Get ready for November the 26th...Black Friday is around the corner and a great time to stock up on gifts for the holiday season. Tech items often have great deals during Black Friday and drones are no exception.

Drones can make a great gift for pilots of all ages and skill levels and are sure to make anyone excited when they open one up.

If you’re shopping for a drone for Black Friday, but you’re confused about which one is right for you, we’ve created this list of drones to help you out.

From budget options, to professional-grade picks the best drone for you or someone in your life is on this list.

Our Top 5 Black Friday Drones

Our #1 Rated

DJI Mini 2 Fly More Combo – Ultralight Foldable...

DJI Mavic Mini 2

"Best Black Friday Deal"

  • Launched to Target Black Friday, DJI has rocked the competition with The Mavi Mini 2
  • The Flight Time is 31 minutes, and the range is 10 km, with a 4K perfectly stablized 30/60 fps camera
  • This drone currently dominates anything in the $300-600 midrange drone market, and will probably sell out this Black Friday / Cyber Monday

Our #2 Rated

DJI Mavic Pro 3

"Best High-End Deal"

  • Flight time for Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine is really something that makes them stand out.
  • Obstacle avoiding sensors have also been improved so when you’re flying your Mavic 3 through the woods, there’s nothing to worry about!
  • 46 minutes of max flight time without wind surpasses the Mavic 2 Pro and the Air 2S by a lot. It’s all because of the battery - 5000 mAh makes a difference.

Our #3 Rated

Holy Stone HS720E

$300-$350 Deal

  • The HS720E quadcopter comes with a flight time of 23 minutes per battery, which is unheard of for a drone just over $300.
  • Range of 1600 m when using a controller and 800 m when flying with a WiFi connection. It also uses an ergonomic 2.4Hz transmitter with an LED screen to bolster the whole flying experience.
  • This drone is fitted with a 4K FHD camera that allows you to capture high-quality footage at a resolution of 2048 x 1152p. 

1. DJI Mavic Mini 2
Best Value Drone this Black Friday

DJI Mavic Mini 2 - Best Black Friday Drone Deals 2021

The best drone deal for those who do not have a ton of money to spend, DJI brings the Mavic Mini 2, a foldable, under 250 g drone, that's the size of your palm, and doesn't require FAA registration. 

But that's just the tip of the iceberg.

I’m sure you have already heard, seen or even flown a DJI Mavic drone. It is one of the most recent products by the famous brand DJI.  Well right now the Mavic Mini 2, brings the high quality video resolution and stabilty, plus class leading flight range and duration from the Mavic series to the under $500 price range.

Extremely easy to carry around in a backpack, it’s one of the best for holidays, filming outdoor events, vlogging, or pretty much anything.

Very compact and lightweight, not only it can be carried anywhere, it’s also the most accurate and stable drone in the under 500 dollar price range.

It has GPS Assisted Hover and Obstacle Detection. From beginners to experts, the Mini 2 is a wonder in any hands. Even a baby can fly this thing.

Specifications:

The Mavic Mini 2 also presents some amazing specs, such as the 10 km max control range in perfect weather conditions. Flight time is also quite impressive if we take into consideration how small the drone is. Per battery, the Mini 2 has a max flight time of 31 minutes.

Camera:

Housed on the drone’s front is a camera supported by a three-axis motorized gimbal, and fitted with a 1/2.3-inch sensor

The DJI Mavic Mini 2 camera’s video-capturing capabilities cap out at a 4K Quad HD resolution, with a 30fps frame rate. The alternative here is a 1080p video at 60fps. Moreover, it’s capable of capturing 12MP images, as well. 

It also features a 4X zoom, all the while remaining lossless at a 2X camera zoom.

The drone of course, can also transmit Live Video in high-quality, real-time with 0 latency, from a range of up to 10 km! The best FPV experience you can get from a drone within this budget.

Features:

Did we mention that this long-range, long flight time drone measures in under 250 g. This means you will not have to register this drone with the FAA! That's kind of a big deal for us, and a big reason why we are so excited about this done.

It also comes up trumps with safety-oriented features

For instance, the integrated altitude limit prevents you from getting carried away, even though this drone can handle level 5 winds at an altitude of 4000 meters!

It's also equipped with a return home function, which kicks in automatically when the battery gets critically low – and ensures that your drone comes home safely.

