Black Friday 2016 Gifts & Deals On Drones & Quadcopters

Black Friday is here, and there’s all sorts of deals to be found online for drones for kids, beginner quadcopters, and even camera drones. With the holiday season in full swing, and bellies fully of food and cheer, it’s becoming easier and easier to get the best deals on drones and quadcopters without having to get up early and stand in lines in cold weather.

We’ve done the work for you! We’ve scoured the best outlets for drones like Amazon, Banggood, Gear Best, RCWorld, and Hobby Wow for just the right drone or quadcopter, regardless of age or experience. We’ll tell you the best for different categories, as well as price.

If you haven’t read some of the information in our Drones for Kids article, you might want to pick out some of the information about what features are important. However, I‘ll recap some here as a quick guide:

  • Drones that are easy to fly are typically more expensive. That doesn’t mean they’re all $1000, but you’re going to be looking at a drone under 200 dollars, instead of a drone under 50 dollars. Cheap drones is a relative term; you can get drones that are too cheap, and are hard to fly, don’t have long lasting batteries, or are unreliable. The good thing is that these types of enjoyable RC experiences used to cost thousands of dollars, but thanks to technology, they’re so much more affordable.
  • From a purely flyability standpoint, you want to look for advanced features like altitude and position hold, which will help stabilize a drone and keep it from moving around without the pilot’s input.
  • GPS equipped drones will be much better at holding their position, and can also come with flight planning capabilities, allowing you to design a route that the drone can follow. These typically can be found on drones with cameras.
  • FPV (first person view) will add a few dollars to a drone, but it’s really, really fun. These drones are equipped with a front-mounted camera, that aren’t necessarily suited for premium aerial photography, but serve to stream the view from the drone back to the remote control, a smartphone, or even goggles(!) for a completely immersive experience.
  • Drone weight determines whether or not you need to register your drone with the FAA. If it’s under 250 grams, you don’t have to worry about it, but there are still some rules you need to know before you take to the air.

Do note, we include price trackers and email price alerts, so you can make sure you’re getting the best deal possible!

OK, without further ado, let’s get this show on the road!

Best Kids Drone

Air Hogs Helix Sentinel

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$122.00 $199.99

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We didn’t expect an Air Hogs product to be this good. Known for inexpensive flying toys, Air Hogs has really put a lot of though into what a kid would want in a toy drone, and what would really make for a good experience for kids and beginners. Boy did they deliver big. Here are what we think makes this drone very special:

  • Advanced position hold, altitude hold, and collision avoidance – we can’t stress enough how these features can make flying a drone so enjoyable for beginners. When you want your drone to go forward, the drone will tilt forward, which makes the drone move. However, it also means that the drone will lose altitude, unless you increase throttle. This can be a difficult thing for kids and beginners to process all at once, but altitude hold keeps the drone at the same height, without input from the pilot. Obstacle avoidance is typically only found on more expensive drones. If you were try to fly into a wall, the drone will automatically pull back and avoid doing so. That goes a long way towards keeping the drone in good working condition.
  • FPV mode – this drone comes with FPV goggles. You use your smart phone as the screen, but you are instantly transported into the “cockpit” of the drone, and get a true first-person view of flight while piloting the drone. We can’t stress how amazing of an experience this is, and kids and adults alike will love FPV mode.
  • Price – all of these amazing features are available in a complete package, ready to fly, housed in a its own reusable case, for under $200. This is an amazing price. We hope that the price holds through the holiday season, but even if it didn’t, we think it’s worth it.

The Air Hogs Sentinel Helix is an amazing product that the company clearly put a lot of thought to. The only downside is that there’s not a replaceable battery, so you need to stop to charge it after every flight. This drone is so fun, you’ll wish you had dozens of batteries you could swap out in order to keep flying. We strongly recommend this product this holiday season.

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Air Hogs - Helix Sentinel First Person View (FPV) HD 720p Video Drone with 4GB Micro SD Card - WiFi Capable, Spin Master

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Current Price $122.00 May 25, 2017
Highest Price $172.54 December 4, 2016
Lowest Price $49.99 March 17, 2017
Since November 28, 2016

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$122.00 May 24, 2017
$105.10 May 22, 2017
$104.23 May 21, 2017
$109.14 May 20, 2017
$109.50 May 19, 2017
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Best Beginner Quadcopter

Holy Stone HS170

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Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone 2.4Ghz 6-Axis Gyro 4...

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$39.99 $55.99

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Wait, wouldn’t the best kids drone be the best beginner quadcopter? Not necessarily. Though the Helix Sentinel is a cheap drone, with high end features, it still costs a chunk of changes. What if you’re not sure that you whomever you’re buying a gift for will even like or hold long-term interest in flying a drone? Well, there are several cheap drones that make great gifts without breaking the bank. The Holy Stone HS170 is the perfect beginner quadcopter, and here’s why:

  • This drone is a fantastic trainer. Since it has the ability to swap out batteries (sold separately) you can have long training sessions without interruption.
  • 6-axis stabilization will help steady this drone in the wind.
  • Above average battery life for its price and class.
  • Its extremely cheap price point means less tears if you break it (but you won’t, it’s tough.)

The Holy Stone HS170 features optional headless mode, which means that regardless of orientation, pushing forward, left, right, or pulling back will correspond to the direction you’re trying to tell the drone to go, regardless of orientation. This is good for those who aren’t used to remote control vehicles, and may be confused when the drone is turned around and controls are flipped. In addition, the drone has an advanced setting for pilots that get get good at piloting, and want some additional challenges. It allows you to tilt the drone further, thereby increasing speed.

