The Hubsan Zino 2 is an intriguing option for those looking for an alternative to the different DJI Mavic offerings. The Zino 2 is the same price as the $399 Mavic Mini but has features that put it more in the realm of the Mavic Air or even the full-size Mavic or Mavic 2. Should you take at this foldable aerial photography drone? Let’s take a closer look.
Hubsan Zino 2
The Zino 2 has a few important upgrades from the original Zino. It has a better, 4K camera, a larger battery and an upgraded remote. The specs on it are impressive. The Hubsan Zino 2 has a range of 6000 meters and a flight time of 33 minutes. The camera is a Sony 1/2.3″ sensor that can capture 12 MP stills or 4K footage at 60 fps at a bit rate of 100 Mbps. You will be able to capture both JPEG and DNG images. Hubsan claims this camera was built to be able to handle lower light situations better than their previous cameras.
The camera sits on a full three-axis gimbal to help keep the video stable. It is detachable but it doesn’t appear that it can be used as a stand-alone unit. The Hubsan Zino 2 isn’t small and weighs 915 grams or just over 2 lbs. That is almost 4 DJI Mavic Minis! So you’ll be registering this drone.
The Hubsan Zino 2 will have a top speed of 72 kph or about 45 mph. It will utilize GPS and GLONASS as well as optical flow sensors to help keep it stable. It does have a handful of intelligent flight modes, including an orbit, circle, dronie and follow me. You also should be able to shoot panorama photos as well as time-lapse photography with the new Zino 2.
There are a lot of good things that come with the Hubsan Zino 2. It has an impressive list of stats. The camera looks fantastic. It is foldable and portable. Hubsan has even shown a willingness to improve upon their previous models with both firmware and now hardware upgrades. The biggest reason to take a look at the Zino 2 is the price. Starting at $399 it is hard to find a drone that has the same capabilities as the Zino 2. However, it looks like the $399 price tag is a temporary deal. Right now Gearbest has exclusive rights to sell the Zino 2. Eventually, other sellers will offer it, but it looks like its price will settle in closer to $499.
Zino 2 vs the Mavic Mini and others
Should you get the Hubsan Zino 2?
I haven’t personally flown one yet, and it doesn’t look like anyone else has either as they are currently still preselling models. Hubsan has produced a handful of excellent drones and a handful of misses as well. The original Zino looked great but was buggy. Supposedly Hubsan addressed the issues and the Zino Pro was a better drone. Having said all that DJI has an excellent track record. Does the Zino 2 look to be a better drone than the Mavic Mini? On paper, yes, but time will tell if that is actually the case. Should you opt for the loaded Hubsan Zino 2 for $399 or the tiny but proven Mavic Mini? That choice is yours.
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