HS100 is a new drone from Holy Stone, released just a few days ago at the time of this writing. With HS100 Holy Stone seems to be trying to break into the mid-range market segment, both in quality and price. Up until now Holy Stone, an established Chinese drone manufacturer, has released low cost budget drones. That isn’t really the case with HS100.
Things like built-in GPS and stabilized HD camera make this drone very interesting, but does all that justify the hefty price. Let’s take a closer look and see if we can answer that question.
Holy Stone HS100 is a rather large drone. Coming in at 50cm in length/width and almost 20cm in height (if we count the landing gear), this is one of the more massive drones that I’ve had the opportunity of testing. Together with battery, drone measures about 700g in weight. Drone body stretches out to the sides where blades are, similar to Hubsan X4 series.
Camera hangs underneath the drone, and the battery plugs from behind. LEDs under the blade arms are clearly visible and will notify you about paring status between the drone and the transmitter, GPS lock status and battery status. Blade guards are optional and can be removed if you are a more confident pilot.
Build quality is one of the better ones I’ve seen from recently released drones. One quick tip, don’t force the screws in too much when changing blades/guards/landing gear because you might damage the thread. It happened to me so I had to get creative to unscrew one of the blade guards.
WHAT MAKES HOLY STONE HS100 INTERESTING?
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE BETTER?
- Flight time: 12-15 minutes
- Flight range: 500 meters, 120m height, 150m FPV
- Camera: 720p, 120° FOV, 90° adjustable angle from transmitter
- Sensors: GPS, barometer, 6-axis gyroscope
- Special features: one-key takeoff/land, headless, altitude hold, FPV, VR
- Size: 50cm * 50cm * 18cm
- Weight: 700g, including battery
- Battery: Li-po, 7.4V 2500mAh
- Charge time: 3-6 hours, depending on charger
- Transmitter: 2.4Ghz with a 500m range and 300mAh Li-po battery