Holy Stone HS280: Camera drone under $100

HS280 drone

The Holy Stone HS280 is the company’s latest camera drone. When it comes to budget drones, Holy Stone is one of the favorite brands of many RC enthusiasts. At just 5.3 lbs (151g), it does not require registration in most countries, allowing it to be used outdoors without any stress.

Being equipped with brushed motors, it can be considered only a toy compared to any DJI drone. With folded arms measures just 135*98*53 mm. In front, above the 1080P camera, there is a white LED bar that guides you during night flights. It is indeed to be used in tandem with the HS FPV V4 mobile APP, which enables camera live-view over WIFi connectivity and smart flight modes. The advertised battery life is about 13 minutes per charge.

The headless flight mode and dual-speed rates are two handy features for novice pilots.

Key features

  • [User Friendly]: Multiple intelligent flying modes and features like One-Key Takeoff/Landing, Headless Mode, Auto Hovering, Emergency Stop, and Gravity Sensor are for beginners.
  • [Ideal for Gifts]: HS280 is not just an amazing toy drone for kids. Adults will love it too. One of the best birthday gifts for friends, boys, and girls
  • [Fly without Endurance Anxiety]: the package is coming with 2 modular batteries; it only takes you 70 minutes to fully charge the battery
  • [Adjustable 1080P Ultra Clear Camera]: 1080P HD camera (angle 80°adjustable) plus smooth FPV Real-Time transmission equals to the enlargement of the horizon! Capture the beauty and vastness of the world with great ease in remarkable detail with 1920*1080 photos
  • [Flying just like Gameplay]: A few taps on HS FPV V4 app opens up a wonderful new world of flying: freely draw the flight route on the screen (trajectory flight), make the drone response to your voice commands (voice control), trigger the drone’s camera by raising up your palm or making a V-sign (gesture selfie), control the fly direction by simply tilting your phone (gravity sensor mode)
  • [Foldable Design and Lightweight]: Weighing less than 0.34 lbs, HS280 is almost as light as the average smartphone. There is no need to register with the FAA. The fold-able design and the lightweight make sure you can take HS280 to wherever you want to go
  • [Speed Switch] 2-speed from low to high, suitable for beginners and experts. You can switch different speed modes. It brings unlimited fun to children
  • [One Key Take-Off/Landing] Take off or landing with a single press, make it easy and involve a number of steps for any user who is new to the drone
  • [Headless Mode] With Headless Mode, there is no need to distinguish the direction of your drone when it is far away from you

Technical specifications

Weight 151 g / 5.33 oz
Dimensions 329*210*53 mm (Unfolded)
135*98*53 mm ( Folded)
Flight Time 13 minutes
Charging Time 70 minutes
FPV Distance 328 feet / 100 m
Flight Distance 28 feet / 100 m
Camera Frequency 2.4Ghz
Video/photo Resolution HD 1920x1080P


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