I'm not buying a new drone for Black Friday, but there are 4 things I will snap up

DJI Mini 4 Pro
(Image credit: Future)

Every year Black Friday comes along and sometimes I feel almost guilty for not snapping up a big piece of gear like a discounted drone but, as it happens, I'm happy with the gear I have. What I need to get the best of it are a few peripherals which can make all the difference. So, for this Black Friday, these are the deals I'm snapping up.

For what it's worth, it's also the way I think most of us can do the best out of the day – until last Friday, when the deals really started, prices on things like memory cards and SSD drives haven't been too good. Now there are some bargains out there and they might be gone by the end of the day – almost certainly by the end of 'Cyber Monday.'

So, without further ado, here are my list of four essentials that I plan to own by the end of the day:

1: A fast memory card

Over the years I've learned it's probably best to have a few memory cards ready in my bag. They seem to last forever but they can stop working and it'd be a shame to be grounded for lack of a few dollars. Similarly, the old eggs vs. basket argument suggests it's better to stick to 512GB or 256GB and get a few than splurging on a single massive 1TB card.

SanDisk 256GB microSDXC card | was £63.99| now £19.89
Save £44 at Amazon

SanDisk 256GB microSDXC card | was £63.99 | now £19.89
Save £44 at Amazon
Want a 256GB microSD card with more speed? This SanDisk's rapid 190MB/s max read rate has you covered, and all for a bargain price.

2: External SSD

Like many folk, I'd like to edit video on a laptop that doesn't have as generous a storage capacity as perhaps I need (yes, it's a MacBook, so there's no changing it now!). They best solution is definitely an external drive and by my math the most cost-efficient option this Black Friday (on the day itself anyway) is the SanDisk 2TB.

SanDisk 4TB Extreme Pro portable SSD | was £294.76| now £214.99
Save £79.77 at Amazon

SanDisk 4TB Extreme Pro portable SSD | was £294.76 | now £214.99
Save £79.77 at Amazon
A 4TB portable SSD this fast would have cost significantly more than this, so for a lot less than a new MacBook, this super-fast 2,000MB/s SanDisk offering is a real steal and the rugged case is a nice bonus.

3: Landing mat

Every drone pilot should have a drone landing pad, especially now drones are so short from the ground.

SYMIK LP690 Drone Landing Pad | was £28.99| now £22.99
Save £6 at Amazon

SYMIK LP690 Drone Landing Pad | was £28.99 | now £22.99
Save £6 at Amazon
Protecting your drone from grass and dust damage when taking off can save a lot of money on propellor and engine replacement, as well as clearly reserving the return-to-home landing spot, important for safety.

4: Filters

Sadly you don't get ND filters with all the Fly More deals any more, but on the plus side you can track down discounted deals this time of year which effectively offer you two savings against the own-brand alternative.

SKYREAT ND Filters Set for DJI Mini 4 Pro | was £49.99| now £39.99
Save £10 at Amazon

SKYREAT ND Filters Set for DJI Mini 4 Pro | was £49.99 | now £39.99
Save £10 at Amazon
Built for the Mini 4 Pro (but with other variants available), this 6-pack of filters includes ND8 up to ND64, a CPL filter, and a UV filter, all with double-sided multi-layer coating.

Of course just because I'm not shopping for a new drone doesn't mean there aren't some good deals on the DJI Avata and others – check our Black Friday Drone Deals page as well as our best camera drones page.

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Adam Juniper
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With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 


Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 


He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook