The enormous onslaught of Black Friday deals can feel overwhelming. Are those deals good? Are you missing out on a better deal? The Drone Girl scoured the best drone deals so you can skip the exhaustive search and focus on what matters — finding the perfect gift for the drone lover (or you!) in your life without straining your budget. So with that, here are the best Black Friday 2023 drone sales:
Why are we already sharing Black Friday 2023 drone sales?
Black Friday isn’t until next Friday! So why are we sharing these Black Friday 2023 drone sales now?
This year, Amazon’s Black Friday sale begins today. Thus, we’ve compiled some of the best deals on Amazon and other retailers. Amazon is notorious for its ‘lightning deals’, so we will continue to update this post with new deals up until Thanksgiving Day.
If you find a great deal, let us know in the comments, so we can share it with The Drone Girl community.
But for now, check out the best drone-related Black Friday deals:
DJI Black Friday deals (all sales end Nov. 27)
Save up to $429 on DJI Avata Combos
If you have been thinking about getting into drone racing, now is the time. At 30% off, the DJI Avata is the largest markdown of any DJI product. Up until Nov. 27, you can purchase the DJI Avata Explorer Combo for $889.
The DJI Avata is an FPV drone that is just 405 grams and is perfect for flying inside (but also flies well outside in most cases). With the DJI Avata, you can fly through door frames and under tables, making dramatic turns and tight fits through furniture and buildings. Plus, you don’t lose out on quality footage with the Avata high-quality camera.
- Purchase the DJI Avata Explorer Combo: now $889, originally $1,278 from Amazon
- Purchase the DJI Avata Explorer Combo: now $889, originally $1,278 from B&H
The DJI Avata Pro-View Combo is also on sale for $999 (originally $1,428). The difference between the two combos is the Explorer Combo comes with the DJI Goggles Integra while the Pro-View comes with DJI Goggles 2.
Both the DJI Goggles Integra and DJI Goggles 2 are similar in size, video transmission performance, and screen display. The Integra is cheaper, while unsurprisingly, the Goggles 2 is more powerful and has upgraded features.
Here is our full guide on how to turn the Mavic 3 into an FPV drone, along with a more detailed breakdown of the two types of DJI FPV goggles.
- Purchase the DJI Avata Pro-View Combo: now $999, originally $1,428 from Amazon
- Purchase the DJI Avata Pro-View Combo: now $999, originally $1,428 from B&H
Save up to $260 on the DJI Air 2s
If you are shopping for an on-the-go photographer, you have come to the right spot. The DJI Air 2s is incredible for photographers who prioritize budget and portability.
This small drone has a massive 1” sensor offering 20-megapixel photos and 5.4K video. That’s the same as what you get in the larger, more expensive Mavic 2 Pro.
If you or the person you are buying for doesn’t have a controller, then you’ll want to buy the DJI Air 2s Fly More combo which is currently 20% off.
- Purchase the DJI Air 2s Fly More Combo: now $1,039, originally $1,299 on Amazon
- Purchase the DJI Air 2s Fly More Combo: now $1,039, originally $1,299 on B&H
Save $143.64 on the DJI Mini 3 Fly More Combo (DJI RC)
With the DJI Mini 3 Fly More Combo, you’ll get the Mini 3, the RC controller, a shoulder bag, intelligent flight batteries, and several other accessories.
The Mini 3 Fly More Combo is usually $798, but is on sale for $654. The DJI Mini line is often known as DJI’s drone line for beginners. So this Fly More combo comes with everything you need, I can’t think of a better gift for the novice drone lover in your life. If you do end up purchasing this as a first-time drone, consider the Drones 101 course from Drone Launch Academy, the course is currently 50% off.
Notable features of the DJI Mini 3 features include its lightweight (249 grams), long flight time, and 4K HDR video.
Save $40 on the DJI Mini 2 SE
If you are looking for an even more inexpensive drone look no further than another drone in the DJI Mini line, the DJI Mini 2 SE.
Hands down, there is no better drone under $400 than the DJI Mini 2 SE. And during the Black Friday sale, you can get that drone for under $300. The DJI Mini 2 SE is currently on sale for $298.
- Purchase the DJI Mini 2 SE: now $298, originally $339 on Amazon
- Purchase the DJI Mini 2 SE: now $289, originally $339 on B&H
Save up to $160 on DJI drone accessories
Perhaps the person you are shopping for already has a DJI drone but is looking to turn that drone into an FPV drone. Gift them the DJI Goggles 2 and DJI Goggles Integra, which are both on sale.
The DJI Goggles 2 has a larger discount (20% off) and is the more powerful product with upgraded features. The Goggles Integra is 15% and is less powerful, but lighter, than the DJI Goggles 2. Deciding between the two? Check out our full guide on how to turn the Mavic 3 into an FPV drone.
