Compare what does it do? Silhouette Portrait 2 vs Cameo 3 vs Silhouette Portrait
Silhouette Portrait 2, Cameo 3, and Silhouette Portrait are electronic cutting machines for personal use. These cutting machines work like a home printer where they can be plugged into a PC or Mac using a USB cable. Once synced, users can start cutting projects using its small blade that can cut through paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric, and more. These DIY machines are perfect for smaller projects.
The Silhouette Portrait 2 is a larger version of the Silhouette Portrait and is 8 inches wide and 10 feet long to cater to standard personal projects.
Cameo 3 has the ability to cut over 100 materials that are up to 12 inches wide. It can register and cut printed materials with PixScan compatibility.
Compare Warranty: Silhouette Portrait 2 vs Cameo 3 vs Silhouette Portrait
All three machines by Silhouette come with a one year warranty.
Compare Connectivity: Silhouette Portrait 2 vs Cameo 3 vs Silhouette Portrait
Silhouette Portrait 2 and Cameo 3, both these cutting machines come with Bluetooth compatibility apart from the standard USB cable connection. This allows users to connect to them wirelessly and get their cutting job done quickly. These machines are compatible with PC, Mac, smartphone, and tablets so that there is the flexibility of using their apps that include the features of Silhouette Studio 4.0 from any device.
Silhouette Portrait requires an internet connection to access various designs from the cloud and is to be connected via a USB cable to a PC or a Mac. It supports all latest operating systems on both platforms.
Compare Special Features: Silhouette Portrait 2 vs Cameo 3 vs Silhouette Portrait
Silhouette Portrait 2, Cameo 3, and Silhouette Portrait devices have PixScan technology can be used to scan and cut custom images. Apart from tracking the cut lines along the registration marks on the PixScan mat with precision, the technology also helps in converting any handmade drawing into a custom cut design. The optical scanner allows users to create their custom cuts using the Print & Cut feature.
Silhouette Portrait 2 and Cameo 3 are both Bluetooth compatible devices that can receive cutting jobs from PC, Mac, tablets, and smartphones wireless. Both these devices have an AutoBlade feature that automatically calibrates itself to the correct setting as per the material used. This eases the user’s job since there is no need to fiddle with the blade depth and pressure for each type of material. These machines also have compatibility with Deep Cut Blades that are to be purchased separately. This particular blade is designed to cut through thicker materials with ease and is perfect for crafters who require extra ability on the device to cut materials with a varied amount of thickness. The blade is installed with a 2 mm clearance so that there thicker materials such as craft foam and leather can be inserted and cut with extreme ease.
Cameo 3 comes with an easy-to-access storage compartment that can store all the extra blades and tools conveniently. The machine comes with a dual carriage option and accommodates two tools such as the AutoBlade and sketch pen to perform two functions in a single cut job. It also provides access to the Silhouette Design Store that has 85,000+ downloadable designs apart from a chance to build a personal design library. The innovative and free software comes with many design features similar to high-end illustrating software and is easy to use for generating endless design options. The device comes with a full-color LCD touch screen with mini-tutorials to use the device right away. It can also be automated for repeated cut jobs with the help of a barcode scanning feature. The 12-inch wide size offers a variety of cutting options. The use of power-saving sleep mode, matless cutting, and fiberglass-reinforced synchronization belt add to its features that ensure precision while using it every single time.
Silhouette Portrait’s 8-inch x 12-inch cutting area helps in designing from a variety of media sizes. The cutting force of 210 grams ensures that it cuts every material with precision. The device is only 3.5 pounds and can be carried along with ease.
Compare Clearance: Silhouette Portrait 2 vs Cameo 3 vs Silhouette Portrait
Silhouette Portrait 2 and Cameo 3 have 2 mm clearance while Silhouette Portrait has 0.8 mm clearance.
