Holy Stone HS165 GPS FPV Drones with Camera for Adults 1080P HD, Foldable Drone for Beginners with Auto Return Home, Follow Me, Circle Fly, Tap Fly, Includes 2 Batteries and Carrying Case – $169.99
Make sure this fits by entering your model number.; GPS RETURN HOME: Do not worry about losing the drone with gps positioning, it can return to home precisely whenever it runs out of power or loses connection in the GPS mode or you press one key return.; INTELLIGENT FLIGHT:The drone will follow...
This is one small drone! It's tiny! But it's fun & easy to fly. I'm continuing my quest for better quality cameras in inexpensive drones and this one is pretty good, probably the best yet. I wish Amazon's movie uploads were better quality or they'd let me link to outside sites, but they won't. There's less compression than before, and the movie writes directly to my phone, which is a real convenience. There's no memory card to load or unload, which I love. The camera is at a fixed angle and doesn't move up or down, but the angle is sort of right in the middle so it probably fits most uses. I guess the fixed camera is a lot lighter and makes for ridiculously long flight times. I think I got well over half an hour on 1 battery!I connected the drone to the controller pretty easily. I crashed a couple of times - you can even see the scuffs from the crashes in my photos, but the thing started right back up and flew fine (and it seemed to crash pretty hard!) So it passes any durability tests!The controller is well laid out with easy to read, well marked buttons. Some are even spring loaded! I don't think I've ever seen those on a controller like this, but I love that.I'm giving 5 stars, mostly for ease of set up and operation, video quality, and the extra battery and long flight times. It includes a carry case are that's actually useful, and did I mention how tiny this thing is? Honestly, after its last flight, I folded it and stuck it in my jacket pocket!
I've purchased more than 15 drones and this is my 3rd Holy stone drone. I've had the HS 165 for a couple weeks now and have been able to try and push it to its limits. First off, can you get a drone with similar features for an couple bucks cheaper from Chinese sites? Probably, but I am happy to pay a couple extra dollars to get this seller's awesome customer service. I haven't had any trouble with the HS 165, but my son busted one of my other holy stone drones and they went above and beyond to take care of me.Now for the review - The good- If you want a solid quad with crystal clear video and very accurate gps this is the drone for you. The manual was written well and it was easy to follow the set up instructions. I wish you could change the angle of the camera, but it is pointed at a good angle for most applications. The video is very crisp, but there is a lag. I put my phone into some old vr goggles and was able to fly around a field fpv style fairly comfortably. However don't expect to be able to fly through tight obstacles or race with this. It is better suited to get good clear HD Arial footage. When in gps mode it hovers exactly where you leave it. If you call it home or get too far out of range it automatically returns and lands within a foot or two of where you took off! This is an amazing feature for newbies that lose orientation and panic. It is very user friendly and I never worry about losing it. Each battery lasts at least 10 minutes. I tested out the follow me feature and it worked great in a field, but I don't see myself using that feature often for fear I would lead it into a tree! I love the carrying case and that it came with two batteries. The controller is even rechargeable! Every has a place in the case and I can just charge everything up and throw it in my backpack when I want to fly.The Bad - I wish it came with brushless motors, and as I mentioned before I wish the camera angle could be changed. Other than that there really aren't any big issues with this drone. Of course, don't expect it to compete with profesional drones three times it's price. But with the great camera and gps it is well worth it's price and is a solid drone.
Great little drone it is small lightweight and portable. The gps on this drone is very good and even has waypoints, point of interest, and follow me. The FPV is very quick and clear. I also love that you can fly it with the phone or the controller. The battery time is pretty good too and it comes with two. There is also a VR mode which will split the screen so you can put the phone in any phone VR goggle holder.