The Newest Vinyl Cutter On The Market – Silhouette Cameo 4 Review

 

My newest toy…

Silhouette came out with a brand new toy. It’s called the Silhouette Cameo 4. As you know, they create one of the best vinyl cutting machines you can go for.

Silhouette America has outdone itself with this cutting machine. With the Cameo 4, you can easily cut over 100+ materials. This means that if you’re a beginner or a professional, this machine will help you create great cool stuff.

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Not only you have a huge selection of materials to work with, but they also have top-notch support services. If you’re stuck, they can help you out.

Before we get any further, let me give you a quick preview. In my book, Cameo 4 has become the #1 cutting machine you can choose. It has the most powerful cutter that you can work with. The 5000g cutting force can easily slice through 3mm thick materials.

There’s a built-in roll feeder which helps you finish tasks up to 10 feet. You can use the rotary blade when you’re creating fabric designs. The kraft blade can handle harder and thicker materials. Also, there’s the auto blade, which means no more guesswork Silhouette does the settings for you.

Let’s get this Silhouette Cameo 4 review started. If you stick with me until the end, I will tell you the pros/cons. Some of them are unexpected, to say the least.

 

Who is the Silhouette Cameo 4 Vinyl Cutter?

The beauty of the Silhouette Cameo 4 is that it caters to beginners and professionals alike.

If you’re just starting, then this Cameo vinyl cutter is a great way to learn crafting. There are over 100+ materials to cut. After you have mastered one, you can expand your creations.

The Cameo 4 is a great option for advanced users as well. Since it can work with so many materials, you can easily integrate it into your current workflow.

Maybe you have the Cameo 3 and wondering if it’s a good idea to upgrade to the Silhouette Cameo 4? There are two things which are the major differences between the two. First of all, there’s a major improvement in the cutting force from 210g to 5000g. The latest version comes with a built in feeder system to handle bigger projects.

It’s ideal for kids as well. If I’m not using it, then my kids are typically create something for themselves. Sometimes when I’m stuck, I ask for their help because they are fast learners. They can solve problems faster than I can contact support.

With the Silhouette Cameo 4, the kids can learn many skills that they can use later in life. As I’ve mentioned, they learn fast. They solve problems, and they create original designs. A few more years, and I bet they will be selling them online.

It sure beats all the theories that they have to remember in school.

This Silhouette machine is great for beginners, professionals, and kids alike.

 

What can the Silhouette Cameo 4 Vinyl Cutting Machine do for you?

With all the improvements with the Silhouette Cameo 4, you can spice up your creations.

The Cameo 4 has become a lot smarter. Now it can detect what kind of blade you’re using. This means it can warn you if something is not right. By doing so, you can avoid costly mistakes.

The Auto Blade got a facelift as well. I have fallen in love with this feature. All you have to do is select the material you’re working with, and the Cameo will set the right cutting depth. This simplifies the learning curve a lot. This will be the most used blade in your arsenal. It’s good that it’s made out of durable Sintered Tungsten Alloy.

This blade is perfect for cutting vinyl and paper up to 0.1 mm thick.

The Kraft blade is one of a kind. With this one, you can easily cut 3mm deep. Also, it can handle tougher materials. The Kraft blade (knife blade) looks like an x-acto blade. It’s made out of stainless steel. Depending on the use, you might have to change it quite often.

To use this blade, you will have to adjust the blade length manually.

The Rotary blade is the long-awaited blade for anyone who is working with fabrics. There’s no good tool for fabrics because they tend to wrinkle the material. The rotary blade changes everything.  The blade is made out of Tungsten carbide. It’s the ideal choice if you’re working with: cotton fabrics, leather, felt, wool.

For you to make a great design, do consider getting the Strong Tack cutting mat so the material won’t slide or wrinkle.

The last blade in the arsenal is the Punch tool. This Punch tool has the purpose of making your life easier. It will create weeding points for vinyl and heat transfer material. When the job is done, you can easily weed out the excess material.

They think of everything.

I hope this won’t burst your bubble. Only the Auto blade is included in the package. If you want to use the Kraft blade, rotary blade, or the punch tool, you must buy them separately.

If you’re familiar with the Silhouette family, you know that they come with a cross cutter. It might look insignificant, and let me share with you; it’s a handy tool.

You can easily cut your material down to size. This will save you both time and material. They really think of everything.

 

Silhouette Cameo 4 shortcomings

As you know, the perfect vinyl cutter doesn’t exist. The Silhouette Cameo 4 came a long way since the third version. Still, it has bugs and glitches. I will be upfront with you, so you know these things ahead of time.

The biggest annoyance with the Cameo 4 is that they have managed to mess up the loading and unloading arrows. It’s done in reverse. With the Cameo 3, it was OK now it takes a while to get used to it.

At first, I thought I might’ve missed something, and then I went on Youtube to check out a few unboxing videos. Guess what? All the people had the same reaction as I did. The arrows are messed up.

