Many drone enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting a Black Friday deal for the DJI Phantom 3. Unfortunately, DJI did not release any discounts on the drone this year, which is sure to disappoint a lot of people. Instead, the company focused their price discounts on their latest drones, the their latest drones, the DJI Spark and the DJI Mavic Pro. Each of these drones has seen their prices slashed by $100.
DJI’s drone sale will only last a few days. The company rarely has sales on their products so now is your chance to get a DJI drone below retail prices.
The DJI Phantom 3 was released in April 2015, and it quickly became one of the hottest selling drones on the market. The initial asking price was $999.99, which made it quite expensive. The DJI Phantom 3 was above the competition in almost every way so it was worth the price. As DJI has released a new model, the DJI Phantom 4, they lowered the price on the older version considerably.
The reason that DJI hasn’t come out with a Black Friday deal for the Phantom 3 likely comes down to the fact that it’s already cheap for what you get. The price for the DJI Phantom 3 is just $485.
The Phantom 3 vs. The Spark
DJI’s latest drone, the Spark, is roughly the same price as the DJI Phantom 3 without the Black Friday sale. The DJI Spark is an awesome drone and it flies extremely well. It’s a very small drone, however, and it does not have a detachable camera. For people who want their drone mostly for photography, they might find the Spark to be limited. There are no real upgrades that you can make to the Spark.
The DJI Phantom 3 has a 3-axis gimbal, compared to a 2-axis gimbal in the DJI Spark. Since the DJI Phantom 3 is a larger drone with a better gimbal you will get higher quality footage from it. It also lasts around 25 minutes in comparison to 16 minutes for the DJI Spark. The DJI Spark weighs just 300 grams, much lower than the 1280 grams of the Phantom 3.
There’s no denying that the DJI Spark has superior follow me tracking than the DJI Phantom 3. It’s got two years better worth of software and hardware upgrades so this is not surprising. The decision between the two comes down to whether you value portability or image quality.
The Phantom 3 vs. The Phantom 4
The DJI Phantom 4 was released in March 2016. It retails for $1200, but it can be purchased for $899 right now. There will be no special Black Friday deal for the DJI Phantom 4. If you get the DJI Phantom 4 Pro ($1499) or the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced ($1199) directly from DJI, then you get a free battery worth $169 thrown in for Black Friday.
The DJI Phantom 4 does represent a pretty big upgrade from the Phantom 3. For starters, the DJI Phantom 4 has 25% more battery life and three more cameras for improved stabilization and obstacle avoidance. It goes about 10 MPH faster and it has active tracking that can lock onto a target and follow it. The DJI Phantom 3 has a follow me feature but it is limited to following a phone’s GPS signal.
The Phantom 4 has more redundancy with two gyros, two compasses and two accelerometers. This makes crashes from hardware failure less likely. The camera quality is very similar between the two drones. If you want better quality then you need to upgrade to the Pro or Advanced versions for hundreds more.
The DJI Phantom 3 is a beautiful drone that packs a punch. Even though there is no official Black Friday discount, it’s still at record low prices. It’s got a 1000 reviews on Amazon with many five star ratings for a reason.