Today is the day — Amazon Prime Day 2022. For the drone world, that means tons of deals on drones, and drone-adjacent products you’ll use, like memory cards, software, other camera equipment and more.
And some of the best Amazon Prime Day 2022 deals aren’t exclusive to Amazon. Many other tech retailers and drone companies are capitalizing on the hype around Amazon’s made-up holiday meant to inspire spending to compete and run their own sales today. Target, Walmart and other online tech retailers like Adorama and B&H Photo are jumping in with their own, ultra-competitive sales.
The deals outside of Amazon are especially useful given that — to take advantage of the Amazon Prime Day 2022 deals — you must also be an Amazon Prime member. But if you’re not, shop with another non-Amazon retailer and still save.
So with that, here’s how to get all the deals (on Amazon or elsewhere), followed by a list of the best drone deals for Amazon Prime Day 2022:
How to participate in Amazon Prime Day 2022
Amazon Prime Day kicks off today as a 2-day event, running between Tuesday, July 12 and Wednesday, July 13. You do need to be an Amazon Prime member in order to participate in Amazon Prime Day (and membership costs $139 a year), but here’s a trick: just sign up for an Amazon Prime 30-day free trial. Then, simply cancel your membership after your Prime Day purchase arrivals (aka sometime within that 30-day window) if you don’t want to pay the Amazon Prime membership fee ongoing.
Amazon also discounts membership for eligible customers including students, EBT and select government assistance recipients.
Other benefits of Amazon Prime membership
Free shipping and ability to shop the Amazon Prime Day 2022 deals aren’t the only benefits that come with membership. Some of the best additional perks, discounts and goodies that Amazon Prime members can take advantage of include:
Three-month free trial of Audible: Starting June 21st, your followers (trial-eligible Prime members) can sign up for an extended three-month free trial of Audible, including three free titles.
One year of Grubhub+ for free: Amazon Prime members can unlock unlimited $0 food delivery fees and exclusive savings with one year of Grubhub+ for free (normally $9.99/month) by activating Grubhub+ through this link.
Ability to apply for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card: Amazon’s best credit card offers an automatic 5% back at both Amazon and Whole Foods, which is combinable with other discounts. Charge anything you buy on Amazon Prime Day (or any day) to this card for easy savings.
Other programs: Free Prime Gaming games, Rx savings, Prime Try Before You Buy, Prime Reading, Amazon Photos, exclusive deals.
The best drone deals for Amazon Prime Day 2022
Some Amazon Prime Day Deals only run a few hours — and many of this afternoon’s and tomorrow’s deals haven’t even been announced yet. This list will be updated throughout Amazon Prime Day (or should we say, days). But for now, here are the best 2022 Amazon Prime Day drone deals thus far:
Save 20% on the Autel EVO Nano+ and Lite+ drones
Autel Robotics is offering major discounts for its EVO Nano+ and Lite+ drones for Amazon Prime Day 2022 — and you don’t even have to be a Prime member to get in on them. Everything is 20% off While you can shop Autel through Amazon, the deals are also available on the Autel Robotics official store.
The Autel Robotics EVO Nano and Lite drones are high-quality camera drones that compete with DJI, and each come in base or “+” versions with upgraded specs.
Though move fast. Even on the official Autel store, the sale ends on July 13.
- Purchase the Evo Lite+ Standard Bundle (normally $1,549, down to $1,239) or EVO Lite+ Premium Bundle (normally $1,849, down to $1,479) from Autel.
- Purchase the Nano+ Standard Bundle (normally $949, down to $759) or Nano+ Premium Bundle (normally $1,099, down to $879) from Autel.
- Purchase the Nano+ Standard Bundle (normally $949, down to $759) or EVO Lite+ Premium Bundle (normally $1,849, down to $1,479) from Amazon.
- Purchase the Nano+ Standard Bundle (normally $949, down to $759) or Nano+ Premium Bundle (normally $1,099, down to $879) from Amazon.
Save over $10 on a safe, toy drone for kids
If you’re seeking a small, inexpensive gift for kids, I love this mini drone from Jinmenengone.
