Yesterday

Score the Autel EVO drone + 2 batteries & more for $949 with our exclusive code ($1,150 value)

Wellbots has kicked off an exclusive discount for 9to5Toys readers. It’s dropping the Autel Robotics EVO Quadcopter Drone plus On-The-Go Bundle to $949 shipped when using code 9TO5AUTEL at checkout. Regularly, the drone itself goes for $1,000 and the On-The-Go bundle is another $150 value, meaning you’re saving a total of about $200 here. You’ll get a 4.4-mile range for flying as far as your heart desires plus 4K recording for high-quality video captures. Early ratings are positive with 4.9/5 stars and you can learn more in our hands-on test.

As usual, DJI launches a special promotion campaign around Black Friday and this year is no exception. DJI advertises with up to 30% discounts on products such as the Spark Fly More Combo, Spark Controller Combo, Tello Boost Combo, Goggles RE, Osmo Mobile 2, Mavic Air and the Mavic Air Combo.

What is different for this year’s Black Friday, is that DJI has provided DroneDJ with six exclusive 5% off coupons for the Mavic Air Combo, knocking another $45 off the price of our favorite travel drone AFTER the DJI $100 discount! Keep reading for all the details.

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There is no doubt that the Phantom 5 is coming and it is most certainly just around the corner. It is going to be the best consumer photography drone that DJI has created to date. The interchangeable lenses and other upgrades will make it a staple for professional photographers. But will it be released at the DJI event, November 28th? expand full story

November 15

American drones to strengthen Australian military

Even though China is trying to make headways into military drone market and touting lower prices to convince potential buyers, Australia just announced that it will buy American drones, namely the Reaper. The 12 to 16 unmanned warships are to be stationed in Papua New Guinea in response to regional security threats, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The new Ryze Tello EDU ($129) is an upgraded version of the original Tello ($99). It takes everything that made the Tello a great beginner drone and added more programming features. The Tello itself is a great beginner drone, and one of my personal favorites. It is incredibly stable, takes excellent pictures, has intelligent flight modes, and it can be programmed using different coding languages. As an educator, I have used a fleet of Tellos at my school to teach students how to code. The Tello EDU has all the same great features of the original but it takes that programming to the next level.  expand full story

The Hover Passport Camera received a lot of attention when it was first released in 2016. The drone was safe and easy to use. The Passport’s camera was better than most selfie drones. The Hover Passport ($300) was designed to appeal to customers who might be intimidated by standard drones that have complicated remote controllers and exposed propellers. The new Hover 2 stays close to its roots, with a foldable user-friendly design. The foldable design is where the similarities seem to end. Hidden beneath the black shell of the ZeroZero Hover 2 is a killer drone with upgraded features and some fantastic innovations. I suspect that competitors like DJI, Parrot, and Skydio are starting to worry.

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