Holy Stone HS200 FPV RC Drone Review

The Holy Stone HS200 FPV drone is an entry-level device, fit for beginners and intermediate users as well, they will find it easy to use as it has four-speed levels and an auto take-off and auto-landing feature. Although it is inexpensive it is highly functional, and apart from its design, the drone is very similar to the previously released Holy Stone HS110. Very useful is that this UAV is equipped with an HD first-person view camera that is forward-facing. This Holy Stone HS200 review is meant to give you a complete picture of the device and offer useful recommendations.

Holy Stone HS200 Drone Main Features & Specs

Holy Stone HS200 FPV RC

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The Holy Stone HS200 is not a low-level drone, it is equipped with many features that will make your experience fun and exciting. Most importantly, it has a First-Person View 1280 by 720P video camera.

With the altitude hold function, you can easily take quality aerial pictures. Using this function is very simple, you only need to release the throttle and the gadget will hover in a single position in the air. Its range of video transmission is about 50 meters, and although it has a low resolution, many users have noted that the images are high in quality.

Holy Stone HS200 FPV RC Drone Specs

Flight Environment Camera Battery Charge Weight Size Range
7-9 min Outdoors HD FPV 2MP 3.7V 650mAh LiPo 60 min 3.8 ounces 12.6×12.6×2.6 inches 50-100 m

 

The drone can be adjusted through four-speed modes. Whether you are a beginner or have flown a drone before, you will be able to find the speed level that thrills you best. For night flights, the drone has LED lights which help with visibility in the dark.

Arguments: Pros & Cons

Arguments:
Holy Stone HS200 FPV RC Drone Pros:
  • Great for clear and steady videos;
  • One Key Return Home Function;
  • One Button Take off/Landing;
  • Has 4-speed adjustment modes;
  • 6-Axis Gyro stability and Headless mode;
  • Automatic Altitude Hold function;
  • Mobile control with a smartphone;
  • Lightweight so does not require registration.
Holy Stone HS200 FPV RC Drone Cons:
  • Can only take horizontal videos;
  • Flight time too short;
  • Small and light not fit for windy days;
  • Takes a long time to charge the battery.

Holy Stone HS200 FPV RC Drone Remote Control & Set-up for First Flight

Remote Control

The Holy Stone HS200 transmitter has an ergonomic design. It features a small LCD screen that can be used to adjust the settings of the transmitter. The throttle can be utilized to control the flight of the drone and can also be released to allow the gadget to hover at a single spot.

With this quadcopter, you also have the option of using your mobile phone as the transmitter. You will have to download the smartphone app in order to use it as the remote controller. The app uses gravity sensors to control the movement of the device. Simple movements of your smartphone will change the motion of the drone. It might not be very easy to use your phone as it is very sensitive. For beginners, it would be best to use the remote control.

Flying the Drone

Flying the drone is simple even for beginners. At take-off and even during flights, you don’t need to adjust the direction faced by the quadcopter. With the headless feature, it will always move according to the direction of the transmitter. At only 3,8 ounces, you will not need to register this device with the FAA.

Be sure to fully charge the drone before taking it out for a flight, use the USB charger found in the box, it usually takes about an hour. Failure to charge it fully might result in a shorter flight time. Once the drone is fully charged, you can connect it to the transmitter. When it successfully establishes a connection with the transmitter, you can use the one button take off feature to launch it. Whenever you want to land, you can push the same button and it will fly safely to the ground.

The drone adjusts through four-speed modes, through trial and error, you can find the most convenient speed for your experience level. At top speeds, the drone is quite fast.

Although it is an entry-level product, this device can perform many amazing tricks. It can do smooth 3D flips in all directions, also, you can make it do continuous rolls for extra fun. These tricks are very smooth, mainly because of the stability offered by the 6-axis gyro. The FPV camera faces forward, so it might be a challenge to take aerial videos. That being said, you can release the controls to allow it to hold position at an altitude then take a clear and steady video. Another drone with an FPV camera we reviewed is the DBPOWER MJX X400W.

In the headless mode, you can also use the one key return feature to direct the drone to the transmitter. This is helpful in cases where you lose control of the device. In case the drone cannot fly, you can check the motors. The manufacturer made the motors replaceable, and they even supply a screwdriver for detaching the motors.

What’s in the Box?

When you will buy the Holy Stone HS200 you will find in the product package the following:

  • The HS200 Quadcopter;
  • Phone Holder;
  • The Remote Controller;
  • USB charger;
  • A 4GB Micro-SD Card;
  • Card Reader;
  • The Battery;
  • 4 Spare Propellers;
  • A screwdriver;
  • 4 Screws for the Drone;
  • 4 Screws for the Blades;
  • The User Manual.

Our Verdict

The Holy Stone HS200 is a small and affordable drone, the design and functionality of this device are likely to amaze you. Users appreciate the fact that they can use it for photography because it delivers clear and sharp images, especially if you use the altitude hold feature. Of course, the drone has its flaws, still, we would strongly recommend it to anyone who wants an affordable, fun, and functional quadcopter. If you have used the drone, please share your views in the comment section below!

2 Comments
  1. Reply
    RjJ Cook October 10, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    I own/fly an HS200. The review you have written is spot on from my viewpoint. Nicely done.

    • Reply
      The Droneista Team October 11, 2018 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you for the feedback, RJ!

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