Hello parents and grandparents! Welcome to my Holy Stone HS200D FPV RC Drone review; my #1 pick of the "Top Rated Drones Amazon" featured, the perfect gift for boys your son(s) or grandson(s) would be thrilled to receive!
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 sons and grandsons 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.
After reading the reviews, I am most impressed with what these customers had to say about this drone and its capabilities – check this out!
Some of the features:
- The FPV (First Person View) with 120° Wide-angle 720P HD FPV modular camera will allow your son or grandson to see what is happening "live" on their smart phone. They will also be able to control the angle of the camera from straight ahead to straight down.
- Using the App Control and Gravity Sensor Mode on their smart phone will also allow them to control the flight of the drone by simply holding and moving the phone accordingly. But hang on, there’s so much more…
The Good: Great features
The Bad: One battery
My Overall Take: This drone is truly the perfect balance of performance and price; as it has a variety of features that make it easy and fun for a beginners, totally immersing them into the moment and allowing them to enjoy the experience.
Let’s get started and see what comes in the box:
- 1 ea. HS200D Drone
- 1 ea. Transmitter (AA batteries are not included – 4 ea.)
- 1 ea. 3.7V 1000mAh Li-po Modular Battery
- 4 ea. Extra Motor Gears / 2 ea. Propeller Guards / 2 ea. Extra Propeller Blades / 2 ea. Extra Light Covers /2 ea. Extra Landing Feet / 18 ea. Screws
- 1 ea. Phone Holder
- 1 ea. USB Charging Cable
- 1 ea. Screwdriver
- 1 ea. Quick Start
- 1 ea. Manual
Size: 12.6 x 12.6 x 3.5 inches
Weight: 5.8 oz.
Channel: 4 Channel Video
Recording Modes: 120° FOV 720P
Playing Time: 10 mins
Charging Time: about 2 hours
Video Transmission Range: about 196 feet
Transmitter Operation Range: about 196 – 328 feet
App Required Operating Systems: IOS 8.0 or later/Android 4.1.2 or later
- The video is clean, gives good color, and the live feed automatically downloads into your phone and also onto the 4GB micro video card (on board the drone) which is removable for easy transfer to your computer.
- The adjustable camera has a 120° wide lens at 720p with Wi-Fi which is nice for everyday video and photo use; you may want to wear your VR Glasses to really enjoy the scenery.
- The lights on the drone start to flash red when the battery is running low and the automatic landing feature will fly the drone down to the ground slowly and then turn the motors off. They also allow you to see the drone while it is flying at night.
- This drone also has four speeds to choose from which is a great feature for beginners and if you are intending on flying this indoors.
- The Altitude Hold provides a nice and steady hover.
- This drone is very light-weight so if you intend to fly it outdoors, please do so on a calm non-windy day/ night.
- The controller has a mount for your smart phone and is easy to use, light-weight and comfortable to hold in your hands.
- This drone is also fun, easy to fly, and your son or grandson will get a kick out of 3D flips.
- Your son or grandson will also have the option to control the drone using either the transmitter (controller) or their smart phone.
- This drone only comes in two colors: Black & Red
This drone has a lot of great features for beginners that are found on more expensive models. Also, this drone is built solid and rugged, so it can withstand hard landings. Because of its weight, FAA registration is not required. Amazon does the shipping, so you can expect your delivery to arrive on time or even sooner than expected. Don’t forget that Holy Stones customer service is beyond expectations. Finally, all these features for one great price.
The battery charge is not long enough and the flight time is too short; only comes with one battery.
Things to know / Tips:
- For a longer life on the motors, please take a 5-10 minutes break between flights so the drone motors can cool-down.
- 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 to attach your smart phone.
- Attach your smart phone and you will be able to see what the drone sees for up to about 196 feet using the wifi connection. Without the smart phone, the controllers’ transmission range is still about 328 feet, but this is the trade-off, so keep in mind that if you want to see while taking 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.
- For your safety, please charge with the original charging cable.
- How to Charge: Connect the drone to an adapter (5V, 0.5-1A) or PC USB port; or you may want to order a charger so you can charge the directly to the battery.
- 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.
- 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).
- Great features
- FAA registration not required
- Arrives on time or sooner
- Exceptional customer service
- Good Price
- One Battery; charge too short
My Overall Take:
This drone is truly the perfect balance of performance and price, and has a variety of features such as altitude hold, Wide-angle 720P HD FPV, smart phone or transmitter control, and these are just some of its capabilities that make it easy and fun for a beginners to totally get immersed in the excitement of the moment. Let’s not forget Holy Stones incredible customer service & support.
But don't just take my word for it, click on the link below to look at the all the reviews on Amazon so you can see what these customers are saying; you will like what you hear.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my Holy Stone HS200D FPV RC Drone review, and I look forward to helping you out again and again in the future.