The Cameo 4 is much improved on the Cameo 3, and even comes in the larger sizes of 15 inches and 20 inches wide. Though only the 12 inch model is currently available, this will make a lot of people happy.
In this post we’ll start with where you can buy the Silhouette Cameo 4 for the best price, before we take a look at everything you might need to know about it!
Silhouette Cameo 4
There are multiple retailers now selling the Silhouette Cameo 4!
While HPN is our preferred retailer, Swing Design have some great buying options as well. It may not be immediately obvious, but HPN do have the 3 different color options – you make the choice once clicking on the listing.
Here are the different Silhouette Cameo 4 buying options out now!
Built-In Roll Feeder: This allows you to load up larger rolls of vinyl or HTV into the machine – the completed cut comes out the rear where it can be easily cut with the built in cross cutter. The 12 inch Cameo can be used with both 9 and 12 inch wide rolls. Holds up to 150 foot rolls!
Built-In Crosscutter: As just mentioned, this lets you trim vinyl or iron-on off the roll once your machine has finished cutting. Super handy!
Matless Cutting: That’s right, you don’t always need to use a mat when cutting with the Cameo 4 – a necessary feature when there’s a roll feeder of course!
Stronger & Faster: Cuts at least twice as fast as the Cameo 3, and has 20 times more force.
Max cutting speed is 30mm sec
Max cutting force is 5000 grams
High Material Clearance: 3mm clearance allows you to cut thicker materials like cardstock, flocked HTV, and fabric. The Cameo 4 can take materials up to 2mm thick.
Bluetooth Capabilities: Bluetooth wireless cutting through the Silhouette app.
Silhouette Studio:Free design software especially created for Silhouette. No need for additional software.
Computer Compatibility: As you’d expect, Silhouette Cameo 4 works well with both Windows and Mac.
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
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.
Max Force: 4kgs
Max 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
Max Force: 5kgs
Max 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.