I had my doubts about its mid-air performance, considering its lightweight frame. However, I couldn’t have been more wrong: 

It felt stable and precise at all times, partially due to the downward vision sensors that allow it to detect the ground for safer landings, as well as more stable flights and hovering. 

Are there any downsides, though? 

The one trade-off that I should mention is that it doesn’t come with object tracking. I wouldn’t be too surprised to see this feature added as a part of a future update, though.

To see the differences between the Mavic mini and Mini 2, check our in-depth DJI Mavic Mini review here.

PROS

  • Multiple Flight Modes
  • 12MP Built-in Camera, 2.7K Video
  • Under 250 g, so no FAA registration needed
  • Class Leading Specs and Performance
  • Good Bundled Controller

CONS

  • No Object Tracking yet
  • This package doesn’t include spare battery

2. DJI Mavic Pro 3
The Best High-End deal

DJI Mavic 3 - Camera Drone with 4/3 CMOS...

It's here...it's finally here! And Just in time for Black Friday.

Every time a new DJI drone comes out, we feel like little kids on Christmas! Well, the DJI Mavic 3 has just come out, and just in time for Black Friday (coincidence, we think not).

Today is that day, and we’re able to tell you everything about this drone from our personal experience.

The Specs

Mavic 3 is a long-awaited successor of the Mavic 2 Pro, which is a professional-oriented tool for high-quality aerial photography and videography. 

It’s ultra-lightweight for a large, professional drone (221×96.3×90.3 mm folded without propellers) that offers this much. The takeoff weight of the Mavic 3 is 895 g and the takeoff weight of the Mavic 3 Cine is 899 g.

Mavic 3 Cine is a more expensive variation of this drone, and it compensates the price with 1TB of internal storage and Apple's ProRes 422 HQ codec that applies the least amount of compression to video files for the highest quality of imagery possible. 

Camera

The sensor on the Mavic 3 camera is 4/3’ CMOS which shoots 20 Mpx. There’s a wide lens (24mm) and variable F2.8-11 aperture and a telephoto one on top (160mm) with fixed F4.4 aperture and 28X hybrid zoom. 

The video quality that is available to you while filming with the Mavic 3 is the following:

  • 5.1K: 5120×2700@24/25/30/48/50fps

  • DCI 4K: 4096×2160@24/25/30/48/50/60/120*fps

  • 4K: 3840×2160@24/25/30/48/50/60/120*fps

*with Apple ProRes 422 HQ

  • 5.1K: 5120×2700@24/25/30/48/50fps

  • DCI 4K: 4096×2160@24/25/30/48/50/60/120*fps

  • 4K: 3840×2160@24/25/30/48/50/60/120*fps

  • FHD: 1920×1080p@24/25/30/48/50/60/120*/200*fps

*with H.264/H.265

Features

Listing all the features for the Mavic 3 would be as a tedious endeavour, however you’ll be able to view these on the manufacturer’s listing by clicking the check price button below. Instead, we will focus on where DJI have made major steps forward. 

Flight time for Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine is really something that makes them stand out.

Obstacle avoiding sensors have also been improved so when you’re flying your Mavic 3 through the woods, there’s nothing to worry about!

Another thing that has been greatly improved upon is the transmission range of this drone. 15KM is significantly more than the Mavic 2 Pro or any other competitor out there.

46 minutes of max flight time without wind surpasses the Mavic 2 Pro and the Air 2S by a lot. It’s all because of the battery - 5000 mAh makes a difference.

DJI Mavic 3 - Should You Buy It?

If you’re someone who’s basing your income on drones or are a drone enthusiast, it’s an understatement to say that Mavic 3 is a perfect choice.

But, the price tag of over $2,000 isn’t something that is ok for everyone, and we do not expect any discounts for Black Friday, as the drone has just been released.

We know that everything you’ll get for that money is worth every penny, but it’s not easy to pay that much for a piece of equipment.

Mavic 3 is the top-of-the-line choice, but its predecessor is still more than capable.


3. DJI Mavic Air 2S - More Expensive Black Friday Deal

DJI Mavic Air 2S

If you’re shopping for a serious drone expert this holiday season, consider buying the DJI Mavic Air 2S this Black Friday. This is a next-level drone that is perfect for any drone lover and adventurer.

The Mavic Air 2S has tons of great flight features including an extremely high-quality camera and multiple different flight modes to create an all around amazing experience for pilots.

