Top 8 Drones to Buy on Cyber Monday
Updated: November 27, 2016
If you’ve been considering purchasing a drone or quadcopter but didn’t want to pay full price for it, now’s your chance. Cyber Monday is nearly upon us and sales are imminent. Drones across the board will be reduced in price, and there’s going to be several different makes and models to choose from. Below are some of our favorite Cyber Monday Drones that are sure to interest the hobbyist as well as professionals.
1) 3DR Solo (Up to 50% off!)
As one of our Cyber Monday drones, the 3DR solo is the highly-intelligent offspring of elegance and performance. With 3DR smart-technology, this quadcopter is the perfect drone for GoPro-lovers; if a GoPro is attached to the gimbal (both sold separately) then the 3DR Solo can livestream FPV directly from the camera. It’s the only drone capable of livestreaming GoPros. Along with the drone, the package includes a dedicated remote, extra propellers, drone-battery, and charger. It’s the perfect drone for GoPro (or just photography) enthusiasts that want to take their piloting the next level and capture stunning aerial photography in the process.
Use this intelligent quadcopter to introduce yourself to the skies with elegance and grace — and bring your (or whomever it’s intended for) vision to life. Affordable, smart, and efficient; that’s the 3DR Solo.
2) Phantom 4 (20% off!)
The DJI Phantom 4 is engineered for greatness. It’s one of our most impressive and modern Cyber Monday drones we have; few drones can compare. Filled with DJI-intelligent technology, the Phantom 4 contains autonomous features like position lock, vision positioning, mobile tracking, auto-stabilization, and more. Equipped with a 4k camera that can shoot in gorgeous 4k, this machine can bring your vision to life with crystal clear imaging. Along with the camera, it comes with a 3-axis gimbal that allows for further stabilization.
Not only is this Cyber Monday drone one of the most impressive designs to date, it’s also ready-to-fly directly out of the box. It can fly up to 44mph and is stacked with smart-sensors that allow for it to autonomously avoid objects. With the DJI application, the drone can even be flown by tablet or mobile device. Its tap to fly features allow for you to fly with a touch of your fingertip. It’s professional, incredibly sleek, and performs better than most machines in the market. It’s a drone built for excellence; The DJI Phantom 4.
3) Autel Robotics (25% off!)
Autel Robotics makes the X-Star and the X-Star Premium, both of which are smaller drones that pack a huge punch. Equipped with an amazing camera, both can shoot in 4k and take 12MB stills. Both models livestream FPV at 780p which feeds directly to the controller’s built in LCD screen. Autel-Robotics smart technology allows for multiple different autonomous features (position lock, mobile tracking, orbit, waypoint following), and dual flight modes (beginner and advanced). The two modes help when learning to pilot, then when wanting to progress and fly at higher speeds.
The main difference between the X-Star Premium and the X-Star — is that the Premium has a longer reception range, a larger SD card, and comes with a carrying case. This Cyber Monday drone is a high-performing machine with built-in intelligence. It’s affordable, a master of its class, and sophisticated. It’s both a dynamic aerial vehicle and a powerful, highly-capable camera. This drone comes highly recommended by both enthusiasts and professionals alike. The skies are waiting for you.
4) Phantom 4 Pro
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro was built to conquer the market… and do it with style. The DJI-intelligent technology integrates autonomous components like position lock, follow me, active track, return home, and more. Unlike the Phantom 4 (before model) the Pro’s FlightAutonomy system incorporates dual rear vision sensors and added range for its smart-sensors. It can fly up to thirty minutes and its advanced Lightbridge technology allows for HD FPV streaming at higher distances than before.
They call it the drone ‘anyone can fly on,’ and yet it’s so loaded with tech-guts that you’d think it takes years of piloting to master. But that’s not the case, as the tech-guts allow for the Phantom 4 Pro to be one of the smartest, sleekest, and most impressive drones available. This Cyber Monday drone practically takes the others by storm. It flies at speeds up to 44mph, shoots in stunning 4k, is basically autonomous, and makes the skies its playground. Don’t miss out. Your Phantom 4 Pro awaits you.
5) DJI Phantom 3 Standard & Professional
Known as the “Professional Flying Camera” this Cyber Monday drone is equipped with a 4K camera mounted on a 3-axis gimbal for steady, clear photos and videography. Live HD streaming at 30 fps can be monitored on any compatible device, and an additional downloaded app allows you to edit, add music, and text all from your mobile device. 12.0 MP photos shot out of an f/2.8 lens with a 94° range view create vibrant, clear images that can be saved on the included 16 GB SD card.
