Silhouette Cameo 4 Review – Better Than The Cricut Maker?

Last updated on May 29th, 2020

Is the Silhouette Cameo 4 good?

 

The Cameo 4 has many improvements on the Cameo 3 which we will cover below. The most notable is that it’s now in 3 sizes: 12, 15, and 20 inches wide.

 

We’re sharing everything you need to know about it, as well as where you can buy Silhouette Cameo 4 for the best price!

 

Silhouette Cameo 4

 

silhouette cameo 4 PLUS

 

With multiple retailers stocking the Cameo 4, we recommend comparing prices between Amazon, Heat Press Nation and Swing Design.

 

Heat Press Nation Cameo 4

  • Stocks all available colors and sizes
  • Includes 7 digital eBooks & 4 video guides, 1 month free Silhouette membership
  • HTV and transfer paper bundles available
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Amazon Cameo 4

  • A great variety of buying options, including many bundles
  • Some packages include bonuses
  • Often machines on sale or discounted
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Swing Design Cameo 4

  • All 3 colors available, new 15 inch Silhouette PLUS
  • Includes plenty of bonuses
  • Heat press machine bundles
View Latest PriceView Bundles

Silhouette Cameo 4 Review

 

The Silhouette Cameo 4, coming 3 years after the Cameo 3, is a marked improvement on its predecessor.

 

It comes in 3 different colors, and in 3 different sizes, and comes with the expected changes: it’s faster, can cut thicker materials, and has a more modern look.

 

Pros:

  • faster & stronger
  • new larger sizes
  • crosscutter
  • roll feeding
  • matless cutting
  • reasonable price
  • great support
  • good community

Cons:

  • some software bugs

 

 

New Cameo 4 Features

silhouette cameo 4 features

When comparing Cameo 3 vs Cameo 4, here are the improvements on the new machine:

 

Built-In Roll Feeder: load up rolls of vinyl or HTV into the machine

Built-In Crosscutter: trim vinyl off the roll once your machine has finished cutting

Matless Cutting: no need to always use a mat when cutting vinyl and HTV

Stronger & Faster: Cuts at least twice as fast as the Cameo 3, and has 20 times more force

High Material Clearance: 3mm clearance allows you to cut thicker materials

Bluetooth Capabilities: Bluetooth wireless cutting through the Silhouette app.

Silhouette Studio: Free design software especially created for Silhouette

 

Other features include:

  • Roll back lid comes down to protect your machine
  • 3x faster than the Cameo 3 – up to 30mm a sec
  • Blade sensor – machine can auto detect which tool is in the machine
  • Smart tangential mode – allows for tools that need to swivel (eg. the Rotary Blade)
  • Improved easier pinch roller adjustment
  • Increased cutting force – 5000 grams of cutting force
  • Rotary Blade support – This will enable users to cut fabric materials without the need of any fabric stabilizer
  • Improved AutoBlade to more efficiently set the blade
  • Punching tool support
  • Cut fonts already installed on your computer

 

Silhouette Cameo 4 Sizes

 

silhouette cameo 4 colors

 

One of the most exciting things about the new Silhouette Cameo, is that it is available in 3 sizes!

  • Standard Silhouette Cameo 4 is 12 inches wide
  • Silhouette Cameo 4 Elite is 15 inches wide
  • Silhouette Cameo 4 Pro is 20 inches wide

 

At the time of release there are 3 different colors: Black, White, and Blush Pink. We can expect more colors in the future (though probably not as many as the Explore Air 2 colors)!

 

Cameo 4 Unboxing

 

 

You will need to double check depending on which retailer you buy from (video above from HPN), but here is what you can expect to find in the box:

  • Silhouette Cameo 4 Cutting Machine
  • Silhouette Studio Software (digital download)
  • 100 Cuttable Designs (via email code)
  • All the operating cords (power and USB)
  • AutoBlade cutting blade
  • The user manual
  • One month access to Club Silhouette
  • A 12 inch Cutting Mat
  • $25 in Downloads from Design Store  (code to be sent during registration)
  • 4 Tool Adapters – for use of Cameo 3, 2, & 1 tools
  • Ratchet Adjustment Tool

 

Silhouette Cameo 4 Vs Cricut Maker

 

Should you get a Cameo 4 or the Cricut Maker?

 

The Cricut Maker is slightly more expensive than the 12 inch Cameo, but is capable of more. Compare the following details.

 

Keep in mind that 99% of users won’t be using their cutting machines to the extreme. You won’t necessarily need to go faster and cut thicker.

 

Both machines are excellent for home, craft, and small business use. I think ultimately it comes down to which machine and community you prefer.

 

Cricut Maker

Max Force: 4kgs

Top Speed: 30mm a second

Max Cutting Depth: 2.4mm material thickness

Included Blades: Fine Point & Rotary

Included Mats: fabric grip & light grip

Matless Cutting: no

Cameo 4:

Max Force: 5kgs

Top Speed: 30mm a second

Max Cutting Depth: 2mm material thickness

Included Blades: AutoBlade cutting blade

Included Mats: 1 regular mat

Matless Cutting: yes

 

If you are wanting to do a lot of projects with a more established machine, I would go with the Maker for now. It’s going to be quite a while before the Cameo 4 can be used with a full range of blades & materials.

 

The Cricut Maker is way past that point. There is a huge range of blades that allow for cutting a wider range of materials. Cricut are a step ahead.

 

It has been announced as well that there will be a Silhouette Heat Press, but again this is a late response to Cricut’s EasyPress.

 

Ultimately, if you are a Cricut person, go Cricut. If you are a Silhouette person, go Silhouette!

 

 

 

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