This drone also features a foldable design which is ideal for anyone who is on the go. While it’s one of the more expensive drones, it’s well worth the price and you can most likely find discounts on it this Black Friday.

  • FOLDABLE DESIGNDJI’s Mavic Air 2S is no small drone, packing more weight and overall size than its predecessor. Although that means that you’ll have to register it with the FAA, compactness and portability won’t be an issue thanks to the foldable design.
  • CAMERA CAPABILITIES: Take stunning drone photos and videos in 4K HD at 60fps, with options to record in slow-motion
  • LONG FLIGHT TIMES: Fly for up to 34 minutes with this drone’s high-density lithium battery giving you time to practice your flight skills and explore.
  • Specifications:

    Drone pilots will appreciate the Mavic Air’s 2 34 minute flight time which will give them ample amount of time to experience all of the drone’s exciting features. Plus, DJI uses unique technology so the drone is stable throughout the entire flight. Pilots will have easy and safe flights every time with the autonomous flight modes.

    Camera:

    The camera is identical to the Mavic 2 except it has a larger 1 inch type sensor that many users had hoped for.

    One of the most impressive things about the DJI Mavic Air 2S is its camera. It shoots footage in incredible 4K quality and uses a 3-axis gimbal system to capture the most clear footage. Not only that, but you can take stunning panoramic photos and even shoot video footage in slow motion. You can even use HDR technology to help you have the best lighting and exposure in your photos and videos.

    It also features a bigger and better camera sensor than the original Mavic Air, which can 

    Features:

    As you can see, the DJI Mavic 2S Air has many great features including its high-quality camera and long flight time. While it is an investment to purchase this drone, any serious pilot will enjoy all of the features it comes with. The multiple flight modes are ideal for creating unique and personalized flight experiences each time.

    PROS

    • Foldable design
    • Extremely high quality camera, long flight time
    • Helpful technology for stable flights
    • User-friendly flight modes

    CONS

    • Reports of poor customer service

    4. Altair AA300 GPS Drone - Sub $200 Deal

    Altair AA300 GPS Drone

    "Cheap GPS Option"

    The AA300 is one of the most affordable GPS drones on the market today. With a GPS drone you can unlock several unique features that are unavailable in other drones.

    My favorite GPS feature is the return to home functions. If you feel like you're out of control or you lose sight of your drone, using the return to home function on the AA300 will bring the drone right back to its original take off point.

    You will definitely want to check out this budget-friendly GPS drone will during Black Friday.

  • GPS FLIGHT MODE: This drone’s GPS capabilities give pilots an easy and controlled flight
  • FPV FLYING: Use this drone’s 1080p HD camera to fly in first person and take aerial photos and videos
  • DIFFERENT FLIGHT FEATURES: There are many different flight modes on the AA300 including one-touch takeoff and landing, altitude hold, and return to home for unique flight experiences
  • Specifications:

    This drone has a battery life of about 15 minutes which is great considering the price. However, this drone only comes with one battery which means more charging time between flights. It also has a maximum flight range of about 150 meters.

    Camera:

    This cheap GPS drone comes with a 1080p HD camera that allows you to experience FPV flying and take high resolution photos or videos. This is a really high-quality camera, especially at this price point.

    If you’re a beginner, the AA300 would be a really good drone to try your hand at some drone photography.

    Features:

    The AA300 has GPS capabilities, a standout camera and an impressive flight time which is convincing enough for me to give this drone a try. This drone also includes some pretty standard (yet impressive) modes including automatic return home, headless mode, altitude hold, and one-touch takeoff and landing.

    PROS

    • GPS features, high-quality Camera
    • 15 Minute flight time
    • Multiple flight modes including Return to Home
    • Extra set of propellers
    • How-To Videos Available Online

    CONS

    • Only includes one battery

    5. Holy Stone HS720E - $300-$350 Deal

    Altair AA300 GPS Drone

    "Cheap GPS Option"

    The Holy Stone HS720E will be the perfect Black Friday buy for any drone enthusiast! This new release from Holy Stone and an upgrade of their HS700 model boasts high-end features that you won’t find in a drone in its price range.

    Aimed at beginner to intermediate pilots, the HS720E offers ample playtime with its long flight time and packs a slew of high-performance features.

    I particularly liked the GPD Assisted Intelligent Flight function, which makes the ordeal even more satisfying for inexperienced users.

