- Foldable Design
- 720p HD Camera
- 3D VR Mode
- 4 Speed Modes
- App Control
The HS160 is one of the recent drone releases from renowned manufacturer Holy Stone. It’s part of a new trend in the drone market where manufacturers are looking to make the devices much more compact and lightweight, as evidenced by the HS160’s foldable design.
This is looks to be a similar route that mobile phone technology took, where newer devices would continually improve upon previous designs, which in the case of drone technology is making the devices as compact and portable as possible.
The HS160 certainly delivers on this front, as it’s one of the most compact devices to feature a HD quality camera. Better still, Holy Stone are embracing other innovative tech to make their drones even more enjoyable for consumers, such as the HS160’s 3D VR mode.
Combined with intuitive and responsive flight controls, an affordable price-tag, and a range of cool extras, the HS160 is a fantastic drone for those looking to get the most bang for their buck. In fact, this is probably one of the best drones for a first-time buyer, as it offers lot of cool features while still being easy to learn and operate.
The HS160’s compactness is notable from the offset. The foldable design works by collapsing the propellers beneath the main body of the drone, allowing the device to easily fit into a pocket or backpack.
Most drones tend to have large, cumbersome propellers that limit portability, so the foldable propeller design is certainly something that users will find helpful. The HS160 is made from a flexible ABS plastic, so it’s not just flexible but durable too, which is impressive considering the small size of the drone.
With a nose mounted 720p camera, the HS160 provides a good HD picture quality, although it is not quite to the standard of a 1080p Full HD camera. That shouldn’t be an issue for most users however, as the photos and video feed are still a good HD quality.
A notable aspect about the camera is the fact its VR compatible. So, if you have a VR headset device you can connect the drone and use it for an awesome 3D flying mode. It is very immersive and great fun to fly in VR mode, although some may find the controls quite difficult.
As for controlling the drone in standard mode, it is relatively easy but may require some practice. A compatible mobile application does make navigating the drone a lot more intuitive, with several function modes available to test out your flying skills.
For instance, gravity sensor mode lets the drone automatically follow the direction on the smartphone screen when using the live feed, while there are four speed modes to accommodate different levels of users.
Altitude control is another useful function that lets you stabilise the HS160 when taking aerial photographs, so there is plenty of fun modes to try out when using the mobile app with the HS160.