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

Autel EVO Lite+_Drone in flight (16 by 9)
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If you're looking for Drone deals around Amazon Prime Day (July 16 and 17) then you're in the right place as we've highlighted the biggest discounts for the annual sale event.

Fortunately, you don't have to break the bank to get good specs on drones these days, whether that's high-resolution cameras or sophisticated technology. These days, you don't need the best drones to have a fulfilling flying experience. While you don't necessarily need to the top models to enjoy top specs, we have included some helpful buying advice at the bottom of this page, just so you know what to look out for.

We keep this page updated throughout the year and will do so over Amazon Prime Day, so we'll remove expired discounts and add new offers when they become available. If you're new to the world of drones, it could be worth taking a look at our best beginner drones guide for novice-friendly options. Here though, we've tried to include something suitable for everyone regardless of experience and budget. 

Drones are a viable option for photography as you can capture images and videos from angles that you wouldn't otherwise be able to achieve. They're also fun to fly. If you're looking for drone deals because the photography aspect interests you, why not scroll through our guides to the best cameras, camera deals and the best cameras for astrophotography? But, if you're here for drone deals over Amazon Prime Day, read on below.

USA drone deals

DJI Mini 3 Drone was $419 now $349 on Amazon. 

DJI Mini 3 Drone was $419 now $349 on Amazon

Save $70 on an excellent mini drone. We rate it very highly and you can check out our DJI Mini 3 review for a closer look. 

DJI Mini 3 Fly More Combo was $589 now $495 from Amazon.

DJI Mini 3 Fly More Combo was $589 now $495 from Amazon.

Save $94 on an excellent mini drone that comes with a controller, two additional flight batteries, a charging hub and a carry bag. This drone requires no registration due to its size and features 4K video capture, 10km video transmission, wind resistance and creative features for advanced photographers. 

Holy Stone HS720G Drone for Adult Beginners was $299.99 now $229.99 on Amazon. 

Holy Stone HS720G Drone for Adult Beginners was $299.99 now $229.99 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, a 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 $70 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.

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 $69.99 at Best Buy

Vantop - Snaptain S5C PRO Drone was $99.99 now $69.99 at Best Buy

This user-friendly drone is currently down $30, 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. 

Amazon Prime Day is here July 16 and 17 and we could see further drone deals through the sales event.

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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