Update (12/4 10:30am): DJI’s official eBay Store offers the certified refurbished Phantom 3 Professional 4K Drone for $599 shipped.
Department Store NYC (99.4% positive feedback, Top-Rated Plus Seller) via eBay Daily Deals offers the DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter w/ 4K Camera for $699.99 shipped. For comparison, it originally sold for $1,259 but goes for around $900 today. This deal is $80 less than our previous mention and the best current offer from a trusted retailer by $100.
DJI’s Phantom 3 Professional has a built-in 4K camera that can capture smooth footage via its stabilized 3-axis gimbal system. Lightbridge streaming brings a direct 720p video feed to your iOS or Android device during flight, as well as full control from up to 3 miles away. DJI includes a rechargeable battery, remote control, 16GB microSD card and charger. The Phantom 3 Pro is my personal drone of choice. While it doesn’t have the obstacle avoidance of the more expensive Phantom 4 models, the discounted price combined with 4K capabilities is a solid combination. Rated 4.3/5 stars by 786 Amazon customers.
Hit up our full accessories roundup for more add-ons to complete your new setup. We still have the full featured Phantom 4 on sale for $859 shipped (Reg. $1,100). If all else fails, just stick one of these $17 Prime shipped quadcopters under the tree and have a ball.
A complete 4K camera and 3-axis gimbal system come integrated with the Phantom 3 Professional edition quadcopter from DJI. In addition to video, the camera is capable shooting up to 12 MP still photos using JPEG or non-proprietary DNG RAW format. The three axes of the gimbal give you pan and tilt control, and keep the horizon line level even as the aircraft banks. Different gimbal settings allow the camera to lock onto a fixed subject, be moved manually using transmitter rotaries or the app, or to simply provide camera stabilization.