Hubsan drone review – Hubsan Zino Z117S

Hubsan Zino pro Z117S
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People who are interested in quadcopters and drones are well aware of Hubsan and its position among market leaders of its industry. This company is known for offering out of the box and new technological aspects in their drones that too at a very reasonable price.

One of the much-awaited series of quadcopters from Hubsan was its Zino series. Zino Pro Z117s is part of the spectacular Zino series by Hubsan.

This 4k drone received a very warm welcome in its industry. Folding drone Zino Z117s comes up with a 4k ultra-high-definition camera, full here axis gimbal, panorama shooting mode, brushless motors, stylish yet convenient, and compact design with plenty of other features.

Hubsan Zino Z117S Review

Let’s have a look at the details of this quadcopter:

Design

The most prominent thing in this quadcopter is its foldable design. Foldable arms and propeller on the body of drone fold nicely close to its body, reducing the size of the drone and making it compact.

Foldable design, made up of high-quality polycarbonate makes it durable, convenient, and compact for storage and transportation. It is 700 grams, which is about 24.7 oz. There are brushless motors inside the body to give out the best image results even in case of shakes.

Hubsan Zino pro Z117S folded

Camera

Zino Z117s has a wide-angle Ambarella Sports camera that can shoot 4K (3840 x 2160) video at 30 fps. This camera is stabilized by a three-axis gyroscopic gimbal, helping to achieve high quality and smooth optical results even in case of shakes and fluctuations during flight.

The aperture of this camera is impressively-low i.e., f/2.2, whereas the field of view is 89 degrees.

Flight Performance

This quadcopter can fly up to 23 minutes when it’s fully charged. This drone is known as a closet competitor of Mavic Air, so in the case of flying time, Zino Z117s beats it by 3 minutes.

The flight range of this drone is 2500 meters, but its video transmission is limited to only 1000 meters. GPS feature and altitude hold feature enable this quadcopter to offer several flight modes such as 360° Panorama, image tracking, return to home, line flying mode, waypoints, etc…

Z117s utilizes GPS and an internal barometer to add stability in flying performance and to enable all intelligent flight modes.

These flight modes are:

360° Panorama flight mode – In this flight mode, you can rotate your aircraft in mid-air by just tapping a button

Waypoint mode – With waypoint mode, you can set a custom flight plan on the map. A built-in GPS will be used for flight and return.

Image tracking mode – This is one interesting flight mode. All you have to do is select a subject, and afterward, your drone will keep it in the center while shooting even in case of its movement.

Line fly mode – This mode allows you to set the drone on a straight path. With this, you can control the camera to get smooth cinematic footage.

Hubsan Zino pro Z117S drone

Automatic Take-off and Return home

Zino Z117s is equipped with smart features of automatic take-off and return home. After takeoff, if you want to change the destination of your drone and want to go it somewhere, you just have to input the desired destination on the screen, and your drone will reach there.

There is a button on the controller for the return home. By pressing this button, the drone automatically returns to the point of flying.

Headless mode

Usually, in the quadcopters, their controllers have more control over them from their front or face side. The headless mode in Z117s enables its controller to control it equally from every side regardless of the way that the drone is facing.

The feature of Headless Orientation allows you to control your drone with a significant degree of control without a controller. Push forward, and the drone goes away from you, regardless of the positioning of the camera of the quadcopter.

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GPS Mode

There is a precise GPS positioning system in Z117s. This system helps in precise positioning. Built-in GPS also makes it easy for the user to track the aircraft.

Loss control and Low Battery Fail-Safe

There are several functions in Hubsan Zino Z117s for flight safety. One of those functions was an automatic return home. Another function for flight safety is loss control fail-safe; if the signal of the remote controller is lost for three or more seconds, the drone will start to return home automatically.

In case that connection is established again between remote and drone, the user is capable of canceling return home. Built-in GPS enables this function. With a low battery fail-safe function, the Zino will try to land a place where the battery is too low, or it will attempt to return home when the battery starts to hit the bottom.