It’s a great way for kids (and adults!) to learn how to fly and get a hold of controls before graduating to a higher-end drone. A few reasons I especially love this one:
- Three batteries gives plenty of play time
- A variety of modes (altitude hold, headless mode, etc) provide ample opportunity to practice at different skill levels
- Cages around the propellers add an extra layer of safety.
It’s part of the Amazon Prime Day sale for 33% off, down to just $20 from $30. Plus, there’s a limited-time 5% off coupon, so you can save an extra dollar.
Save 50% on tickets to DJI Airworks
Don’t need more physical stuff? Treat yourself to a gift that won’t collect dust — a ticket to DJI Airworks. DJI’s annual(ish) conference is set for Oct. 10 through 12 in Las Vegas.
And while tickets are normally $300, DJI is hosting a 24 hour flash sale that coincides with Amazon Prime Day.
Between 7 a.m. ET on Tuesday, July 12 and 6:59 a.m. ET on Wednesday, July 13, you can purchase tickets for 50% off, bringing the price down to $149.
Though act fast. DJI has an additional disclaimer on the end time that it might end the sale early, should the allocated tickets for the Flash Sale sell out.
Save up to $600 on Sony cameras, lenses and accessories through B&H Photo
The Sony drone, named the Sony Airpeak S1, is one of the hottest new drones out there, but you’ll need a Sony camera for it to work to its full potential. The Sony Airpeak drone, which targets professional photography and video production, is capable of carrying the company’s Alpha mirrorless cameras, as are, the popular, American-made Skyfish drones.
If you’re flying the Sony Airpeak S1, you’ll have to purchase a compatible camera to mount to it. The camera bodies it is compatible with are:
- Alpha 7S series and FX3 for high descriptive capability with suppressed noise
- Alpha 7R series for ultra-high definition
- Alpha 9 series for distortion-free images
- Alpha 1 for shooting footage in 8K
And luckily, B&H Photo is offering a mega sale on many of those cameras. The sale prices run between now and Sunday, July 17 at 11:59 p.m. Among the top deals are:
- Save $600 on the Sony a7R IIIA Mirrorless Camera (now $2,198)
- Save $200 on the Sony a7 III Mirrorless Camera with 28-70mm Lens (now $1,998)
2022 Amazon Prime Day deals on other great gear for dronies
Of course, drones are far from the only tech that drone pilots rely on. Whether it’s on-the-ground cameras, headsets, software, etc. here’s a roundup of a bunch of other deals I suspect The Drone Girl readers might be interested in:
Save $50 on the Poly Voyager 5200 Bluetooth Headset (42% off)
For people who are constantly making phone calls on-the-go and need a more advanced microphone than the wind tunnels that seem to come with your average pair of Bluetooth headphones, the Poly Voyager 5200 is a great bet. And at 42% off, the new price drop from $120 to just $70 is the lowest price I’ve seen yet.
Save $70 on Apple AirPods Pro with Wireless Charging Case
This deal is on B&H Photo, so you don’t need to worry about having an Amazon Prime membership. For a limited time, get instant savings of $70 and free shipping on Apple AirPods Pro with Wireless Charging Case, meaning you’ll pay just $179.99.
Logitech HD Webcam C615 (50% off)
It’s been more than two years since shelter in place. But if you still haven’t perfected your at-home video conferencing setup, here’s a swell opportunity. The Logitech HD Laptop Webcam C615 bundle with headset is on sale on Amazon for 50% off. Normally $110, you’ll pay just $55 on Amazon Prime Day.
Fancy features on the webcam including a 360-degree swivel and 1080p camera. As far as the headset, it includes a noise-canceling mic, so no one has to hear the dog barking in the background.
1 TB Western Digital My Passport SSD (45% off)
If you’ve got tons of aerial video or other drone data before, consider a portable SSD. Happily, the Western Digital My Passport SSD is compact yet fast, with data transfers up to 10 Gbps.
Now, the WD 1TB My Passport SSD Portable External Solid State Drive is on Amazon for just $110, an epic 45% off the usual $200 list price.
I’ll be searching Amazon all day today and tomorrow to find more great deals for you — and continuously updating this page.
If you find more great drone deals that your fellow readers should know about, leave a comment below!