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Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone 2.4Ghz 6-Axis Gyro 4 Channels Quadcopter Good Choice for Drone Training, Holy Stone®

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Current Price $39.99 May 25, 2017
Highest Price $49.99 December 13, 2016
Lowest Price $19.99 March 17, 2017
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$39.99 March 22, 2017
$24.99 March 19, 2017
$19.99 March 17, 2017
$39.99 March 1, 2017
$45.99 January 23, 2017
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Best Value Camera Drone

DJI Phantom 3 Standard

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DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Drone with 2.7K HD Video Camera

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$473.89 $999.99

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DJI has been on a roll, with several advanced drone models being released this year including the extremely successful and expensive Phantom 4 Pro and Mavic models. Those will make our list, for sure, but it wasn’t too long ago that the DJI Phantom 3 set the bar for camera drones everywhere. If you’d been paying attention, however, you’d notice that the Phantom 3 is still a strong seller, and better yet, has had some tremendous price drops over the past several months. the Phantom 3 Standard model features a 3-axis gimbal, which is critical to steady video, and a 2.7K camera. While not 4K, the picture produced by this camera is absolutely exception. Here’s why we think this is the best value camera drone for Black Friday 2016:

  • Multiple flight modes – the DJI app is extremely advanced, and you can configure many different flight modes for different type of filming and flying
  • Exceptional 25 minute battery life – much higher than most drones even in a higher price bracket
  • Fantastic video – the pinnacle of quality last year, it’s extremely good, and you’ll be amazed if you’ve never used it before
  • DJI quality and reliability – DJI has set the bar year after year for the drone market, and you can be assured that the Phantom 3 will be a product you’ll enjoy for years to come

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DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Drone with 2.7K HD Video Camera, DJI

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Current Price $473.89 May 25, 2017
Highest Price $499.00 December 4, 2016
Lowest Price $387.00 January 26, 2017
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$473.90 May 24, 2017
$474.01 May 23, 2017
$476.99 May 16, 2017
$482.00 May 15, 2017
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Best Aerial Photography Drone with 4K Camera

DJI Phantom 4 Professional+

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DJI Phantom 4 Professional+ Quadcopter

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DJI makes their appearance for the second time on this list, with the recently launched and noticeably upgraded Phantom 4 Professional+. With the launch of the DJI Mavic, they company had to bring some pizzazz to their flagship prosumer lineup. With the professional spot wrapped up by the DJI Inspire 1, the Phantom 4 Professional+ delivers super obstacle avoidance, and focuses on a more well-rounded prosumer design, as opposed to the straight professional configuration of the Inspire 1. The result is about as good of a picture you can get, thanks to the Phantom 4 Pro’s 1inch CMOS, but also five-way obstacle avoidance, and even a beautiful integrated-display controller option, a first for DJI.


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DJI Phantom 4 Professional+ Quadcopter, DJI Europe B.V.

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Current Price $1,726.99 May 25, 2017
Highest Price $1,799.00 January 9, 2017
Lowest Price $1,714.04 March 6, 2017
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$1,726.99 May 24, 2017
$1,725.99 May 23, 2017
$1,726.99 May 22, 2017
$1,719.00 May 21, 2017
$1,789.00 May 19, 2017
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Best FPV Drone for Beginners

Eachines 180 Assassin V2 with Goggles

If you’ve never heard of Eachines, don’t worry, they’re the DJI of pre-built FPV racers. While many pro FPV pilots prefer to custom build their racers from different airframes and electronics, Eachines caters to the beginners and advanced users alike with their ready to fly configurations. Announced earlier this year, the 180 Assassin V2 is a very inexpensive bundle that includes real FPV goggles, a controller, and everything else you need to get going. They’re also running a discount special, use the code RC200 through Black Friday weekend to get 35% off. Banggood is an AliExpress affiliate, so you’ll be buying from a warehouse in China, but don’t worry about that, either, they’re extremely popular among the enthusiast crowd, and offer all types of shipping insurance. Personally, I’m picking up one of these models for myself, you just can’t beat the price.

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Best High End Drone Overall

DJI Mavic Pro

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DJI Mavic Pro

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$999.00

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The DJI Mavic is a wonder of technology. It’s small, foldable, features advanced flight technology, and has a killer camera with integrated gimbal. While not a racing drone, the Mavic is extremely fast and nimble. It has a camera that’s about on par with the Phantom 4, but also features the same obstacle avoidance technology. The gimbal is a 3-axis design, which delivers ultra-smooth video, even in wind, or while banking. The fact that it’s foldable means that you can take this drone nearly anywhere. And once you get there, the follow me function of the Phantom 4 will deliver extremely memorable video clips that deliver a bigger wow factor than any kind of selfie could manage. It’s got extremely long battery life, and just seems to be the epitome of drone technology, the type of design we have been waiting for all along. It’s expensive, but worth every dollar.

DJI Mavic Pro, DJI Europe B.V.

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Current Price $999.00 May 25, 2017
Highest Price $1,105.99 January 13, 2017
Lowest Price $957.55 March 4, 2017
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$999.00 May 25, 2017
$997.00 May 25, 2017
$999.00 May 20, 2017
$997.01 May 20, 2017
$999.00 May 20, 2017
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