Today we want to tell in that review about the new drone called Hubsan H117S Zino, which can become a direct competitor to DJI Mavic Pro.
In this article, we will look at all the functions and features of the Hubsan H117S Zino drone, show the quality of the video recording and much more.
Since the end of November, I have been the owner of the Hubsan H117S Zino, the compact drone with probably the biggest delivery bottleneck in the history of model construction equipment.
Even now, many orders are open, but Hubsan promises to deliver most of the orders in January, that’s my current status.
Anyway, I already have many flying lessons with the Hubsan Zino behind me, took her on an overseas trip to Europe and like to share my experiences with you. So, let’s see the main specs of new Hubsan drone.
Hubsan H117S Zino: Specifications
|Hubsan H117S Zino Drone:||Specs|
|Built-in Gyro:||3-axis stabilized 4k camera|
|Video Ressolution:||3840 x 2160 with 30FPS|
|Lens:||FOV 89-degree wide-angle|
|GNSS:||GPS + GLONASS|
|Flying Time:||up to 23min|
|Charging Time:||About 180 mins|
|Size (L x W x H):||28.00 x 28.00 x 12.00 cm|
|Remote Control:||WiFi Remote Control or Application|
Hubsan H117S Zino: Packaging and Delivery
You can buy one version of the Hubsan H117S Zino. Let’s get to the Hubsan itself, below the whole scope of supply as a list:
- 1x Drone (with Battery)
- 1x Remote control
- 1x Gimbal Protector
- 2x Spare Propellers (one left and right turn)
- 2x Propeller Screw
- 1x Propeller Wrench
- 1x AC Adapter
- 1x Balance Charger
- 1x USB Charger for Drone,
- 1x USB Charger for Transmitter Batter
- 1x 8 Pin RC Cable
- 1x RC Cable (Standard Micro USB Connector)
- 1x RC Cable (USB Type-C Connector)
Totally you have with the Fly More combo of the DJI Mavic Pro flight batteries, a matching bag, enough propeller, and a loading hub included. Anyone who does the combo does not need anything more.
Hubsan H117S Zino: First impression
First of all, I took a closer look at the Hubsan H117S Zino in our test. I already had about a dozen drones myself and the Hubsan Zino is, of course, a novelty in terms of form factor and performance.
Top equipped and still only slightly larger than the area of my whole hand. The weight of around 700g shows that the Hubsan Zino is not cheap to compare Far East drones, even if Hubsan comes from there.
Good workmanship, high-quality materials and a lot of technology are in the small copter.
The small pack size achieved by folding the arms and inserting the propeller. These can simply be folded out and turn into the correct position after starting thanks to the high speed of rotation (centrifugal force).
The two front arms are folded laterally forward, then both lower arms can be folded up in the back. Within a few seconds, the Hubsan H117S Zino is brought from the pack to start configuration.
The intelligent battery is inserted into the top of the copter and locked to the side with two buttons. To insert or remove it, the wings must be folded out at the front.
The rotors are similar to the Phantom 4 already pluggable, ie press and turn slightly, then they lock. I already knew the “fly-out technology” of the wings from my big DJI S900 Hexacopter.
Hubsan H117S Zino: Remote Control
The remote control itself has also shrunk dramatically compared to the DJI Mavic Pro. The pack itself is very small, as you can see in the photo below.
The mounts for the smartphone and the antennas are simply folded, then only the two joysticks stand out.
In the unfolded state, a smartphone has space in the holder, but the remote control is not suitable for tablets.
On the left side leads an adapter cable from the remote control (MicroUSB) to the smartphone, there are three cables with different connections.
All Android and iOS smartphones with USB-C, MicroUSB and Lightning socket can be used with it.
The phone must have the X-Hubsan app, which serves as a LiveView screen and to make various settings, while on the remote control important information such as flight mode, speed, etc. are displayed.
During the flight, I use almost only the remote control itself, the smartphone can continue to be used for settings, special modes or focusing.
Hubsan H117S Zino: Using and Working
First, you should fully charge a battery on the power supply and the additional USB port, the remote control.
The loading hub included with the Fly Mode set allows one to connect 4 batteries at the same time. These are not loaded in parallel, but one after the other!
Next, put the smartphone in the remote control, start the X-Hubsan app and turn on the remote. After that the Hubsan H117S Zino succeeds in both with a short push on the button, followed by a long one.
Now the app and remote control connected to the Zino automatically. Now follow instructions on firmware updates, I recommend this urgent installer.
