You know high quality is assured if it is a Holy Stone drone. For years, this Chinese drone maker has been making stunning quadcopters of all sizes, for people of all ages. Their mini drones set the trend as do their feature-packed adult drones. The Holy Stone HS720 is quite advanced yet so affordable at the same time.
It is a sturdy, foldable quadcopter. Expect features such as follow me mode that gets the drone to follow you no matter how fast you move, long flight time of 26 minutes from one battery and GPS assisted functions such as return to home. This is the best drone for the money. It is something that cannot be fully described. You have to experience it.
This compact drone has so many features. It is such fun flying it for the entire battery time. Whether you are looking for the first drone or you have been flying them for sometime, you will find the HS720 quite thrilling. The advanced features may discourage a beginner, but it is a nice buy if you do not want to upgrade to a more advanced one in future.
Holy Stone HS720 Features & Technical Details
Design, build quality and durability
To reiterate, this is a foldable drone. It folds down to a nice, compact shape. This makes it easy to carry in your travel bag so that you can capture video and photo footage at your destination or even along the journey. The drone is sold with a high quality case, so carrying it should be no problem.
The build of the drone is quite sturdy. The exterior casing is made with high quality ABS plastic. It does not crack even when involved in an accident. You will be happy to know that the delicate interior parts of the drone are well protected.
The brushless motors give the HS720 a seamless operation. They are quieter; they last a long time with minimal care and maintenance. They generate enough power to propel the drone far away, to a distance of 3000 feet/915 meters. Brushless motors also consume less power as compared to their brushed counterparts. This is why this drone’s battery can last all of 26 minutes. Brushed drones use more power, draining the batteries faster.
The weight of this drone is 453 g. You can see it is not too heavy to be carrying in your backpack even when you are going hiking. The size, when it is unfolded is 14.4 by 13.2 by 2.4 inches. You can see it is neither too big nor too small. It is so easy to travel with. When you get it, you will also have to register the drone with the FAA before flying it. This is easy, costs just a few dollars and you can do it online.
Finally, another important thing about the design is that it has a slot for a TF card. It can support TF cards of up to 32GB. The card is not provided, so you will have to buy it separately. This is better than having to store all of your footage in your smartphone all the time.
Camera quality and design
The main reason why we buy camera drones is so that we can have a flying camera to take our footage all the time. That is why the camera quality matters a lot. with the Holy Stone HS 720, you will not be disappointed because it comes with a FHD camera with a resolution of 2K. It captures incredible color detail, has great clarity. It is good for shooting footage to use in your professional YouTube channels and other places.
The camera has also been designed with shock absorption so that it captures impressive footage even when there are winds rocking the drone sidewards. The lens is adjustable by up to 90 degrees. If you have experience capturing footage from the air, you will be able to take pro-quality videos and aerial photos.
You will also get a stunning FPV experience with this drone. You will have to download the app to your smartphone to enjoy FPV. The 5GHz WiFi FPV transmission is quite fluent and seamless. It is almost as if you are in the cockpit of the drone itself. You may want to buy a TF card to store footage, before you can transfer it to your computer.
Battery and flight time
You get a balance charger for charging the battery. But first things first. This battery is going to give you 26 minutes of flight time, thanks to its high capacity, the brushless motors and other factors in the drone. This is a military-grade battery intelligent and it alerts you when it starts draining out. Taking it out and inserting it is kid stuff. Find out whether you can order a second one for longer fun time.
Charging time is up to 5 hours. This is common with high capacity batteries. It is worth it, considering the advanced features that will only work when powered by this battery.
The first impression that you will form in your mind when you see this transmitter is just how uncrowded it looks. It is a very stylish controller and has a long connection range of 915 meters. If you are left-handed, the controller is perfect for you, especially with the included throttle mode on the right hand. The remote controller runs on 2 AA batteries. They should be easy to buy in the stores.
This is where this drone will win the hearts of many. It is so rich in flight functions. We will look at some of the most common ones.
Optical Flow System
The drone performs a stable hover thanks to the built-in optical flow system and sensors. It helps keep the drone stable at a fixed height, enabling you to capture your videos and photos without any distortion.
GPS return home
The integration of GPS in drones is a great idea. When this drone loses power, or the signal disconnects, it will return home, to the place where it was launched from. It does this automatically so you do not have to worry about losing it.
With this function, you can draw a flight route that you want the drone to follow and it will follow that. Just draw dots on the app, connect them and when you launch the drone, it will follow that route, no failing.
Follow me mode
Run fast, run slowly… it does not matter to this drone. It will follow you to the end of the world, if the battery will last that long.
One key return
This is another safeguard feature. The drone has GPS capability so it will turn back if there is need to. However, should you want to bring it back home immediately, just press the one key return and the drone will turn back immediately.
Headless mode, one key takeoff and landing
The drone is also equipped with the headless mode function. Since the HS720 has a long flight range, you will be happy that it has headless mode, which aligns the drone automatically so it can fly right. The one key takeoff and landing, which you can find on the controller either launches the drone or gets it to start landing.
Short Summary of Feedback from Existing Owners
I am so thrilled to have this drone. I admit it is my first time to fly such a big drone, having owned mini drones before. It does exactly what the manufacturer says it will. Mr. Payne.
I am yet to fly this drone to the maximum battery time, but from what I have seen so far, I believe I got a good deal for the money. Trudy T.
I am excited. I run a YouTube channel and this drone will help me capture the best videos. Does anyone know whether I can get a spare battery? Anna G.
I flew this drone a weekend ago (September 2019 third week) and it knocked me off my feet. My only regret is that the battery takes too long to charge. Mine did 6 ½ hours. That is too long. Cap J.
For me, I judge the quality of something right from the packaging. When it arrived, my Holy Stone HS720 created the right impression on my mind. Hamil A.
What is to dislike about this drone? Brushless motors, long flight time, superb style, foldable design… I have been searching for long, nothing! Ozzie H.
My third Holy Stone drone. They do not come better than this one at this price range. Incredibly good in the carry case and in flight. Jose G.
Pros of Holy Stone HS720
- Has a stylish and protective carry-case
- Long distance flight and controller connection range
- High quality 2K camera with wide angle of view and certain adjustable features
- SD card slot is a nice touch
- Precise and responsive to commands
- Quiet and smooth while in flight
- You get six extra propeller blades
- Folds into a nice and compact size
Cons of Holy Stone HS720
- Long battery charging time, up to 7 hours
- No info about getting a spare battery (we will update this when they become readily available)
Who Should Buy The Holy Stone HS720?
The HS720 is good for anyone. It has high profile features without being too boisterous about it. However, beginners may find the flurry of features too much, but with time, they can fly it perfectly. This is a good addition to your collection if you love collecting HS drones. If you are looking for a drone that can take your videography to the next level, this is it for you. It has been made by one of the most trusted brand names in the industry. Buy it with confidence knowing that you will get great value for your money.
Conclusion and Recommendation
Read the user manual before you can get to fly this drone. It is not too expensive, but still, it will set you back a good amount of money. Thus, you do not want to risk flying it blindly. Register it with the FAA and then find an open field to fly it. At the beginning, fly short distances until you see how it handles. When you have learned how it flies, you can take it to the maximum distance. Give your Holy Stone HS720 the best care and it will last you a long time.