There’s no LCD screen anymore. Now it’s replaced with a white backlight. This minimalist design makes it $100 cheaper than Cricut maker.

With this price optimization, something got left behind. There’s no repeat option. You have to go back to the software and do the whole process again. With Cameo 3, you had the repeat option. This was handy with small repetitive jobs.

Another issue with the Silhouette brand is the Silhouette Studio software. It’s not the most intuitive one out there. There’s a definite learning curve to it. This is balanced out with the excellent support they have.

One last thing I have to mention about Silhouette. This isn’t related to Cameo 4; it’s about the Silhouette Studio software. First of all, there’s a free standard license. Now, if you want more capabilities, you will have to upgrade to a monthly plan.

The biggest limitation of the free plan is that you can’t export SVG files. Plus, if you want to export in png or jpg, you might get different colors.

You have two choices. You can either upgrade to a paid plan or learn to use a 3rd party software for the design part.

The accessories aren’t the cheapest ones on the market. You need to factor that into your pricing.

This issue is not common anymore; still, I have to mention it. When the Silhouette Cameo 4 was launched in 2019, the extra blades like the rotary and kraft blade was not available. This has pissed many people off. Luckily the situation is remedied now.

As you can see, there are some issues with the Cameo 4. Now it’s your turn to decide if they are a deal-breaker for you.

 

How To Get The Most Out Of Silhouette Cameo 4 Vinyl Cutter?

To get you up and running as soon as possible, you will need a couple of things. First of all, unbox your machine and make sure you remove all the tapes even from the inside.

After that, you have to register your machine on the official website and download the Silhouette Design Studio. I highly recommend installing the Bluetooth connection, so you don’t have to mess with the wires. If you have kids playing around, Bluetooth is your best choice.

To shorten the learning curve, it’s a great idea to do the demo design. This will help you with the software and the cutter setup.

After that, you can start creating your own designs. As you know, the Silhouette Studio houses over 100,000 designs. You get a few free initially, and you can purchase the rest. There’s a monthly subscription service for it.

If you don’t want to pay for it, then you have to learn to use some kinds of design software.

Maybe you want to save on material costs; then it’s a great idea to learn how to cut without a cutting matt. As you know, they don’t come cheap and tend to wear out quickly.

As with any new tool, the more you practice, the better you get at it. Start with the simplest material first. It might be vinyl or paper. And gradually, you can increase your skills with other materials.

Do keep in mind that paper tends to dull the blades the fastest.

The best thing about Silhouette is the unmatched support system. Whenever you’re stuck, just give them a call. Also, there are many great tutorials on YouTube to get you started.

 

What is the difference between Silhouette Cameo 3 and Silhouette Cameo 4 worth the upgrade?

As of this writing, the Silhouette Cameo 3 has been discontinued, and you can’t buy it anymore. For all those who have let me share with you if it’s a good choice to upgrade or not.

First of all, they have finally fixed the Bluetooth connectivity issues. Now you can enjoy working with your vinyl cutter without dangling wires left and right.

Second thing, if you haven’t purchased the roll feeder, then you’re in luck. With the Silhouette Cameo 4, you have it built in. There’s no additional purchase required.

The biggest upgrade comes from the cutting force. While the Cameo 3 was limited to 210g of force, the Cameo 4’s upper limit is 5000g. A new world opens up with this amount of force. Now you can cut harder and thicker materials with ease.

Finally, I want to mention that the Cameo 4 is way faster than the Cameo 3. Also, it’s quieter. No more alien ships are doing a crash landing while you’re working on a job.

Is it worth the upgrade?

Well, it depends. If you’re happy with your Cameo 3 and you’re don’t want to expend your designs, then it might not be a good idea to upgrade.

On the other hand, if you want to work with thicker and harder materials and also you want to do the scoring, then the upgrade is a must. Your only other choice is buying the Silhouette Curio, although that’s limited to 210g of cutting force as well.

 

Pros:

The most versatile vinyl cutter ever made with 5000g it can cut up to 3mm thick.

Built in roller feeder which allows handling big projects up to 10 feet long

Blade detection system which avoids messing up projects

Cons:

The loading and unloading arrows are reversed.

If you want to export designs, you have to upgrade from the standard license.

 

Conclusion for the Silhouette Cameo 4 Review

We have reached the end of this Silhouette Cameo 4 Review. They have truly outdone themselves with this new vinyl cutter. You can cut over 100+ materials. The cutting force upgrade makes it the strongest vinyl cutter on the market today.

It’s versatile, and there has been a significant speed improvement as well. The built in roll feeder makes longer jobs a breeze now, if you want this cutter to get it as soon as possible because the last time I’ve checked, the stocks were running low.

 

Happy Crafting!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Is the Silhouette Cameo 4 worth it?

The Silhouette Cameo 4 is a great vinyl cutter to own. It’s worth it because it can cut a variety of materials, it’s strong and it’s fast. You will be able to create and sell anything what your heart desires.