- Purchase the DJI Goggles 2: now $407, originally $509 on Amazon
- Purchase the DJI Goggle Integra: now $364, originally $364 on Amazon
The Goggles 2 Motion Combo is also 20% off. The DJI Goggles Motion 2 Combo comes with the Goggles 2 and the RC Motion 2. This combo is compatible with the Mavic 3 series, Avata, and Mini 3 Pro drones. If deciding between the Goggles 2 or the Combo, I would recommend the combo. The addition of the controller gives you the true FPV experience.
Of course, if you already own the RC Motion 2, then stick with the Goggles 2.
- Purchase the DJI Goggles Motion Combo with RC Motion 2: now $639, originally $799 on Amazon
- Purchase the DJI Goggles Motion Combo with RC Motion 2: now $639, originally $799 on B&H
Save up to $240 on other DJI products
If you are shopping for the drone lover in your life, chances are they are either an adventurer, a photographer, or both. Whether they are vlogging, or mountain biking, DJI has products on sale that are sure to be a hit.
The DJI RSC 2 is a compact gimbal for mirrorless cameras with a smart, folding design and smooth stabilization. The gimbal is currently on sale for $449, saving you $240.
The DJI RSC 2 Pro Combo packs additional accessories with the RSC 2 gimbal, like the DJI Ronin RavenEye image transmission system, a focus motor, a phone holder, and more.
The DJI RSC 2 Pro Combo is on sale at B&H and Amazon, although you’ll save an additional $100 if you purchase on B&H.
- Purchase the DJI RSC 2 Pro Combo: now $449, originally $689 on B&H
- Purchase the DJI RSC 2 Pro Combo: now $549, originally $689 on Amazon
DJI’s action cameras are a great addition to any drone lover’s travel bag and two are on sale for Black Friday. The Osmo Action 3 is a waterproof action camera, similar to a GoPro. The Osmo Action 3 camera is currently 15% off, saving you $50.
Another DJI action camera, the Action 2 Dual Screen Combo & Power Combo, is currently on sale for 23% off (down to just. $309). The DJI Action 2 has a modular design, primarily holding gadgets and gizmos together via magnetism.
Drone pilot courses and workshops are on sale for Black Friday 2023
Give the gift of knowledge this year with a drone pilot test-prep course or workshop. Anyone who plans on flying drones commercially (that means you’re making money in some capacity from your flight), then the Federal Aviation Administration requires you to hold a Remote Pilot Certificate–commonly referred to as a drone pilot license.
In order to get the license, you’ll need to pass the online Part 107 test. Passing the test takes some prep work, so we recommend going through an online Part 107 training course. Some of the best Part 107 test prep courses are on sale for Black Friday.
Don’t worry if the person you are shopping for already has passed the Part 107 test there are also some workshops on sale for almost every niche drone hobby you can think of.
Save $107 on Drone Pilot’s Ground School’s Part 107 test prep course
The Drone Ground School’s Black Friday sale, or Fly-Day sale, began way back on Thursday, Nov. 9 and runs until Nov. 24. The Drone Pilot Ground School is one of the best Part 107 drone test prep courses. It’s the course Drone Girl herself, Sally French, took and passed the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aeronautical Knowledge Test on her first try.
The Drone Pilot Ground School’s Fly-Day sale offers three different test-prep package levels to choose from, each $107 off.
- Self Study: Usually $299, now $192
- Guided Study: Usually $339, now $232
- Guided Study + Flight training: Usually $525, now $418
And since all three programs have a pass or don’t pay guarantee, your gift will have an extra reassurance that you’ve made the right choice.
- Purchase the Drone Pilot Ground School test prep course through this link and the sale price will automatically apply
Save $99.50 on Drone Launch Academy’s Part 107 test prep
The Drone Launch Academy is also getting in on all the Black Friday sales. Buy a course by Cyber Monday (Nov. 27) for a 50% discount and enjoy 4 free months of Drone Launch Connect membership for free!
It’s pretty major to see the test prep course listed for $99.50 (normally $199) because even prior to the sale, it made the list of the best Part 107 online test prep programs for those on a budget. And while Drone Launch’s discount is less in terms of dollars versus Drone Pilot Ground School, the relative discount is actually bigger — and the total price you pay is far lower.
Yet, even if you aren’t ready to spend what we consider a great rate of $99.50 for the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot exam prep course, Drone Launch Academy has a ton of other cheaper Part 107 test prep gift options, all 50% off.
- Part 107 Flashcards: now $19.50, originally $39
- FAA Part 107 exam study guide ebook: now $19.50, originally $39
- FAA Part 107 exam study guide audiobook: now $24.50, originally $49
Save up to $299 on Drone Launch Academy’s boot camps and workshops
It’s not just Part 107 courses on sale. Drone Launch Academy is offering 50% off of all their other courses and all their workshops (all deals run through Nov. 27th).
