Holystone HS220 drone review – fly it folded and unfolded

Holystone HS220 drone review - fly it folded and unfolded

Battery Life

7 min

Range

100m

Camera

720p

Motors

Brushed

Holystone is one of the more notable toy drone companies in America. Allthough, just like everyone else, their drones are made in China.

However, what I have noticed different about the HS220 is that it has both quality and unique well thought functions to it.

There's also no fake buttons on the transmitter! 

YES

If you're in a hurry, well, this drone is perfect for beginners as it's very well protected, crash proof and the camera can be fun at times.

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What to look for in a beginner drone

Battery Life

This is generally valid for any type of drone. 

How long it stays in the air is quite important as a fact, if you want to have fun without having to charge it right away and spoil the fun.

You'll want to get a drone with a removable battery and that preferably comes with multiple ones in the package (or the option to buy more).

The holystone HS220 does come with 2 that are interchangeable with the controller, so you'll have plenty. One battery lasts for over 7 minutes.

Drone saftey and flight

You'll definitely crash your first drone, and you need to make it last way past that first crash.

That's where prop guards, and different drone builds and materials come into play.

Speciffically, the HS220 is quite resilient and can handle crashes very well, as the prop guards are actually a part of the frame itself and they have some elasticity to them.

This means they won't break easily and you can freely hit things without challenging the props.

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Holystone HS220 Price and specs

Being under the $100 category, I would consider it low budget, but make sure you actually like using the camera too.

Why is that?

Because if not, you can definitely get cheaper drones for training. 

This quadcopter does come with a few advantages though:

  • the flight time is not that bad
  • it comes with a transmitter
  • there's two batteries in the package
  • it can fly in two folding modes
Specs
Camera Options
With Camera
Camera Resolution: 720p
Gopro
Features
GPS
Gimbal
Phone Controlled
Transmitter
Motor Type: Brushed
Optical Flow Stabilization
Battery Life: 7
Flight Range: 100
Foldable
Micro SD Card
Under 250g
Drone Types
Beginner
Professional
Indoors
Racing

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HS 220 video Review

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Transmitter and flight

It's a very good thing the drone comes with capable transmitter. I would never recommend you to learn flying a drone directly on a phone.

The tactile feedback of a transmitter makes things much easier and learning faster.

The drone flies quite well, it doesn't come with optical flow stabilization like most of these newer ones do, but that only helps with learning how to fly.

It does have altitude hold, which means it comes with a barometer to keep it steady in the air at the same altitude.

The drone comes with standard controls, including:

  • trimming button
  • launch/land button
  • changing the flying mode between folded and unfolded
  • headless mode
  • record and picture button

The drone can fly in 2 speed modes, including sport mode which makes it faster and better for facing wind outside.

It can also do flips in the air just by the press of a button.

It's a nimble quadcopter overall that has been quite a pleasure to fly even for me.

HS220

8 Total Score
A very unique Drone

The folding design is quite different from what I've seen before, but the overall quality and features are all well thought.

Video Quality
9
Flight stability
8.5
Photo Quality
9.5
PROS
  • good flight experience
  • well protected propellers
  • 2 flight modes (indoors and outdoors)
  • interesting transmitter
CONS
  • can't face wind too well

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:

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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:

  1.  
  • 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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