    Specifications:

    The HS720E quadcopter comes with a flight time of 23 minutes, which is unheard of for a drone just over $300. Thanks to its intelligent Lithium Polymer battery and brush less motor, the drone will fly to a range of 1600 m when using a controller and 800 m when flying with a WiFi connection. It also uses an ergonomic 2.4Hz transmitter with an LED screen to bolster the whole flying experience.

    Camera:

    This drone is fitted with a 4K FHD camera that allows you to capture high-quality footage at a resolution of 2048 x 1152p. 

    The camera can tilt 90 degrees and a shock absorption holder helps to keep it stable in the face of vibrations. The camera is also 5G-enabled, which ensures that the FPV live video streaming is fast and seamless. Quite impressive for such a relatively small drone!

    Features:

    As with any Holy Stone Drone, the list of extra features you get on the HS720E is extensive. The intelligent flight functions such as follow-me mode, custom-flight mode, as well as orbit mode, simplify piloting of the quadcopter. 

    You’ll also enjoy the return-home function and simple controls on the transmitter that allows novices to fly without much trouble. Finally, the drone flies stealthily, ensuring that your neighbors don’t have to deal with a noise nuisance.

    PROS

    • 4K HD camera with FPV streaming
    • High-quality Camera
    • Not noisy at all, easy to control
    • 5G WiFi for fast sharing of files, long flight time 

    CONS

    • No replacement battery
    • Long charging time

    6. Outlaw Se GPS Drone with Camera

    Outlaw SE

    The Outlaw SE is a really powerful drone that will be available to buy this Black Friday and it costs less than $300. This drone is equipped with GPS capabilities and many other helpful flight features making it a great drone for pilots of all skill levels.

    More experienced pilots will enjoy flying the Outlaw because it has some serious power built into it. There’s also a built-in 1080p camera for any budding drone photographer out there, too.

    I was really impressed with how many features are included with the Outlaw SE at a seemingly affordable price which is why it made this list.

  • 3 RETURN-TO-HOME FUNCTIONS: Prevent damage and never lose control of your drone with fail safe return-to-home features
  • GPS FEATURES: With Global Positioning System (GPS), you can easily fly this drone and keep it stable throughout the entire flight
  • PHOTO & VIDEO: Use the Outlaws 1080p HD camera to capture stunning aerial photos and videos
  • Specifications:

    There are some impressive specifications on the Outlaw drone including its 20 minute battery life which is next to unheard of for a drone under 300.

    This is a great amount of flight time especially for only coming with one battery pack. You also can fly this drone pretty far as it has a flight range of 600 meters. Beginners may not be flying their drones at this range until they feel more confident, but experienced pilots will love the opportunity to show off their skills and explore with the Outlaw SE. Plus, the included GPS features will help anyone flying stay in control.

    Camera:

    This drone is equipped with a built-in 1080p HD camera that is capable of capturing high quality photos and videos. Pairing the high quality camera with these GPS features will help the camera capture stable footage at all times. Plus, you are able to connect your smartphone to the controller and use the camera to fly with FPV.

    Features:

    This drone’s GPS features and multiple flight modes including automatic return-to-home, altitude hold, and one-touch takeoff are all handy features to have on a drone. I'd look for a good discount on this drone on Black Friday, but you really can't beat the price for the Outlaw SE considering all of these amazing, user-friendly features.

    PROS

    • 1080p High-Quality Camera
    • Stable Flights with GPS Flight Mode
    • Multiple Flight Modes, 20 Minute Battery Life
    • 600 Meter Flight Range
    • Excellent US-Based Customer Support

    CONS

    • Only includes one battery

    Black Friday Deals Frequently Asked Questions

    When is Black Friday 2021?

    Black Friday 2021 is on Friday, November 26, 2021.

    Where can I buy drones for Black Friday?

    Drones will be available to buy online from retailers such as Amazon as well as in-stores at retailers such as Best Buy.

    Where can I find Black Friday deals?

    Retailers often announce their Black Friday deals and specials sometime in November shortly before Thanksgiving. You can search for them online or subscribe to email lists to be the first to know about Black Friday deals and discounts.


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    About the Author
     Ruan Nelio

    When I'm not geeking out over the newest drones, I'm busy flying my DJI Mavic 2 Pro all over Oslo. The coolest part about this job is I get to keep some of the drones I review, which happens to be how I got my Mavic 2!