DJI Mavic Air 2 vs Hubsan H117S Zino Camera Drone Comparison

DJI Mavic Air 2 vs Hubsan H117S Zino Camera Drone Comparison

In this article we compare the specs and features of the DJI Mavic Air 2 and the Hubsan H117S Zino camera drones.

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Spec Comparison of the DJI Mavic Air 2 and the Hubsan Zino H117S

In this article we compare the features of the DJI Mavic Air 2 and the Hubsan Zino also known as the H117S camera drones.

The Hubsan Zino is the first consumer camera drone by Hubsan which has some serious specs and great potential to be used as a professional aerial camera and film making drone.

It only costs $399 brand new and was released in early 2019.

The Mavic Air 2 which has just been launched as of spring 2020 is almost three times the price, at $999 for the fly more combo, is it three times the drone?

Physical Comparison

In their folded form, these camera drones are almost identical in size, with the Mavic Air 2 being a few mm wider but also a few mm smaller in height.

This gives them near exact volume sizes of 1.4L, 1458cm³ for the Hubsan Zino and 1466cm³ for the Mavic Air 2. If we were to get picky, the MA2 is actually slightly larger by 8cm cubed which is about the size of your little finger.

Even though they are the same size when their arms are folded in, their weight is much more different.

The Mavic Air 2 is the lighter of the two drones, coming in at 570 grams, ready to fly. With the Hubsan Zino weighing in at 700 grams total weight.

Performance Comparison

There is a huge difference in the top speed for the two camera drones, with the Mavic Air 2 coming out on top.

It has a top speed of 68kmh, compared to the 36kmh speed of the Hubsan Zino H117S.

The transmission distance from the camera to the remote control, or your smart phone is one of the best from Mavic Air 2, with a 10km transmission distance.

The Hubsan Zino has a transmission of just 1km in comparison.

Flight time is also very good from the Mavic Air 2, at 34 minutes total flight time.

The Hubsan Zino has a total flight time of 23 minutes, so 11 minutes less flight time between the two camera drones.

Photo and Video Comparison

The cameras on the two camera drones are much different, with them both using different image sensors and image sensor sizes.

The Mavic Air 2 has the slightly larger 1/2" inch image sensor, using the Sony IMX 586, whilst the Hubsan is utilising the Sony IMX258 which is a 1/3" image sensor size.

This is a difference of 2mm diagonally between the two image sensors.

Because of this size, it shows in what photo and video resolutions they are capable of.

Both are 4K video cameras, but in regards to their photography, they Mavic Air 2 is also capable of taking 48mp photos, 4x bigger photos, which is perfect for prints.

They both have a number of photo and video shooting modes, with the DJI Mavic Air 2 offering a few more features, such as timelapse and cinematic modes.

The Mavic Air 2 is also capable of taking RAW photos in DNG format and d-cinelike flat profile videos. This is great if you want to do post colour grading by yourself without relying on the HDR video or normal exposure and colours coming out of the Mavic Air 2.

You do get slow motion on the Hubsan, but only in 1080p and at 60fps. This is nowhere near as good as the Mavic Air 2 offering of 240fps at 1080p. You can actually get this framerate at 4K on the Mavic Air 2, 4K at 60fps.

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

Summary

This is just a brief introduction to the features and comparison of the two camera drones, but they are like night and day in terms of differences.

But this is unfair to the Hubsan, which as a simple beginner camera drone for film making, we have seen create some fantastic short films on youtube.

It is a very capable camera drone, but much more manual work is needed for it. It doesn't fly as long and is also heavier.

If you have the money, then the Mavic Air 2 is hard to beat, it has all the bells and whistles and more and a fantastic drone, even for $999.

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Image dji mavic air 2 camera drone hubsan zino h117s camera drone
Title DJI Mavic Air 2 Drone Specs Hubsan Zino H117S Drone Specs
Price $999 $399
Video reviews
Release Date 4 years ago 5 years 5 months ago
Manufacturer DJI Hubsan

Physical Specs

Physical Specs

Diagonal Distance 200mm 200mm
Dimensions (smallest) 180 × 97 × 84 mm 180 × 90 × 90 mm
Volume Size 1466cm³ 1458cm³
Controller Type remote controller and smart phone remote controller and smart phone
Controller Dimensions 101 × 152 × 38 mm
Controller Volume Size 583cm³
Weight 570grams 700grams
Controller Weight
Drone & Controller Combined Volume 2049cm³
Drone & Controller Combined Weight
Size small medium
Physical Features folding arms folding arms

Performance Specs

Performance Specs

Max Speed 68kmh 36kmh
Max Ascent Speed 4m/s
Max Descent Speed 4m/s
Max Wind Speed 38kmh
Wind Resistance level 5 level 5
Max Flight Altitude 5000m 500m
Transmission Distance 10 km 1 km
Flight Time 34 minutes 23 minutes
Noise Level 74 decibels
Charge Time 100 minutes
Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life) 25/100
Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time) 38.53km 13.80km
Positioning Sensor GPS

Photo and Video Specs

Photo and Video Specs

Focal Length 24mm
Field of View 84° 89°
Max Bitrate 120 Mbps 60 Mbps
Image Sensor sony imx586 sony imx258
Image Sensor Size 1/2" Inch 1/3" Inch
Image Sensor Size Diagonal 8.00mm 6.00mm
Photo Resolution 48mp 12mp
Slow mo (1080p) 8x 2x
Slowest FPS (1080p) 240fps 60fps
Best Video Resolution 4k 4k
Flight Modes cinematic mode, normal mode, sport mode ATTI mode, normal mode, sport mode
Image Format DNG, JPEG, raw JPEG
Image Processor Ambarella A12
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 panorama, single shot, standard photo
Resolution and FPS Pairings 1080p 120fps, 1080p 240fps, 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps, 2.7k 60fps, 4k 30fps, 4k 60fps 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps, 4k 30fps
Auto Shot Modes asteroid, boomerang, circle, course lock, dronie, free, helix, rocket, waypoint
Tracking Modes active track, focus track, point of interest
Video Format D-Cinelike, H.264, H.265, MOV, MP4 H.264, MP4
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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