Drone deals 2024: savings on DJI, Holy Stone & more

Autel EVO Lite+_Drone in flight (16 by 9)
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We've highlighted the best drone deals on the market ahead of Amazon Prime Day so if you're looking to bag a bargain, here is where you'll beat the rush.

The good news is, with the drone deals you'll find in this guide, you don't have to break the bank to get the high-spec cameras and sophisticated technology you'll often find on the best drones. The general quality of the drones you can get has increased in recent years so you don't necessarily have to have the best models to have top specs. If you don't know what to look out for, you should consult our buying advice, which we've added at the bottom of this page.

Drones are great for the opportunities they provide. They can be fun to fly but they also offer different photography possibilities. They're a viable option for photography as you can achieve angles and shots (stills and video) that you wouldn't be able to by hand or with a tripod. Camera specs are generally of good quality too and if photography is your reason for looking at drones, you might also want to check out our guides to the best cameras, camera deals and the best cameras for astrophotography.

This page is updated year-round and will be over Amazon Prime Day, which is on the horizon, so when new deals become available, you'll find them here. We've also tried to include a suitable drone deal for everyone, regardless of budget and experience. Our guide to the best beginner drones is worth checking out if you're a newbie. However, for the best drone deals on the market, read on below. 

USA drone deals

DJI Mini 3 Drone Now $419 on Amazon. 

DJI Mini 3 Drone Now $419 on Amazon

Get Amazon's lowest price on an excellent mini drone. We rate it very highly and you can check out our DJI Mini 3 review for a closer look. 

Note: This technically isn't a deal but is the lowest price Amazon has ever offered for it. 

Holy Stone HS720G Drone for Adult Beginners was $299.99 now $249.99 on Amazon. 

Holy Stone HS720G Drone for Adult Beginners was $299.99 now $249.99 on Amazon

Save $50 on the Holy Stone HS720G drone has helpful features like automatic take-off, smart return to home, altitude hold, and more. It also has 26 minutes of battery life, 999 meter maximum range (approximately), and 4K video capabilities so you can get clear shots of those out-of-reach parts of this world. 

Note: You get this offer by applying the $50 coupon.

Holy Stone HS175D was $229.99 now $169.99 on Amazon. 

Holy Stone HS175D was $229.99 now $169.99 on Amazon

This Holy Stone drone is suitable for adults. It features a 4K camera with a 110-degree wide-angle field of view. It also has smart features like altitude hold, GPS-assisted flight, and return to home when out of range or signal is lost. And, it's also under 250 g so you don't have to worry about flying restrictions in some locations.

Note: You can save a further $10 by applying the coupon.

HR Drone for Kids  $39.99 on Amazon

HR Drone for Kids  $39.99 on Amazon
This small drone is designed with kids in mind, with one-key take-offs and landings, and an altitude hold mode for easy operation. It has a 1080p HD camera and wifi module to stream live video to mobile devices, with 40 minutes of flight time on 2 batteries (20 minutes each).

Note: Save 20% on this drone by applying the coupon.

Autel Robotics - EVO Nano+ Premium Bundle was $799.99now $679.99 at Best Buy

Autel Robotics - EVO Nano+ Premium Bundle was $799.99 now $679.99 at Best Buy

Autel Robotics' most compact drone series to date, the Autel EVO Nano+, is now $120 off at Best Buy. This is a great travel option as it's super light (under 249 g) and doesn't need to be registered. As a bonus, it comes with a bunch of spares and extras, too.

Autel Robotics - EVO Lite+ Premium Bundle was $1,199.99 now $1019.99 at Best Buy

Autel Robotics - EVO Lite+ Premium Bundle was $1,199.99 now $1019.99 at Best Buy

At a saving of $180, this is one of the best prices we've seen for the Autel EVO Lite+ Premium Bundle and is a deal not to be missed. They call it the "gold standard for photography drones" due to its 40-minute flight time and one-tap cinematic flight modes. It is one of the best drones in its size class for low-light performance.

Note: You also get a free photo book with this purchase.

Vantop - Snaptain S5C PRO Drone was $99.99now $74.99 at Best Buy

Vantop - Snaptain S5C PRO Drone was $99.99 now $74.99 at Best Buy

This user-friendly drone is currently down $25, meaning you can level up your drone skills for even less. With the press of a button, it will take off, land, or return to your command, making it the ideal choice for newbies.

Beginner's buying advice

Young boy flying drone

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There are a few different types of drones on the market, so when it comes to buying one you'll need to consider which type you want: toy, FPV, or a photography/video model. 

The toy drones are the simplest. Weighing under 250g, they tend to cluster together at the lower end of the price range because they feature simpler designs. They don't usually sport any kind of camera. Instead, they give people the opportunity to try their hand at flying something simply for the fun of it, without any bells and whistles. Designs that fall into this category are still subject to drone regulations, but you don't have to register them with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

FPV drones are designed to give you a first-person view when you are flying. This is typically done through the use of goggles, which you wear when you fly. A lot of models also let you stream the drone-camera view to a smartphone. This type of drone is usually used for racing or for tackling obstacle courses. You can read a full breakdown of their design in our article: 'What are FPV drones?' They can feature some good cameras on their main body, but they are usually built to prioritize speed. A lot of FPV drone enthusiasts like to build their own models, too.

Finally, you have the prosumer photography/video drones. There's still massive variation within this category, as some cheaper models sport simpler camera designs and won't cost too much. However, the really top-end drones in this category have huge sensors that allow experts to take wonderful panoramic shots or videos from high up in the air. These drones can cost as little as $100, but most of them sit around the $1,000 mark - and the really top-end models can set you back by $8,000.

The more expensive drones tend to feature sophisticated designs, with automatic-collision detection that helps keep your drone safe and some cool pre-programmed flight paths that allow you to take interesting videos. Whichever one you choose, do make sure you buy insurance, too, as they can suffer if you give them an accidental knock.

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Alexander Cox
E-commerce Staff Writer

STAFF WRITER, E-commerce — Alex joined Space.com in June 2021 as staff writer covering space news, games, tech, toys and deals. Based in London, U.K. Graduating in June 2020, Alex studied Sports Journalism in the North East of England at Sunderland University. During his studies and since his graduation, Alex has been featured in local newspapers and online publications covering a range of sports from university rugby to Premier League soccer. In addition to a background in sports and journalism, Alex has a life-long love of Star Wars which started with watching the prequel trilogy and collecting toy lightsabers, he also grew up spending most Saturday evenings watching Doctor Who. 

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