Funsky S20 Short Review
The Funsky S20 is a nice little foldable drone that comes with a decent camera (not 4K) and some nice fun features. Its very light, so you should not fly it in any kind of windy conditions it comes with FPV and is compatible with VR headsets. The drone also comes with gesture control that will allow you to take pictures and videos by hand gesture and it has three-speed modes that will test your flying skills. The drone has a flight time of around 15-18 minutes and a transmission range of 100 meters.
- HD camera
- Compatible with VR Headsets
- Gesture control mode
- 100 meters range
- 18 minutes of flight time
Hi and welcome to my review of the Funsky S20 foldable drone.
This is a budget-friendly drone that recently came to my attention, I have never heard of this drone brand, but from what I understand most of their drones are relatively cheap and aimed towards first-time buyers.
Drones are very fun to fly, especially the ones with cameras, the Funsky S20 comes with a decent camera for its price but it is not a 4k camera as the product page claims.
I don’t know why some of these smaller drone brands exaggerate the quality of the cameras on their drones. It’s not like people will be expecting to shoot professional videos and photos with a drone that costs less than $100.
Despite this, as you shall see from this review, the Funsky S20 is a fun drone to fly and comes with some decent features, although I do believe there are better drones at similar price points.
Funsky S20 Review
As many of my regular readers will know, foldable drones are my favourite type of drones, they are usually very light and the compact design makes them excellent drones to travel with.
The Funsky S20 is a lightweight foldable drone, it has a nice design, it’s not a very big drone, even in its expanded form it measures just 24*27.3*5.9 cm. Like many cheap drones, it is made from plastic and is very light, weighing in at just 220g.
This weight means that you should never fly this in any kind of windy conditions, the drone does feel a bit fragile and may easily be damaged if you crash it.
However, the advantage of having a drone that weighs less than 250g is that if you live in the UK, Canada or the USA, you will not need to register the drone.
Most other countries do not have any kind of weight restrictions for drones that are just going to be flown for fun. However, please still check what the rules are wherever you live to just make sure that you are complying with the law.
As it is a very cheap drone, it comes with brushed motors which are not very powerful or efficient, they will need regular cleaning to keep them in optimal conditions. One the ends of each rotor arm, there are small LED lights, unlike the LED lights on many other drones, these are not big or bright and so it will not be safe to fly during the night.
However, the lights do serve a couple of purposes and that is they indicate when the drone compass has been fully calibrated, and they flash in certain ways when there is something wrong with the drone. You will need to refer to the manual to find out what is wrong, but it will help you identify and fix whatever is wrong with the drone quickly.
The drone is powered by a 7.4v 1200 mAh LiPo battery which is supposed to give the drone a flight time of around 18 minutes, but usually, this time is exaggerated and you will most likely get a flight time of around 15 minutes.
This is a decent flight time for a drone that costs less than $100, however, if you want to extend the flight time, I highly advise you to purchase a couple of extra batteries.
This drone does not come with a GPS system but there is an optical flow sensor on the bottom that will help it maintain a steady altitude when it is hovering.
One feature of this drone I like is its remote controller which has a nice and minimalistic design and feels comfortable in your hands. There are a pair of handles that fold out from the bottom that will allow you to get a better grip on the controller.
It also has a pair of fake antennas and a smartphone holder that flips out from the middle, the controller needs 4 AA batteries to work but unfortunately, you do not get any with the drone package.
The control range is around 100 meters, but I would keep it well within 50-60 meters because the FPV feed gets very choppy after that.
You will also need to download the HFun app which is available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store. This app is used by many other smaller drone brands and is a decent app, it has a good rating and gives you access to some cool features.
Funsky S20 Camera
I want to reiterate something and that is, do not be fooled by the product page of this drone, it is not a 4K camera, I really don’t think it can even record in 1080p. I don’t know why smaller drone brands make exaggerated claims about their drones especially when it comes to the camera.
The camera actually looks quite nice, it sort of looks like the way the camera on the Parrot Anafi has been designed. The camera angle can be automatically adjusted via the remote controller and it has a wide-angle 120° lens.
There is no micro SD card slot, so you will need to record your videos and images over WiFi on to your smartphone, so make sure you have enough memory for this purpose.
The thing about recording video footage over WiFi is that there will be a lot of interference and the quality is not as good as videos that are recorded on a memory card.
Having said that, the actual live video feed is decent, I think the resolution may be in 720p, make sure not to fly this drone in windy conditions as the video feed can be negatively affected.
It does have a digital zoom feature, but it really is not worth zooming in with this type of camera, it just makes the image and video quality more pixelated.
So, it is a decent camera and you can have some fun with it, I just don’t like the exaggerated claims on the product page.
Funsky S20 – Other Features
Despite being a cheap drone, it does come with some cool features such as the following:
Headless mode – This is the default mode and makes it easier for beginners to control the drone as you don’t have to differentiate between the head and tail of the drone.
Gesture control mode – Allows you to take selfies with the mere gesture of your hand.
Waypoint – Draw a flight path on the app and the drone will fly along it automatically.
Follow me – The drone will lock on to your smartphone and follow you around.
Orbit – Similar to follow me mode but instead of following you, the drone will orbit you.
As this isn’t a GPS drone, these features are a hit and miss, they usually work, but if the app hasn’t been updated, these flight modes may not perform as they should.
It also comes with an emergency stop button that you should only use if you are close to the ground. There is an automatic return home feature, but it doesn’t work properly because it does not have a GPS system.
One thing I must make clear, do not fly this drone in windy conditions, its really light and you may lose it or seriously damage it. However, if you avoid flying it in any sort of harsh weather, it is relatively easy to fly and control. The drone comes with three-speed modes and in its highest speed, it is quite fast, so only fly in its top speed if you have some experience flying a drone. The drone is also compatible with certain VR headsets, although being a toy drone and being able to fly very far or high, I don’t think the experience will be worth it.
This is a decent drone, it has some issues like the camera quality is nowhere near as good as it is advertised and even for a supposed beginner-friendly drone, it can be a little frustrating flying it. However, since it costs less than $100 and does come with some fun features, it may be worth checking out, click on the button below to find out more.
If you want a better alternative, I highly recommend the DJI Tello, this is the best drone for a beginner and is very fun to fly. Plus if you or your kid want to learn how to code, you can do so by programming flight patterns through a simple programming language called Scratch. Check out the DJI Tello here.