The best cheap drone deals in December 2017

Cyber Monday is an annual event that, along with Black Friday, has become one the biggest shopping day of the year. It’s the first Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, and this year it falls on November 27th, though big retailers will start their build-up long before then – and you can expect to see Black Friday bargains starting to appear from the beginning of November.

With drones sure to be one of the most popular Christmas presents this year, retailers have some very competitive prices available. So whether you're after a complete beginner kit, or an advanced model, there are strong discounts to be had across pretty much every range.

Cyber Monday UK drone deals 2017

DJI Mavic Pro Fly More kit at Park Cameras - £1,099, saving £260

DJI's Mavic Pro is a popular choice that offers advanced features, yet is easy operate. One of the best deals now, post-Cyber Monday, is at Park Cameras, which has the Fly More kit for just £1,099, saving £260.

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PARROT Disco FPV Drone with Controller - £449 at Currys, saving £450!

Currys are still discounting this decent drone by a huge amount. You get £450 off the list price, even though the further £50 discount it offered during Black Friday and Cyber Monday has expired now. 

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DJI Spark Drone - £449, saving £70

Another drone available at a competitive price from multiple retailers. Both Amazon and Currys have knocked £70 off the list price, for the Alpine White model of this HD recording drone.

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DJI Inspire 2 Drone - £2,749 at Amazon, saving £310

One of the best drones is available at a pretty good price, even if it's still one of the more expensive models. Amazon have a decent £310 saving at the moment on the Inspire 2 in Graphite, although stock is fairly low, so don't hang around.

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Cyber Monday US drone deals 2017

DJI Mavic Pro from $897 at Amazon

The Fly More Bundle of the DJI Mavic Pro drone has lost its discount, post-Cyber Monday. but you'll find the base unit on offer at Amazon for just $897 which is still a great deal if you're looking for a good drone at a competitive price.

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DJI Spark Quadcopter for $399 at Amazon

The best price we can find on this fun drone - in Alpine White - is now at $399 at Amazon. That's slightly higher than it was a couple of days ago, but it's a great entry-level model at this price.

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DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter for $884 at Amazon, saving $315!

A serious discount can be found on this quadcopter at Amazon. It's only the basic model, but at such a serious discount of $315 off, it's well worth snapping up.

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So where do I find the Black Friday and Cyber Monday bargains?

Right here! You can simply bookmark this page and keep checking back for bargains. We’ll be posting more specific Black Friday and Cyber Monday guides as the day draws nearer and we’ll publish a full list here, with links to these guides.

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Big retailers to watch on Cyber Monday

Here are some of the biggest retailers in the UK, with links to their websites:

• Amazon UK

• Currys/PC World

• Jessops

• Wex Photographic

• John Lewis

• London Camera Exchange

• Park Cameras

And here are some of the top US photographic retailer websites:

• Amazon US

• Adorama

• BH Photo Video

• Jet

• Cameta Camera

• Ritz Camera

• Dell

Cyber Monday 2017 FAQ

What is Black Friday deals week?

It’s the week that includes Black Friday. Retailers are increasingly offering deals before and after Black Friday itself so they stand out from the crowd.

Are Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals real?

Yes. Although these days the retailers plan most of their bargains well in advance, there will some surprises. As with any sales you can expect a mix of genuine bargains, discounted end-of-line camera gear and mysterious items found in the back of a warehouse somewhere.

Where can I find the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for photographers?

You’re in the right place already! We scour all the top retailers’ Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, and we also tell you what we think of them. Whether you’re looking for a cheap camera or a premium prime lens, you’ll find all the best deals here. If you haven’t signed up for our Black Friday newsletter yet, now’s the time to do it – just scroll back up this page and fill in your details.

How do I get the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals?

Our best advice? Know what you want, know what you can afford to spend and know the market. Beware of dealers selling at higher prices in October so that they can offer an amazing discount on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And don’t pay any attention to the list prices or ‘recommended retail prices’ quoted by manufacturers and dealers – the real guide to a bargain is the price everybody else is charging, not what the maker says! But be flexible too. Your first choice of camera may not be on sale at a price you like but another you’d only half considered could be a brilliant deal. Don’t buy something you don’t want just because it’s a bargain, but do keep an open mind.

How can I stay safe on Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

Black Friday and Cyber Monday brings out the scammers as well as the sellers, so be wary of unsolicited emails or links to deals on social media no matter how legitimate they look. Anything asking for card details or login details is a scam. Phishing sites do big business on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so be extra suspicious – and if you’re on a PC, make sure your security software is up to date. Many security suites automatically block known scam sites. 

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