DJI Mavic Mini vs Hubsan Zino 2 Camera Drone Comparison

DJI Mavic Mini vs Hubsan Zino 2 Camera Drone Comparison

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

You can compare these two drones in more depth at our one of a kind drone comparisons tool, filter film making drones to narrow down features you want in an aerial photography drone and much more.

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.

Summary

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.

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Title DJI Mavic Mini Drone Specs Hubsan Zino 2 Drone Specs
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Price $499 $549
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Release Date 6 months 4 weeks ago 2 months 3 weeks ago
Manufacturer DJI Hubsan
Diagonal Distance 213mm 203mm
Dimensions (smallest) 140 × 82 × 57 mm 180 × 94 × 94 mm
Volume Size 654cm³ 1590cm³
Weight 249grams 929grams
Size small medium
Field of View 83° 80°
Focal Length 24mm 24mm
Max Speed 46kmh 72kmh
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
Image Sensor Size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Image Sensor Size Diagonal 7.66mm 7.66mm
Noise Level 74 decibels
Photo Resolution 12mp 12mp
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 Format JPEG JPEG
Image Processor Ambarella H22
Obstacle Avoidance none none
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
Zoom none none
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
Pros
  • One of the smallest camera drones on the market
  • Under 250 grams 
  • Has manual ISO, manual shutter speed and white balance settings for recording videos
Cons
  • No RAW image support for photos
  • Unstable in medium to strong winds
  • 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.
User Guide DJI Mavic Mini User Guide Manual and PDF Download Hubsan Zino 2 Drone User Guide Manual Instructions PDF Download

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