Good camera drones need to do several things well. They must fly well and be responsive, of course, but they must also work well with the integrated camera. Any failure of any of these three criteria makes the drone less than desirable for most pilots.
One drone that claims to be a good fit for pilots who want to shoot video footage is the Holy Stone HS300 drone. It is the purpose of this review to provide a fair assessment of the drone as well as to provide a few tips for would-be pilots.
Holy Stone HS300 Drone Main Features & Specs
The Holy Stone HS300 drone has a great mix of features, some of which really push the drone into “must-have” territory for certain types of pilots.
It’s a solid drone that won’t let you down when it’s working correctly and the camera is definitely one of the better models that you can find included with a drone. Its camera has a 1080p HD capacity, just like the Yuneec Q500.
We particularly enjoyed the headless flight mode. While it’s almost an expectation at this point with camera-focused drones, it’s still the kind of thing you’re happy to have when flying around.
The headless mode allows the drone to move according to the orientation of the controller instead of the drone, making it easier to capture video while in the air, just like the Holy Stone HS170.
The Altitude Hold function is another function that really sets this drone apart. This function keeps the drone stable in the air, which is a necessity for when shooting footage. When this is engaged you can simply let go of the throttle stick and watch as the drone stays in the air.
|Holy Stone HS300 Drone|
|15 min||Outdoor||120° FOV 1080P HD||7.4V 2000mAh/14.8Wh||200 min||1,4 pounds||19×7.5×19 inches||150 m|
Arguments: Pros & Cons
Arguments: Holy Stone HS300 Drone:
- Easy set-up;
- Good construction;
- Great camera;
- Decent flight time;
- Good range;
- Great customer service.
Holy Stone HS300 Drone:
- Long battery charge;
- Requires registration;
- Battery problems;
- Controller issues;
- Spare parts are hard to find.
Holy Stone HS300 Drone Remote Control & Set-up for First Flight
The drone controller resembles a typical RC controller, but the controller itself is actually more simple than one might think. It has a typical box construction with very basic controls.
On the top of the controller, from left to right, there are a take photo and speed control bumper, an antenna, and a take video and 3D flip bumper.
On the face of the controller, going left to right, there is a left/ right trim control, a power button, and a forward/backward trim controller. Underneath the main set of controls are another set of fine-tuning movement controls on each side.
Under these controls, there are a central readout and a circular set of controls for specific movements. The circular buttons include a headless mode button, a one-touch landing button, a return button, and an emergency stop button.
Flying the Drone
Getting this drone up in the air does take a bit of work. Depending on your familiarity with drones, it should take you between 15-30 minutes to go from opening the box to preparing for your first flight.
That’s not unusual for a drone of this class, especially considering all of the parts you’ll need to attach to the drone. Perhaps the most difficult issue will be getting the camera ready – it’s not a chore, but it does take more work than you might think.
Our first flight was conducted outside on a clear day. Getting the drone in the air was remarkably easy, so we spent more time working with the camera than anything else.
Fortunately, the camera is very responsive and it is very easy to use when flying the drone. It’s clear that the controller was designed with would-be photographers in mind, allowing you to keep the drone steady while working with camera controls.
Landing the drone was also fairly simple. We used the one-touch return and landing buttons to put the drone on the ground with ease. Landing manually was a bit trickier, but that’s typically the case with any drone.
We were able to quickly put the drone back in the air even after landing, ending our flying experience.
We always recommend taking your first flight when the wind is still. This drone didn’t have any major problems when the wind kicked up, though there was a noticeable bit of resistance when going against the wind, which is to be expected for any drone.
What’s in the Box?
The contents of a drone’s box will often tell you quite a bit about what you can expect from the drone. A drone that comes packed with everything you need will usually be easier to deal with in the long run.
While the drone definitely comes with a full box, you should be careful with what you find inside – spare parts will be hard to find in the future. With that being said, the box includes:
- The Holy Stone HS300 drone;
- Remote Transmitter;
- The 1080p Camera;
- Two 7.4V 2000mAh/14.8Wh Batteries;
- 4 Extra Propeller Blades;
- 4GB TF Memory Card;
- Two USB Cables;
- Camera Shockproof Deice;
- 8 Extra Landing Gear Screws;
- 8 Extra Propeller Guard Screws;
- Instructions Manual.
The Holy Stone HS300 is a hard drone to judge. When it works well – and if often does – it provides a fantastic experience.
With a great camera and some truly outstanding features, it’s more than worth the price for most experienced pilots.
Our sole caveat is the return policy on the drone – it’s isn’t very consumer friendly and requires a quick turn-around. What has your experience been like with this drone?
Do you have any questions about how it works? If so, be sure to let us know in a comment below!