Holy Stone HS260. Just Released! Is This the Best Drone Under $89? Review and Instructions!
The hs260, which looks very familiar because it does look like the 175 series that they just released. Two of but this ones, this price point on amazon right now, and so holy stones really been coming out with a lot of drones. Lately around this price point, they just released the me of the 720, the hs 440, which i really really like its only ten dollars more than this one, but i enjoyed flying this drone a lot. Both of these are non gps drones, where the 175 series was a gps drone, just a lot just like the hs710 that they just released. That was my last review and i really enjoyed flying this drone holy stones always made the best beginner drones, um ive, always liked their hs210 ive always said this is the best performing mini. Drone applies perfect at the price point. This is the best drone to learn the orientation of a drone on. So how does the 260 stack up against the other drones that are close to it? So if you look, it looks just like the 175 series that they just came out with, so they came out with the 175 that had a 2k camera and brushed motors, and then they recently released for just 30 dollars more. You could go to a 4k camera with brushless motors, but this is the gps drone. This is a non gps drones. What that means is this one connects to satellites to fly and this one doesnt, so this ones going to be more reliable and more controller.
They both have optical flow sensors on the bottom, but this ones brushed motors and this ones brushless motors. What does that mean? Well, a brushed motor is like two brushes or brooms spinning around in a magnet, constant contact, a lot of heat and takes a lot of power, but theyre very inexpensive to make they still fly well, where a brushless motor is two magnets spinning inside of each other. On a high performance ball bearing a lot less friction a lot less heat but very expensive to make thats why this ones more than twice as much as this one? So how does this one fly compared to all the other ones that its in against in the marketplace right now, because at this price point its really close to the d rc d10 and d50, which i really like, but lets go flight and find out? But before we do that lets go over the app and how to get it up in the air and then well come back for a final review so as with almost all holy stone drones. It comes in this really nice case has a handle on the top. Really nice zipper when you open it up. I would keep this foam on here because it keeps everything secure. So you have the remote your extra battery, your drone and these two packages here that have your extra that has your extra battery your charger, which plugs in like this and theres a light on here.
Itll turn red and go off whenever it finishes charging takes about an hour and you get about 15 minutes of flight time. These are your prop guards, theyre very easy to install. I didnt fly with them, but if youre a beginner you may want to try using these and then it comes with extra props and you change it with the handy dandy, screwdriver that it comes with in this package. And when you look at the props theyre late. Theyre labeled be right here and be right here on the arm, make sure that you get the right ones on the right arms or it will not fly, because the angle of attack will be backwards so lets see what she weighs in at the 260 comes in. At 1′ grams compared to 215 for the 175d. So how much is that well thats about the same weight as a wonderful, delicious can of sardines? So, on the 260 and the 175, the batteries are the exact same size, but you cannot switch them out because this one, if you look it, is a 1700 milliwatt amp battery and you can change that out. But the bolts are different. This is the 7.5 volt and the one for the 260 is. It is a 3.8 volt and but it and its a 1300 milliwatt amp battery. So the battery is just a little bit less powerful, but half the bolts. If you switch out those batteries, itll burn up the ecu in it, so it comes with a really nice instruction book in many languages, but in english, because were speaking english, you see this iso.
This help this. This is how you get the app so open up. Your camera and itll take you to the app store and its hsfpv4 download the app once the app is open. You can open it up so when you hit learn itll, take you to a youtube page that has some tutorials. So what you want to do. First of all is turn the drone on by pushing this button kind of makes a really funny noise, like like a cricket or something as its turning on then open up your controller. This flips up turn it on. If you look at the lights, whats real important, you want to go up and down, and it connects the controller to the drone, okay and then to set the gyro. The drone needs to be on a flat surface. When i was when i go out and fly it, i accidentally had it on the brick and it wasnt. It was flying horrible. It just kept wanting to go forward because i had to set my gyro down where it wasnt level. So you want the drone on a flat level surface and pull both of these down to the right. You see it blinking and then it stops so now the gyro set and its connected to the controller, because its not blinking, so you want to get out of the app go back to your settings, go to your wi fi. So then you hit holy stone and it once its checked you hit hold and its connected.
Then you go back to the app and you enter the device and there we are its got: a really its a 1080p camera, but its a its a really nice camera. Look at the how it just from the the light to the dark. It really does a really good job its really bright outside. So i suggest the only thing used on the app really is right here is to see where your battery is right here is to take pictures and video. This is to what to to look at the videos, and then it has a hand gesture. This is to take off and land, but honestly its better to use whats on the controller, so how you unlock your motors as you pull down and in on both of them thatll kill them. So if it starts to fly away or towards the pond or towards someone and youre scared, you can pull them back in and itll stop the motors even in the flight or you can push down on both sides of this and itll. Stop it. So right here is your take off button, but once you unlock the motors, you can just push up and itll take it. This is very important right here. This is the high low speed as soon as you take off, always put it in high if youre outside, especially if theres even a little bit of wind, but in the beginning, you may want to keep it in low speed and then this is your headless mode.
