Holy Stone HS720 vs DJI Mavic Mini

Pre-Intro

In the Holy Stone HS720 vs DJI Mavic Mini battle, the crown goes to DJI Mavic Mini! That’s the drone I chose when I decided to move beyond yard flying. 

So, I’m here with my insights backed by thorough research and personal experience to help you make the right choice.

Read on to find my reasons behind the pick and make an informed buying decision for your next drone purchase.

But that’s the short answer. Isn’t it? 

Utilize this comprehensive guide to decide on the best consumer drone for you. 

Feature Table

Product
Battery life
Camera Quality
Intelligent Flight Modes
Range
Obstacle avoidance
Holy Stone HS720
8.5/10
9.5/10
10/10
7/10
NO
DJI Mavic Mini
9.5/10
9/10
8/10
9/10
Downward Only

Intro

Having successfully practiced flying on my DJI Tello, I was looking for a more sophisticated drone. Since I began my drone journey with DJI, I was leaning towards a drone by the same brand.

I zeroed in on the DJI Mavic Mini but decided to check other brands offering similar features. That’s when I found the Holystone 720. So, how did the two drones compare?

I found that despite the HS 720 possessing some additional features, it could not match the reliability of a DJI drone. Here’s a detailed head-to-head comparison of the two, along with my reasons for choosing the DJI Mavic Mini.

Comparing the Metrics

Let’s compare the features and more of the Holy Stone HS720 and DJI Mavic Mini.

Intro

A reliable drone at a reasonable price – that’s the USP of the Zino series for you. But which one should you pick up from the newer models- the Zino Pro or the Zino Pro Plus?

I faced the same conundrum when making a purchase. And since I did all the research to choose the best one for me, you can benefit from it!

Below is a summary of how the two compare and which one is best for your needs.

Battery Life

With a 3000 mAh battery, the Zino Pro has a flight time of 23 minutes when fully charged.

The Pro Plus, on the other hand, flies for a remarkable 43 minutes, thanks to its 5000 mAh battery.

If you want to learn more about battery life make sure to full our guide here.

Besides the extended flight time in Zino Pro Plus another added benefit is that all three batteries can be charged at the same time. 

Battery Life & Flight Time

The HS 720 is powered by a 2800mAh, 7.4volt LiPo battery that gives a flight time of up to 22 minutes. 

In comparison, the extended flight time in DJI Mavic Mini with its 2400mAh, 7.4volt battery is 30 minutes.

Despite its smaller power, the Mini can stay in the air longer due to its lightweight. At just 249 gm, it is almost half of HS 720’s weight of 460gm. 

This also means that you will have to register the latter with the FAA since its weight exceeds 249 gm. Read more on which drones need registration here.

The deal clincher for me was that DJI has Intelligent Batteries with smart charging and discharging functionality.

This means that even if I forget to turn off the charger, the battery will automatically stop charging. This helps prolong the battery life.

And did I mention that the Mini’s battery charges within 1.5 hours while the HS 720 takes a whopping 7 hours? Definitely a big plus!

Verdict: Despite more battery power, the HS 720 has a lesser flight time. So, my pick is the DJI Mavic Mini for the greater flying time and intelligent battery feature.

Camera Quality

With a 4K UHD camera, Holy Stone HS720 camera resolution can be used to shoot 3840 x 2160 high-resolution images and videos.

The field of view (FOV) is an impressive 120°, which means you cover a wider area when filming.

However, what helps the most in achieving great shots is the built-in Shock Absorption holder, which gives stable images.

This is something lacking in the Mavic Mini, although it still manages to give crystal-clear shots.

The Mavic Mini’s 12 MP camera shoots 2.7K/30p or 1080/60p, which is considerably less than the HS720. Its FOV is also limited to 90°.

The lack of shock absorption in the camera is compensated by Mini’s 3-axis gimbal stabilization system. Personally, I have not had any major issues with shaky or blurred images when shooting.

Verdict: Due to the wider FOV and shock absorption, HS720 emerges as a winner in this category. Although by a slight margin only!

