There are so many quadcopter drones to choose from that it’s hard to know where to start. When you finally decide on the make of drone you want you have to choose between a few different styles and price ranges. Finally you’ve whittled it down to a choice between the Holy Stone F181C vs F181W but which one?
We’re going to help you here by giving a short overview of each drone and we’ll give you the differences between them so it might help you to decide which one is best for you.
Holy Stone F181C Overview
This Holy Stone F181C is a great looking drone, at a size of 12.2 (L) X3.5 (H) X12.2 (W) inches big enough to carry a camera for some aerial photography and video.
This quadcopter holds a 720p HD camera for some quality output. This is built with enough features to make it a great beginner drone for anyone to try.
To begin with you have a button to control take off and landing so while you’re learning you don’t need to worry about getting in the air or making a dogs dinner of the landing as it’s done for you with one press of a button. If you’re nervous about it flying off and disappearing on you there are 4 speed modes so that you can start on the slowest for steady flying while you’re getting the hang of all of the controls. Again if you’re worried that it’s getting out of range there is a return button that will bring it back to you which gives you some peace of mind.
Easy to Fly
One of the most difficult things to master is the orientation of the drone, there are different colored lights on the F181C which can help you to identify which is the front or back of it and a blue light on the front but if it’s getting you confused and you can’t work out the direction to move the controls then you have got the option of headless mode which takes thinking out of the flying. With headless mode on it doesn’t matter which way the drone is facing in front of you, when you push the direction lever forward it will fly forwards and pulling the lever back will bring the drone back to you. You have to be facing the drone.
The 6-axis gyro is helpful in giving you a smooth flight with your Holy Stone F181C quadcopter but if you want to hold steady for taking photographs or videos of special places then the automatic altitude hold is a great feature to have on a drone. All you need to to is get the drone to the height you want it then release the controls and it will hover in place. Neat! When flying you can turn off the led lights if you don’t need them and save a bit of battery life and once you get a bit more comfortable with what you’re doing then you can impress your friends with some 3d flips and rolls.
The remote transmitter is simple to use without too many buttons to make it confusing, there is a small screen which lets you know the speed setting and when the camera is recording. This drone doesn’t need a smartphone to control the camera as it is started and stopped by buttons on the controller. The disadvantage to this is you can’t see what you’re videoing but it does come with a memory card so that you can save your videos and photographs for review. The advantage is that you don’t need a phone to control the camera so if you have bought this for your children and don’t like the idea of them having a phone, they can use the Holy Stone F181 video fine without.
This Holy Stone F181C comes with blade guards so you can protect the propellers from snapping if you have a collision or land awkwardly and has 2 sled shaped landing legs which keep the camera from touching the ground when landing. You have 2 batteries included and with each you will get 7-10 minutes flying time. This is dependant on whether you are using your camera, flying fast or doing tricks which all use a bit more power than just flying. You have a range of 50 – 100 meters before you lose connection. I said it was an epic drone and I wasn’t kidding. Read a full review here.
Holy Stone F181W Overview
The best part about the Holy Stone f181 quadcopters are the features that are offered which make it a great beginner drone but it can go quick enough for it not to be boring for a more experienced flyer.
One button controls
There is the one key take off and landing button and the headless mode as mentioned above which helps in controlling your Holy Stone F181W when you’re just learning. Don’t forget that this drone offers a one key return button too which will hopefully stop it from trying to fly away if you find yourself losing control. You have 4 speed options so that you can get quicker as you improve your flying capability.
The remote transmitter is almost the same as above except that this offers a phone holder as this F181W can be flown with the Holy Stone F181 fpv app so you can view what your drone can and this app can also allow you to fly completely from your phone if you prefer it. If you want to control what videos you shoot then this is where the altitude hold comes into it’s own by allowing you to hover in place and you can see what you are filming or taking a photograph of on your phone.
This includes a memory card and reader to save your footage on. You have 7-10 minutes of flying time per battery with 2 batteries included and you get the Holy Stone F181 charging cables included which have a usb connector so they can be used on your computer. The range is still 50 to 100 meters which is quite far enough when you only have a short battery life.
If you prefer to control your drone with your phone then this Holy Stone F181W will be the best choice for you.
Holy Stone F181C vs F181W
The actual quadcopter drone included in both of these options is the same, with the same fittings. They both have the same features included to do with flying.
The main difference between these 2 F181 drones is the ability to use FPV with an app on the F181W. Using the app you can get full flying capability using your phone so you don’t have to use the transmitter which you might find easier. If the video isn’t the main reason for buying a drone then you might find the Holy Stone F181C the better option, you can still video with it but you can’t see what it’s seeing until you watch the playback. The F181W comes in at about $20 more in price than the F181C so if price is an issue for you then you get the same flying capability with both drones, it’s only if you want the FPV and app control then you will have to pay extra for it.
There is not a lot of difference between these 2 drones, it’s all about the app. The Holy Stone F181 price for both options is in the $100 -$150 range with the F181C being the cheapest. There is no problem getting Holy Stone F181 parts which work on both drones at Amazon.com and they both include the F181 quadcopter manual so you can follow the setup instructions easily. So if the FPV option isn’t a dealbreaker for you then go for the Holy Stone F181C and get a great drone that’s easy to control, if you would prefer the extra option of flying using your phone for better flying views and phone control then go for the Holy Stone F181W.