Black Friday Drone Deals | Space
It’s the last week of November and the Black Friday drone deals are finally starting to take off. Although the main sales event itself does not officially begin until November 26, many retailers like Amazon and Walmart have already started offering discounts on some of the best drones on the market.
So far, DJI – one of the big names in drone manufacturing – hasn’t announced big sales directly, but we’ve seen a few of its models on sale through online retailers. The company has just unveiled its latest top-of-the-line model, the Mavic Pro 3, which sports a dual camera system and offers a flight time of 46 minutes. This model replaces two predecessors, the Mavic Pro 2 and the Mavic 2 Zoom, so there is a good chance that these older models will be downsized.
Some of DJI’s competitors have already started sales, such as Skydio offering almost 30% off some of its units. We’d be surprised if we didn’t see companies like Autel and Parrot offering discounts as well.
Below is a recap of the best deals available today. If you keep scrolling, you’ll also find general buying tips and tips on what to look for when buying a drone. Looking for more tech toys and cheesy giveaways? Take a look at our roundup of the best Black Friday deals for space fans.
The best drone offers of the moment
Beginner buying tips
There are many different types of drones out there, but when it comes to buying one there are (very roughly) three main categories: toys, FPVs, and photo / video models.
Toys are the simplest. Weighing in at less than 250g, they tend to cluster at the lower end of the price range as they feature simpler designs. They don’t usually carry any type of camera. Instead, they give people the chance to have a go at stealing something just for the fun of it, without any bells or whistles. Designs that fall into this category are still subject to drone regulations, but you do not need to register them with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
FPV drones are designed to give you a first-person view as you fly. This is usually done through the use of protective eyewear, which you wear when you fly. Many models also allow you to broadcast the drone-camera view to a smartphone. This type of drone is generally used for racing or to tackle obstacle courses. You can read a full description of their design in our article: “What Are FPV Drones?” They may have good cameras on their main body, but they’re usually designed to prioritize speed. Many FPV drone enthusiasts also like to create their own models.
Finally, you have the prosumer photography / video models. There are still huge variations within this category as some cheaper models sport simpler camera designs and won’t cost too much. But the really high-end drones in this category have huge sensors that allow experts to take great panoramic photos or videos from above. These drones can cost as little as $ 100, but most of them are around the $ 1,000 mark – and really high-end models can cost you $ 8,000.
The more expensive drones tend to feature fancy designs, with automatic collision detection that helps keep your drone safe, and cool pre-programmed flight paths that let you take some interesting videos. Whichever one you choose, be sure to take out insurance as well, as they can suffer if you accidentally hit them.