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Best Black Friday Drone Deals 2016

Oct. 27, 2016
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TVs, laptops and video games usually top the list of sought-after holiday gifts, but personal-use drones are gaining. As cool as these gadgets are, however, they don’t come cheap. Black Friday might be one event where you can capture some drone deals.

As drones’ capabilities rise to new heights, so does their popularity. There are several types and models with varying features: Some are bundled with cameras, others can fly faster, while a few are better for travel. The buzz around these tech toys is getting louder, and some 2016 models are setting the bar higher:

    • DJI Phantom 4: The DJI Phantom 4 is the follow-up to the DJI Phantom 3, which was featured in one of our best Black Friday drone deals last year. DJI’s latest quadcopter is marketed as suitable for both novice and expert users to shoot professional-grade 4K video from heights of 19,000-plus feet. Experienced fliers may appreciate the new Sport mode, which enables the Phantom 4 to zip around at speeds up to almost 45 mph and adds the ability to ascend and descend faster. Price: $1,069 via Amazon.
    • Yuneec Typhoon H: What makes the Typhoon H unique is that it’s a hexacopter, instead of a quadcopter. The two extra rotors are meant to offer better stabilization and faster flight than most four-rotor drones. The Typhoon H sports a 4K camera that can shoot video, capture stills and pan 360 degrees for full-circle landscape shots. Price: $992 via Amazon.
    • GoPro Karma: GoPro camera owners will be excited to send their gadgets to the sky with the GoPro Karma drone. The quadcopter is compatible with the Hero5 Black, Hero5 Session, Hero4 Black and Hero4 Silver cameras, and can launch them as high as 14,500 feet. The Karma’s four extending arms can fold up for storage in an included backpack. Price: $799.99 (drone only) via GoPro.

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Best Black Friday Drone Deals 2016

Black Friday drone deals run the gamut from toy drones to high-flyers with cameras. Among the deals we found, Best Buy had the most notable offers, including 30% off on DJI drone accessories:

Best Buy:

  • DJI Phantom 3 for $399.99 (save $100).
  • DJI Phantom 4 for $999.99 (save $200).
  • 30% off DJI drone accessories.
  • Yuneec Typhoon H for $999.99 (save $300).
  • 3DR Solo bundle for $349.99 (regularly $499.99).

Other stores such as Target, Sears, Wal-Mart, Sears and even Verizon Wireless featured more advanced drone devices, including the popular Phantom series. Other retailers such as J.C Penney and Bon-Ton had drones more suitable for kids and beginners:

  • Bon-Ton: Sharper Image camera drone for $39.97 (regularly $120) and HD video drone for $69.97 (regularly $190).
  • J.C. Penney: Skyrider drone with camera for $29.99 (regularly $90).
  • Kohl’s: Sharper Image video drone for $49.99 (regularly $119.99) and the Propel HD 2.4 GHz quadcopter for $79.99 (regularly $149.99).
  • Overstock: DGL Quadrone Warrior for $129.99 (35% off).
  • Sears: Polaroid PL800 sky warrior drone for $149.99 (save $50).
  • Target: DJI Phantom 3 for $399.99 (save $100).
  • Wal-Mart: DJI Phantom 3 for $369 (save $130) and Promark 3-D virtual reality HD drone for $99 (regularly $148).

Best Black Friday Drone Deals 2015

In 2015, shoppers eyeing a drone could land decent savings during Black Friday sales. There were few deals on the full-fledged DJI and Parrot fliers, but beginner and toy drone specials could be found at a some sporting goods and big-box retailers.

Here are some Black Friday drone deal highlights:

      • DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter drone for $599.99 (regularly $799.99) at Best Buy.
      • Parrot Bebop HD video drone for $394.99 (regularly $499.99) at Target.
      • Drone with camera for $49.99 after $50 mail-in rebate (regularly $150) at J.C. Penney.
      • Bass Pro Shops remote-controlled spy drone for $39.97 (regularly $79.99) at Bass Pro Shops.
      • Radio-controlled drone for $24 (regularly $40) at Big Lots.
      • AeroDrone X6 drone for $29.99 with CVS card (regularly $39.99 ) at CVS.

Check out our full list of 2016 ad leaks for up-to-date deal news from a wide range of retailers.

Nina Tabios is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: [email protected].

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