Intelligent Flight Modes

The camera quality and intelligent flight modes are major swaying factors in favor of the HS720 making it the best drone for aerial photography.

It offers three intelligent flying modes, which are only available in more expensive DJI models. These are:

  •  TapFly – The TapFly mode is similar to the waypoints setting in DJI drones. It allows you to create a pre-programmed flight path for the drone.

    However, since the drone lacks obstacle avoidance, one needs to be extra careful when setting a path.

     

  •  Follow Me – You can have the drone following the subject automatically by using this mode.

     

  • Orbiting – The drone circles clockwise around the subject of interest. This is a difficult maneuver to achieve for beginners, and this mode certainly makes the task easier!

DJI Mavic Mini does not have the above intelligent flight modes. However, it does have QuickShots, which are equally fun! These include:

  •  Dronie – The camera locks in on the subject while the drone flies backward and upwards.

     

  •  Rocket – The camera faces downwards while the drone ascends.

     

  •  Circle – The drone moves in circles around the subject.

As you can see, the intelligent modes are missing. But I did find a way out! You can use the Litchi app to access modes such as waypoint settings.

Verdict: Both drones have great picture quality, but the HS 720 is a winner for the intelligent flight modes and better camera resolution.

Range

With a range of just 1 km, the HS720 seems fairly limited. I found this to be a major drawback as it restricts my ability to explore the landscape in a new place.

Some users have reported that the range reduces further if there are obstructions.

The Mavic Mini, however, has an impressive range of up to 4 km, as mentioned in the specs. In reality, you can expect a range of 2-3 km with no obstructions.

Verdict: In the max range of Holy Stone HS720 vs DJI Mavic Mini comparison, Mavic Mini wins for the connection reliability and huge range.

Obstacle Avoidance

As I mentioned earlier, HS 720 has no collision detection sensors. This makes it difficult to use the waypoints mode, as one has to have a clear view of the space before setting a path.

The Mavic Mini, too, lacks any obstacle avoidance, but it does have downward sensors. This means you can fly the craft close to the ground for some shots without the fear of crashing it.

Verdict: It could be a tie for obstacle avoidance in drones, but the Mavic Mini at least offers some protection by means of the downward sensors!

Design

In terms of design, both drones are foldable and compact. The HS720 weighs more but can be folded and carried easily. It comes with a handy case that makes transportation a breeze.

The Mavic Mini is very light and fits in my palm! The build is robust, as expected from a DJI drone. The control sticks are detachable, which makes it convenient to store them when traveling.

Sadly, it doesn’t come with a case. You have to purchase the Mavic Mini Bag separately from the website.

Verdict: There is a tie between the two since, in terms of appearance and design, both are a decent package.

Conclusion

Based on the above metrics and my personal experience with DJI products, I’d say the overall winner is the Mavic Mini. It is apt for beginners who want to combine aerial photography and drone flying experience.

The HS 720 is one of Holy Stone’s advanced drones and will benefit those keen on aerial photography only. This is owing to the intelligent flight modes that make it simple for beginners to take complex shots.

I’ve selected the winner in the Holy Stone HS720 vs DJI Mavic Mini comparison based on my requirements. For you to pick the right drone, prioritize your needs and make a choice!

FAQ

Yes, the drone is easy to fly for beginners.

The extended flight time of 30 minutes compared to the HS720’s 23 minutes is the difference between the two.

No. The range of HS720 is very limited, extending only up to 1 km in favorable conditions. The Mavic Mini’s range is listed as 4 km on the official website.

No. But it does have downward sensors that can alert you if you are flying too close to the ground.

Expect to shell out around $100 more for the Mavic Mini owing to the brand value and features.

The camera quality, features, flight time, and battery life are some aspects worth considering when buying any drone.

Author
Diptesh Das

Diptesh Das is your friendly ‘content maniac’ and drone enthusiastic! Being passionate about content writing. He is a firm believer of the power of words and thereby ended up leveraging them to create an impact by sharing his drone knowledge and experiences.

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