Our overall rating for the Holy Stone HS200 FPV:
The Holy Stone HS200 FPV ought to be one of the best RC drones under under $100. This RC drone comes with every feature ought there – FPV(First person view) altitude hold, mobile control, headless mode, return key, gyro stability and one key flips. If you are strapped for cash and are looking for an RC drone that will get you into the world of drones and enable you to learn to fly a drone before getting a more expensive one, we recommend getting the Holy Stone HS200 FPV!
In this article, we’ll review the design, build, flight characteristics, camera and battery life of the Holy Stone HS200 RC drone. We’ll end by quickly going over the pros and cons of picking this RC drone so that you can make a good buying decision.
Quick summary review (rating) of the Holy Stone HS200 FPV
Flight characteristics: 8/10
Flight time and battery: 7/10
What you will get in the box
So what do you get in the box, when you purchase the Holy Stone HS200 FPV drone? Is it a good deal over getting some other drones? We’ll take a look here:
2.4 Ghz transmitter: The transmitter that comes with the Holy Stone HS200 FPV RC drone is pretty awesome and well built. Holding it feels like holding a high quality transmitter that you get with more expensive professional drones!
4 Spare propellers: Always a necessity if you are just learning how to fly. Without these, don’t expect to learn how to fly. The question is not WILL you crash, it is WHEN will you crash! Also, it is easy to get extra spares for the Holy Stone HS200 FPV in case you damage all of your propellers.
Prop guards: Prop guards are highly recommended. With the Holy Stone HS200 FPV, these come with the box.
Screw driver and screws: The box comes with the necessary tools for you to screw your drone (in case the body comes off) and the propeller. This is such a huge bonus because when you start out and crash, you won’t have to run around searching for the right screws and screw driver anymore!
USB charger: Pretty decent charger, although if you want to fully charge the Holy Stone HS200 FPV, it can take up to an hour or more. BUT this isn’t a big bummer because most quads in this price range are similar!
650mAh LiPo battery: Long lasting and gives excellent flight times. A LiPo battery is a special type of Lithium battery designed to output power. Learn how to maintain your LiPos in this article here.
Phone holder: Mount this on top of the controller. This is what will hold your smart phone so you can have an FPV (first person view) of your quadcopter!
Card reader and 4GB micro SD card: Pretty straightforward. This is where you’ll record any pictures and videos taken by your drone!
Design and Build
The Holy Stone HS200 FPV has an incredible build for a hobby grade RC drone. This is surprising, especially since it costs less than $100. The only drawback is that it is not small enough to fly indoors, if that is your thing. Flying indoors obviously has its own advantages, like having the ability to practice without crashing into the neighbor’s pet, for example!
As for the design, the Holy Stone HS200 FPV may not stand out much in comparison to other RC drones out there, but nevertheless it looks super awesome! You can get it in two colors – black or red. We recommend you go for the red for added visibility. You get a sturdy prop guard with it that will somewhat protect the props if you crash into a tree or something, but still, please be careful with your flying endavors 🙂
The transmitter that comes with the Holy Stone HS200 FPV is hobby grade level and feels pretty premium. Doesn’t matter the size of your hands, you can use this without any problems. You don’t have to worry about having large hands that cannot control the miniature sized controller of a nano quadcopter, for example!
Holy Stone HS200 FPV Flight characteristics
The Holy Stone HS200 FPV can fly pretty well outside, even in medium wind conditions. It only starts getting a bit wavy and shaking at high winds. In fact, for the price, we were absolutely blown away by the way this thing flies! The in-built gyro helps it become extremely stable. The altitude hold mode also does its job pretty well. That is, at the press of a button you can just let the quadcopter hover in the air without touching your controller. The drone also comes with 4 different flight modes based on your skill level. We recommend you start with mode 2 and progress onto mode 4.
The Holy Stone HS200 FPV also comes with features such as the headless mode (the foward direction of becomes the same as your transmitter) and One key return home. Note that the one key return home doesn’t work like it does with professional grade RC drones. The Holy Stone HS200 will just fly backwards. If you are not using the headless mode and the nose is facing you, this can cause a fly away.
Here’s our flight characteristics rating for the Holy Stone HS200 FPV based on what we tested, in different wind conditions:
Flight time and battery
Expect about 7-9 minutes of flight time with the Holy Stone HS200 FPV.
If you are only cruising around slowly with no flips and with headless mode switched on AND if the winds are negligible, you may able to squeeze out a tad bit longer flight time. Unless you are a newbie practising how to hover your quadcopter, you will be disappointed if you expect to fly the Holy Stone HS200 FPV for more than 10 minutes per charge.
However, this is the best you can get out of most RC drones in this price range.
Camera and FPV
The Holy Stone HS200 FPV comes with an alright camera that can take some pictures and video. Nothing great (despite the claim that it is 720p HD), but like other RC drones in this price range, a fun little gimmick. It also comes with an FPV feature. Be wary that this is WiFi so don’t expect high level range and quality. Lag will also be prominent with the FPV. However, in it’s price range the features that you get in this department is certainly a steal! You can play around with these features of the Holy Stone HS200 FPV until you get a bigger and better drone with professional capabilities!
Here’s a quick little video review: