the remote control has two stick-like controllers needed for the drone’s elevation and direction. There are two additional cross-like clusters, right beneath the sticks, which you can use to fine-tune the drone. All in all, the drone’s RC is responsive and easy to use.
Flying the Drone
In just a matter of seconds, the drone was up in the air performing loops around the living room. Although the drone may seem a bit bulky and not recommended for indoor flying, the Holy Stone managed to exceed our expectations.
The blade guard offers extra protection in case the drone crashes. However, during our indoor testing, the drone did not crash once, not even when we decided to race it under the table.
As for the second part of the flying test, we’ve decided to run the drone in the backyard. Of course, one of the first outdoor flying tests consisted of flying the drone in the vicinity of treetops. Surprisingly enough, the drone’s plastic guards were not caught in any branch, although it sticks out quite a bit.
The day we chose for flying the drone outside was a bit windy, but it seemed that the drone didn’t mind at all. There was a light pale of wind that put quite a spin on the drone, but the F181 did not falter.
Equiped With A Key Return & HEADLESS SECURITY SYSTEM
During our tests, we’ve even managed to test the drone’s camera. The images captured with its HD camera look decent, while the 1280 x 720p videos have a high quantity of background noise. Still, the auto-focus feature is a nice addition, especially when the day is kind of windy.
Overall, the drone feels great, is highly responsive to commands, and with an extra battery, you can increase the flying time to 13 minutes.
What’s in the Box?
- The Holy Stone F181 Drone;
- The Remote Control;
- 2 USB charging cables;
- 2 3.7V 750mAh LiPO Batteries;
- 4 Rotating blades;
- 4 Protection frames;
- 2 Landing skids;
- 1 Screwdriver;
- 1 4G TF Card;
- SD Card Reader;
- 4 Small gears for motors;
- 4 Screws for blades;
- 12 Screws for drone;
- 4 Screws for landing gears;
- 4 Screws for propeller guards;
- The Quadcopter Manual.
In conclusion of our Holy Stone Ff181 review, we need to say that this drone model is a great start for any beginner. However, when wanting to buy a drone with a great camera, we recommend sticking with DJI or Parrot rather than Holy Stone. Overall, the F181’s camera is decent, but you will find the photo/video quality a little frustrating. Another thing we recommend is buying an extra battery for the drone, and the extra spare parts kit. The drone does come equipped with extra propellers, but they do have the tendency to break off easily, especially when you overuse the drone.
The Holy Stone F181 is a jewel under many aspects: great maneuverability, responsive controls, and not to mention an attractive price tag.