Hubsan Zino: Best 4K drone under $500 (2018)

Hubsan Zino drone

Hubsan is about to release a new quadcopter called Zino (H117S). Featuring 4K camera, 3-axis gimbal and up to 23 minutes flying time, the Hubsan Zino seems to be currently the BEST GPS enabled foldable drone under $500.

As owner of the H216A X4, a brushed drone that features many of Hubsan’s signature technologies, I’m very excited to find out what brings new this more powerful model.

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Thanks to the fail-safe RTH feature, in case of signal loss (out of transmitter’s range) or low battery voltage, the H117S Zino drone will return autonomously to the take-off point. The Zino is capable to perform autonomous way-point flights.

Hubsan Zino Features & specs

  • Foldable design;
  • High performance brushless motors;
  • GPS positioning system;
  • 4K camera for aerial filming (3840X2160@30FPS);
  • HD Wi-Fi real-time image transmission w/ 1km range (FPV);
  • Fail-safe auto return to home (low battery & out of RC range);
  • Barometric altitude-hold;
  • Headless flight mode;
  • Intelligent flight modes (Follow Me, Waypoint, Image tracking & Panorama);
  • Up to 23 flying time;
  • Size: 304 x 252 x 90mm.

Hubsan Zino camera & gimbal

The Hubsan Zino is offered with the stylish +HT016B remote controller. In order to provide excellent control range, the transmitter features dual antenna system.

Bottom line

In case that finally all the rumors (including its friendly price tag) become true, I’m sure that the Hubsan Zino will be one of the best selling drone of this Christmas.


  1. There are new details revealed about the Zeno:
    – Video Resolution: 3840 X 2160 at 30FPS
    – Lens: Fov 89°Wide-angle
    – Transmission Distance: About 1KM
    – Flight Range: About 2.5KM
    – Max Speed: 60km/h

  2. Worthless to compare the Zino with even a Mavic Air or Spark…why no obstacle avoidance system, Hubsan??? I would pay a bit more if it supported obstacle avoidance. I have owned many Hubsan Quads and they do make great products but to compete with DJI without obstacle avoidance is insane!

  3. I’ve been flying my 501ss here in the UK for just under a year. Decent image quality in calm conditions, but very susceptible to breeze. Good range and features, very easy to fly and remarkably durable (survived a crash in to a flagpole and drop on to rocks 25ft below with no more damage than a broken props after being caught by a gust of wind off the sea. Remarkable). If the Zino lives up to expectations it should be a terrific drone for the price, but should not be compared directly with the Mavic. I believe Hubsan are trying to provide enthusiasts with an alternative that offers some of the benefits without breaking the bank. There’s definitely room in the market for both machines.

  4. just a friendly tip, if you have pre-ordered the Hubsan H117S do not forget your extra batteries. Later they are much expensive – bundle packages are always much affordable!

  5. Given the disastrous H501 & H502 models, and poor customer support, I wouldn’t take a chance on this until its been well established by actual INDEPENDENT reviews. The Lily drone promised a lot, and NEVER delivered .. this one is still on “pre-order”, so its not actually available. Wait, and don’t make a mistake!

    • For now, only from Hubsan’s website. Anyway, IMHO we should wait for the first reviews. On paper the Hubsan Zino looks too good to be true 🙂

  6. No avoidance systems. This is a bare bones folding flyer with Hubsan dependability and simplicity. My H501S is a simple fixed camera HD selfie drone. I’ve also flown the H501A using the X-Hubsan App.
    Zino has a 4K@30fps 3-axis gimbal with dedicated stabilizing oversampling built into the camera engine. The 5.8 gHz controller links with the X-Hubsan app for follow-me, waypoint, orbit etc. Can be pre-ordered direct from Hubsan for $369 (with a $50 off coupon while they last) and a crowdfunding limited “perk” for the sum of $299 (if you can find it)

  7. Just got one pre-ordered for $319 after the $50 coupon on Hubsan’s site was applied. Free shipping also. Hoping all is as advertised!!!

  8. I also think the Zino will be a nice little drone, but because of its 1 Km range, it will definitely not be a Mavic killer. Maybe a DJI Spark killer, but not a Mavic killer. It will be a nice upgrade from their H501ss, and the 4k camera and stabilized gimbal will be awesome.

  9. Yeah, finally a foldable drone with 4K camera. Do you know the exact price and availability of the Hubsan Zino? I would be interested to grab one for Christmas 🙂

  10. with a proper obstacle avoidance system could be easily a Mavic Killer. I like the design & long flying time. Frankly, I never had a Hubsan before, but I would be definitely interested to test their new Zino !


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