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These three devices come with a built-in optical scanner that is perfect for designing custom cuts. The scanner allows the user to create their design and feed into the machine to use the Print & Cut feature. The scanner can also be used to feed barcode to automate repetitive jobs. The three cutting devices also have compatibility with a PixScan mat that allows users to scan images with the Silhouette Studio software and convert them into personal designs. It adds precision-cut lines around the printed design on the material and can be also used from the smartphone or tablet. The smart algorithm of PixScan helps in recognizing specially placed registration marks on the cutting mat. This helps in converting any photographed image or hand-drawn sketch into a custom cut file.
Compare Blades: Silhouette Portrait 2 vs Cameo 3 vs Silhouette Portrait
Both, Silhouette Portrait 2 and Cameo 3 come with an AutoBlade feature that calibrates automatically to the correct settings to cater the type of material being cut. There is no need to change the blade depth and pressure, saving time and material on bum cuts. The machines are compatible with Deep-Cut Blade that can help in cutting thicker materials with ease. The blade settings on the device automatically calibrate itself based on the material being cut. The two devices also are compatible with a ratchet blade available in Silhouette Portrait as well. Silhouette Portrait has a double-cut feature that helps in cutting heavier materials.
Cameo 3 comes with a built-in storage compartment that accommodates all the extra blades and tools in an easy-to-access format.
Compare Cutting Force: Silhouette Portrait 2 vs Cameo 3 vs Silhouette Portrait
All three devices have 210 grams of cutting force.
Compare Cutting Speed: Silhouette Portrait 2 vs Cameo 3 vs Silhouette Portrait
Silhouette Portrait 2, Cameo 3, and Silhouette Portrait have a speed of 10 for general craft projects and drops to 5 for intricate work. The speed level can be changed and decreased if the blade drags or picks up on materials such as vinyl. The option to switch the speed level helps in controlling the cut jobs and get better precision. For materials where the clean cut isn’t possible on a denser material, a slow speed of Double-Cut blade option should be used. This cuts the image twice to ensure that the problem areas have an extra pass during the cut job.
Compare Cutting Area: Silhouette Portrait 2 vs Cameo 3 vs Silhouette Portrait
Silhouette Portrait 2 – 8 inch wide and 10 feet long.
Cameo 3 – 12 inches wide and 10 feet long.
Silhouette Portrait – Up to 8 inches by 12 inches with a cutting mat and 8 inches and 10 feet with a lined media.
Compare Scanning Area: Silhouette Portrait 2 vs Cameo 3 vs Silhouette Portrait
The three devices, Silhouette Portrait 2, Cameo 3, and Silhouette Portrait have the ability to recognize specially-placed registration marks on the cutting mat with the help of an advanced PixScan algorithm. It saves scanned or photographed images along with hand-drawn designs as well. The Print & Cut technology can be later used to convert these designs digitally for cutting. Users can also take pictures of the design using a camera or smartphone by placing the images on a special mat.
Compare System Requirements: Silhouette Portrait 2 vs Cameo 3 vs Silhouette Portrait
All three devices, Silhouette Portrait 2, Cameo 3, and Silhouette Portrait are compatible with a Windows Vista/7/8/10.1 or Mac OS x10.7 (and above). They require 2 GHz or faster processor and 2 to 4 GB minimum RAM for smooth functioning along with 2 GB storage space on the hard disk. The system should have a USB connectivity and high-speed internet too. The Silhouette Studio 4 software is highly helpful in providing endless ways to customize a project. They can also work on other software such as Make the Cut, Sure Cuts a Lot and Inkscape.
Silhouette Portrait 2 and Cameo 3 also have apps that are compatible with iOS, Android, Kindle, and Windows devices.