The DJI Phantom 3 is an easy-to-fly quadcopter with GPS Navigation that allows for steady flying and other associated features. Flight time for this particular model is a remarkable 23 minutes and with the downloaded DJI app, this drone is capable of auto take-off, auto land, return home, and autopilot. In addition, just as the GPS works for the outdoors, the Vision Positioning System is effective for indoors and low ground flying. The Visioning Positioning System allows the quadcopter to hold its position and stop when controls are released then quickly respond when given commands from the pilot.
The DJI Phantom 3 is a ready-to-fly quadcopter; just charge it and go.
5) 3D Robotics Iris
This particular quadcopter model is equipped with GPS Navigation that uses autopilot functions such as return home and land. The Iris also has three separate flight modes located on the remote control; manual, hover, or autopilot. When using the Pixhawk auto-pilot system you can set your quadcopter to 3PV follow-me for hands free convenience to concentrate on your videos and photos instead of flying. In this particular mode, the camera focuses on the pilot while capturing stunning cinematic video. Furthermore, controlling this quadcopter can either be performed by the included remote control device or a GPS compatible PC or Android device.
As one of our Cyber Monday drones featured, it’s a highly sought after model with a maximum flight time of 22 minutes. Also included in this deal is a 2-axis gimbal camera mount for steady, vibrant pictures and video, integrated LED lights for directional awareness and flight pattern notification, a 4 GB USB drive, and an extra set of propellers. With the exception of having to attach the propellers and charge the battery, this drone is ready to fly for your convenience.
6) Parrot Bebop
The Parrot BeBop is a fully functional, lightweight drone packed with advanced features and technology. It comes equipped with a 14 megapixel fisheye camera that records videos and pictures in a 180° field range in HD quality. Stability is monitored by numerous sensors incorporated in the BeBop technology including the 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, ultra-sound sensor, a magnetometer, and a pressure sensor. These all work together to eliminate any shakiness without compromising maneuverability. In addition, with the downloadable app, called Freeflight 3 which is compatible with most Android and iOS devices, you can control the 180° view with a simple thumb movement without interrupting flight.
This Cyber Monday drone is also equipped with GPS and is designed with a failsafe that instantly stops the rotation of propellers if impact occurs. An emergency mode allows the drone to land immediately, and the return home features bring the drone back to its original starting point. In addition, this specific model generates its own WiFi network with two dual-band WiFi antennas that can handle both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz MIMO frequencies.
For convenience, the Parrot BeBop is easily disassembled for storage and transport.
7) TBS Gemini
Featured as one of our Cyber Monday drones available, the TBS Gemini is a multi-rotor copter equipped with a built-in FPV camera and an on screen display with an integrated current sensor. This mini quadcopter racer is built for speed and agility with its forward tilting motors and aerodynamic shape. It addition, the design of this specific hexacopter allows it to be rather resilient and crash-friendly – which is ideal for the amateur.
Max speed for this small, efficient racing copter is 50 mph and the maximum flight distance is 1.2 mile with return capabilities. Flight time generally doesn’t exceed 10 minutes. The flight controller is powered by Taulab codebase for flight efficiency, and the receiver operates a minimum of 5 channels. The TBS Gemini can be optimized with a canopy to be used with a Mobius camera for HD filming, or you can leave it stock for racing. Either way, the versatility of this drone is endless. Everything you need to fly comes in a convenient carry case for easy transportation. Whether you’re racing your friends, or shooting some dynamic footage, the TBS Gemini is highly equipped for either.
8) Parrot AR Drone 2.0
You’ll absolutely love the versatility of the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite; it not only captures high definition photos and videos, but it also allows for FPV. This capability allows you to see exactly what the drone sees, and delivers it right to your Android or iOS device. A free piloting app comes with the purchase of these Cyber Monday drones, and for additional memory when shooting videos, the AR Drone is equipped with a USB port. Easily share your videos on YouTube or other sites with the embed options of this application.
Piloting this quadcopter is easy with the unique embedded sensors and navigation system. It will hover in one place without moving, even at higher altitudes and in windy conditions, until you give it the command. In addition, the Parrot AR Drone can perform acrobatic flips and rolls with the push of a button. The Director mode enables you to program certain movements for shooting professional videos, and with the settings menu you can edit, enhance, and fine tune your pictures and videos. The Director Mode is an in-app purchase with the AR. Freeflight application.