If the drone lover in your life has already passed the Part 107 test and is ready to take their drone business or new hobby to the next level, Drone Launch Academy has workshops to fit every niche drone hobby.
One standout is Drone to $1K: An 8-Week Drone Business Building Bootcamp (now $299.50, originally $599), where you’ll learn how to get your first client, how to form an LLC, how to build a strong online presence, the ins and outs of marketing, how to set up more of the back office side of your business, and more.
The Real Estate Media Pro course (now $199.50, originally $399) is another popular course as there’s a relatively low barrier to entry, particularly for newer entrepreneurs. In the course, you’ll learn how to capture high-quality real estate photos, videos, 3D tours, and drone footage that will wow your clients.
If you are looking for something drone real estate adjacent, but more affordable check out their Landing and Working with Real Estate Video Clients course (now $49.50, originally $99) or their Landing Real Estate Clients through Instagram course (now $49.50, originally $99).
Check out their full list of courses and workshops here.
Non-DJI drones on sale for Black Friday
Given its massive market share, DJI dominates the conversations when it comes to consumer drones. However, this Black Friday there are plenty of non-DJI drones on sale for any budget.
Save $210 on Autel EVO Lite+ Drone
The Autel Evo Lite+ is our pick for the best non-DJI camera drone you can buy. The Autel Evo Lite+ drone stands out given how it bridges the gap between some of the Mavic 3’s most swoon-worthy features but at a price point much closer to the DJI Mini 3 Pro.
The drone packs a large, 1-inch CMPS sensor into a relatively small package, thus you get a pretty remarkable ability to capture 6K video. The EVO Lite+ is an excellent gift for a photographer looking for a higher-end drone who doesn’t have the budget for something like a DJI Mavic 3.
For $799 (usually $1,139), you’ll get the drone, remote controller, battery and more. The Autel EVO Lite+ is on sale on B&H and Amazon, but you’ll save an extra $10 if you purchase it on Amazon.
- Purchase Autel EVO Lite+: now $789, originally $999 on Amazon
- Purchase Autel EVO Lite+: now $799, originally $999 on B&H
Save $46 on the HoverAir x1
The HoverAir X1 is relatively inexpensive when speaking about drones and for Black Friday, you can get the HoverAir X1 for $399, originally $445. Don’t expect a DJI-quality drone, but rather an upgrade to your personal camera. However, the HoverAir X1 has many things that most drones can’t: fly indoors, near people, record sound, and fly totally hands-free.
The HoverAir X1 makes a great gift for the younger drone lovers or vloggers in your life.
- Purchase the HoverAir X1: now $379, originally $445 on Amazon
- Purchase the HoverAir X1: now $379, originally $445
Save $20 on the DEERC D20 Mini Drone for Kids
This is an excellent drone toy for kids. Flying is made simple by just tapping one button to fly and the drone is equipped with special features like altitude hold and emergency stop. Plus, the voice control and gesture features are sure to amaze even the tough kid critics.
The D20 toy drone is currently 29% off on Amazon (the end of the sale date is unclear) and comes in 5 different colors.
Save $3,800 on the Freefly Alta X (aircraft only with F9P GPS)
The Alta X is a relative newcomer to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Innovation Unit’s (DIU) Blue UAS Cleared list.
The Alta X is Freefly Systems’ sixth generation of drones designed to fly in tough environments. They’re designed and manufactured in the U.S. and are designed for a range of missions. Notable capabilities include open architecture, VTOL, and up to 35 lbs of usable payload capacity.
More 2023 Black Friday drone-related deals
As mentioned, we will continue to update this post as we find more deals, but as of now, here are some deals to pique any drone lover’s interest.
Save $49.99 on the Nanuk 925 waterproof hard case for Mavic 3 Pro/Pro Cine
The hard-shell Nanuk case provides impact protection and is water and dust-resistant. The case can be even more submerged in water for up to 30 minutes. Everything inside is kept safe and organized with dedicated custom-cut form compartments.
The case comes in 6 different colors and can hold a Mavic 3 Pro with the Fly More Combo accessory bundle or a Mavic 3 Pro Cine with DJI RC remote with accessories.
Save $16 on a Samsung PRO Plus memory card + reader
Memory cards make perfect gifts for drone users because you can never have enough! No one wants to be out filming footage and read the alert “memory low”. Give the gift of peace of mind, by buying a memory card. Please note, that this memory card is an Amazon Black Friday flash deal, so there is no way of knowing when this deal may end, so act fast!
Save $25 on the NiSi filmmaker filter kit plus for DJI Mavic 3
This filmmaker filter kit allows any drone photographer to enhance their video footage and still images. The kit includes ND32 and ND64 filters that reduce light into the Mavic 3 lens by 5 and 6 stops. They also feature IR technology to ensure accurate color cast.
