Holy Stone X300C Camera Drone Review
Holy Stone sure has been putting a lot of quadcopters on the market, quite a few of which I’ve reviewed in this site. The company rebrands and imports RC craft from various manufacturers and then provides local U.S. support for them.
The X300C (actually by MJX) fills a comfortable niche between the smaller and larger drones, and knowing Holy Stone’s taste in products it promises to be worth looking at.
The X300C has some real space-themed styling. I get a Sci-Fi vibe from it more than anything else; sort of like a generic starfighter. I do like the chrome paint job though; I haven’t really seen any quads go that route yet. Although I’m not sure that’s the best idea when it comes to cosmetic crash damage. So although it is far less flashy, maybe it’s better to go for the white one instead. Sure it will show up the dirt more easily, but I don’t think it will chip the way I imagine the chrome finish will.
Contents May Be Hot
In the box you get the quadcopter itself as well as a transmitter with smartphone holder for FPV. You get two 750 mAh batteries, which is always nice, especially since each comes with their own USB charger. You also get some extra props, a screwdriver, and, interestingly, a pair of “safety glasses” which I doubt anyone will actually wear.
So nothing really surprising about the contents and also nothing terrible either. The very definition of “middle of the road.”
There are none. Not really. The X300C has what we’ve come to expect from most midrange quadcopters. It has WiFi FPV via your smartphone. It has a headless mode for beginners as well as one-key return.
It takes two hours to charge the battery, so it’s a good thing that there are two of them. For that you get 10 minutes of flight time. Which is pretty average, especially considering that it uses a 750 mAh unit and is comparatively lighter than other quads in this price class.
The range of the transmitter is at most 333 feet, and at a minimum, half of that figure. It’s a model we’ve seen with other MJX quads before and it’s perfectly serviceable. The phone mounting also does it’s job and will treat you to the usually laggy and twitchy WiFi FPV, but that’s just par for the course, really.
It can do automated flips and rolls, no problem. Interestingly it seems that it can switch between mode 1 and 2 easily, or at least the throttle can be switched. The documentation isn’t too clear on that point.
Holy Stone says that the design of the X300C is such that replacing parts is fast and easy. I’ve seen a few new quads employ this modular design and it is pretty welcome.
Flight of the Concord
People who have bought and flown the X300C are very positive about how it handles, how easy it is for newcomers and youngsters, and how well the TX feels and works. All in all, the X300C seems precise and agile.
It does seem as if the X300C has a hard time with moderate winds, but given how relatively small it is, that’s not too surprising.
I couldn’t find any info on the exact quality of the camera sensor but, frankly, I wouldn’t hope for too much.
What’s the Deal?
I really don’t have a problem with the X300C, but to be honest I think it’s simply too expensive for what it is. In a world of excellent sub-$100 drones I don’t think it’s worth the c-bill Holy Stone is asking for. It’s precariously positioned and personally I would go for something slightly more expensive or slightly less expensive. There’s just nothing to get excited about here.
Until the price comes down, I’m afraid this bird is a bit outclassed. This is especially true if you don’t care too much for FPV and since WiFi FPV tends to be pretty bad for actual flying and not just lining up shots, you may be better off buying something like the LaTrax Alias, which is a far better product at a similar price. It will tear up the outdoors while the XC sort of gets blown around.