Hubsan makes fantastic long-range drones. You only have to check on their official website to see that. Now, about the Hubsan Zino 2 drone, well, many reviews wax lyrical about it. Are they justified?
We will find out when we look at its features and flight functions. One thing we do know though is that the drone costs a handsome amount of money. It will cost you more than $500.
For that kind of money, you expect some stand-out features. Starting with the 8000-meter flight range, long flight time and hover time, perhaps all that the reviews say is true.
Hubsan Zino 2 Features & Technical Details
By first look, the features are almost everything that you expect from a drone within this price range. This looks like a solid and sound drone. The physical features are sound enough.
Design and build quality
First, the Zino 2 has brushless motors. These have pretty much become the standard for almost every drone above the $100 mark. The reason for that is that the motors are quieter, they last longer, they do not overheat and they consume less battery power. They also require minimal care and maintenance.
This is a foldable drone, and yet it is small even when it is unfolded. It measures 12.8 by 10.2 by 3.7 inches when it is unfolded. When the drone is folded, it measures almost half that size. It is also a heavy drone with a takeoff weight of 929g. You have to register it with the FAA if you are in America. You may also find out which authority to register it with in your country.
While this weight will be a bit heavy for traveling, it is beneficial because it makes the drone more stable when in flight.
The hull of the drone is made with polycarbonate material. While many drones that we have reviewed here are made of ABS plastic, this one is a bit different. Polycarbonate is heavier than ABS plastic, but it is more durable and therefore, it can offer better protection to the delicate interior parts of the drone in case there is a crash.
The black and white color scheme of the Hubsan Zino 2 is nice. It makes the drone looks sleek and stylish.
The one thing that we love about this camera is its versatility. You can use it in different resolutions starting with 4K (3840 by 2160 at 30/60fps), 2.7K (2704 by 1520 at 30/60fps), 1080P (1920 by 1080 at 30/60/120fps) and 720P (1280 by 720 at 30/60/120/200fps). You can get varying brightness for your footage depending on your needs.
The camera has an 80-degree angle. This is not too wide for a field of view, but it still allows you to capture footage with good background. You will also enjoy first person view with this drone’s camera.
The drone has a detachable gimbal. If you want to fly the drone in sport mode and you do not care about footage, you can remove the gimbal. With 3-axis, this is very stable and the footage will not be distorted.
Battery and flight time
You will get a high capacity battery (17.4V 4S 3800mAh battery). This intelligent lithium battery is going to display the remaining charge accurately. It is also safe to handle with no exposed parts. You will find it easy to insert and remove from the drone.
You will get a flight time of 33 minutes from this battery. At the same time, you will also get hovering time of 32 minutes when there is no wind. If you fly this drone in sport mode, it will consume slightly more battery power than when flying it in regular mode.
Always charge the battery with the provided charge so that you do not damage it. The charging time is fair at 180 minutes.
Keep monitoring the battery charge and bring the drone home before the battery is drained completely. Do not worry though because your Hubsan Zino 2 will come home automatically when the battery runs or low or when it loses signal.
You will have the option of buying the drone with two batteries or you can order another battery later. That way, you will enjoy a longer flight time.
The Zino 2 remote controller is white in color and it looks quite simplistic in design. It is nimble and sleek, and it will fit perfectly in your hands. It comes with a built-in battery that has a 3350mAh capacity. You will also get a cable for charging this battery. In addition, the maximum signal distance of the controller is 8000 meters.
The controller also has a smartphone holder that is designed to hold devices that are 160mm/6.3 inches and 8.5mm/0.3 inches thick. The holder is also foldable so you can keep it out of the way when you do not need it.
This remote controller has a small screen that displays the drone’s vitals such as distance, height and battery status. You will also notice the accuracy of the joysticks.
Hubsan Zino 2 Flight Functions
There are vital flight functions integrated into this drone. They make the drone easier, more enjoyable and safer to fly. Here are some of the flight functions:
Optical flow positioning
With optical flow positioning, you can get your drone to hover precisely and maintain its vertical height when flying. Whether you fly the drone indoors or outdoors, this drone is going to hover precisely.
This drone will return home automatically because it connects to the GPS in your smartphone. Therefore, it is hard to lose even when it loses signal or when the battery runs low. You can safely conclude that this is one of the safest drones to fly.
Altitude Hold Mode
Set the vertical height at which you would love to fly your drone. It will hold that altitude precisely so that you just have to concentrate on the horizontal flight of the drone. You will also be better able to concentrate on capturing your footage.
With this function, which you can find on the app, you will be able to plan the flight path that the drone will use. Just draw the route on the map and when you launch the drone, it will follow that route.
Short summary of feedback from existing owners
I love that they sell this drone with a storage bag. It is quite hardy too, but the whole package feels a bit too heavy. Lindsey F.
This is a high quality drone and it flies very well. I was able to bring it home even after it was caught in some wind. Tony W.
33 minutes of flight time from one battery is pretty incredible. The build quality of the Zino 2 is awesome and so is the flight performance. I think the price is a steal. Reuben K.
I own the Zino Pro and now the Zino 2. From my experience, the Zino 2 is a stunning improvement on the first Hubsan Zino. Josiah M
I wanted to gift my husband something he would not forget fast on our 25th anniversary. I bought him the Zino 2 and he has been over the moon ever since. Bernadette C.
Hubsan Zino 2 Pros
- Comes with a storage bag
- You get a choice of one or two batteries
- Long flight time of 33 minutes
- Drone can do a maximum speed of 72km/h
- The gimbal is removable to make the drone lighter for faster flight
- High quality build with polycarbonate material
- Comes almost ready to fly
- Remote controller has a rechargeable battery
- Level 5 wind resistance
Hubsan Zino 2 Cons
- It is a heavy drone
- The cost is a bit steep
Who Should Buy the Hubsan Zino 2 Drone?
Anyone who can spare the cost should buy the Zino 2. The high quality build, the sleek design and the flight speed of 72km/h make it a worthy investment. You will also get high quality images and videos from the 4K camera. If you love capturing serious footage and getting awesome flight performance at the same time, get the Zino 2. You can use this drone to capture amateur footage for use on your YouTube channel or to take photos for your blog.
Conclusion and Recommendation
In this century, drones have become some of the most sought after grown-up toys. It is easy to see why considering that man has been fascinated with flying since the time of Icarus and Daedelus. Therefore, buying a high quality drone such as the Hubsan Zino 2 is a dream come true for many people. But … it is costly. Therefore, when you buy it, bear the following recommendations in mind:
- Read the user manual, seriously, read it! It will help you understand how to fly the Zino 2
- Choose a calm day to fly the drone. A gust of wind can sweep your drone to kingdom come
- Do not fly this drone in areas with people or animals.
- Choose an open space to fly your drone