Hello parents and grandparents! Welcome to my Holy Stone GPS FPV RC Drone HS100 review; my #2 pick of the "Top Rated Drones Amazon" featured. Your son(s) or grandson(s) would be overwhelmed with excitement to receive this quadcopter as it would make an ideal birthday gift for boys.
If you have never visited my site, then you should know that I have a son; and for all of you parents and grandparents out there who are continuously challenged as I am, we do what we can to accommodate for our son(s) or grandson(s) development and enjoyment. You should also know that I never review a product that I would not purchase myself on behalf of my son. I have read the reviews from customers who have used this product so that I may better help you to make the right decision.
First of all, I must say that after reading the reviews, I was extremely impressed with what these customers had to say about this drone.
Some of the features:
- The Return-to-Home feature prevents the drone from getting lost, and will automatically return home when the signal becomes weak from flying too far and out of range; this feature is great because it provides the operator with a piece of mind, so you can really have some fun without that dreadful worry - what if?
- The drone also comes equipped with The Headless Mode which is a great feature for beginners; hang on, there’s more…
The Good: Nice features
The Bad: Missing parts
My Overall Take: Just getting started or not, this drone has a lot of great features for a good price when compared to other drones with similar features. Additionally, Holy Stones customer service is exceptional and knowing you have that support gives you piece of mind. Check it out…
Let’s get started and see what comes in the box:
- 1 ea. HS100 Drone (with Manual)
- 1 ea. Transmitter with a Battery
- 1 ea. 7.4V 2500mAh Li-po Battery ( USB Charging Cable)
- 1 ea. 8G TF Card
- 1 ea. Card Reader
- 8 ea. Propellers (under the white foam box)
- 2 ea. Extra Propeller Guards
- 2 ea. Extra Propellers (under the white foam box)
- 2 ea. Extra Propeller Guards/2 x Extra Landing Feet
- 4 ea. Blade Pads/4 ea. Blade Caps/4 ea. Fixed Rubber Pieces for Blades’ Screws/4 ea. Screws for Blades/4 ea. Screws for Motor/Bottom Body Cover/1 ea. Screwdriver
Size: 19.7 x 19.7 x 6.9 inches
Weight: 1.73 lbs.
Flight time: about 12-15 minutes
Charging Time：3-6 hours (Depend on Charging Power)
Wi-Fi Distance: about 492 feet (Outdoor and Unobstructed)
Max transmission distance：1640 feet (Outdoor and Unobstructed）
Camera: Lens: FOV 120°/2.0
Recording Modes: HD1280*720 P
- The Headless Mode would be really nice for your, especially if they are beginners because it does a number of things which includes taking-off, rising to an altitude and holding it, landing; all with the touch of a button. This is a very cool feature because a first-timer can still have fun and experience flying the drone without having to master all of the related controls.
- The GPS assisted flight always lets you know the drones’ whereabouts.
- The 2500mAh high performance battery allows you to fly for up to 15 minutes at a maximum distance of about 1641 feet; this ability allows you to really check things out and do some exploring while increasing your flying experience.
- The Optimized 1080P 120° FOV FPV Wi-Fi Camera has a 90° adjustable angle which would allow your son(s) or grandson(s) to get some nice aerial video and photos while checking it out in real-time on the remote control.
- This drone will also return home if the battery level becomes too low as well.
- The Follow Me Mode feature is too cool – the drone will automatically follow you wherever you go while keeping you in the camera frame the whole time; allowing you to get either wide area shots or selfies while flying hands-free the whole time; just push it and forget about it – how nice is that?
This drone has some great features that are found on more expensive drones, so the price is hard to beat. Also, the durability of this drone is a definite plus as it is built solid and can withstand hard landings. It is shipped by Amazon, so you can expect the delivery to arrive on time or sooner than expected. Lastly, Holy Stones customer service is 2nd to none - amazing to say the least!
Some customers experienced parts or items missing from the box that was delivered, although not to many instances. This drone is a bit on the pricey side if you are just looking at cost, but when seeing all the features that come equipped on this drone, the price seems pretty good. This drone does require FAA registration.
Things to know / Tips:
- The propellers for the drone are located under the white foam box, so don’t think they are missing.
- For a longer life on the motors, please take a 5-10 minutes break between flights so the drone can cool-down.
- For a pleasurable experience, please fly the drone in a wide-open area without any obstructions or signal towers around.
- Keep in mind that the camera’s ability to get nice shots will be affected by weather and the movement of the drone during flight.
- The remote controller does not come equipped with a video screen, only a place holder so you can attach your smart phone. So, if you are using the remote control only (no smart phone), the distance you can fly the drone is about 1640 feet. But keep in mind that you cannot see what the drone is seeing and can only see the drone from where you are standing and if you wish to take photos or video you will be shooting blind.
- If you wish to view what the drone is seeing, attach your smart phone and use the wifi connection, and you be able to see what the drone sees for up to about 490 feet. Without the smart phone, the controllers’ transmission range can still reach about 1641 feet, but this is the trade-off, so keep in mind that if you want to see, and take video or photos, the smart phone is a must!
- The Battery life (flying time) of a drone is always an issue and many of the customers wanted to spend more time flying so you may want to invest in a multi-charger and/ or additional batteries to prolong the fun and excitement. Just remember to allow for the cooling down period between flights. This drone is recommended for ages 14+, but younger boys of 8 years old have enjoyed this drone; but parental supervision would be a good idea.
- Drones requiring FAA registration can be done online for $5 and a few minutes of your time (https://faadronezone.faa.gov/#/).
- FAA registration is good for 3 years.
- Always make it a point to check with the local laws as there may be certain restrictions that apply to flying drones.
- If you need help with operating, maintenance, technical support, or even help with problems, please call: (US) 626-465-7134 (PST 4:30pm-2:00am).
- Nice features
- Arrives on time or sooner
- Excellent customer service
- Missing parts
- A bit pricey
- FAA registration required
My Overall Take:
Your son(s) or grandson(s) will be amazed as this drone has a lot of great features to include GPS Assisted Flight, 1080P 120° FOV FPV Wi-Fi Camera, and Intelligent Battery Long Control Range to name a few, and all for a good price when compared to other drones with similar features. Finally, Holy Stones customer service goes above and beyond your expectations.
Look for yourself by going to Amazon so you can see what customers are saying; you will be impressed as well.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my Holy Stone GPS FPV RC Drone HS100 review and I look forward to helping you out again and again in the future.