DJI Mavic Air 2 vs Hubsan Zino 2 Camera Drone Comparison

DJI Mavic Air 2 vs Hubsan Zino 2 Camera Drone Comparison

In this article we compare the specs and features of the DJI Mavic Air 2 and the Hubsan Zino 2 camera drones.

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Spec Comparison of the DJI Mavic Air 2 and the Hubsan Zino 2

In this comparison we compare two brand new for 2020 camera drones, the Mavic Air 2 by DJI and the Zino 2 by Hubsan.

The Hubsan Zino 2 is actually the third iteration of this series, with the original Zino, followed by the Zino Pro late last year and now the Hubsan Zino 2 new for 2020.

The DJI Mavic Air 2 is the second generation Mavic Air, released new for spring 2020.

The Hubsan Zino 2 is around half the price of the DJI Mavic Air 2 at $500 and $999 for the DJI Mavic Air 2 fly more combo.

Physical Comparison

Physically these two camera drones are very similar in size, only having minute and millimetre differences in width and height.

They are both folding arm camera drones and are about the same size diagonally when their arms are folded in.

They are 20cm diagonally when in their smallest form and portable size, ready for travel.

To get more of a feel for their dimensions, their volume is almost identical, at just under 1.5L in size for the Mavic Air 2, with a total volume of 1466cm³.

The Hubsan Zino 2 is just over 1.5L in size at 1590cm³.

The weight tells a different story, and the Mavic Air 2 and Hubsan Zino 2 both got heavier from their first generation series camera drones.

The Mavic Air 2 is the lightest of the two at 570grams and the Hubsan Zino 2 weighs in at just under 1kg, at 929grams in total.

Performance Comparison

The Hubsan Zino 2 actually comes out on top here, but only just, with a top speed of 72kmh, compared to that of 68kmh for the Mavic Air 2.

It has a shorter transmission distance though of 8km, compared to 10km for the Mavic Air 2, the difference is minute here and flying at these distances will be few and far between in our opinion.

You get 1 more minute flight time with the Mavic Air 2 compared to the Hubsan Zino 2, this could be a big difference when in strong winds and you're trying to nail a shot.

Photo and Video Comparison

You get a slightly larger field of view on the Mavic Air 2 camera than you do on the Hubsan Zino 2.

The DJI Mavic Air 2 is a 84degrees field of view with the Hubsan Zino 2 being 80degrees. So at the same height in the sky you should see more of the land beneath the camera with the MA2.

The video bitrate is slightly larger at 120mbps for the Mavic Air 2 compared to the 100 mbps of the Hubsan Zino 2.

You also get a slightly larger image sensor size with the DJI Mavic Air 2, at 1/2". This is 0.34mm larger diagonally than the 1/2.3" on the Zino 2 camera drone.

But with this size increase, you get 48mp photos in JPEG format, compared to the 12mp on the Hubsan Zino 2.

You also get 1080p at 240fps, where the Hubsan Zino 2 manages 1080p at 120fps.

They both share 4k at 60fps which is incredible for both drones, especially the Hubsan Zino 2 which comes in at around $500.

You get normal H.264 and MP4 video files with the Hubsan Zino 2 and HDR and d-cinelike features on the Mavic Air 2. So in terms of photo and video features you do get a few more with the DJI.

Both camera drones use a 3-axis gimbal to smooth out their footage.

Summary

The Hubsan Zino 2 and DJI Mavic Air 2 are both tremendous camera drones, packed full of features.

If you need 4K at 60fps, you have that with both, as well as slow motion frame rates at 1080p and everything in-between.

They have similar perfomances which balance out between the two, faster Zino 2 but 1 minute longer flight time on the Mavic Air 2.

If you need timelapse features that the Mavic Air 2 has, or it's obstacle avoidance, it's worth paying more for such a fantastic drone.

If you don't, the Hubsan Zino 2 will get you in to the world of aerial photography and drone film making with a professional and affordable bit of kit.

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Image dji mavic air 2 camera drone hubsan zino 2 camera drone
Title DJI Mavic Air 2 Drone Specs Hubsan Zino 2 Drone Specs
Price $999 $549
Video reviews
Release Date 3 years 11 months ago 4 years 1 month ago
Manufacturer DJI Hubsan

Physical Specs

Physical Specs

Diagonal Distance 200mm 203mm
Dimensions (smallest) 180 × 97 × 84 mm 180 × 94 × 94 mm
Volume Size 1466cm³ 1590cm³
Controller Type remote controller and smart phone remote controller and smart phone
Controller Dimensions 101 × 152 × 38 mm 177 × 128 × 115 mm
Controller Volume Size 583cm³
Weight 570grams 929grams
Controller Weight 471 grams
Drone & Controller Combined Volume 2049cm³
Drone & Controller Combined Weight 1400 grams
Size small medium
Physical Features folding arms folding arms

Performance Specs

Performance Specs

Max Speed 68kmh 72kmh
Max Ascent Speed 4m/s
Max Descent Speed 4m/s
Max Wind Speed 38kmh
Wind Resistance level 5 level 5
Max Flight Altitude 5000m 1000m
Transmission Distance 10 km 8 km
Flight Time 34 minutes 33 minutes
Noise Level 74 decibels
Charge Time 100 minutes 180 minutes
Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life) 25/100 15/100
Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time) 38.53km 39.60km
Positioning Sensor GPS GPS, GLONASS, optical flow

Photo and Video Specs

Photo and Video Specs

Focal Length 24mm 24mm
Field of View 84° 80°
Max Bitrate 120 Mbps 100 Mbps
Image Sensor sony imx586
Image Sensor Size 1/2" Inch 1/2.3" Inch
Image Sensor Size Diagonal 8.00mm 7.66mm
Photo Resolution 48mp 12mp
Slow mo (1080p) 8x 4x
Slowest FPS (1080p) 240fps 120fps
Best Video Resolution 4k 4k
Flight Modes cinematic mode, normal mode, sport mode
Image Format DNG, JPEG, raw JPEG
Image Processor Ambarella H22
Obstacle Avoidance backward, downward, forward none
Photo Modes 180 degree panorama, auto exposure bracketing, burst photos, HDR, interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, panorama, single shot, sphere panorama, timed photos manual ISO, manual shutter speed, panorama, single shot
Resolution and FPS Pairings 1080p 120fps, 1080p 240fps, 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps, 2.7k 60fps, 4k 30fps, 4k 60fps 1080p 120fps, 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps, 2.7k 60fps, 4k 30fps, 4k 60fps
Auto Shot Modes asteroid, boomerang, circle, course lock, dronie, free, helix, rocket, waypoint return to home
Tracking Modes active track, focus track, point of interest active track
Video Format D-Cinelike, H.264, H.265, MOV, MP4 H.264, MP4, MPEG-4
Zoom none none
Video Modes HDR, video video
Image Stabilization 3 axis gimbal 3 axis gimbal
Pros
  • It's less than $1000 brand new
  • Has a long flight time
  • Is a fast camera drone
  • Has a great 1/2" image sensor in the camera
  • One of the highest video bitrates of any film making drone at 120 mbps
  • Can shoot 48mp photos
  • Weighs just over half a kilo at 570 grams, which makes it one of the lightest portable camera drones available
  • Has many more shooting and tracking modes than other DJI drones
Cons
  • For DJI drones and their flying apps, you need specific phones on Android or iPhone 7 or later. We have tried multiple 64bit Android phones on Android 9 and still been unable to use their flying apps, so please check before purchasing.
  • Can't charge via USB straight in to the drone
  • No zoom
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