Wi-Fi FPV

There is an FPV camera on a drone that is enabled by Wi-Fi. This camera is mounted on the body of the drone. Users can directly broadcast live videos from the drone on the phone with the help of Wi-Fi.

Images and video storage

Ultra high definition images and videos and videos are captured on a micro SD card. These micro SD cards can range from 32 to 128 GB. Packaging of drones does not include these cards, and you have to buy them separately.

Hubsan Zino Z117S specifications:

  • Brand Name: Hubsan
  • Item Name: ZINO PRO
  • Item NO.: H117S
  • Product Size: 30.4 X 25.2 X 9cm (when unfolded)
  • Controller size: 157.8x40x75mm
  • GNSS: GPS + GLONASS
  • Item weight: 1.89 kilograms
  • Recommended age: 14 years at least
  • Flying Weight: 700 grams (propeller guard not included)
  • Motor: Brushless
  • Drone Battery: 11.4V 3000mAh (already Included in package)
  • Transmitter battery: 3.7V 2600mAh
  • Flight Time: up to 23mins
  • Charging Time: About 180 minutes
  • HD WI-FI Video Transmission
  • Transmission Distance: About 1KM
  • Flight Distance: About 4 kilometer
  • Top speed: 60 km per hour
  • Camera: Ultra HD 4K, 1/3 inches Sony sensor
  • Gimbal: 3-A-xis (removable lens)
  • Video Resolution: 3840 X 2160 30FPS
  • Lens: FOV 89 Degree Wide-angle lens
  • Aperture: F2.2
  • Micro SD-card (not included): Support class 10~, 64GB
  • App: X-HUBSAN APP
  • Processor: Ambarella A12
  • Sensor model: IMX258
  • Video format: MP4
  • Picture format: JPEG
  • Camera and FPV video broadcast: broadcast video to the console (5.8 GHz)
  • Working temperature: 0 ° to 40 ° C
  • FPV: HD WI-FI video transmission

What’s the inside package?

  •  Aircraft
  •  Intelligent Flight battery
  •  HT016 Remote Controller
  •  Propellers set
  •  Propeller Screws set
  •  Gimbal Protector
  •  Screw Driver
  •  AC Adapter
  •  Balance Charger (USB will become with an adapter)
  •  USB Charger for Aircraft battery
  •  USB Charger for transmitter battery
  •  RC Cable (Lightning connector)
  •  RC Cable (Standard Micro USB connector)
  •  RC Cable (USB Type-C connector)
  •  User Manual
  •  HUBSAN Portable Bag

Hubsan Zino pro Z117S box content

Pros:

  • Foldable unlike many other drones
  • High resolution and Ultra high definition images (4K)
  • 3-axis gimbal mounting
  • GPS equipped (3-axis gimbal mounting)
  • Simple and ergonomic design. Portable

Cons:

  • Small transmission distance
  • No SD card in the packaging

Final verdict:

Hubsan Zino Pro Z117s is there to provide a straight outta box value of money. Not only is it offering great value of money but amazing features too for a flying craft that you can’t get anywhere else at the same price.

All in all Hubsan Zino offers the best performance with outstanding quality features such as Ultra HD 4K 3-Axis Gimbal Camera, 360° Video Panorama Mode, FPV online broadcast, Follow Me, Altitude Hold Mode, Waypoint circumnavigation of given points, one-button record mode, Automatic Return Home Failsafe, Automatic Take-off, and Landing and many more.

If you are a beginner with the quadcopter and want easy to use a drone with up-to-date qualities which are also budget-friendly, then you should consider buying Hubsan Zino Pro Z117s.

 

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Author: condruzmf

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2 thoughts on “Hubsan drone review – Hubsan Zino Z117S

  1. Not sure I’d buy one
    My brand new Zino gimble stopped functioning after 10 flights. The battery life averages 13 minutes.
    Hubsanus.com has not returned my emails.

    1. Hi Mike,
      I am sorry to hear about that. Not answering customers is really serious issue.
      Search for their social media accounts and try contacting them there.
      I hope this will help you, cheers

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