The Holy Stone HS230 compares to the Parrot Mambo more than the Force1 drone in terms of specs and price.
It offers seven to nine minutes of flight time, a remote distance of around 100 meters, and a maximum speed of 45 kilometers-per-hour. The camera is a 1280 x 720p model with 120-degrees and a live function.
Let’s get down to racing features.
The body and design of the drone are clean, which Holy Stone says allows it to tackle wind resistance surprisingly well. It markets the drone as a high-speed wind resistance quadcopter, but beyond the body, it is unclear how else it resists any wind speeds in the double digits. We think it could be fine as long as it stays below ten miles-per-hour, but we wouldn’t recommend it for dealing with anything more than a breeze.
Additionally, the HS230 RC straddles the line between entry-level racing drone and an intermediate drone. There’s no auto hovering, which throws beginners into the deep end as they master throttle control over extended periods. There is, however, a headless mode, which caters to those closer to beginner’s level.
As for the camera, it is nothing special and is generally on par with the cameras in all other racing drones. These cameras aren’t meant for superior for photographs but instead for memorable race videos.
One feature we particularly like is the controller. It operates on a 58.G frequency, so it’s less likely to suffer interruptions compared to 2.4 GHz. It also includes an LCD screen so that FPV is at the tip of your fingers rather than on a secondary device. The device is also relatively simple compared to the pro models.
A quick overview of the controller shows that the buttons remain self-explanatory and that the only issues will be in mastering the joysticks and the trimmer.
A full overview of the specs includes:
Overall, the Holy Stone HS230 is fast and agile and offers something for all skill levels, particularly for confident beginners. It’s not a professional racing drone, but it is a good product to practice on if competition-level is your ultimate goal.