Holy Stone is known for bringing brands from all over the globe into the United States. Many of their products are hits, but some are misses, depending on the original manufacturing brand. It is a budget-friendly drone that many beginners and intermediate drone users are giving high ratings. In this Holy Stone F181 review, we will get into the details, evaluate the drone based on a set of criteria that includes price range-quality ratio, user ratings, usability, and customers’ opinions, and give a few recommendations based on how the F181 rates.
Holy Stone F181 Drone Main Specs
|Camera Resolution||Weight||Ideal for (indoor/outdoor/both)||Flight Time||Control Type||Amazon Rating||Our Rating|
|720p HD Camera (1280×720 still frame)||0.5 lbs||Both Indoor or Outdoor Use||7-9 min||Remote Control||4.3||4.5|
Let’s kickstart this Holy Stone F181 review by going over the drone’s main specs. First and foremost, the Holy Stone F181 has a decent image quality for being a budget-friendly drone geared slightly more toward beginners. The drone’s HD camera has a still shot resolution of 1280×720. As for its video quality, the F181 gets 30fps (frames per second).
In terms of weight, this quadcopter is extremely lightweight, coming in at just under 0.5 pounds.
Whether you intend on using the Holy Stone F181 for indoor or outdoor purposes, this quadcopter is built to function in a variety of settings. The helicopter features a 6-axis Gyro stabilization system which enhances stabilization and flexibility while flying. The Holy Stone F181 is surprisingly wind-resistant for being a lightweight drone.
Flight time on the Holy Stone F181 is between 7 and 9 minutes. Holy Stone recommends taking a 10-minute cooldown period in-between flights. Circuit boards and motors heat up with use and will break down with wear-and-tear from heat, so it is important to allow them time to cool down.
The Holy Stone F181 is a remote-controlled drone. It comes with a Headless mode, which helps the joystick know where the drone is in relation to the control. In this mode, regardless of how the quadcopter changes position related to where you are with the controller, forward will always remain forward, and backward will always be backward.
Flying the Holy Stone F181 Drone
This budget-friendly quadcopter is a high-flying performer. It can be used for indoor events or outdoors in almost any weather condition due to its stabilizing technology. There is a Key 360-degree 4-way flip capability which provides continuous roll for great action shots. Just make sure you do not flip too many times since it will cause the copter to lose a lot of height and possibly come crashing down.
Additionally, there is an Altitude Hold Function that keeps the drone hovering at its current height while you ease your thumb off of the controller’s throttle stick.
If you do struggle to maintain control and have the drone come crashing to the ground, its two bars will absorb a sufficient amount of the impact.
Holy Stone F181 Drone Remote Control & Accessories
The remote is similar to most video game remotes. There are joysticks on the upper-hand right and left sides with control buttons below for movement. You can press the right arrow button on the leftmost motion control pad to enter and exit Headless mode.
Be prepared to stock up on extra blades and battery packs for the Holy Stone F181. It comes with two 3.7V 750mAh LiPO batteries, but since they have short lifespans, you will probably want to invest in more.
Holy Stone F181 Drone – Our Verdict
If you are on a tight budget but want a drone that produces quality images, the Holy Stone F181 delivers a performance that rivals some of its higher-priced competitors. Here are the highlights and downfalls we’ll include in this Holy Stone F181 review.
What we like
- If you lose control and have the copter crash, it is nicely protected from serious damage due to the two stabilizing bars underneath it.
- The battery pack won’t come flying out upon a crash landing since it is secure into a battery compartment on the underbelly of the drone.
- There are four modes of operation. The 25% mode is easy for beginners to operate.
- All required parts come in the box, and the drone is easy to assemble.
What we don’t like
- There is no ventilation, so internal core components like the battery heat up quickly.
- When in Headless mode, the F181 will only fly in a straight line. So you need to maintain a clear line of sight with the drone at all times.
- There don’t seem to be any higher-capacity battery upgrades.
- The controller will not stop beeping while in Headless mode.
What Users Say
Let’s wrap up this Holy Stone F181 review by noting that most of the reviews are positive. One customer notes that the camera is not fixed, unlike many other drones in its price range. Another customer reports having crashed the copter multiple times without sustaining severe damage.
Multiple customers report that they received excellent customer service when a part failed on the drone. Unfortunately, several customers seem to have received faulty products that flew away on the first or second flight, did not respond to the land key, and were completely lost.
The Holy Stone F181 Drone is not a perfect product (especially if you are unlucky enough to get a faulty drone). But for its price, you will be hard-pressed to find better quality. This drone is built to take a beating and provides crisp still and video images with its 720p HD camera. Check out our 3DR Iris review for our opinion on another great intermediate-level drone.
Has this Holy Stone F181 review helped you? If you own a Holy Stone F181 or have questions about this drone, drop us a comment. We would love to hear about your experiences flying the F181!