Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 vs Hubsan H117S Zino Pro Camera Drone Comparison

Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 vs Hubsan H117S Zino Pro Camera Drone Comparison

In this article we compare the specs and features of the Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 and the Hubsan Zino H117S Pro 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.

If you want to see a side by side comparison table of the two camera drones, head to the bottom of this review.

Spec Comparison of the Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 and the Hubsan Zino Pro

Probably one of the closest comparisons we could make for entry level and affordable camera drones for film making.

But maybe there is more than meets the eye between the Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020, released this year and the Hubsan Zino Pro which was a late 2019 release.

They both retail at about $449 depending on where you look online which means they should both offer similar features?

Physical Comparison

Physically they are very similar, the dimensions are within a few centimetres here and there and this shows in the volume of the two.

The Fimi X8 SE 2020 is 1556cm cubed when folded up in it's smallest form and the Hubsan Zino Pro is 1705cm cubed which makes it about half a can of soda larger than the Fimi.

On the other hand, in terms of weight, the Fimi is slightly heavier at a total weight of 765 grams compared to 709 grams for the Hubsan Zino Pro.

Performance Comparison

Performance wise you get a slightly faster top speed of 65kmh from the Fimi X8 SE 2020, which is 6kmh faster than the Hubsan Zino Pro.

The transmission distance is double that of the Hubsan Zino Pro of 8km for the Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020. You get a 4km transmission distance for the Hubsan Zino Pro. Not the worst transmission distance for a camera drone but nothing special either.

The flight time is similar in that the Fimi far outdoes that of the Hubsan Zino Pro with a total flight time of 35 minutes. The Hubsan Zino Pro offers a 23 minute flight time which is only slightly better than 2-3 year old camera drones and not as long as any of the 2019 or 2020 camera drones available on the market.

Photo and Video Comparison

Both of the cameras are equiped with an 80 degree field of view camera, which means they should see the exact same from the same location in the sky.

The Hubsan doesn't do as well in terms of bitrate as it has 60 mbps video file bitrate compared to the 100 mbps of the Fimi X8 SE 2020.

You do thought get a slightly larger image sensor with the Hubsan Zino Pro. It uses the well established image sensor size of 1/2.3". The Fimi uses a slightly smaller 1/2.6" image sensor which equates to half a millimetre in size difference, negligible in our opinion.

In terms of video you get 1080p up to 4k video resolutions with both but the frame rates differ. The Fimi has 100fps slow motion capabilities compared to the 60fps of the Hubsan Zino Pro. Although this might improve with firmware updates throughout 2020.

You get a number of photo and shooting modes with each camera drone and auto shooting features too.

If you are looking for professional video, the Fimi X8 SE 2020 can record in f-log flat profile which makes for a better foundation to colour correct your footage.

You also get HDR video recording as well with the Fimi X8 SE 2020.

Both of the camera drones are equipped with a 3-axis gimbal to help stabilize their cameras and make smooth cinematic footage.

Summary

For the money, the Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 is by far a superior camera drone. Most of the main areas and features of this drone far surpass that of the Hubsan.

The Hubsan is not a bad camera and aerial photography drone, but for the same price you are getting more with the Fimi.

The only noticeable improvement is that of the image sensor size, which in our opinion is not worth noting as we shoot with many camera formats and types and understand it is not entirely about image sensor size that dictates a cameras level of quality.

 

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Image hubsan zino pro camera drone xioami fimi x8 se 2020 camera drone
Title Hubsan H117S Zino Pro Drone Specs Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 Drone Specs
Price $449 $449
Video reviews
Release Date 11 months 3 weeks ago 4 months 3 weeks ago
Manufacturer Hubsan Xiaomi Fimi

Physical Specs

Physical Specs

Diagonal Distance 192mm 210mm
Dimensions (smallest) 186 × 103 × 89 mm 204 × 106 × 72 mm
Volume Size 1705cm³ 1556cm³
Controller Type remote controller and smart phone remote controller and smart phone
Controller Dimensions 203 × 91 × 46 mm
Controller Volume Size 849cm³
Weight 709grams 765grams
Controller Weight 370 grams
Drone & Controller Combined Volume 2405cm³
Drone & Controller Combined Weight 1135 grams
Size medium medium
Physical Features folding arms folding arms

Performance Specs

Performance Specs

Max Speed 59kmh 65kmh
Max Ascent Speed 8m/s
Max Descent Speed 4m/s
Max Wind Speed 50kmh
Max Flight Altitude 500m
Transmission Distance 4 km 8 km
Flight Time 23 minutes 35 minutes
Noise Level 68 decibels
Charge Time 180 minutes 210 minutes
Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life) 11/100 14/100
Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time) 22.60km 37.91km
Positioning Sensor GLONASS, GPS optical flow, GPS, GLONASS, BEIDUO

Photo and Video Specs

Photo and Video Specs

Focal Length 26mm
Field of View 80° 80°
Max Bitrate 60 Mbps 100 Mbps
Image Sensor
Image Sensor Size 1/2.3" Inch 1/2.6" Inch
Image Sensor Size Diagonal 7.66mm 7.04mm
Photo Resolution 12mp
Slow mo (1080p) 2x 3x
Slowest FPS (1080p) 60fps 100fps
Best Video Resolution 4k 4k
Flight Modes cinematic mode, normal mode, search and rescue
Image Format JPEG DNG, JPEG, raw
Image Processor Ambarella A12 Hisilicon 3559 v200
Obstacle Avoidance none none
Photo Modes panorama, single shot HDR, interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, night shot, panorama, single shot
Resolution and FPS Pairings 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps, 2.7k 60fps, 4k 30fps 1080p 100fps, 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps, 2.7k 60fps, 4k 30fps
Auto Shot Modes active track, follow, orbit, return to home, waypoint circle, dronie, fixed wing, helix, rocket, waypoint
Tracking Modes active track active track, active track parallel, point of interest
Video Format H.264, MP4, MPEG-4 F-log, MP4
Zoom none digital
Video Modes video HDR, video
Image Stabilization 3 axis gimbal 3 axis gimbal
Pros
  • One of the cheapest camera drones you can buy with 4K video
  • Has raw photography features and can save photos as DNG
  • Is very stable in high winds
  • Compacts in to a nice rectangular shape
  • Over 30 minute flight time
Cons
  • The sensor size has dropped in size from 1/2.3" to 1/2.6" from the X8 SE 2018 version drone
User Guide Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 Drone User Guide Manual PDF Download

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