That’s right… it’s the battle of 2019.
Cameo 3 vs Cameo 4.
Will it be worth the upgrade? Should current Cameo 3 users bother buying the brand new machine? What about Cricut fans — will it be worth making the jump over to Silhouette?
Here’s a quick look at how these machines will compare:
|Cameo 3||Cameo 4|
|Downward Force||221 grams||5,000 grams|
|Speed||3 x faster|
|Max Cut Size||12" x 10'||12" x 10'|
|AutoBlade?||AutoBlade||Single Tap AutoBlade|
|Automatic Tool Detection?||No||Yes|
|New Tool Compatibility?||No||Yes|
Let’s find out more…
Silhouette Cameo 3 vs Silhouette Cameo 4
The biggest way that the Cameo 4 diverges from the Cameo 3 is the amount of downward force this bad boy can generate.
A whopping 5kg of it, to be exact.
The Cameo 3, in contrast, has just a paltry 221 grams.
They barely compare!
So what does that mean in real terms?
Essentially, the Cameo 4 will be able to cut a lot more materials — including thicker substances like leather, matboard, craft foam and balsa wood.
Plus, the new cutter has a dual motor system for even more powerful cuts.
First point definitely goes to the Cameo 4.
One way that the Cameo 3 often fell behind its competitors like the Cricut Explore Air 2 and the Maker was that its cuts felt quite slow and sluggish in comparison.
Well, it seems like Silhouette have been listening to our complaints…
The Cameo 4 will apparently cut at three times the speed of its predecessor.
That definitely doesn’t sound sluggish to us.
So, another point to the Cameo 4 — more powerful and faster than the 3.
We’re definitely excited…
Ease of Use
One of the most important parts of buying a new vinyl cutter is making sure that it’s the right machine for you — and that means that it works for you as well.
When we think of ‘ease of use’ as a feature, it normally means that the machine is intuitive to use, with a gentle learning curve and as many accessibility features as possible.
We’ve been playing around in the world of vinyl cutting for around a decade now but, of course, there will be plenty of people new to the industry. Ideally, the cutter will be able to cater to beginners as well as us who are a little more advanced.
Well, we’re happy to report that it looks as though Silhouette have taken accessibility seriously when it came to designing the Cameo 4.
There are a number of features installed to encourage ease of use, including:
- Single Tap Auto Blade — the AutoBlade will adjust to whatever material you’re using with just one single tap of your finger. Easy peasy!
- Automatic Tool Detection — the drive housing will automatically adjust to whatever tool you insert
- Weeding Tool — this bad boy will mark exactly where you need to weed once the machine’s done its cutting
- Touch Panel — quickly and efficiently modify your cuts from the easy touch panel
Now, we’re not saying that the Cameo 3 isn’t easy to use — in fact, it’s got a very gentle learning curve and is a fan favorite for that very reason.
It was pioneering when it was released thanks to the AutoBlade — although it’s fair to say that this has been one-upped with the Cameo 4’s Single Tap AutoBlade.
Looks like it’s 3-0 to the Cameo 4…
Another thing we look for in a new vinyl cutter is how versatile it is.
We already know that the new cutter can cut more materials thanks to its massive downward force, but it turns out that it’s got more going for it as well.
Silhouette have already announced that they’ll be releasing a brand new suite of tools to exclusively fit the brand new drive housing that the Cameo 4 will be fitted out with.
That means that these new tools will only fit the 4 and not the previous Cameos.
So what are these new tools?
We’ve only got the deets on two of them so far:
- The Rotary Blade for fabrics
- The Kraft Blade — we’re not 100% sure what this one’s for yet, although our instincts are telling us that it’s for thick materials and deep cuts
One thing to be aware of is that the Cameo 4 will require a tool adapter if you’re going to use it with the older Cameo tools. Not a deal breaker, but something to bear in mind.
One way that the Silhouette Cameo 3 is definitely more attractive than the Cameo 4 is in terms of price.
The MSRP of the new machine will be $299, whereas the Cameo 3’s MSRP is just $199.
Obviously, both are reasonably expensive, but the Cameo 3 is much cheaper.
If you’ve already got a Cameo 3, this won’t be as important to you. But if you’re wondering which one to buy, the Cameo 3 does represent a good deal, especially if you’re price sensitive.
Something to consider when it comes to price is whether the Cameo 4 is worth $100 more than the Cameo 3.
We think it is.
It’s clearly the superior machine in terms of features — but, of course, we haven’t actually tried it yet, so who’s to say how they will perform against each other, side by side.
Cameo 3 vs Cameo 4: Conclusion
Without being able to actually test out the Cameo 4 until its release later this year, it’s hard to definitively say one way or the other which is the better machine.
Although you can bet that we’ll update this immediately as soon as it’s here!
Theoretically, of course, the Cameo 4 is the better machine.
According to the new features, it’s stronger, faster and easier to use than the Cameo 3.
We’re excited to see if that translates into reality!
Who do you think will win out in the battle of Silhouette Cameo 3 vs Cameo 4? 🤪