Spec Comparison of the DJI Mavic Mini and the Hubsan Zino 2 Drone
Two very similarly priced camera drones for budding film makers to get their hands on, they were both released in the last 6 months, end of 2019 and early 2020 and cost about $499 depending on where you look.
The first big difference between the two drones is that of diagonal length when folded up and it's size. The Hubsan Zino 2 is 416mm diagonally whilst the DJI Mavic Mini is nearly half that, at 213mm, which is just a smidge over 20cm.
This is reflected in the dimensions and volume size of each drone too, with the Mavic Mini being just over 2 small cans of pop and the Hubsan Zino 2 is just over 1.5L in volume at 1590cm³.
Their dimensions are 140 × 82 × 57 mm for the Mavic Mini and the Hubsan Zino when folded are 180 × 94 × 94 mm, meaning each side is longer than that on the Mini.
The weight follows a similar fashion, with the Mavic Mini being just 249 grams ready to take off and the Zino 2 being just a tad under 1KG, at 929grams.
The Mavic Mini also has a bigger FOV with 83° field of view and that is 3 more degrees than the Hubsan Zino 2, which means you can see more from the same spot.
The Zino 2 does a little better in terms of flight speed and time, with 33 minutes flight time compared to 30 minutes for the Mavic Mini and a top speed of 72kmh. This is nearly 30kmh faster than the DJI Mavic Mini and a big upgrade compared to the original Hubsan Zino.
The Mavic Mini has a better uptime score too, of 25 out of 100 compared to just 15/100 for the Zino 2. This is worked out by how fast they can charge and how long they can fly for. This is important for those who have just 1 battery and don't opt for the fly more combos.
Max flight distance is somewhere the Zino 2 wins out, with nearly 40km theoretical flight distance from one flight compared to 23km with the Mavic Mini.
You will find both have 3-axis gimbal for camera stabilization and this provides smooth footage for both aerial photography drones.
If you were to compare the weight of each controller, the Hubsan Zino 2, like the drone itself, is almost twice the size of the Mavic Mini controller, so that makes the combined weight of drone and controller 1400 grams for the Zino 2 and only 493 grams for the Mavic Mini, which is almost three times as light.
Important details for those looking for a really portable option.
Photo and Video Comparison of the Mavic Mini and Hubsan Zino 2
They both share the same size image sensor of 1/2.3", but we're guessing they use different image sensors as we are unsure of what the Mavic Mini uses. This comes in at 7.66mm diagonal length for both of the image sensors in these drones, a common size.
The Mavic Mini is only capable of 2x slow mo at 1080p, offering 1080p 60fps whilst the Hubsan Zino 2 is capable of double that, with 120fps.
It is also more capable with video resolutions, having a 4K camera onboard, compared to the 2.7k the Mavic Mini has.
They both take JPEG photos, so no RAW capabilities with either and record MP4 videos.
They both have a number of shooting modes, with the Zino 2 having just a couple more, as the Mini is limited to QuickShots and has the least options of any DJI drone on the market for film makers today.
You can change the ISO, shutter speed and white balance with both camera drones though as Mavic Mini released a new firmware update with this new features.
The Mavic Mini is a little beast and although doesn't have 4K video recording shares many shooting modes, manual video features of the Hubsan Zino 2 and is a similar price.
If you want the extra slow motion and 4K, the Zino 2 is an affordable and portable drone.
|Title||DJI Mavic Mini Drone Specs||Hubsan Zino 2 Drone Specs|
|Buy||Buy @ DJIBuy @ Amazon||Buy @ Banggood|
|Release Date||6 months 4 weeks ago||2 months 3 weeks ago|
|Dimensions (smallest)||140 × 82 × 57 mm||180 × 94 × 94 mm|
|Field of View||83°||80°|
|Max Ascent Speed||4m/s|
|Max Descent Speed||3m/s|
|Max Wind Speed||28kmh|
|Max Flight Altitude||3000m||1000m|
|Transmission Distance||4 km||8 km|
|Flight Time||30 minutes||33 minutes|
|Charge Time||90 minutes||180 minutes|
|Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life)||25/100||15/100|
|Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time)||23.00km||39.60km|
|Max Bitrate||40 Mbps||100 Mbps|
|Image Sensor Size||1/2.3"||1/2.3"|
|Image Sensor Size Diagonal||7.66mm||7.66mm|
|Noise Level||74 decibels|
|Slow mo (1080p)||2x||4x|
|Slowest FPS (1080p)||60fps||120fps|
|Best Video Resolution||2.7k||4k|
|Flight Modes||cinematic mode, normal mode, position mode, sport mode|
|Image Processor||Ambarella H22|
|Photo Modes||auto, interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, manual white balance, single shot||manual ISO, manual shutter speed, panorama, single shot|
|Physical Features||folding arms||folding arms|
|Resolution and FPS Pairings||1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps||1080p 120fps, 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps, 2.7k 60fps, 4k 30fps, 4k 60fps|
|Auto Shot Modes||circle, dronie, helix, rocket||return to home|
|Tracking Modes||none||active track|
|Video Format||H.264, MP4||H.264, MP4, MPEG-4|
|Video Modes||manual ISO, manual shutter speed, manual white balance, video||video|
|Image Stabilization||3 axis gimbal||3 axis gimbal|
|Positioning Sensor||GPS||GPS, GLONASS, optical flow|
|Controller Volume Size||522cm³|
|Controller Dimensions||145 × 80 × 45 mm||177 × 128 × 115 mm|
|Controller Weight||244 grams||471 grams|
|Drone & Controller Combined Volume||1176cm³|
|Drone & Controller Combined Weight||493 grams||1400 grams|
|Controller Type||remote controller and smart phone||remote controller and smart phone|
|User Guide||DJI Mavic Mini User Guide Manual and PDF Download||Hubsan Zino 2 Drone User Guide Manual Instructions PDF Download|