Our Rating - 4.5
The newest addition to the HS quadcopter family, the HS510, is simple enough for beginners, yet advanced enough for more experienced pilots. That's more than enough to make this a game-changer in the pocket-friendly section of the market.
Holy Stone HS510 Review
The name Holy Stone has become synonymous with "quality at a reasonable price" in the drone market.
You've probably heard about at least one Holy Stone drone before you came here. Besides the Holy Stone's newest release, the HS510 that we're talking about today, the HS720 is another excellent example of what the brand can deliver.
Still, one question I get all too often is:
Does Holy Stone make drones as good as everyone makes them out to be, or is it nothing but a passing hype?
While there's no denying that Holy Stone offers some advanced, feature-rich drones at affordable prices, I try my best to avoid generalizations.
Instead, let's look at it one drone at a time – like in this Holy Stone HS510 review. Here's an in-depth analysis of its specs, features, and everything else that makes it stand out in the highly competitive market.
600 to 800 meters
Li-Po 7.6V battery
FHD 4K 5G WIFI FPV camera
Holy Stone HS510 at a Glance
Any drone, Holy Stone or not, is only as good as its features and overall performance.
Plus, if you're going to spend your hard-earned cash on a new quadcopter, it's understandable that you wish to know what you're getting for the money.
And you will:
Keep on reading for a full take on the features, flight functions, and camera specs that the HS510 packs in its compact, foldable frame and see what makes it such a beginner-friendly option!
The Holy Stone HS510 comes fitted with a 7.6V Li-Po 1500 mAh battery, which should be enough for a maximum flight time of 16 minutes on a single charge.
The battery performance isn't exactly industry-leading, but it sure blows some of the competing beginner-friendly quadcopters out of the water.
Plus, I'd say that the flight time is long enough for beginners to get the hang of piloting a drone!
What's more, you don't get one but two rechargeable batteries, meaning two things:
One, the addition of the second battery ups the drone's flight time to 32 minutes total. And two, you don't have to wait for the battery to recharge before you can continue your adventure.
It takes around 150 minutes for the battery to recharge once it runs out of juice, which can be a pretty long wait when all you want is to keep on flying. Then again, spare batteries are available – and getting the third one is always an option.
The relatively compact remote controller, which relies on low-latency 2.4 GHz frequency, can maintain the drone's connection within a range of up to 600 to 800 meters. Switching to FPV real-time video transmission cuts the field down to 200 to 300 meters, though.
As with any other drone, you should fly it in open, obstacle-free spaces to get the best possible range.
The HS510 gets bonus points for the compact-but-stylish design of the remote controller. The LCD screen displays vital in-flight information, including the battery status, and the drone's distance and altitude.
Alternatively, you can hook up your smartphone – there's a dedicated phone holder on the remote's upper side – and use the Holy Stone's official app, Ophelia GO, to control the drone.
The controller unit is powered by two AA batteries, which can be considered an advantage because you don't have to wait for it to recharge. On the flip side, disposable batteries aren't exactly eco-friendly; this isn't necessarily a downside, merely something to keep in mind.
The HS510 is a camera-equipped quadcopter, featuring a 4K Ultra HD camera with a 120-degree wide field of view.
It's capable of taking crystal-clear aerial photography, and can shoot 4K videos at 16 frames per second or 2.7K videos at 25 frames per second, depending on the storage you're using.
The camera has single-axis gimbal stabilization, which isn't as effective as a three-axis gimbal. So, the videos will likely come out a bit shakier than you'd prefer. You get to adjust the camera angle by up to 90 degrees – but only manually. Once the HS510 is in the air, there's not much you can do.
Oh, and one more thing:
The HS510 allows you to see the world from the bird's eye perspective – and in real-time, too – with low-latency 5G-enabled FPV video transmission. You'll see everything your quadcopter sees at distances of up to 200 to 300 meters.
The flight is quiet and responsive while the camera works great and can easily be adjusted. I must say - for a low budget drone, Holy Stone produced a wonderful product, considering all the features you find on the HS720.
What Do We Like?
The overall build quality is one of the first advantages worth mentioning here, along with a foldable design that falls below the 250-gram limit – and doesn't require FAA registration.
It's compact and comes with a carrying case, which makes it travel-friendly, but at the same time, it's powerful – the four brushless motors are there to prove it. Plus, the package includes two batteries, upping the flight time to approximately 32 minutes.
What's more, it comes with a 4K camera with a 120-degree field of view, and – this is my favorite camera feature – has FPV live video transmission enabled.
Last but not least, the general ease of use deserves mention, too. From setting it up for that first flight to the simplified controls and user-friendly flight functions:
It's all about shortening the learning curve and making the HS510 a joy to fly, even with little to no experience.
The 4K UHD camera can record high-resolution videos and shoot clear stills that you can use for your social media selfies. The gesture control feature particularly makes taking photos with this drone extra exciting.
Overall, the Ruko F11 is packed with advanced features that even the most experienced drone users will be proud of. Considering the price tag on this drone, you get a great bang for the buck!
What Don’t We Like?
I already mentioned the few potential downsides that you might experience with the HS510 – although I don't consider them to be "deal-breakers."
For instance, the camera's single-axis gimbal doesn't do much stabilization-wise – and while you can adjust the camera angle by 90 degrees, you can only do it manually.Then again, you won't be using this drone to create professional footage; one of these best 4K drones with UHD cameras might be a better fit.
Advice to Buyers
Whether you're a total beginner or a slightly more experienced hobbyist, this high-quality quadcopter is worth the money:
You're getting a compact, foldable drone that makes for a perfect travel accessory, complete with a set of flight functions that make it super easy to fly. Plus, it comes with a camera for capturing stunning aerial footage, and two batteries that double the HS510's flight time to 32 minutes.
Sure, it's not without its downsides, but looking at its overall performance, the Holy Stone HS510 is still ahead of its similarly-priced competitors.
HS510's small frame packs a host of features that will meet and exceed any beginner's expectations. Moreover, it has what it takes to take any drone enthusiast's experience to a whole new level – and at a reasonable enough price point, too.
I'll wrap up my Holy Stone HS510 review with this:
Regardless of the previous experience you may – or may not – have with drones, you'll be more than happy with the HS510's overall performance. That alone is enough to recommend it!