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The best drone deals for any aspiring pilot

Hit the skies without breaking the bank?Save big on these top drones.

Drones have exploded in popularity over the last year, and there's a myriad of consumer drone options available to the aspiring pilot. To help, we've rounded up six of our favorite drones, now available to Engadget readers for up to 60 percent off.

Micro Drone 2.0+ with HD-Camera: Inverted Flight Edition

MSRP: $175 | Today: $99.99 | Savings: 42%'

Meet the only micro HD-camera drone in the world that can fly upside down. The Micro Drone 2.0+ offers a new perspective on aerial photography, and a world of technological capabilities that make flying ridiculously fun. Simply throw it in the air at any angle and its self-correcting algorithm will stabilize for smooth sailing in no time. You'll stay entertained with flips, rolls, 720p HD videography, and much more. Normally $175, Engadget readers can get one with free shipping for just $99.99.

World's Smallest Camera Drone + 2GB Micro SD Card

MSRP: $50 | Today: $34.99 | Savings: 30%

This tiny flyer is the smallest drone of its kind to carry its own camera for taking epic shots in the smallest places. Four fast blades make this new quadcopter omni-directional, which in layman's terms means it can dip, dash, zip, spin, and flip anywhere you tell it to via remote control. Plus, it's decked out with LED lights so you can embark on (and document) night flights. Engadget readers can get this camera drone and a 2GB micro SD card for just $34.99 with free shipping - 30 percent off retail value.

Hubsan H501S X4 FPV Brushless Drone

MSRP: $399 | Today: $349 | Savings: 12%

By far the most advanced drone on this list, the new Hubsan X4 packs 'follow me' functionality, an HD camera, and first person view tech into a sleek, gold-trimmed quadcopter. The moment you launch this beast into the sky, it starts filming your every step with its advanced Follow Me functionality, and its built-in GPS will always bring it home safely no matter how far it strays. Plus with its built-in 1080P camera, this quadcopter will capture it all in tip-top quality. Right now, Engadget readers can save $50 and get free shipping on the Hubsan X4, which is normally $400.

Ultra-Stealth Nano Drone

MSRP: $40 | Today: $19.99 | Savings: 50%

This little guy is the smallest and least expensive drone on the list, but might be the most fun to fly. The Ultra-Stealth Nano Drone lets you easily flip through the air and navigate tight spaces, and has eight frequency points so you can fly in packs and it won't disturb or crash into its fellow aerial vehicles. Normally $40, Engadget readers can get one today for 50% offjust $19.99 + free shipping.

Code Black Drone

MSRP: $199 | Today: $69.99 | Savings: 64%

The Code Black HD Camera Drone is one of the more revered and exciting quadcopters on the market, with HD video capability, a generous 10-minute flight time and easy-to-use controls for a stable flight. On top of all that, it comes in a limited edition matte-black finish, which can't be found anywhere else on the web. This is a great introductory drone at just $69.99 plus free shipping, over 60 percent off MSRP.

Stricker Spy HD-Camera Drone

MSRP: $170 | Today: $69.99 | Savings: 58%

The perfect drone for beginners, the Striker is encased in a hardy plastic shell, but is still light enough to maneuver even the most complex tricks you throw at it with ease. The internal gyro ensures a smooth flight no matter the conditions, and the built-in camera allows you to film and snap photos of your aerial shenanigans. The Striker Spy drone normally retails for $170, but Engadget readers can save nearly 60 percent and get one for just $69.99 with free shipping.

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