The filters are 20%, but keep in mind these drones only work with a DJI Mavic 3 drone.
- Purchase the NiSi filmmaker filter kit plus DJI Mavic 3: now $100, originally $125 on B&H
- Purchase the NiSi filmmaker filter kit plus DJI Mavic 3: now $100, originally $125 on Amazon
Save $18 on the Ruggard DLP-30 30″ drone landing pad
Easily locate where to land and shield your drone from damage with this drone landing pad from Ruggard. A landing pad is a great addition to any drone-enthusiast gear and on sale for $16.95, it is hard to pass up.
The Ruggard drone landing pad comes with three pegs to ensure it stays in place and has a collapsible design, so you can store it easily in the included zippered carrying bag.
Save $15 on the Lume Cube Strobe anti-collision light for drones
This is not only a thoughtful gift, but one that’ll ensure you are following FAA guidelines when flying at night. Each strobe light includes a 3M dual-lock mount and a micro-USB charging cable, and it’s compatible with any drone.
Save $9.60 on the Airdrop Device for the DJI Mini 2 series
Give the gift of the ultimate party trick this holiday season. Get creative and turn your drone into a delivery device. This airdrop device is compatible with DJI Mini/Mini SE, Mini 2/Mini 2 SE.
The airdrop device is easy to install and comes with one quick-release controller. This airdrop device is currently 20% off and can be used for everything from delivering food to throwing fishing bait.
Save up to $6.50 on the perfect drone-related stocking stuffer
On sale for only $8.49, this Mini 3 Pro protective case makes the perfect little stock stuffer. The 2 in 1 design gives users a protective cover, but also a hood. Anyone who has ever flown a drone on a sunny day would appreciate anything to stop the glare on their controller.
You’ll save $2.99 if you purchase the Pgytech Control Stick Protector for the DJI Mavic Mini & Mini SE. Snap the control stick protector onto your Mavic Mini or Mavic SR gimbal controller to protect it while not in use.
- Purchase the Pgytech Control Stick Protector for the DJI Mavic Mini & Mini SE: now $6.96, originally $9.95 on B&H
This Betschkim charger for DJI Mini 4 Pro, Mini 3 Pro, Mini 2 SE, Air 3, and Air 2S is on the top of my wish list. Personally, I almost always forget to charge something when I am heading out for a day of drone flying. This 4 in 2 USB-C cable is specially designed for DJI devices and the charging set supports multi-slot fast charging for up to 4 devices simultaneously.
The charger is currently 20% off and is compatible with many other DJI products like Goggles 2, Osmo Action, and more.
Deals on non-drone products that drone pilots love
While technically not for your drone, if you are shopping for a drone enthusiast in your life, chances are these products will very likely be well-received by the type of person who loves drones.
Save $30 on Ring indoor camera (2nd gen)
Drone pilots likely have some pretty precious (and probably expensive) belongings in their homes that they would want to keep safe.
The all-new Ring indoor camera has color night vision, two-way talk, and manual audio, and is currently 50% off now. The Ring indoor camera gives you protection and privacy in your home. The Ring cam is on sale from Amazon as a flash deal, so it is difficult to say when the deal might end.
Save $10 on a limited edition Star Wars stand for Amazon Echo Dot
Let’s be honest, most of us drone lovers are also nerds. Just look to the first drone light show The Drone Girl ever saw in person. That’s why we couldn’t pass up this deal. Amazon is currently selling a Darth Vadar, The Mandalorian, and Stormtropper stand for your Amazon Echo Dot for $30, originally $40.
These themed stands are sure to delight any Star Wars nerd and can be easily placed on a table, desk, or nightstand for a great statement piece. Make sure, the person you are purchasing for already owns an Amazon Echo Dot (4th or 5th generation) otherwise these stands are useless.
Save $6 on the Foroxin journal notebook
Personally, I always have my notebook in my drone bag whenever out flying. Whether it’s to jot down something to remember for my next flight or something to look up later, my drone notebook is a trusty companion when I am out exploring.
The journal comes in nine colors and has the option of a ruler or a blank notebook. It’s a good stocking stuffer for the drone lover, or really anyone in your life, and is on sale now for $6.44.
Save $24.95 on JBL wireless on-ear headphones
When editing my hours of drone footage, high-quality headphones are a must. These JBL headphones feature the JBL pure bass sound, Bluetooth connectivity, and 40 hours of battery life. The headphones are currently 50% off on Amazon. Plus, beyond their functional benefits headphones have become fashion accessories and the JBL headphones come in four different colors: black, blue, white, and rose. (If anyone is reading this shopping for me, personally, I love the rose color.)
Have you found any great Black Friday 2023 drone deals? Tell us about it in the comments or on Instagram @thedronegirl.