Not only do Holy Stone drones look great, but they fly great too. In this review, we’re going to take a look into the Holy Stone HS100; a drone which offers above-par features, at a great price, for beginner and expert flyers alike.
It’s a drone that offers excellent upgrades over the company’s previously-released HS110 and HS200 quadcopters. With the Holy Stone HS100, you’ll benefit from a number of features that are accompanied by longer flight times and transmission range.
What more is there to love? That’s what we will be looking at within this HS100 drone review.
But, before we do, how about taking a quick peek into the specs and dimensions of the lovely Holy Stone HS100 FPV drone. That way, you’ll know what to expect when it comes to the HS100 flight experience awaiting you ahead!
Specs & Dimensions
The HS100 drone is larger in size than the Holy Stone HS200 and HS110. Its exact measurements are 19.68″ W x 19.68″ L x 6.8″ H, so you have a better idea of what you’re working with. Due to its larger size, FAA registration is required, a result of its 1.54 weight measurement.
When it comes to flight specs, we’ll see that the HS100 does not hold back on flight time offering up to 15 minutes on a single charged battery. Charge time for each battery is almost 300 minutes, so make sure to have a spare on hand. The HS100 drone also excels when it comes to its transmitter distance reaching up to 500 meters with a maximum flying height of 120 meters.
The Holy Stone HS100 quadcopter comes with everything you need to begin flying right out the box. Here we’ve listed some of the HS100 accessories that you can expect.
- HS 100 Drone and 2.4GHz Transmitter.
- 2500mAh Capacity Battery.
- Card Reader and 8G TF Card.
- USB Charging Cable.
- Propellers and Propeller Guards (with spares).
- Blade Pads and Caps.
- Landing Gear.
- Screws, Screwdriver, and Rubber Pieces.
- User Manual.
As you can see, there is nothing held back from the packaging. You have everything you need to start flying the HS100 drone. You may also want to consider purchasing spare parts, (or just the motors) and spare batteries, available as a single or double-pack.
Flying & Features
As we’ll see, there’s a reason they call the HS100 the Navigator, which is all thanks to its advanced GPS system. For a drone under $300, the HS100 offers a near-seamless flight experience with a nice pack of features to keep you occupied.
The HS100 drone is a sight for sore eyes that will allow you to gaze upon the beauty as you fly both day and night. Whether you’re using it in conjunction with a VR headset, FPV mode, or just going out for a quick go, the HS100 is sure to make you happy. Here is a view of the features in the HS100 Navigator.
GPS Assisted Flight – Perhaps one of the HS100’s most advanced and key features is GPS assisted flight, enhancing both the safety and location of the drone. This function allows for automatic return to home, whenever the battery of the Navigator is low or you lose signal.
For this reason, the HS100 is a perfect drone for starters who want to eliminate worries over losing their drone. It also offers a Smart Return to Home mode, which allows the drone to safely fly back to you at the push of a button. (note that a quick GPS calibration before each flight is required!)
Follow Me Mode – That’s not all its advanced GPS assisted flight is used for. It is also used to perform features like follow me mode, allowing the drone to of course, follow you. With follow me mode on, you can see just how easy it is to setup the perfect shot, while not having to worry about flying the HS100 drone yourself. It’s important to note that its Follow Me mode feature uses the GPS in your phone and not the drone itself.
FPV Mode – Of course, what would the HS100 quadcopter be without FPV mode? It is Holy Stone after all, and they don’t just stop there. They’ve also added a 720P HD camera with a 120-degree field of view and a 90-degree adjustable angle, allowing you to capture just about everything in sight.
One Key Takeoffs – To add icing to the cake, the HS100 also allows you to take-off and land at the single push of a button. This goes nicely along with its follow me mode and altitude hold mode features, giving you an almost hands-off flying experience, if you so desire!
Headless Mode – Of course the one mode, we all need at some point and time is headless mode. This allows the flyer to fly his or her quadcopter without worrying over orientation. That way, whenever you push-up on the throttle the drone flies forward and vice versa, giving you a much more simplified and in some ways, more enjoyable flight experience.
Safety Features – In addition to the Navigator’s assisted GPS flight mode, we see other important features regarding safety in the HS100, such as an emergency stop function and low battery warning.
Holy Stone HS100 Quadcopter Overview
One of the best things about the Holy Stone HS100 is probably its GPS assisted feature, making the drone simply a pleasure to fly. This especially holds true for the novice flier, who wants his or drone to be safe as much as possible. If your drone for example is low on battery and is 200 meters away from you.. No problem, because thanks to its GPS and enhanced safety, the HS100 will come flying back to you.
What else makes the HS100 drone standout has to be its 15 minutes of flight time, which is great for those who’ve been looking for a much longer-lasting Holy Stone quadcopter. Now we have it and with a spare battery or two, that flight time can be doubled, allowing for a nice outdoor flight experience.
Overall, there isn’t much lacking in the drone, especially given its FPV mode, follow me mode, and one key takeoffs. Make sure to check out the rather exceptional HS100 drone!