Holy Stone M62R is an attractive mini drone designed to help new pilots learn how to fly a quadcopter. Equipped with an HD camera, a 4-channel remote controller, 6-axis gyroscopic stabilization, and powerful motors, this drone will provide any new pilot with a lot of fun and a great learning experience. The manufacturers of this drone have included virtually all the components required to fly the drone within an hour after you receive it. In addition to the quadcopter and remote controller, you will receive a USB charging cable, 8 propeller blades, two 350 mAh lithium polymer batteries, 4 propeller guards, one screwdriver, and a user manual.
Holy Stone M62R is built for durability, portability, and good visibility in the air. It has a dimension of 6.1 x 1.6 x 6.1 inches and it weighs less than 11 ounces. The entire package weighs less than 1 pound so it can be carried around easily in a backpack. The camera is built into the body of the drone to achieve a compact design. The body of the drone is tough enough to withstand multiple crashes without breaking. Propeller guards protect the rotating blades and the rotors from breaking when the drone gets entangled in a tree or any other obstacle while flying.
Holy Stone M62R is a true trainer drone. It provides less automation than other micro drones. After practicing with the normal safe flying mode, you can switch over to the 360-degree inverted flight that works with the pre-programmed mode. This advanced flying mode permits you to flip the drone in four different orientations: left, right, forward, and backward. To make the quadcopter more stable outdoors, the manufacturers have added a gyro stabilization system. However, beginners who are new to flying should practice hovering the drone indoors first, or in an open field with very little wind, before attempting to fly at a high altitude.
The 2.4 GHz controller is simple to use. This white remote control pad looks like a typical game control, it does not have the joysticks like the larger drones but it is very light and easy to handle. It has 4 channels which can be used to learn how to fly and get prepared for professional drones like the DJI Phantom. The maximum flight range for this transmitter is much longer than advertised. So you can keep flying while the drone is more than 30 meters away from you. However, you must realize that immediately the drone flies beyond the maximum flight range and loses signals from the transmitter, it will drop down to the ground immediately. So it is not advisable to fly it beyond the advertised flight range.
Holy Stone M62R has a powerful HD camera that records crisp and clear video and photographs. Whether the drone is flying high up in the sky or a couple of feet above the ground in your garage, you can still take good pictures. That is one of the features that makes this drone great for learning how to take professional aerial photographs. After you switch on the drone and transmitter and test the throttle control, you can activate the video mode by pressing the central red button. After the on/off button turns blue, you can press the upper part of the left control button to record video or the lower part to snap photographs.
Holy Stone supplies two stock batteries with this quadcopter. Each 3.7V 350 mAh lithium polymer battery will keep the drone flying and recording video for about 10 minutes. This is a bit longer than the 6 minutes advertised in the documentation. However, it takes a little less than 45 minutes to recharge each battery. The batteries should be fully charged using the USB cable before you start flying. To have a longer flying session without recharging the batteries, you should buy additional batteries from Holy Stone. Avoid using chargers that will pass more than 0.5 Amps to the battery so you don’t damage the cells with high charging current.
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Conclusion & Editor Overall Rating
Holy Stone M62R Mini RC quadcopter is a very good training tool for people who are just starting the RC quadcopter hobby. It offers sufficient features to learn how to fly a drone and take great aerial photographs and videos both indoors and outdoors. Its durability and low cost also make it an ideal drone for beginners.