Hubsan Zino 2 Review 2020 – Is The New Zino Upgrade Worth It?

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Seeing a huge success of its first model of Hubsan Zino, well-known drone manufacturer, Hubsan released a new model, Hubsan Zino 2. Let’s dig deeper into this new Hubsan bird and see if it is worth upgrading from its predecessors.

Hubsan Zino 2 Specs:

  • Maximum take-off altitude: 5000m
  • The longest flight time: 33mins (windless)
  • The longest hover time: 32mins (windless)
  • Max. endurance mileage: 20km (50km/h windless cruising)
  • Wind resistance: 5-level
  • Max. Tiltable angle: 25 degrees (normal mode); 35 degrees (sports mode)
  • Max. rotational speed: 150 degrees/s
  • Working temperature: -10 Deg.C – 40 Deg.C
  • Working frequency: 5.725 – 5.850 GHz
  • Positioning: GPS + GLONASS
  • Check its price on Amazon
Hubsan Zino 2

Hubsan Zino vs Hubsan Zino Pro vs Zino 2 – differences

Even though Hubsan named this model Hubsan Zino 2, this is actually a third generation of Hubsan Zino series since there is also the Hubsan Zino Pro model in between.

Zino Pro comes with a real Speed Mode, the Zino has only a “fake” switch on the controller with no effect to the drone. Pro+ weight is more or less identical as the Zino Pro, 700gr. The Zino 2/2+ is much too heavy for its features and the upcoming laws in some countries. But it outshines its older brothers when it comes to camera quality.

Hubsan Zino 1 camera and image quality is pretty decent. Hubsan Zino Pro is just OK. Hubsan Zino 2 is excellent. It “seems” to me like the Z1 and Z-Pro do a nice job in high lighting conditions. But once you get into winter time, or cloudy days it becomes blurry. Seems to need a lot of light for the quality we expect. The Z2 does a much better job regardless of lighting conditions at the expense of some lens flare flying toward the sun.

The new Zino 2 is a much more powerful drone with important specs jacked up:

  • range is improved from 2.5km to 6km
  • flying time is improved from 23 to 33 minutes
  • camera will be able to do 4k on 60 fps (better than Mavic Air)
  • 32.6 x 26 x 9.49 mm in size, meaning it is slightly bigger
  • weighs almost 1Kg (915 grams) which is 215g more than Hubsan Zino.

Zino 2 vs Zino Pro vs H117S: Tabular overview

 Zino 2Zino ProH117s (Zino 1)
Size (mm)326 x 260 x 95304 x 252 x 90304 x 252 x 90
Weight915g700g700g
Camera4K@60fps4K@30fps4K@30fps
Controller LCDYesNoYes
Range8Km4Km1Km
Max flight speed72 kph60 kph60 kph
Battery life33 minutes23 minutes23 minutes
ColorWhiteBlackWhite
Price$399$299$235

Hubsan Zino 2 features

  • Compact size with foldable arms;
  • Remote controller with built-in screen;
  • GPS positioning system;
  • Multiple flight modes (GPS, Optical Flow or Attittude);
  • 4K camera with up to 60fps recording (100Mbps bitrate);
  • Sony 1/2.3″ 12MP CMOS image sensor (80° FOV);
  • Ambarella H22 image processor;
  • 3-axis mechanical stabilization;
  • Up to 72 kph flight speed;
  • About 33 minutes flight time (in windless conditions);
  • LEAS 2.0 transmission protocol;
  • Up to 8Km FPV range.
  • remote controller with digital display, visible in strong lights.
  • The flight endurance up to 33 minutes (windless); Accurate battery power monitoring.
  • Update the latest firmware of aircraft and remote control online through App.
  • Negative film are downloaded directly via a wireless link.
  • The gimbal is detachable.
  • Support using the transmitter to control the drone DIRECTLY.

As you can see from the specs, Zino 2 is going to be a real beast. And affordable one, at that.

The design and size is similar to Zino but this one flies whopping 10 minutes longer thanks to a larger battery. However, on the other side, this means that Zino 2 is 215g heavier than the first model. Of course, this one is also foldable and easily portable, just like the Zino 1.

Remote controller

Also one of the bigger differences is the new controller with display that is very bright and easily readable on a sunny day. This means you don’t need any external mobile device like your phone to fly Zino 2.

Camera

Camera is top-notch, even better than on Mavic Air, at least on paper. Thanks to the larger aperture, you can shoot good quality videos even in low light.

Battery

As mentioned above, the batter is larger and has larger capacity giving Zino 2 ability to fly 33 minutes in one go – excellent achievement!

FPV

The Hubsan Zino 2 also features FPV capability as it is equipped with 5.8G WiFi so you can check the shooted videos without time-delay and the streaming quality is very good.

Intelligent flight modes

It is an industry standard by now – all mid and high level drones have at least couple of flying modes – Zino 2 is no exception to this. You can access them via the X-Hubsan app and Hubsan offers pretty much same options as the more expensive DJI Mavics – from panorama modes to waypoint and automatic follow modes.

Altitude and speed

Both are very decent – 500m flight height and 72kph are official specifications.

Is Hubsan Zino 2 worth it?

The Zino 2 had a lot of teething issues. Some of them are solved in the meanwhile but Hubsan is known for a sloppy service (e.g. they published last month two totally different firmware versions for the Zino Pro with the same version number). Another issue is the heavy weight of the Zino 2. This could be a problem regarding upcoming law changes in Europe. On the other hand the Zino 2 comes with a higher 4K frame rate and better – means lower – compression with lesser compressing artefacts that most of its competitors from this price range.

Feature packed drone for below $500 – this is a real grab! Hubsan is further improving on its reputation of producing great, mid class, low-cost drones. When you see the specs, you would expect at least 2x the price of the one you can get this machine for. So, don’t hesitate too much and go snatch one from Amazon.

However, in case Zino 2 is not to your liking, we recommend you check out the following reviews: Ruko F11 specs and review, Potensic Dreamer 4k specs and review, ZLRC SG906 Pro 2 review or Contixo F24 Pro review.

Hubsan Zino 2
Hubsan Zino 2 Review 2020 – Is The New Zino Upgrade Worth It?
Hubsan Zino 2 Review 2020 – Is The New Zino Upgrade Worth It?

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