Silhouette Portrait vs Cameo

Looking to compare the differences between the Silhouette Portrait and the Silhouette Cameo? We are here to help guide you through what’s different about the two machines.

Silhouette Portrait vs Cameo Comparison Chart

 Silhouette PortraitSilhouette Cameo
Silhouette Cameo
silhouette Cameo
Cutting Width8 inches12 inches
Cutting Force210 grams210 grams
Works Without ComputerNoYes
Print and CutYesYes
PixScan TechnologyYesYes
SoftwareSilhouette Studio DesignerSilhouette Studio Designer
Amazon PriceCheck priceCheck price

Choose between the two machines

The main differences between the Silhouette Portrait and the Cameo are the size and the touchscreen. Aside from those differences, both machines can both cut and draw equally well. They use the same Studio Designer Software, allowing users to import, buy, or create customized designs from scratch.

Silhouette Portrait

Silhouette Portrait

Amazon Price

If you are looking to save some desk space and won’t be cutting material wider than 8 inches, or want to save some money, the Silhouette Portrait is a good choice. There is no touchscreen on the Portrait, so you have to be connected to a computer to cut. If you have a laptop, this can be a great option when traveling.

Silhouette Cameo

Silhouette Cameo

Amazon Price

If you are looking to cut wider materials up to 12″ and are willing to spend the extra money, consider the Silhouette Cameo. The Cameo does come with a touchscreen, allowing you to load designs directly from a USB drive without a computer. This is a good option if you are going to craft meetups or craft fairs, and don’t want to bring your computer with you.

Which machine is better

Both the Silhouette Cameo and the Portrait are good machines. Deciding what machine to get comes down to personal preferences for portability/size, and if you want to operate the machine without a computer.

I hope this guide helps you decide between the Silhouette Portrait and Cameo. If you have any questions or comments, please leave a comment! We’d love to hear from you!

6 thoughts on “Silhouette Portrait vs Cameo”

  1. Very good. looking at getting one for a charity called HUTS (Craft workshop) Help Us To Survive. where I think that it would get well used in many different crafts.

  2. I would like to purchase the silhouette portrait.
    I have a iPad Pro-Will this one work? OR do I have to purchase the cameo? I don’t need that large is the problem.

  3. Can the portrait do heavy detailed cutting? if yes does this action slow it down? Will it over heat if over worked? If yes would you recommend the Cameo over the Portrait?
    I found the cutting matt to be to tacky so I washed it and use a low tack spray mount instead which holds the material in place without tearing when removing the material and is also easy to remove after use.
    Also I found away to prolong the life of the cutting matt by using a low tack stencil sheet which works out cheaper in the long run

  4. Hi, I’m wondering if its possible to do print and cut for things like stickers with the Portrait. I had a cameo but had to return it, but thinking of going for the Portrait this time around.


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