Holy Stone F181 Review – Best Mid-Range Drone?

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 Holy Stone black quadcopter drone is just the thing you need.

Sporting out the latest technologies in stabilization and anti-heating policies, this 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, you can also check out the Holy Stone Hs170.

Holy Stone F181 RC Quadcopter Drone

Holy Stone F181 Drone Main Features & Specs

As far as drone goes, the Holy Stone RC F181 drone, also known as the Holy Stone F181 RC quadcopter drone with HD camera RTF 4 Channel 2.4 GHz 6-Gyro Headless System Black, is a mid-range UAV, that balances aerial photography and maneuverability.

The Holy Stone F181 has four brushless coreless engines, a 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

Flight Environment Camera Battery Charge Weight Size Range
~9 min Indoors & Outdoors 2 MP HD 3.7 V 750 mAh 80 min 14.1 ounces 12.2 x 3.5 x 12.2 inches 50 to 100 meters

 

The drone has a 3.7 V 750 mAh battery that keeps it up and running for more than 8 minutes, depending on the features you’ll choose to use. For example, the drone tends to run out of juice faster if the camera is switched on or if you 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 your pictures coming out shaky.

Other Specs and Features:

  • Holy Stone F181 6-gyro headless system: this function will help you keep track of your quadcopter;
  • Increase Wind Resistance;
  • 4 GHz, 4-Channels Remote Control with small display;
  • Transmission Range: from 50 to 100 meters;
  • 360-Degree flips at the touch of a single button. The drone can also perform 4-way flips.
  • Return Home Feature available;
  • The drone has its own landing skids;
  • The blades have plastic frames;
  • 6-Axis gyro stabilization system.
  • F181 quadcopter manual is very informative;

Holy Stone F181 RC Quadcopter Drone

Arguments Pros & Cons

Arguments:

Holy Stone F181 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.

Holy Stone F181 Cons:

  • Most Holy Stone F181 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

Remote Control

Holy Stone F181 RC Quadcopter DroneIn 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 had the distinct impression that we’re actually holding a generic gamepad controller rather than drone’s RC.

The controller is sleek, compact, and it fits in the palm of your hands without any problem. We also have to admire the fact that Holy Stone went the extra mile when designing this remote control. Another thing we’ve 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 to the touch. The overall design is great, meant to ease the user into the art of flying the drone.

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, you’ll find 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 one can use to fine tune the drone. All in all, the drone’s RC is responsive and easy to use.

Flying the Drone

Holy Stone F181 RC Quadcopter DroneAs part of our Holy Stone F181 review, we’ve managed to fly around the drone a bit. After sticking in the Holy Stone F181 battery and turning on the drone, our little eagle-like device took off without delay. 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. Performing fast and sharp turns is easy thanks to the drone’s 6-Axis stabilization technology.

The blade guard offers extra protection in case you somehow manage to crash the drone. 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 tree tops. 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.

Holy Stone F181 RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera

Equiped With A Key Return & HEADLESS SECURITY SYSTEM

During our tests, we’ve even managed to test the drone’s camera. The images capture via F181’s 2-megapixel HD imaging sensor looks decent, albeit with a high quantity of background noise. Still the auto-focus feature is a nice addition, especially when the day is kind of windy.

Holy Stone F181 video quality was kept at a steady 30 frames per second, and we didn’t need any compression software to transfer the clip from the drone’s memory card.

Overall, the drone feels great, is highly responsive to commands, and with an extra battery, you can increase the flying time from 8 minutes to 13 minutes.

What’s in the Box?

  • F181 Drone
  • 1 x 2.4G Remote Transmitter
  • 2 x USB charging cable
  • 2 x 3.7V 750mAh LiPO Batteries
  • 4 x Rotating blade
  • 4 x Protection frames
  • 2 x Landing skids
  • 1 x Screwdriver
  • F181 Quadcopter Manual

Our Verdict

The Holy Stone F181 is a jewel under many aspects: great maneuverability, responsive controls, and not to mention an attractive price tag. As far as drones go, the F181 model is a great start for any beginner. However, should you wish to buy a drone for the camera, then we recommend that you stick 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.

9.2 Total Score
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
9.5
Price
10
Flight Time
8
Performance
9
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