Zino 2 vs FiMI X8SE vs Mavic Mini: Best drone under 500 (2020)

Zino 2 vs FiMI X8SE vs Mavic Mini

About a month ago I did a side-by-side comparison of the Mavic Mini and FiMI X8SE. Now it is time to extend the list with another player. The newly announced Zino 2 is also a serious competitor for the title of “Best drone under 500”.

In this article I will go through all the important aspects (flight time, flight range and camera capabilities) of each drone, so at the end you should have all of your questions answered, at least I hope so. Anyway, the final decision is only yours!

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Weighting almost 1 Kg/35 oz, the Hubsan Zino 2 is the heaviest from all. I think the increased weight is due to the high capacity LIPO pack. On the opposite side is the Mavic Mini which weights less than a quarter of a kg. According to FAA’s regulation, recreational drones under 250 grams do not need to be registered (at least for now).

Hubsan Zino 2 vs Xiaomi FiMI X8SE vs DJI Mavic Mini: In-depth comparison guide

In the table bellow I will try to compare the most important specs of these 3 foldable drones. I highlighted with red were the Hubsan Zino2 excels, with green were the FiMI X8 shines and with blue the Mavic Mini’s pros.

 Zino 2FiMI X8SEMavic Mini
Size (mm)326 x 260 x 95287 x 247 x 96160 × 202 × 55
Weight915g790g249g
Camera4K@60fps4K@30fps2.7K@30fps
Max bit rate100Mbps100Mbps40Mbps
Gimbal3-axis3-axis3-axis
FPV720P720P/1080P720p
Range6Km5Km2Km/EC or 4Km/FCC
Intelligent flight modes?POI flight, Orbit and DroneDronie, Rocket, Circle and Helix
Active trackingYesYesNo
Obstacle avoidanceNoNoNo
Optical flow / Vision positioningYesYesYes
Geo fenceNoNoYes
Max flight speed72Km/h65Km/h47Km/h
Wind resistance≤50 kph≤50 kph≤28.8 kph
RC LCDYesNoNo
Battery4s/3800 mAh3s/4500 mAh2s/2400 mAh
Flight time33 minutes33 minutes30 minutes
FAA registrationYesYesNo
Price$399 – Order from GearBest$499 – Order from Banggood$399 – Order from DJI

Battery life

All 3 drones are advertised with more than 30 minutes of flight time. Based on my experience, manufacturer’s specs are always optimistic or just measured in super optimal flight conditions. For example, the real-world flight time of the Mini and X8SE is about 23-27 minutes.

Both, number of cells and capacity of the batteries, are different. While the Mavic Mini is powered by a 2s/2400 mAh, the FiMi X8SE by 3s/4500 mAh and the Zino2 by a 4s/3800 mAh.

Camera

If you are interested into professional aerial filming, I think you should forget about the Mavic Mini with just 2.7k resolution. If you need 4K recording with 60 fps, the only option you have is the Zino 2. Also, if you want to make post-processing with professional photo editors, the RAW (uncompressed/lossless image) format is a must have.

In order to allow super-smooth footage, all 3 drones feature 3-axis mechanical image stabilization.

Bottom line

I hope I succeeded to give you a bit of an overview what’s similar between these 3 drones and what’s different. The comparison table above shows that the Zino2 excels most. Currently, is not just that it has the best price, but it overcomes its rivals in terms of flight range and camera specs.

While the Mavic Mini will fit for those who want a travel friendly and FAA registration free drone, the Zino 2 would be more suitable for those who like getting the best specs for their money. Speaking about the FiMI X8SE, it was a nice drone for 2019, but for the year 2020 Xiaomi should come up on the market with a new model.

14 COMMENTS

  1. I canceled my z2 order. 1st it takes 1 month just to dispatch. 2nd, in Portugal, drones above 900g should have a insurance (about 150 euros/year)…

  2. Till Zino2 truly come on the market I will happy with my tiny Mavic Mini. It is a technological marvel, if you know how to use it!

  3. The ZINO2 looks damn good on specs, Hubsan did a great work! Finally DJI has a real contender. Z2 is much better than Mavic Mini, you should compare it with the Mavic Pro series instead

  4. In the UK, anyone owning a UAV that weighs more than 250g (8.8oz) will be legally required to register it and could face a £1,000 fine if they fail to do so and are caught flying it! So, for me the winner is the Mavic Mini.

    • Hey! I agree with you. The only difference between the fimi x8 se and the zino 2 is the frame rate, but I think that makes a considerable difference between both drones, because you can get a much smoother video with 60 fps rather than with 30 fps.
      In my opinion, fimi will have to release a new drone soon, because, as the writer said, it was a great model in 2019, but in 2020 new competitors are approaching, and many people will prefer to buy the zino 2 instead of the fimi x8 se because of the frame rate. I hope that they release the model in 2 months or so, I would really like to buy it. Do you think fimi will come up with a new drone soon in early 2020?

  5. you missed an important point of Zino 2’s downside, if it weighs 915g, the pilot in the EU will need a c2 license starting from June 2020, it will cost way more money to take the test which will not be held online

    • Yes you have perfectly right! Hubsan probably will offer in the future a “lighter” battery with less flight time. Just in case of the Mavic Mini for the Japanese market.

    • Herrmann,,,, A c2 licence means you can fly close to uninvolved people at a smaller distance and a slow speed, that is the one of many special permissions in the classes where you take advanced tests for 4kg and under. The normal recreational flyer will come under C3 C4 or privately built which covers the general rules we fly by currently and covers under 25kg, the other categories C2 C1 C0 are more privileged requirements (i.e. fly close to people) So this drone at 915g will be fine under C3 C4 catagory.

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