Holy Stone Predator HS170 Review

Holy Stone HS170 drone review

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This drone has been in the best selling list on Amazon for quite a while now.

It won't impress you with some fancy features or any super long battery life, but it still remains a solid beginner flyer even in 2019.

The price for it is also justified as one of the lowest you can get such a drone for.

It's simple, durable and quite a stable flyer.

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What to look for in a beginner drone

Flight time is obviously important for every type of drone. For beginner ones, it's probably not a great idea to dissapoint a kid or a beginner flyer with a 2 minute flight time. They won't have time to even learn the controls.

The HS170 drone can go to up to 8 minutes of flight time, which is quite a lot for this size.

Charging time is important mainly when there isn't the option to buy spare batteries.

This Holy Stone Charges in about 30 minutes and you cand get aditional spare batteries.

Drone safety is one of the things every parent should take a look at, for obvious reasons. Usually Prop guards and smaller drones are recommended for kids.

The HS170 has a prop protection system that helps with ceiling collisions and the feet are made to bounce a bit and absorb from the contact damage

Ease of use is quite important when it comes to letting a kid fly a drone. So make sure the controls are simple to understand.

HS 170 is a drone with a standard trasnmitter, nothing fancy, but it works. Although I wish it had instructions on it.

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HS170 Price and specs

Again, this drone is a solid buy not because of its overall amazing specs, but because it's simple and doing the basic things right for a very low amount of money.

It is definitely a beginner quadcopter, and it's the right size for flying both indoors and outside.

Just keep in mind to get a few spare batteries with you when outside, as you'll enjoy it even more!

Camera Options
With Camera
Camera Resolution: ~
Phone Controlled
Motor Type: Brushed
Optical Flow Stabilization
Battery Life: 7
Flight Range: 50
Micro SD Card
Under 250g
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HS170 Video Review

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Fliying with this drone will prove to be quite steady, even though it doesn't have the fancy optical stabilization cameras that more expensive drones in 2019 have.

It can do flips and rolls and all that stuff and even comes with a 3 step speed increase option.

So you can go in sport mode if you're more advanced or keep it slow if you just started flying.

Speed mode also has the advantage of better facing outside wind.

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The transmitter has the look of a very basic xbox controller or something else you might use for gaming.

It does feel a lot like a toy drone controller, and that's what it pretty much is.

However, it does do its job pretty well and  comes with things like:

  • trimming buttons
  • on and off button
  • flip switch
  • headless mode


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A durable and stable beginner drone

Even though it doesn't have a camera, this makes it a perfect resilient first drone that you can crash around and it will get back every time.

Video Quality
Flight stability
Photo Quality
  • durable frame
  • steady flight
  • 3 fligth speeds
  • can do flips
  • doesn't have a camera

How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:


1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

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2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.


How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of DronesGator.com and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

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