Compare File Compatibility: Silhouette Portrait 2 vs Cameo 3 vs Silhouette Portrait
These devices are compatible with a wide array of file types including .DXF (Drawing Exchange Format),.EPS ( Encapsulated Postscript),.Studio3, and.SVG ( Scalable Vector Graphics),.JPG ( Joint Photographic Experts Group) &.PNG ( Portable Network Graphics)
Compare Price: Silhouette Portrait 2 vs Cameo 3 vs Silhouette Portrait
Silhouette Portrait 2 – $209.99
Cameo 3 – $217.99
Silhouette Portrait – $119.99
Compare Reviews: Silhouette Portrait 2 vs Cameo 3 vs Silhouette Portrait
Silhouette Portrait 2 REVIEW
Sandra Schneider, a Silhouette Portrait 2 customer, reveals that the device is great for beginner crafters. Even though it is not as good as the Cameo 3 version, it still does a good job at die cutting and vinyl cutting craft at a much affordable price.
Another review of Silhouette Portrait 2 by Robin Cook applauds the machine’s functioning and compact size. The lightweight nature of the device adds a benefit of moving it conveniently around the house.
Cameo 3 REVIEW
A review of Cameo 3 by Kristi Underwood complains that it broke after two weeks of use. It stopped registering for full time and came up with errors. While cutting, it would skip an inch or two randomly or pause mid-cut. She was completely baffled with its functioning since most times it would also flash colors randomly.
Toby Boyd, a craft enthusiast discloses in his review that Cameo 3’s Bluetooth isn’t stable and has connectivity issues. Also, the blade doesn’t always automatically adjust to cutting settings and he found that the mat and paper don’t hold tight in place.
One other customer, Sheila Perry, asserts in her review that Cameo 3 makes a lot of sounds and is 75% of the time sets itself on an incorrect depth.
Pauline Hoffman warns in her Cameo 3 review that the machine doesn’t adhere to the cutting line and cuts wherever it wants to. Also, she found issues with connecting the device wired and wirelessly where the setup simply froze and did nothing.
A user, Domingo Gray writes in his review that Cameo 3 isn’t user-friendly and requires a lot of steps to accomplish a simple job. The user, however, does mention that it can be used to cut thin materials successfully. He points out that it isn’t compatible with other fonts and requires additional purchasing.
Gina Gomez’s Cameo 3 review shows disappointment since the AutoBlade feature didn’t work correctly and the deep-cut blade failed to give her a consistent cutting. Her craft cuts didn’t match with the ones in the file and the device was inconsistent regardless of the size of the design.
Another reviewer, Bernadette Reid, exposes that Cameo 3’s LCD screen doesn’t work well and there is no support available from the manufacturers. She also adds that the software keeps on crashing and the registration marks do not work well. Her review says that she had to do a lot of research on Google herself due to poor support page by the manufacturer.
Freddie Rhodes calls Cameo 3 frustrating in his review due to problems with its setup and poor functionality. He also couldn’t make the Bluetooth work well since it constantly dropped connectivity and paused in the middle of cutting jobs.
Silhouette Portrait REVIEW
A Silhouette Portrait review by Beatrice McCarthy criticizes the machine’s functioning due to poor alignment during a cutting job. She states that the device is difficult to use and is complex when it comes to figuring out how to configure it.
Darryl Mack’s review asserts that Silhouette Portrait comes with very finely printed instruction manual and icons on the computer are tiny as well. The disc and instruction booklets are also not very informative and users will require spending additional time on the internet to learn a thing or two themselves.
As per Maxine Herrera’s Silhouette Portrait review, the system’s mat is too sticky for the first use. Also, she mentions that the software isn’t great and there are a lot of issues while cutting. The sizing on the screen and the machine cuts doesn’t match and results in a loss of material.
According to one Edwin Fowler, Silhouette Portrait’s cutting mechanism failed to work the way he desired. The specific print that he was looking to get was different when it cut as opposed to what he had designed. He also found it to be extremely hard to get off the print from the mat.
After over 20 tries, Tara Pearson got tired of using Silhouette Portrait. Even after following all the instructions and installation procedures using two different computers, she couldn’t get a decent cut for each trial and later found that the blade and the cutting mat are shot.
Whitney Sherman, a Silhouette Portrait reviewer, complains that her machine got ruined as the blade jammed and the blade size changer knob got covered in wax. The cutting mat was covered in vinyl backing and was rendered useless.