Dont ever use that and then on. The top is where you take a you push this one to take a picture and a long press on this one to start the video then, on this side, this really works good. This is to move the gimbal up and down. So in the beginning, you and ill talk about this when im flying it, but you want to fly at line of sight and then, after a while, you do want to start learning to look at your phone and and see where its going but, like i said, Dont ever have it go over 100 meters away because it is not a gps drone. It does have an optical flow sensor right here on the bottom. This little blue light right here. This controller will move the gimbal up and down. So if youre wondering how i got that cool shot in the beginning, i mounted this insta 360 go which only weighs a few grams on top of the drone and pointed it down, and it flew fine with it. This thing only weighs a few grams. I think the mount actually weighs more than the camera, so one thing i really do like about this drone is a light in the front and then theres a green one in the back, because when i was flying the 175, there is no light in the back. These lights are different on the sides and it and these two lights in the front, but when its away from you, its all black and its kind of hard to see which direction its going.
But this one makes it much easier. Having the green light in the back and the white light in the front, so lets go put her up in the air Music man what a beautiful day to be out flying. You see the pond theres, hardly any wind for the first time you fly. This drone be sure and take it on a day like out today, where theres hardly any wind. This is not a gps drone, a gps means it will hold its position a non gps thrown. It goes by the wi fi of your phone, but it doesnt really remember where its at its relying on you to control it. So, if its not a windy day, its gon na be much easier to fly it for the first time, a little bit too big to be flying indoors. You might be able to, you, know, take off and let it hover around a little bit, but youre probably going to crash it if youve never flown it before just like on all drones. It takes a little bit to get used to the controllers and the way it reacts, even if you have 100 drones, every single one flies a little bit different so on the left up here shows the video im actually holding it in this first video just to Show you, the video footage ill show you the pictures in a minute uh. It does not have a three axis gimbal, so youre not going to get this stable, uh picture, but im just showing the quality of the camera.
If you did want to hold it also, the first time i took off when i set the gyros, i set it on a brick and it wasnt level and it just took off and i couldnt hardly control it. That was user error. You got to set it on a flat level ground. First, take off theres a video on the left now showing see how its kind of shaky on your gimbal its a really good 1080 is a lot better than what people think it is. Everybody wants 2k and 4k, but all that does is take up a lot of memory, theres no memory card, so it records these videos to your app. So when you get done, you can open your app and then save it to your phone, so never bring it past line of sight, as i mentioned in the end, i had this drone and i tried to do past line of sight to see how far it Would go, i had my son and he was going to watch it, but it just took off and kept going so heres. The pictures look at these pictures. So if you want to take this out on a family outing and take pictures of your kids soccer game or the beach or something like that, i mean those pictures are fantastic. So here i even took it out again getting more and more used to it. So i didnt set my gyro this time on them.
On that brick, i set the gyro inside on a flat table every time you crash it, you need to reset your gyros every time you change your battery. You need to reset your gyros and you need to reconnect it to the wi fi, so you need to start your pre start checklist. Every time you change the battery, not just the first time you ever go to take it out so right there. I brought it right to the end of my line of sight when i bring it back, you see it takes a long time to turn around a little bit. Underpowered, i think, is what it is, but thats actually good for a budget beginner drone. So just take it out, dont be nervous. If this is your first drone, like i said its going to take a little bit of time to get used to the orientation of the controls, but i like driving when you drive somewhere now you dont think about it. You just drive there youre aware of your surroundings, but you dont think about driving the longer you fly. This drone itll be the same way. You wont have to think about what the controllers are doing. Youll just think about where its going – and you wont even think about what your fingers are doing seem like kids, get it way faster than us old folks. So thanks so much for watching and uh ill give you my final review on this drone and ill see.
You in the next one Music Music, so thanks so much for watching my review of the holy stone. 260. um, like i mentioned when i was flying it, it does take a long time to turn around. So it has a lot of latency, not in the controls. It responds really quick in the latency of the controls, but it does if youre flying it aggressively. It does take a long time to spin. So, if youre going really fast with this drone – and you want to spin it around – you got to give yourself a lot of space. Maybe i should spend more time with it. Also. The fact that i try to do a range test with this drone, which i shouldnt do with the non gps drone. I should never fly it beyond line of sight. I pushed it out to about over 100 meters, maybe up to 150, and it flew away so holy stone was nice enough to send me another one and ill. Never do that again with the non gps drone on a gps drone. It knows where its going, and so, if you hit return to home, it comes back non gps. It doesnt have that memory, so dont ever try to do what i did and uh and try to test the limitations of the distance of how far a non gps drone will fly, try to keep it like within a football field because really thats inside the line Of sight, anyway, that youre supposed to do by the faa, so how do i think it compares with some of the other drones? I think i like that 440, a little bit better and its ten dollars more and definitely in this price point i love the d50.
I love the controller of the d50. I love the way it feels so if you bought this and youre watching, this youve still got a good drone at the price point. Its got packs a lot of punch for under a hundred dollars. Its gon na be really hard for anything in the 300 range now, from now on, with the dji mini se released so holy stones really putting out a lot of drones. Their customer support is really good, so they listen to people they try their best and their be competitive in the marketplace in these budget drones and again, if its should this be your first drone. No, this should always be your first throne. They do make the best beginner drone in the market, the hs210, because this thing sits on four axis, just like any other drones. What i mean by that is all drones: they go forward and backwards up and down they roll left and right and they yaw left and right. So the controller on that hs210 is just like the controllers of all the other drones um, and so you need to learn the orientation of them before you put them in the air its safer for you, your drone and anyone around you.