Product Comparison: Silhouette Portrait 2 vs Silhouette Cameo 3

Advertiser Disclosure

This site is a free online resource that strives to offer helpful content and comparison features to its visitors. Please be advised that the operator of this site accepts advertising compensation from certain companies that appear on the site, and such compensation impacts the location and order in which the companies (and/or their products) are presented, and in some cases may also impact the scoring that is assigned to them. The scoring that appears on this site is determined by the site operator in its sole discretion, and should NOT be relied upon for accuracy purposes. In fact, Company/product listings on this page DO NOT imply endorsement by the site operator. Except as expressly set forth in our Terms of Use, all representations and warranties regarding the information presented on this page are disclaimed. The information which appears on this site is subject to change at any time. More info

General Specifications
About the Product
The Silhouette Portrait® is an electronic cutting machine for personal use. Like a home printer, it plugs into your PC or Mac® with a simple USB cable. However, instead of printing, it uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric, and other material up to 8 inches wide and 10 feet long.
The silhouette Cameo® is the ultimate DIY machine. It uses a small blade to cut over 100 materials, including paper, cardstock, vinyl, and fabric up to 12 in. Wide. The Cameo has the ability to register and cut printed materials and is PixScan™ compatible.
Portrait 2
Cameo 3
Key Specs
Compatible Media Types
Vinyl, Heat transfer material, Cardstock, Photo paper, Copy paper, Rhinestone template material, Fabrics
Vinyl, Heat transfer material, Cardstock, Paper, Photo paper, Fabrics
Drive Motor Type
System Compatibility
Windows, Mac OS
iOS, Android, Mac OS, Windows
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Silhouette Portrait 2 Electronic Cutting Tool, White
  • I use this to cut vinyl, fabric and more! It works perfectly fine. I had it for about a year now!
  • All things considered pleasure to use and definitely worth the money and the gain of time and precision in cutting materials.
  • Love this little machine, great space saver compared to the larger versions. Easy to use and can cut a very wide variety of materials.
  • The only complaint is that the software doesn't work perfectly with my computer (windows 10) so I need to contact their support team.
  • This only cuts very thin materials - contrary to what the description says, I have been unable to cut thin chipboard or cork sheets.
Silhouette Cameo 3 Digital Cutting Tool, White
  • You can cut a variety of materials, from vinyl to cardstock, or fabrics with the right blade.
  • Very responsive and perfectly connected to my computer, which simplifies working with it.
  • Can cut well - I've done sticker paper, vinyl, paper and card without issues.
  • Not compatible with other fonts forcing to biy the silhouette product. You tube will be your friend.
  • Great little machine. It adds the bluetooth capability but be careful if you have an older mac or pc. It will be incompatible.
Size & Weight
5.5 in.
6 in.
3.5 lbs.
8.94 lbs.
16.2 in.
22.5 in.
4.4 in.
8.5 in.
Cutting Parameters
Max Cutting Width
8 in.
12 in.
Max Cutting Length
12 in.
12 in.
Max Media Thickness
2 mm
2 mm
Maximum Cutting Force
210 gf
210 gf
What customers say about "Cutting Parameters"
Silhouette Portrait 2 Electronic Cutting Tool, White
  • The blade settings and paper feeder are easy to use. I have cut varying thicknesses of paper and heat transfer material so far.
  • I have used the blade and mat about 20 times and both still have life for many more cuts. Glad I choose this over the other types of cutters.
  • Simple and durable printer. The learning curve is not very steep with the cutting program and this printer makes great cuts for thin materials.
  • I no longer have wasted material using this cutter. You can cut pieces as small as 3x2 inches. Fast and efficient.
  • This product gave me a lot of problems. The cut would not align properly and I wasted a lot of materials because of it.
Silhouette Cameo 3 Digital Cutting Tool, White
  • The silhouette cameo is great, easy to use,cuts much finer detail on vinyl than I expected,great for cutting paint masks for air brushing as well as all the usual stuff.
  • This digital cutter has helped me cut and draw some intricate designs. Make sure you don't exceed the width specifications and you can get some great results.
  • The width and length of the cut is exactly the same as the manufacturer said, this is delightful since I do not spend an extra piece of material.
  • Blade holder - shaking and not sliding smoothly resulting in slow and jerky cutting. Wasted many vinyl templates.
  • Cutting can be inconsistent and wastes paper/printouts.
Control Panel Type
Touch screen
Adjustable Pinch Rollers
USB 2.0
USB 2.0
Accessories Included
Power cable & USB cable, 8-inch cutting mat, Bluetooth adapter
Power Cable, USB Cable, Cutting Blade, 12-inch Cutting Mat
Cut over 100 materials, PixScan compatible, Compatible with the deep-cut blade
Sleek design, Bluetooth wireless technology, 100 exclusive cutting designs, Silhouette Studio®, PixScan Technology
What customers say about "Features"
Silhouette Portrait 2 Electronic Cutting Tool, White
  • The software is amazing, you can design and cut just about anything.
  • I am pleased with the software that came with it (flexible design capabilities) and it is pretty much the perfect size for my needs.
  • The software is incredibly easy to use...the cuts are flawless...and wow is it fast! You can even see exactly what will be cut before you hit the button.
  • And if I wanted to gripe, the front door is stupid. It hides the buttons, and indicator lights. It has to be open to operate. So why is it there?
  • The blade was extremely difficult to place in. Once I got it in I tested the product and the auto blade did not use the correct cutting settings.
Silhouette Cameo 3 Digital Cutting Tool, White
  • Auto-blade saves a bit of time and, with my brief experience cutting both glitter paper and card stock, the autoblade settings were accurate.
  • Touchscreen menu seems fairly responsive and intuitive. Cord management built into the machine to direct the plug to either side.
  • The Bluetooth is very nice, but it's had some glitches, which Silhouette seems to be working out. The Auto Blade is a nice feature.
  • Autoblade isn't really all that "auto". I expected to stick material in the mat and go. Nope. You still select the material from the preloaded list in the silhouette software.
  • Buggy software, sometimes cuts wrong or won't update software (I'm running Mac OS 10.12 Sierra).
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
199.99 $
299.99 $

Other reviews