Which is better Silhouette Cameo 4 or Cricut Maker?

Both the Silhouette Cameo 4 and the Cricut Maker are excellent vinyl cutters to short list. From the two the Silhouette Cameo 4 is stronger having 5000g of cutting force while the Cricut Maker has 4000g. The Cricut Maker is limited to 24 inches in length while the Cameo reaches 60 feet. The only thing that’s better with the Cricut Maker is the cutting speed. Even though the cameo 4 can cut faster it doesn’t match with the Maker superior speed. The cameo 4 silhouette wins by a wide margin it’s also cheaper.

What can I do with a silhouette cameo 4?

The new features of the Cameo 4 include desktop cutting, matless cutting. This machine cuts materials such as card stock, balsa wood toys, craft foam. It also comes with new tools like kraft blade and rotary blade plus there’s the punch tool. The new features like the dual carriage (dual motor system), built in cross cutter and tool detection makes it easy to use. It is able to cut three times faster than previous models. The user friendly touch panel is known for the ease of use. If the puzzle board thin enough you can cut that as well.

Can the Silhouette Cameo 4 cut fabric?

Yes the Silhouette Cameo 4 can cut fabric. The new silhouette rotary blade helps you cut sharp designs without wrinkling the fabric. With the rotary blade you will be able to master the most finicky materials as well.

What are the main pros for the New Silhouette Cameo 4?

These are the Pros Silhouette Cameo 4: First of all it’s the strongest cutter on the market today. The downward force is 20% more than Cricut Maker and 200% (20 times) more than Silhouette Cameo 3. The New Cameo 4 comes with speed upgrade as well which is 3x faster than the Cameo 3. For more detailed information read the above silhouette cameo 4 review.

What other accessories will I need?

You will need tools like silhouette machines and heat press.

What’s the difference between the silhouette cameo plus and the cameo pro?

There’s a small difference between the cameo plus and the cameo pro. Besides the price the difference is in the cutting width. The Cameo plus can cut 15 inches and the cameo pro 20 inches. The standard can cut 12 inch (12 inches) in width. These machines can hold up to 150 feet of material.

Are there any comparisons coming along?

Yes I’m working on quite a few of them. For example in the coming days I will publish the Silhouette cameo 3 vs cameo 4 and the cameo 4 vs cricut maker. I’m also considering doing a comparison with the cricut explore air 2. Although it’s a previous generations. Maybe i will do a comparison between silhouette cameo 3 and cricut explore air 2. Also check out my best cricut comparison articles as well.

Where can I get additional info about the cameo 4 machine?

Well you can always check silhouette school or swing design. There’s one thing you should know the best silhouette cameo 4 cut settings.

What kind of options should I look at when buying the cameo 4 ?

It’s a great idea for going with cameo 4 bundles they save you a ton of money. The new machine comes in two color options white black. Doing a software update is an absolute must with the best user experience for the base machine. The cutting speed is three times faster than older silhouette models. When a blade goes dull you need to replace it with a suitable one. The Cameo 4 comes with many pros and cons. You can check out the pros and cons above. And it’s easy to use.

What are the new features of the Cameo 4?

The new features include the following things: automatic tool detection, mat bluetooth connectivity, single tap auto blade, tool type detection. It can work with specialty tools like craft blade, tool adapters, vinyl roll feeder. The roll feeder is built in and you don’t have to buy it separately. You need to know that it’s easier to use and it’s easier to getting started than cameo 3 silhouette machine. The silhouette studio has tool detection built in and dual carriage. It’s easy to navigate thanks to the touch interface. Many crafters said that the touch interface is the most intuitive from them all. When you’re doing the project setup make sure you ad registration marks at the blade settings menu. The package comes with power cables and usb cable. There are some new tools at your disposal: deep cut blade, scoring wheel, crafting blade. The new tools are purchased separately. The intuitive cut settings will help adjust cutting width, it enables cutting thicker material like balsa wood. As you know not many vinyl cutters can handle balsa wood, media cuts, mat board. Besides harder materials it can handle materials like leather and simple cut fabric. The retractable lid hides the storage area. The business edition of the silhouette software design store allows you to export AI and SVG file formats. The dual tool carriage helps you finish complex craft projects faster in your craft room. The tool carriage is managed by the motor system. The usb input is always there if you have issues with the wireless connection. The ability to cut materials like felt and balsa wood is priceless. The silhouette tools are great for things like 4 cameo single tap blade holder.

Last Updated on October 12, 2020 by Emily

Emily Weathers
Emily Weathers

Hi, Emily Weathers ex-corporate drone, full-time crafter and mother of three running this site. My passion is crafting, and I'm an early adopter. I'm testing many machines, so you don't have to. Since I get to play with these devices, why not write reviews for them? It's the reason for the site's existence, so you make the right choices and avoid money pits. If you want to know more…