Black Friday is one of those weird Americanisms that have been exported to other parts of the world to one extent or another.
On American soil the “real” Black Friday involves people apparently trying to kill each other in order to grab the last discounted big screen TV.
For most of us it’s just that time of the year when online retailers slash prices significantly. So no death by sweaty Walmart-dweller for us thankfully.
Here are the 3 Best Black Friday Drone Deals of 2017
Option 1: The DJI Spark $100 OFF
Shaving that much off the asking price makes taking ownership of a new Spark drone incredibly tempting, but you should know that this little guys is different from your typical camera drone in a couple of ways.
For one thing, there’s no transmitter included by default. The main audience DJI is aiming the Spark at aren’t people who care about precision flight necessarily. That doesn’t mean you should forget about the Spark if you were interested in some fun manual flight. Just that the controller is an additional purchase that will set you back $150.
What really makes the Spark special is however its advanced autonomous flight modes. If you’ve ever wanted a machine that would take fawning videos and photos of you as you go about your “extreme” lifestyle or party ambitions, the Spark certainly fits the bill.
The onboard camera is quite impressive given given how small and light the Spark is . The gimbal system is limited to just two axes, but the sensor quality is phenomenal for the money.
It’s not going to replace the footage from bigger more professional drones, but you certainly never have to be ashamed of sharing any of the imagery with the public.
The Spark is an impressive little machine that squeezes the most important technological lessons learned by DJI over the years into single, compact drone that makes it practical to always have a flying camera with you.
Even if it will only fly for about fifteen minutes. Personally I think that the Spark is the greatest Black Friday drone deal, unless you absolutely must have a professional device.
The Phantom 4 is the latest in the model series that brought DJI to its present day fame. The shape of the Phantom is instantly recognizable and many “no-name” drones have aped it over the years.
While the Phantom 4 might look a little old-fashioned by now, there’s nothing out of date under the hood. This is very much a state-of-the-art product that stands shoulder to shoulder with more modern-looking products.
As far as I’m concerned, the Phantom 4 draws the dividing line between purely leisure drones and professional flying camera equipment. People who are looking to get serious about drone photography should start their search here.
It’s not foldable, compact or (to be honest) very attractive. None of that matters when you need a reliable drone with up to 4K resolution and a three axis gimbal.
The Pro and Advanced versions of the Phantom 4 are packed with autonomous flight intelligence and substantial materials upgrades over previous generations. The magnesium airframe keeps the drone structurally strong while reducing its weight.
Another reason this is a serious drone in all senses, is the 30 minute flight time. There are few (if any) battery-powered drones that can stay in the air for longer than that. Not bad for what is not considered at the entry-level of the professional drones.
Option 3: The DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo $150 OFF
A relatively small discount against the price of the DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo, but it’s pretty rare to get any sort of discount on this fairly new and quite popular machine. The Mavic is (in my opinion) the most futuristic drone in the DJI stable. In fact, I think it’s one of the most modern-looking drones you can buy.
Beautifully-designed with a compact, folded form when not in use, the Mavic will fit in a backpack or shoulder bag, ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice. Despite its compact size, the Mavic has almost the same flight endurance as the Phantom 4. It’s fast too, hitting a maximum speed of 40 miles per hour.
It’s not as fast as the Phantom 4, but also has 4K video capability. It’s also imbued with DJI’s latest Ocusync video transmission technology which lowers latency and makes 1080p live streaming practical.
The Mavic Pro is without a doubt one of the most impressive consumer drones you can buy today and is in a class of its own. It’s not for everyone, but that’s what the Phantom 4 is meant to be.
Get Them While They’re Hot!
DJI will be running this promotion from 22 November to 27 November, 11:59pm (UTC-8).These drone deals are not all that DJI has to offer this Black Friday:
So if you are in the market for a drone then picking up a model from DJI for a significant discount is all the reason you need to pull the trigger now.
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