The installation will be done automatically after you have confirmed and will take between 5 and 10 minutes. During this time, the Hubsan H117S Zino in our analisis will flash and a relatively loud fan noise will be heard.
The Hubsan H117S Zino is ready for use after the firmware update. I recommend you to watch some videos on the net, to read the manual and to start with the beginner fashion, which Hubsan suggests.
The Hubsan H117S Zino only works in GPS mode and has limited flight range and altitude. Alternatively, you can also get started with the flight simulator in the app.
Anyway, for the first wing, it is advisable to search a wide field without pylons and trees, which should be outside of any flight-restricted zones.
Of course, for me, getting started was a bit faster, so I’ve already flown more than one drone model and had the Phantom 3 Professional and the Phantom 4 in constant use before the Hubsan H117S Zino.
So I just completed two test flights here in Europe before traveling to overseas with the Hubsan Zino. If you, like me, have flown with one of DJI’s last phantom models, you will be able to get used to the Hubsan H117S Zino right away.
The Hubsan H117S Zino in our test flies very well and safely, it stands like a one in the sky.
Hubsan H117S Zino: Videos Quality
As already mentioned, I had the Hubsan H117S Zino on an overseas trip. I had the Zino itself, two batteries, remote control, charger, spare propeller, and Hubsan shoulder bag.
If there is interest, I would like to make a separate contribution on how to travel with the drone, in terms of laws, rules, and transport by plane.
Here is a compilation of the best aerial shots on the way:
Before the Hubsan H117S Zino, I also had the DJI Mavic Pro, as well as the Phantom 4 and some copters with GoPro as camera and the DJI S900 with the Nex-7 camera.
Since you could now make detailed comparisons, but I’ll just try to get straight to the point. The DJI Phantom 4 has convinced me with its image quality, especially the videos were good enough for my needs.
As a pure hobby copter, he beat himself perfectly in the discipline. The same goes for Hubsan H117S Zino, in 4K videos are just perfect, just what you need.
I have not filmed in 1080p FullHD resolution, apparently, there are certain quality losses due to pixel binning.
Why the Hubsan has solved this differently than the Mavic models, I do not know. But if you do not need a high framerate, it is best to use the 4K resolution and then calculate the video cut to 1080p if necessary.
Who plays a little on the settings, incidentally, also has a good starting position for color grading in the post.
What applies to video and photo, the Hubsan H117S Zino in the analisis has for the first time an adjustable focus, a first in Hubsan’s hobby series.
Since you have to pay attention at first something and maybe watch one or the other Youtube video too. Too bad if the images are not sharp.
Hubsan H117S Zino: Special Features
The Hubsan H117S Zino in the test is a top-equipped copter despite its small pack size. So you have installed the already built in the DJI Mavic Pro collision camera in the front.
Such little helpers are extremely helpful when starting with the hobby. It warns directly against nearby objects, thus preventing collisions and protecting the wallet. But that’s not all, it also has different flight modes.
In sports mode, you can reach jigsaw speeds, have fun in an open field and try something out. The Gesture mod is a funny thing. You put the copter in the air for a selfie, and pose with a group.
Through appropriate hand gestures, the copter can trigger a photo independently, the remote can be set aside. Funny, took some practice until it worked.
On the other hand, the follow mode convinced me very much. Mark the object on the screen to be followed, the Hubsan H117S Zino will follow it after confirmation.
I did that as a self-experiment, it worked out right the first time. It’s really cool, I’ll try it more often in warmer temperatures and maybe one or the other good video will come to fruition!
Hubsan H117S Zino: Conclusions and Reviews
The review report could be any longer, but I wanted to come to a point. I have to say that the Hubsan H117S Zino convinced me extremely.
Finally, it got me to clean up my little “drone hangar” at home and sell almost all other models. I have with the Hubsan Zino a picture quality in photos and videos, which are sufficient for my needs as a pure hobby.
I’ve had that with other multi-copters as well, but here comes the Hubsan H117S Zino is so compact that I can always have it with me.
I put the Zino transport bag in the backpack when I go to work, take it with me on hikes or on vacation.
One says so casually, the best camera is always the one you have with you. That’s exactly what you can say with multi-copters and I think the Hubsan Zino is the best one.
Hubsan H117S Zino: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
As for the price? If you compare with DJI Mavic Pro, the price is much nicer and lower. Now you can buy a Hubsan H117S Zino drone at a low and good price for only $399.00 with an 18% discount.
So far, the test report is extremely positive, I will continue to be on the road with the Hubsan H117S Zino and like to report again, even if there are negative things to say. Let me know if you have any questions, comments or own experiences.